Samsung Omnia II I8000 Review
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This is a global GSM phone and it can also be used with AT&T's 1900MHz 3G and T-Mobile USA's 2G network.
HTC set a standard for Windows Mobile customization with TouchFLO, and last year Samsung made their entry into the market with the TouchWiz UI touting Omnia. The Samsung Omnia II I8000 is now here, and a 2 has been added to the end of TouchWiz as well. This new Omnia is bigger and badder, with just about everything getting a refresh. The screen has gained half an inch- now up to 3.7” and the resolution has quadrupled to 480x800. AMOLED technology has replaced TFT for improved battery life and more vibrant images. Video capture is now DVD quality, and connection standards such as 3G, Wi-Fi and GPS are all on board, along with 8GB of internal storage. The 800MHz processor is one of the fastest currently on the market, and it has a healthy 256MB of RAM and 512MB ROM. TouchWiz now penetrates into the deepest caverns of Windows Mobile, but will it be enough to make up for the clunky UI’s shortcomings?
Included in the box you’ll find:
• Li-Ion battery
• AC Adapter
• microUSB data cable
• Stylus pen
• Stereo headphones with microphone extension cord
• 1GB microSD card
• NAVFone Plus navigation software
• Carrying pouch
The design of the Samsung Omnia II I8000 is simple and straightforward. It closely resembles the Jet, but is bigger and loses the touch of red on the back. The phone exists to show off the giant 3.7” display, and everything else is kept to a bare minimum. The front of the phone has a tiny front-facing camera at the top next to the speaker. On the bottom are the Send and End keys, as well as the Cube key. The left side has a volume rocker, the right a lock, OK and camera key. All of the keys have a good amount of travel and it’s clear when they have been activated. The microUSB port and 3.5mm headset jack are on the top of the device. The back simply houses the 5-megapixel camera and the Omnia II’s single speaker.
Really though, it’s all about the display. It dominates the phone in every way, which is a good thing. The AMOLED screen is brilliant, producing crisp and vibrant images. The haptic feedback is appreciated, though the phone does have the weird spring feeling when jostled, like the Instinct. It is plenty bright, but the plastic covering gets fairly washed out in direct light. The use of plastic is a shame; it is noticeable, produces unnecessary drag and gives the phone a cheaper feel than it deserves. Another thing holding it back from being the best display we’ve ever used is the use of 65k colors, instead of the 16m found on the Pre, iPhone and N97. We realize that as a Windows Mobile device it has to do this, but the possibility of an Android device with this screen at 16m colors is downright delicious. We have to mention that it fingerprints easily, but what doesn’t these days?
The Samsung Omnia II I8000 is a big phone, but it manages to pull it off well. It is very tall, 6mm more so than its predecessor, but it is narrow enough to fit comfortably into the hand and skinny enough (0.6mm less than the Omnia) to slide into your pocket mostly unnoticed.
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The design is so simple there isn’t much to say about it. It is an elegantly crafted device, with gentle curves and top-notch build. Our only gripe is the plastic housing on the display, higher-quality materials or even glass would have been a much better choice. It’s still hard to find fault with this latest Omnia, it is a device we would definitely be comfortable carrying.
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