Samung i900 Omnia

Samung i900 Omnia

Samung i900 Omnia is powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and packed with MS Office (PowerPoint, Excel, and Word). Omnia has 3.2-inch Wide QVGA touch screen, which supports 240 x 400 pixels and fully packed with features. Samsung i900 Omnia comes packed with a 5 megapixel auto focus camera, which has features like face and smile detection and auto-panorama shot.

 

Translated from Latin, the name of Samsung’s new model means “everything” and its main purpose is to fully satisfy the needs of the modern cell phone user. This is a phone with a unique combination of characteristics such as 5-megapixel camera, large touch display and GPS, taking advantage of the Windows Mobile 6.1 platform. In addition, this is the first device with a built-in support of not only DivX, but XviD video. The logical question, Can it cook?” comes to mind…

The package includes:

  • Samsung OMNIA

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    Samsung Omnia i900

  • Handsfree (including 2 sets of additional ear plugs) and 3.5mm adapter
  • Data cable
  • Charger
  • Stylus
  • Software CD
  • User’s manual

Design:

Nowadays, the design is everything. Even a very good product would quickly be forgotten if it doesn’t come in a shiny package. Luckily, OMNIA is well prepared in this aspect. It is one of the most attractive Windows Mobile devices.

The display is 3.2 inch one, which makes it comparable to the famous iPhone. Unfortunately, resolution wise, it is behind the leaders. We think that WVGA would suit it much better, compared to the 240х400 it has now. Nevertheless, the screen offers good image quality, but we have a few remarks regarding the colors, which have a light yellow hue. It is almost impossible to use it in direct sunlight, which is a big drawback. We have nothing to say about the sensitivity, even though Apple’s baby is still far ahead. Every touch is accompanied by a gentle vibration, no matter if you have activated any function and often, that could mislead you if you have tapped the wrong place. In addition, you have an extremely fashionable stylus at your disposal, which could be easily replaced by any object.

The rest of the hardware buttons are on the right side. All of them have a decent size and are easily felt once pressed, which makes them user-friendly. On top of that, they have multiple functions. When held, the button for entering the main menu activates the Task switcher. By using the key for turning the volume up, you can switch on the zoom, no matter which menu you are in. Pressing the camera “trigger” one time leads to the gallery. Even though it is not revolutionary, we have to congratulate Samsung for the realization of the idea. Multifunctionality is the way!

The opposite side houses the strap “hook” for accessories (in our case stylus, but if you are a fan of Snoop Dogg – big purple dice) and the charger connector. To our regret, the last one is not a standard miniUSB, which is more popular since it is used in various electronic devices and could, for example, save you the purchase of a separate cable for the phone and for the camera. On top, we have the small and hard to press power button, accompanied by the one for hardware restart, which is accessible only with a stylus.

 

Samsung i900 Omnia

Samsung i900 Omnia

On the back, we find the 5-megapixel camera with flash. To get to the microSD slot, you’ll have to remove the battery lid. In contrast to the one we saw in the prototype, which looked like rubber-coated, now, it resembles polished metal. It looks good, but we think that a metal surface would suit the device better.

 

 

Despite OMNIA’s beautiful appearance, we don’t think that’s its most attractive asset. For an all-in-one device, the user-friendly interface and the rich multimedia functionality are of more importance.

The phone comes with a huge 16GB memory similar to the iPhone and on top of that, you also have the option of using a microSD card for increasing the memory further. Then, there is the quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, combined with HSDPA 7.2Mbps. Omnia also features built-in accelerometer, which allows the UI to rotate automatically and follow the handset’s current orientation.

With Omnia you get Windows Live pre-installed and also get Push Hotmail. Omnia  comes with Outlook and a fully functional Office Suite on the device, so that you can access, read, edit word documents, excel worksheets, power points.

  • Network: quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE + HSDPA 7.2Mbps
  • Dimension: 112 x 56.9 x 12.5 mm, Weight: 127g 
    samsung i900 Omnia

    samsung i900 Omnia

     

  • Wireless: stereo Bluetooth (A2DP), WiFi
  • Display: 3.2-inch WQVGA (240×400 pixels) touch screen
  • Camera: 5 megapixels with auto-focus, featuring face and smile detection as well as auto-panorama shots
  • OS/UI: Windows Mobile 6.1 with Samsung’s widget-friendly TouchWiz user interface running on top of it
  • CPU: Marvell 624MHz
  • Other: built-in GPS, accelerometer for auto-rotation, optical mouse
  • Two models will be sold: 8GB and 16GB, that can further be expanded with microSD memory cards

Omnia should be a great phone to own and use, but we are not sure about the price. Omnia could definitely give iPhone a competition especially for the fact that iPhone is over priced in India. If you are planning to buy a touch screen smart phone, Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA is also in the way and is expected in India by October which features a full fledged QWERTY key pad as well.

Update: Price of Omnia-24GB for 37,999 and 32GB 39,999.

 

The only objects on the front are two large and relatively easy to press hardware buttons (Send/End keys) and an “optical” mouse, like in Samsung i780. When the virtual cursor is not active, it the mouse has the role of a D-pad and you have to run your finger in the direction desired. Overall, this alternative input method is good, but you’ll never feel a need to use it while operating the phone.
Imroz

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He is one of the founder members of Techstarz. He holds an engineering degree in computer science and an mba in systems. Imroz is based in mumbai and works for a privately owned software development firm. He blogs at techstarz and his personal blog at imrozbaig.com

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