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Samsung Omnia CDMA Review

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Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
Camera Interface - Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
Camera Interface - Samsung Omnia CDMA Review

Camera Interface

The Omnia is the currently the only phone available from Verizon with an integrated 5MP autofocus camera and flash. The first thing that impressed us was its operating speed. The interface starts somewhat sluggish (about 3 seconds), but focusing and saving is very quick (2 seconds each). It is optimized for working entirely with fingers and has large icons with clearly marked functions. All main options (flash, resolution, focus, exposure, shooting mode and scenes) are visible on the screen. Thanks to them, after just couple of taps you can choose an option without having to go through complicated menus, to scroll or confirm. There also are shortcuts to the gallery and the camcorder.

The rest of the settings are separated in two tabs with a few pages each. The first one lets you change the quality (compression), the white balance, to add effects, to change the ISO sensitivity (up to 800), contrast, sharpness, color saturation and focusing mode (center, in a point or matrix). By using some of the options (like the Color swap for example), you can achieve very artistic results. The Face Detection also works well and shows a large green square that tracks the movement of a person’s face. This is to ensure that the person is in-focus. The only option we found missing was the ability to tag photos with the GPS location, which the GSM Omnia is capable of.

Regardless of how many features and options the camera has, the most important aspect is how well the pictures look. Since OMNIA is the first 5-megapixel phone offered by Verizon, we were rather excited about its performance. When we took our test pictures, we compared them with shots, taken with the other Verizon camera phones. Next to the HTC Touch Pro and the LG Dare, which are equipped with 3MP cameras, OMNIA stands well, taking slightly better pictures in natural, as well as in artificial light. The details level is above average, but colors are sometimes too saturated and the image is overexposured, so brighter objects burn out. The LED flash on the Omnia is brighter than the one on the Touch Pro, and has a large distance of 15 feet, but the downside is that if it’s used take a picture of a person up close (within 5 feet), their face is washed out. The only work-around it to change the Autofocus to Macro Mode, which reduces the intensity of the flash. There aren’t any significant differences between the Verizon and the GSM versions, but compared to the other 5MP phones on the market, it scores just above the middle.

Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
Outdoor Samples - Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
Outdoor Samples - Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
Outdoor Samples - Samsung Omnia CDMA Review

Outdoor Samples

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Indoor Samples

When recording a video, you can use a majority of the effects and settings that are accessible in the picture mode. The maximum resolution is 640х480, but is limited to only 15 fps just like the LG Dare. For 30 fps recording, you have to drop down to 320x240 resolution. Videos are recorded in the 3gp format instead of MP4, which is used on the GSM Omnia. Unfortunately, the videos are choppy when viewed.


Saved images can be viewed in either the Media Album or Photo Slides program. The Media Album is the best method as you can view images full screen, zoom in and out, and slide you finger from one side to another to go to the next image. The Photo Slides program is not as user-friendly, as you have to use arrows on the bottom of the screen to move forward and back.

Photo Slides - Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
Photo Slides - Samsung Omnia CDMA Review

Photo Slides

For music and video playback, the Touch Player is used instead of the standard Windows Media Player. Music files are categorized into All Music, Albums, and Artists. When selecting Album, it shows all the cover art on the screen so you can easily see and select the one you want to listen to. The player controls are large, so that you can use your finger instead of a stylus. The quality of playback is good, considering there is only one speaker located on the back. You can also connect your own 3.5mm earbuds using the FM cable, or a Stereo Bluetooth headset.

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Touch Player - Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
FM Radio - Samsung Omnia CDMA Review

Touch Player


FM Radio

When the FM cable is connected, you can listen to local radio stations, and it allows you to store two groups of 6 stations for presets. It is also RDS capable, where it will show the name of the station and what song is being played. While having a built-in FM radio player is nice, we would have been more impressed if it offered XM Satellite radio instead.

As previously mention, the Touch Player can also be used for video playback. Supported formats are AVI, MP4, DivX, and XviD. We tested a total of 12 files using those formats, with different resolutions, bit rates, and fps. The best looking was DivX, with 720x306 resolution and 24 fps, as the video was smooth did not drop frames. When playing a video in MP4-H264 format with 720x306 resolution, the video began dropping a lot of frames, making it unwatchable. The only MP4-H264 video that playback properly was at 320x136 resolution. When trying a XviD file (at 720x306), the first 5 seconds of playback had a few dropped frames, but was then fine after that. Regardless of which format is used, the quality is held back by the fact 65K colors of the display. This is one area where the iPhone still reigns supreme.

