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Samsung Omnia II i920 review

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Call quality was good, as voices sounded clear and lacked any background noise in the earpiece speaker, but tones were somewhat shallow and didn’t sound as full as on the HTC Imagio or Motorola DROID. Signal reception also wasn’t on par with the DROID, as the Omnia II only had 1-2 bars showing in high coverage areas, while the DROID would have 3-4 bars. One feature that the Omnia II does exceptionally well in is with the speakerphone, as it is loud and clear, even when the volume it turned up to the highest setting. Thank you Samsung for having stereo speakers, as most other phones do not.

The included 1500mAh battery is rated to provide up to 6 hours of talk time or 15 days of standby time on a full charge. We were able to achieve up to 5.5 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge, which is puzzling as the Omnia i910 got 7 hours of talk time in our testing last year. Still, 5.5 hours of talk time isn’t bad, but when using the Omnia II with mixed usage (talk, email, web, and apps); expect to charge the device every night.


Conclusion:

So does the Samsung Omnia II i920 deliver? Yes and no. In one aspect, the device is a major upgrade from the original Omnia i910, as it comes with a large AMOLED display, Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro, TouchWiz 2.0, and faster processor. But at the same time other smartphones have been released, such as the HTC Imagio, DROID ERIS, and Motorola DROID, all of which have significantly changed the landscape. Because of this, we feel the Omnia II is  a few months late on the scene and doesn’t impress the power-user as much as it would have earlier this  summer. This doesn’t take away from the features the device offers, which are many, but the Imagio provides a faster Windows Mobile experience with less lag, while the Android devices are generating a larger following each day. With all of this in mind, we believe the Samsung Omnia II i920 is for the die-hard Windows Mobile user or for the consumer that either needs or is required to have a WinMo device because of their job and to run specific applications on. At this point, the average smartphone user has a selection of better and easier devices to choose from, which isn’t the Samsung Omnia II i920.


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Pros

  • Brilliant 3.7” AMOLED display
  • TouchWiz 2.0 replaces most of the WinMo environment
  • Good multimedia experience with a lot of files supported
  • Overall attractive and professional looking

Cons

  • Overall sluggishness in menus and programs
  • Did we mention the lag when opening programs and changing between them?
  • Still not as user-friendly as TouchFLO 3D or Android OS
  • Video Recording is choppy with low frame rate
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Samsung Omnia II CDMA

Samsung Omnia II CDMA

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.5
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
800 MHz
0.25 GB RAM
Size4.75 x 2.38 x 0.53 inches
(121 x 60 x 13 mm)
5.08 oz  (144 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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