Samsung Omnia W
A phone for Christmas
Another smartphone that’s ready for Christmas is Samsung’s Omnia W. The majority of experts have agreed that the Samsung Omnia W is one of the best smartphones today thanks to its features and desire to include all sorts of endless possibilities; after all, “Omnia” is a Latin word that translates as “everything”. But the thing is: trying to please everybody might end in quite the opposite effect. Is the product we tested some days ago as good as adverts claim? Find out the answer from our latest review.
Easy and comfortable to hold
In our day and age, looks are (almost) everything. That’s why companies are doing their best to attract even more customers by investing a lot of time and money into the design of their newest products. Samsung is no stranger to that: their Omnia W will certainly impress buyers with how light it is; the smartphone weighs only 122g (including the battery), so holding it will make you feel as though you’re holding a feather. The back cover is made of metal and the edges are tapered; this made the smartphone, during our testing phase, very easy and comfortable to hold and operate with only one hand. With these things in mind, the Samsung Omnia W is among the most compact and light devices we have ever come across so far.
3.7″Super AMOLED display
Moving on, the screen of this smartphone is a 3.7″Super AMOLED with touch capabilities and 480 x 800 pixels in terms of resolution. We must say that it is a different display than what we have seen on various other products. For example, the colors it displayed were saturated and looked nice, contrast was high and viewing angles were good. The smartphone’s Pentile matrix means that pixel density isn’t 252ppi, as we would have expected, but actually less. The touchscreen is the device’s main input, although under the display sits a clickable touch-sensitive optical mouse for selecting menu items.
Powered by Windows Phone Mango
The OS on the Omnia W is Windows Phone Mango which translates into social network integration with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and more functional Live Tiles. Our main dislike about the Mango was that it had extremely small onscreen keys which made its menu frustrating to use. Typing, on the other hand, was a very pleasant experience thanks to the virtual keyboard. The interface used by the operating system is TouchWiz which makes multitasking possible and offers the option of opening apps when the user does a long-press on the back key. The People hub features the History bar; this feature put together our communication venues – calls, e-mails and many others – with a certain contact of ours. The best update with Mango is an improved SkyDrive, which is Microsoft’s 25GB free cloud service that makes photos, documents and various media sync seamlessly.
Not impressive camera
The 5-megapixel camera delivered decent-looking photos and videos, but we expected it to perform much better than it did.
The Omnia phone ships with a microSD card slot along with 8GB of internal storage. The 624MHz Marvell processor with 128MB of RAM was very powerful and made heavy operations such as photo gallery browsing work really fast. Surfing the Internet was no problem, because we didn’t experience freezing.
As for features, Samsung’s Omnia W provided HSDPA data transfers and was compatible with 850/900/1800/1900 GSM networks when we traveled outside of the range of 3G coverage and with 2,100MHz UMTS networks. Wi-Fi is also included, as is a GPS. Furthermore, the smartphone runs on Mobile 6.1; this feature gives access to business functionality, such as MS Office document editing and MS Exchange server compatibility for syncing things like e-mail and so on from a user’s Outlook mail account. There’s no 3.5mm headphone handset, but the product is compatible with DLNA clients and servers.
Making calls worked like a charm, with great audio quality on both ends. There were no echoes and no distortions. The battery life took about one day of normal usage.
As a conclusion of the test performed by review team, the Samsung Omnia W is quite a good smartphone, if you have no problem with a somewhat frustrating messaging and interface experience.
|* Windows Phone 7.5 Mango|
|* 1.4 GHz Processor|
|* 3.7″ WVGA(800X480) Super AMOLED|
|* EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900|
|* HSPA14.4/5.76Mbps 900/2100|
|* Sub (Front) : VGA for Video Call|
|* Main(Rear) : 5 MP AF with LED Flash|
|* Playback : 720p @30fps|
|* Recording : [email protected]|
|* Codec : MPEG4/H.263/H.264/WMV|
|* Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|* USB 2.0|
|* Bluetooth® technology v 2.1|
|* Zune Player|
|* 3.5mm Ear Jack, FM Radio with RDS|
|* Codec : MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+/WMA/AMR-NB|
|* 512MB(RAM) + 8GB Internal Memory|
|* Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Proximity, Magnetometer, Gyroscope|
|* Samsung’s Enriched Apps|
|* Now, RSS Times, Video Call(3G), Photo Studio, Mini Diary, All Share(DNLA),|
|* Dictionary (downloadable, except US, Canada, Mexico), Photogram (downloadable),|
|* Rubik’s Cube(downloadable)|
|* Tile-based Metro UX / IE9 mobile|
|* A-GPS / Bing Map|
|* Windows Live Skydrive (Free 25GB Storage)|
|* Office Hub – Microsoft Office|
|* Fun Shot, Wireless Manager|
|* Standard battery, Li-on 1,500 mAh|
|* 115.97 x 58.8 x 10.9mm, 115.3g|