Video Playback - Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
Video Playback - Samsung Omnia CDMA Review

Video Playback


Unlike the GSM Omnia that is available in both 8GB and 16GB models, the CDMA version only comes with 8GB of onboard memory. But you can add a microSDHC memory card up to 16GB in size, giving the device an amazing total of 24GB of storage capacity.

Thanks to the fast ARM920T PXA312 processor, operating at 642Mhz, there is little-to-no delay when opening most programs and going through the phone’s menus. You can also have several programs open at once without noticing any lag.

Office Mobile - Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
Office Mobile - Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
Office Mobile - Samsung Omnia CDMA Review

Office Mobile

The device comes with Office Mobile, allowing for viewing and editing of Word and Excel files (including Office 2007), PowerPoint viewing, and a PDF reader. All of them visualize documents correctly and open them rather quick. Unfortunately, navigating though a PDF file is done only with the help of the small arrows at the top, instead of using your finger on the page itself. Fortunately, the zoom stays at the same level once you move on to the next page.

The Video Editor at your disposal, but it can only open 320x240 (or smaller) resolution videos in the 3gp format. It’s absurd that you can record videos at 640x480 resolution, but cannot edit them. Still, this function offers some interesting options like putting together a picture and video story. You can also add subtitles and apply various visual effects.

Instead of coming with Google Maps, the CDMA Omnia uses VZ Navigator for GPS guided directions, which of course is $10 per month if you choose to install it. It allows you to plan your trip and even will re-route you if there are traffic congestions while on the road. Other features include the ability to find local movie theaters and show times, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs, hotels, hospitals, travel (airports, bus, car rental), parking lot/garage, and Verizon stores. It is an excellent program and worth the price, but we whish the (free) Google Maps were also included.

VZ Navigator - Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
VZ Navigator - Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
VZ Navigator - Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
VZ Navigator - Samsung Omnia CDMA Review

VZ Navigator

An application that is unique to the CDMA Omnia is the VZAppZone, wherein you can access news and weather, and download a variety of other programs (entertainment, productivity, utilities, ringtones, games, security, and wallpaper). The ringtones and wallpapers are only a few dollars each, but games and utilities can cost $20-40 to download. This is supposed to be a Windows Mobile version of VCast Downloads, but it is poorly implemented, and doesn’t offer a lot of content. Naturally, you can use a microSDHC memory card and transfer pictures, videos, ringtones, wallpapers, and Windows Mobile applications directly.

VZAppZone - Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
VZAppZone - Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
VZAppZone - Samsung Omnia CDMA Review
VZAppZone - Samsung Omnia CDMA Review


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. (unregistered)

i'm glad this is going so well for VZW and that it's so similiar to the GSM version. props to the boys in red for delivering a stellar phone with great features

posted on 10 Dec 2008, 19:47

33. (unregistered)

too bad they couldn't do the same with the Touch Pro. hopefully the Diamond will be the same..

posted on 11 Dec 2008, 08:18

34. (unregistered)

What absolutely kills me is this phone got a 9 and the storm a 5.5. No offense to you guys as phonearena but the omnia is a disappointment to me so far. I sell both products and play with them in my down time. The Omnia hides it slow lag by flipping the screen when you move it from portrait to landscape. About half the time the Omnia doesnt feel me press it so i have to do it again. The plastic touch screen really feels cheap. Im just not impressed with it at all. It wont just scroll like you can with either the Iphone or storm. The just kinda flicking your finger thing. I find the side scroll bar very difficult to use just like the Dare. To give it some props i do enjoy how certain programs can be pulled out of the side and moved around the screen. When it does read the touch the feed back is nice. Keyboard wasnt bad although i still prefer the storms because my fingers mistype things all the time. But to give it a 9 is an over statement. I would give it a 7. I have been selling customers on the Saga like crazy. It has a touch screen, a keyboard, a stylis, and you can you use the middle sensor as a mouse. Four different ways to input data for literally any situation and its global. I talk business people out of the omnia all day. I wish Phonearena had a review for us who sell the device. I could post on customers but since i dont actually use the device it would be misleading.

posted on 19 Jan 2009, 09:53

42. aoteifa (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Jan 2009)

