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Samsung Omnia W Review

Samsung Omnia W

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As the case is with all Windows Phone devices, navigation on the Samsung Omnia W is nothing short of flawless. Zipping back and forth through the menus puts no strain whatsoever on the 1.4GHz single-core processor that powers the smartphone. Furthermore, every button and every tile that you touch responds instantly.

Navigation on the Samsung Omnia W is nothing short of flawless - Samsung Omnia W Review
Navigation on the Samsung Omnia W is nothing short of flawless - Samsung Omnia W Review
Navigation on the Samsung Omnia W is nothing short of flawless - Samsung Omnia W Review
Navigation on the Samsung Omnia W is nothing short of flawless - Samsung Omnia W Review

The smartphone comes with Windows Phone Mango out of the box, which means that you get multitasking, Internet Explorer 9, deeper than before social network integration, and a whole bunch of other tricks and features. You can swiftly switch between opened applications by holding down the Back button, which brings forth a side-by-side view of all running tasks where each one of them has its own snapshot. Unfortunately, while native apps resume instantly, third-party software lags a bit when being switched to, which is a flaw common for Mango handsets.

Besides all recent Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn updates from a specific contact with the respective photos, in the People hub you now have the History tab. It puts together all your communication venues with a contact – calls, text conversations, emails, and so on. The Me hub, on the other hand, is where you can post messages on social networks, update your status, and check in at your location.

In the People hub you now have the History tab - Samsung Omnia W Review
In the People hub you now have the History tab - Samsung Omnia W Review
In the People hub you now have the History tab - Samsung Omnia W Review

The Calendar app also unifies your accounts in sub-calendars, which you can paint in different colors to tell them apart easily. And one of the greatest updates with Mango is better work with SkyDrive, the 25GB free cloud service by Microsoft – documents, photos and other media now sync seamlessly with SkyDrive. Speaking of documents, there are numerous improvements to Microsoft’s Office Mobile on the phone. For example, you can now mark several cells in Excel by dragging your finger down, plus you can now use the famed Autosum function afterward.

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SkyDrive - Samsung Omnia W Review

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SkyDrive

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Microsoft Office Mobile - Samsung Omnia W Review
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Microsoft Office Mobile

  
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Samsung Omnia W Review
Samsung Omnia W Review

The search button calls up Bing, but there you also have two new modes – a song recognition button, and QR code scanner, which also serves as OCR software to scan a page, and then translate it in different languages. The OCR is hit-or-miss, but they all are on mobile phones, you need a really good source of light and contrast on the page to recognize the text correctly.

The search button calls up Bing, and two new modes – a song recognition button, and QR code scanner - Samsung Omnia W Review
The search button calls up Bing, and two new modes – a song recognition button, and QR code scanner - Samsung Omnia W Review
The search button calls up Bing, and two new modes – a song recognition button, and QR code scanner - Samsung Omnia W Review
The search button calls up Bing, and two new modes – a song recognition button, and QR code scanner - Samsung Omnia W Review

The point is that all these little helpers are native for Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, and you don’t have to hit the app markets right away to pimp up your WP phone. This, along with the social networking integration are very good differentiators for a mobile OS that aims to become the third player in the Android-iOS race, since it can’t fight with the number of apps available, just with their native integration.

The simple-looking, but effective virtual keyboard on the 3.7-inch display is easy to use both in portrait and in landscape modes, making messaging a piece of cake. There is built-in spell checker, and nice little perks like a cursor popping up above the text box so you can easily drag it to where you want to make a correction. The minimalistic fashion of moving the cursor, marking and copying text make Android Gingerbread look downright crude in that respect.

Virtual keyboard - Samsung Omnia W Review
Virtual keyboard - Samsung Omnia W Review

The Messaging Hub now puts together in a conversation thread your texts, along with Facebook and Windows Live messages with a contact. The same thread view now goes on in the Email app, which also adds a common inbox for having all your accounts at one place.

Samsung Omnia W Review
Samsung Omnia W Review
Samsung Omnia W Review
Samsung Omnia W Review


Software:

While the Omnia W does not come with a ton of software pre-loaded by the manufacturer, it does have a few apps that might come in handy. AllShare is what you would use to stream media to another device over DLNA, while Photo Studio lets you do some basic image editing. You also get an elegant RSS reader called RSS Times, and the Fun Shot application, which is used to add some funky effects to the photos that you take. The most useful app of all, however, is the Now application, which is a blend between a weather, news, and stocks app, and even has its very own live tile to beautify your home screen.

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Samsung Omnia W

Samsung Omnia W

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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PhoneArena rating:
7.5Good
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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