Samsung Omnia W Review

Introduction and Design

The Samsung Omnia W is a mid-range Windows Phone handset, and as such, it offers some decent hardware, namely a 1.4GHz single-core processor, 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display, 14.4Mbps HSPA connectivity and 8 gigabytes of storage.

And if the little fella seems familiar to the folks in U.S., that is because it is pretty much identical to the Samsung Focus Flash, which recently joined AT&T's lineup. But will it leave us with an impression as good as its U.S. counterpart did once we were done playing with it? Let's take it for a spin and find out.

The package contains:

  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • Wired headset
  • Quick Reference Guide


The Samsung Omnia W is a compact little handset save for the 10.9-millimeter (0.43-inch) profile, which is still decent. It is also very light at 115 grams (4.07 ounces), despite the metal element on the back cover, and pretty comfortable to hold and operate with one hand thanks to the tapered edges and the reasonably-sized screen.

You can compare the Samsung Omnia W with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The 3.7-inch Super AMOLED (not Plus) display is a good differentiator among the other new Windows Phone handsets that are already on the market. Its nice, saturated colors are quite appealing and its outdoor visibility is more than satisfactory. The 480x800 pixels of resolution should result in 252ppi pixel density, which is quite good, but the PenTile matrix takes a slight toll on the display's sharpness. Nevertheless, images look sharp enough and fine text is fairly legible.

The display sports the usual for AMOLEDs pitch blacks, high contrast and very good viewing angles, but the colors displayed are on the colder side, again something that seems inherent to Super AMOLEDs, making white appear blueish.

Overall the design of the Samsung Omnia W doesn't stray away from the Windows Phone guidelines, offering the obligatory three navigational keys below the screen, with a physical Home button, and a dedicated camera key plus LED flash to accompany the 5MP shooter on the back. The chassis is a tad bland but pleasant to hold and look at, and if the phone was offered in other colors than black it would even be a looker.

Samsung Omnia W 360-degrees View:

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