I must say it's sad to see you in a sales position pushing people away from this to the Saga. I'm all for World connect access, but everything I've read about the Saga says it's impossible to keep a charge on one battery for a full day. I don't care what positives there may be for the Saga, if it's dead by the time you get off work, it's no good at all. If Samsung solved the battery issue, you'd have a good case. Otherwise, your poor customers will be upset in no time and next time they'll go for AT&T or another provider.

posted on 05 Dec 2008, 16:41

2. (unregistered)

you didnt review the FM transmitter. after playing with it, this is where it falls flat. it barely works, and only works when you use earbuds!!.. the rest of the phone is fantastic thought.

posted on 05 Dec 2008, 17:12

3. (unregistered)

Yes, they did. Read page 5.

posted on 11 Dec 2008, 16:53

36. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

You have to use the earbuds b/c that is where the antenna is. There is no FM receiver in the phone.

posted on 05 Dec 2008, 17:42

4. (unregistered)

I've seen the pictures done by the omnia and touch pro. How did you come up with the the results you got? http://howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=679747&highlight=omnia+touch+pro+pictures are taken by you I think since the pictures are the same on here as they are on there. I scored it a 8 out of 10 for the touch pro in that. Is anybody else with me on that? There seems to be heavy bias in this review

posted on 05 Dec 2008, 18:13

5. (unregistered)

iphonearena.com is biased towards a verizon phone? doubtful the phone is great i just found out today that i won one through my employer which i dont think i need be said. And im freakin stoked. ive been playing with the demo just TRYING to freeze, lock, screw it up some how and it just doesnt. great phone This should have been where vzw put the bulk of the advertising.

posted on 05 Dec 2008, 19:14

6. Smilepak (unregistered)

After using this Omnia and Verizon Touch Pro both for a few days, each of their own have their pro and con. On the Omnia, the biggest CON and noticable differences you will see compared with HTC series is the screen. Omnia has lower resolution, less bright, and less crisp screen compared with Diamond and Touch Pro. Verizon lock GPS and you can only use it with their VZNavigation. They remove and disable Internet Connection Sharing that comes with WM6.1. Touch Pro has 3D capability. Touch screen looks better design. TouchFlo UI is much more mature and design thatn Touch Wiz UI. Touch Wiz UI look like it was design for teenager with pretty colors. The plus side, larger screen (3.2"). Slim and lighter than Touch Pro. The optical mouse feature is pretty neat and unique. Allows you to use the stylus less often (once you get the phone setup to your liking). The TouchWiz UI is pretty tailor to touch and as long as you are in it, you are fine with the touch feature. Some what responsive, faster than Touch Pro and accerator works better than Touch Pro. It has FM radio and Video Out connector. The business card scanner works okay. Interesting concept, not practical in everyday usage. 5MP camera, blah, a Sony 3MP real camera does better job. Overall, I say the Omnia is a 7/10. It is a good phone for the average users. Ok phone for the power user if they could live with some issues or wait for Custom ROM to take care of. Super power user will absolutely hate this phone.

posted on 11 Dec 2008, 16:57

37. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

Again, this is all up to personal preference. The VZW touch pro is nothing exciting in my opinion, but that's me. But I do love the TF3D on the Pro. SO here is how you compromise. XDA-developers have written a cab file taht does TF2D which is almost exactly like TF3d minus the 3d graphics chipset in the touchpro. I use it on my vx6900 and it is fantasitc. Load it on the omnia, and BAM! Best WM phone ever!

posted on 06 Feb 2009, 11:14

44. anarkie (Posts: 48; Member since: 28 Jan 2009)

I agree with Kilt...I loaded and tried SPB Shell, liked it and was about to keep it. Then I tried Manila 2D (TF2D interface system) and love it. It gives me quick access to everything I use frequently, looks good (Thanks to themes at samsung-omnia.org ) and works great. Only exception: it doesn't work well in landscape. But all I care is that my programs do, not the menu system.

posted on 05 Dec 2008, 21:49

7. (unregistered)

"We wish it would of come with XM satalite radio instead." Seriously? What cell phone has EVER come with satalite radio?

posted on 05 Dec 2008, 22:12

8. (unregistered)

If you're going to quote, do it right..."While having a built-in FM radio player is nice, we would have been more impressed if it offered XM Satellite radio instead." I think they mean that if it had XM, they would have been more impressed than the FM. Just because no phone has XM yet...desn't mean they aren't going to come out with it.

