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Samsung Omnia W Preview

Samsung Omnia W

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Camera:

The 5MP shooter on the back of the Samsung Omnia W is accompanied by an LED flash, which also serves as a video light when making footage. The phone records 720p HD video at 30fps, and has several preset scene modes and effects you can apply to both the video and the stills.

Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Omnia W - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Omnia W - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Omnia W - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Omnia W - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Omnia W - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Omnia W - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Omnia W - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Omnia W - Samsung Omnia W Preview

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Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Darkness - Indoor samples - Samsung Omnia W Preview

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Samsung Omnia W Sample Video:



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Before Mango the video settings defaulted to VGA resolution each time we exited the camera interface, which was annoying, but now you have an option to save your camera settings and enter directly into the last setup.


Multimedia:

The music player is with the famed Zune interface, and the Music+Videos hub now allows you to create playlists, also subscribe to and download podcasts, The Smart DJ song recommendation function, that was available only in the desktop Zune software or the Zune Player, can now be used directly on the phone.  The phone plays MPEG-4 video files by default, up to 720p, which look vivid on the Super AMOLED display, but Windows Phone doesn't have DivX/Xvid codec support.

Music+Videos hub - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Music+Videos hub - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Music+Videos hub - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Music+Videos hub - Samsung Omnia W Preview

Watching videos on the Samsung Omnia W - Samsung Omnia W Preview


Expectations:

Samsung Omnia W Preview
Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is a great update to a  promising mobile OS, while the Samsung Omnia W runs it flawlessly with its 1.4GHz processor, and makes it look sparkling on account of the Super AMOLED display.

We’d like to see more distinctive elements in the design apart from the brushed metal part of the battery cover, but let’s not forget the handset is in the “W” category, which places it a block below the best, according to Samsung’s new titling scheme.

The Samsung Omnia W has every chance to become a bestseller Windows Phone  if priced right. It is compact enough, with distinguishing features like the Super AMOLED screen, and runs the Mango update with its excellent hardware-accelerated browser like a charm, even on our prototype unit.

The Omnia W seems capable enough to meet most Android midrangers in terms of specs, and in terms of mobile OS is a better alternative than Symbian or Samsung's bada. Android has functional advantages over Windows Phone, so in the end it all comes down to personal preferences.


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Samsung Omnia W

Samsung Omnia W

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1400 MHz
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.57 x 2.31 x 0.43 inches
(116 x 58.8 x 10.9 mm)
4.07 oz  (115 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 14 hours talk time

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