Phone Review: Samsung i900-Omnia

Short Reviews

  • Make/Model: Samsung SGH-i900 (Omnia)
  • Data: Quad-band EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi,
  • Network: HSPDA 7.2 Mbps
  • Carrier: Unlocked
  • Weight: 122 g
  • Size: 112 X 56 X 12.5 mm
  • Form Factor: Candybar with full Touchscreen
  • Memory: 16GB/8GB with an SDHC expansion slot that supports an additional 16GB
  • Display: 3.2” TFT WQVGA (240 X 400)
  • Notable Features: 1440mAH battery; Windows Mobile 6.1 professional, Push email, tv-output, business card recognition, Samsung's proprietary easy sharing capabilities, nice camera.
Universal landscape mode and universal landscape QWERTY; optically-enhanced action button functions as a scroller or track pad; appropriate use of haptic feedback and accelerometers; excellent 5 MP camera with LED flash, auto-focus and face detection; secondary cam for video calls; embedded GPS; FM radio and overall A/V-friendliness; large, welcoming and sensitive screen; it's a generally comfortable phone that makes you feel cool even though you're obviously using a Windows product.

Windows Mobile may be a bit cumbersome and inaccessible for some users, even with Samsung's TouchWiz UI, which is a bit bland, but better than WM default; reception problems in sketchy coverage areas; no built-in stylus sheath; volume rocker sits RIGHT next to the camera button; in-call screen lock can be a hassle; proprietary headphone jack.

The Omnia is at the top of each list-gotta-try that phones with touch screen. You can hardware and a generous screen, big and sensitive enough to compete in the PC market-driven. The unlocked version is expensive, but it's cheaper than the nearest rival - The HTC Touch Diamond. And it feels harder than other phones in the same price range. Windows Mobile is not the favorite of all interface, but you really have to play with this beauty to appreciate the manner in which rests comfortably in the hand.

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