Samsung Omnia W Review

  • Main features & specs:
  • 3.7" 16M-color capacitive Super AMOLED touchscreen of WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels)
  • Pixel density one of the best in the class at 252ppi
  • Dual-band 3G with HSDPA 14.4 Mbps and HSUPA 5.76Mbps
    • 1.4GHzQualcomm MSM8255Snapdragon CPU, Adreno 205 GPU, 512MB of RAM
    • 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash
    • 720p video recording @30fps
    • 8GB of built-in storage
    • Standard 3.5mm audio jack
    • Standard microUSB port (charging)

Omnia W, being a Windows phone comes with a few disadvantages like Non-expandable storage, no mass storage, Zune-only file management and sync, no Bluetooth file transfers, and finally, no flash (nor Silverlight) support in the browser.

The Samsung Omnia W runs Windows Phone Mango. It's a clean and simple interface. The Live tiles display information such as the current date, pending calendar events, missed calls, unread emails and more, all without the need to open up any of the respective applications. The Pictures tile shows an animated slideshow of your images. The Group tile lists friend updates. You can look at them as homescreen widgets of sorts. By this, we can see that the OS still in its early years is becoming mature, but however, for some, it may seem like just oversimplifying easy daily tasks. The phone does sports multitasking, but it can be switched off in the settings, for the purpose of saving a bit on the battery. Windows Mango also can be controlled through Voice Only feature, and yeah, Microsoft can brag about it touting it as a Siri competitor because it is quite accurate,answering all kinds of questions from users.

Much like with most midrange to high end Samsung phones the in-call quality and signal reception on the Omnia W were great.

The phone application shows you the call history, with shortcuts to voice mail, dialer and phonebook. The phone live tile will show the number of missed calls as will the lock screen.

The dialer itself is as simple as it gets - a phone keypad with a Call and a Save button. The lack of smart dialing is an annoyance, but the People hub is good at finding contacts. Messaging has been a strong side in Windows Phone, and it carries the tradition well, with simplified yet feature rich messaging having threads mash together SMS, Facebook and Windows Live messages, all at one place.

The media players reside together in the Music & Videos hub, which bears the Zune logo. When you start it, it shows the History, which gives you quick access to the last two things played, or you can go to the full menu and start the music or video player, listen/watch podcasts (both audio and video podcasts are supported), start the FM radio or go to the Marketplace. The interface is easy and straightforward, with great graphics. Videos looks too awesome on the super Amoled display of 252 ppi pixel density. Hardly an inspiring musician, the Samsung Omnia W I8350 still does well enough to satisfy all, but the most demanding users out there scoring relatively clean and quiet on the audio quality segment.

The Samsung Omnia W is equipped with a 5 MP camera with autofocus, Geo-tagging, image stabilization and a single LED flash. It can capture images of up to 2592 x 1944 pixels resolution with the camera app interface being simple and straight.The camera on the Samsung Omnia W performs well but it produces slightly soft images, Overall it does produce good results with good colors and nice detail. However some might prefer punchier colors from their cameraphone, which is something the Omnia W doesn't offer - not that it's bad, but not a great SLR killer too!

Now, coming to the some more features the phone offers, it provides Bing search, Marketplace with decent number of apps that you might ever need, Xbox live gaming, Bing Maps, and the best, a Full-featured Office-one Windows can brag about... LOL.

Samsung Omnia W instead of aiming high, it makes itself comfortable in a relatively new territory for Windows Phone. Not ridiculously spec'd but solidly built and with enough personality. Powered by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon and flaunting a Super AMOLED screen, the Omnia W has enough of an edge over the main competition.

Finally, you get what you pay for.

Author: Apoorv Dayal

Currently a student, based in Mumbai, India, involved in technology since long. An aspiring engineer, and likes trying out new gizmos in the tech arena! lol...that's it, no great speech or stuff to write about me!

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