posted on 06 Dec 2008, 09:22

9. BigRedNE (unregistered)

This is a copy and paste from the review section... I work as a tech manager in a VZW store in the NE area. I have had cellphones since 1992, and smartphones since 2004. I have had a Palm Treo 600, 650, 700p on Sprint, a Treo 650 on Verizon, a Moto Q and Q9m, a Blackberry 8830, an XV6800 (briefly), and most recently, an i760 from Samsung. That being said, it's obvious that I like a physical keyboard, and this is my first touchscreen phone, let alone touchscreen/PDA phone. I use this type of phone as it is intended; I use the calendar, send email, edit Office documents (granted, simple ones), and surf the web. The camera is nice to have in a pinch, but I do have a regular camera as well. So, here is my review of this phone. I am going through a learning curve not having a physical keyboard, but since I have used the Dare at work, and have been playing with the Storm, it is not totally unfamiliar territory to me. I am getting better at using it. I like the feature set of the Omnia. Touchwiz is a very handy way to get to the most common options without going to the start button. The stylus not being attached to the phone is a bit of a negative for me. Since I carry my phone in a case, I'm afraid I'll lose the stylus; for now, I just use a closed pen when I need more accuracy than my finger permits. I like the handwriting recognition; far better than the Palm Pilots I used to use before they integrated into phones. This display is beautiful, very bright. The accelerometer works very well and the animation is eye pleasing without being laggy. Another poster indicated the inability to initiate a call using a bluetooth headset. I am using the Jawbone2 and have no problems making/receiving calls. I like the optical mouse; I find it very handy when surfing. Like other posters, I find the battery life less than satisfying, but consider that this is really a small computer with a phone attached. All in all, not too bad. I bought this phone without the benefit of playing with it first. I ordered it the day it came out online; and would buy it again blind. If you need a PDA that is sleek, smart, and works as hard as you do, I recommend this phone to you. Data plan? Fact of life; everyone has a data plan requirement nowadays, even that fruit-based phone everyone talks about.

posted on 07 Dec 2008, 21:11

19. armz (unregistered)

how about the phone reception? It still has to work good as a phone. My blackeberry on att works awesome for reception, but I need a WM smartphone for work now. Does it hold a signal in better/average/worse in know good/bad areas?

posted on 09 Dec 2008, 22:00

31. BigRedNE (unregistered)

Phone reception is great. I live in the CT/RI corridor, and do very well with both reception and quality. Even in a shopping mall, I can hear and be heard with or without bluetooth. I use a Jawbone2 and am very happy with it paired with the phone. I have only one beef after a little over a week with the phone, and that is the battery life. I am used to my i760 where I could easily swap out a spare battery if needed. I think I have a bad battery, and instead of dumping it, as other customers might do, I am giving it an honest try, and am going to get a replacement phone since I am in my 30 day period. I LOVE this phone, just need to get the battery level up. More on this as the situation develops. I still recommend this phone to WM users, and touchscreen lovers alike.

posted on 06 Dec 2008, 14:34

10. x3no (unregistered)

I ordered this phone directly from Verizon. After using it, and it DOES take some getting used to, i would rate it an 8.5/10. Reasons being are few, but there. The touch screen is O.K.. It takes a little harder push then u would think. The windows mobile 6.1 is pretty complicated for guys like me who this is their first time using it. Would be much better if some of the windows mobile options were more oriented for your finger to touch, instead of the stylus (which i dont carry around to use). The camera is pretty nice, that is finger oriented, and takes great pictures. Texting and messaging is O.K.. Somtimes can be a pain to send messages using the QWERTY keyboard. Overall not too bad an experience with texting. Calling someone takes a little. There are a few different types of phonebooks i saw. One that was not related to windows mobile (finger friendly) and the other that was smaller and harder to use with your finger. Because this is a verizon phone, we are stuck with VZNavigator, and VZAppStore, which both are crap either way you try to get around it. Apps are WAYY overpriced, and VZNavigator is 10$ a month. This of course is verizon, not the phone itself. Overall, in my opinion, this phone would be much better, and easier to use, without windows mobile, but perhaps an iphone OS? lol Windows mobile has its perks, like using Microsoft office and stuff, but really and truly it is far more complicated than it could be. I do like the phone, enough to keep it. Oh, and i almost forgot, the Internet on opera 9.5 is beautiful. With verizons 3G network, it is BLAZING fast. I had 1 bar of signal and STILL loaded google quicker then my friend next to me on his iphone. So For all you people who say AT&T has a better network.. i disagree. If i have full bars, it loads even the biggest webpages so fast. That is one thing I am very pleased with. Overall, from what i can gather, this is the best new touch screen phone for verizon and I would recommend for someone who wants an iPhone like phone, but with a better network.

posted on 11 Dec 2008, 13:55

35. sinfulta (Posts: 278; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

Just to let you know. CDMA is not based on how much signal strength you have is how fast the network work/runs. ATT's broadband network with FULL signal strength will perform faster. 3G on a GSM network is different than CDMA. 3G on a GSM network will get slower and diminish with signal strength because of the way the packet data is sent over the network. CDMA is the same if it's 1bar of coverage or 4/5(Depending on phone). If both services had full signal strength and the same network congestion. The ATT 3G would be slightly faster. Overall performance the CDMA EVDO revA network will outperform with more average speeds probably more consistently. But then in return, GSM 3G allows you to use the data network and make phone calls at the same time. Not that all do this, but to each have there advantages. So to answer part of your statement. Yes, ATT has a quicker 3G network. As stable and as large? No. But it's what works for you in the end.

posted on 06 Dec 2008, 20:54

11. Midnight (unregistered)

I find the inconsistencies in your reviews to be rather humerous. Take for example these two excerpts about VZ Navigator From the Omnia Review: It (VZ Navigator) is an excellent program and worth the price, but we whish the (free) Google Maps were also included. From the Storm review: VZ Navigator is still the worst carrier branded GPS solution, but it gets the job done. We’ll use it because it’s our only option. so in one review its the worst carrier branded GPS and is only used because its the only option, and in the other its an excellent program and worth the 10$ price? you guys need to make changes in how you review.

posted on 07 Dec 2008, 09:17

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posted on 08 Dec 2008, 16:12

27. (unregistered)

they take shots at the storm and promote the omnia. "Due to the speed of the processor, the Omnia is one of the best performing Smartphones available from Verizon." The Storm has the speed for the processor. Highly biased review and web site. I played with the phone and hated the touch screen, it just isn't responsive, just like every other touch screen phone samsung comes out with for verizon.

posted on 06 Dec 2008, 21:48

12. (unregistered)

I just got this phone today and have been playing with many of its most-used features since. I was considering this, the touch pro, and storm, but from my experience with all of them, this one blows the others away. The touch screen is fantastic everything is do-able with fingers. it is very easy to use. for anyone on the fence between this or some other smartphone, the omnia doesn't disappoint

posted on 07 Dec 2008, 10:28

14. dennismc (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 May 2008)

Are you kidding a 9 maybe for features as far as battery goes it sucks wont even last half a day.Try reviewing battery life!!!!???use the goddam thing and check it out for yourself.A 9 yea but buy 4 extra batteries what a joke.

posted on 07 Dec 2008, 10:43

15. (unregistered)

You are the first person I have seen complain about the battery life. Maybe you have a defective battery or phone? or maybe you use it alot more then most.. I would try an extended battery or take it to a store to see if they can replace the battery or phone for you.

posted on 07 Dec 2008, 19:08

16. (unregistered)

the reason your battery life sucks is because you arent using task manager to shut down your applications after you're done using them

posted on 07 Dec 2008, 19:18

17. dennismc (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 May 2008)

http://howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=1467857 http://howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=1468513 I am not the only one my friend. Yes i did use task manager.

posted on 07 Dec 2008, 19:27

18. dennismc (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 May 2008)

Go to phone scoop check out the review from joey301. Btw went through 2 omnias same problem thanks for the advise anyway.

posted on 08 Dec 2008, 07:59

20. (unregistered)

"The 1440mAh battery is rated by Samsung to provide almost 6 hours of talk time or 19 days of standby time on a full charge. We were able to achieve 7 hours of talk time by fully charging the battery, calling a landline, and keeping the phone connected until the battery was depleted." 7 HOURS of talk time is not a bad battery. you have problems with your unit(s) or you are on the phone all day long in which case its not suprise you have to charge it up.

posted on 08 Dec 2008, 12:13

22. (unregistered)

Some of us cant read. We get all ancy and have to reply asap.

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Samsung Omnia CDMA

Samsung Omnia CDMA

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.1
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Display3.2 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (146 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Size4.41 x 2.24 x 0.52 inches
(112 x 57 x 13 mm)
4.34 oz  (123 g)
Battery1440 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time

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