Samsung i8910 HD review

Renamed from the Omnia HD, it's a beast of a media phone

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The internet function on this phone is certainly a step up for two reasons: one, the much larger screen means that you can obviously see more of a page, and two, the Symbian internet browser is miles and miles better than the mobile-only option thrown onto the likes of the M8800 Pixon and Samsung Tocco Ultra phones, as it works almost exclusively in full HTML.

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Internet connection is quick over 3G or HSDPA, and lightning fast over Wi-Fi, with the Samsung i8910 finding your home network faster than any other device we've tried bar a couple of BlackBerrys (and we all know they have a sneaky business advantage).

However, for all the promise the internet is probably the least impressive feature of the phone. The full screen option doesn't automatically activate when not pressing any of the buttons, which it instinctively does on nearly every other touchscreen phone, and finding the larger screen option means delving into the menu. It's not the most irritating thing in the world, but it's a long way from perfect.

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Confusingly, the touchscreen starts to act a little oddly in this setting, with the usually responsive display not enjoying prolonged presses and movements to navigate around the screen, often ending up with either a tap too hard or soft.

Holding your finger down in one place for a few seconds also activates the zoom function, where you can then slide up and down to zoom in and out. However, in the course of trying to press hard enough to interact with the screen, this function was often activated, resulting in an annoying mess of too-large pages.

Perhaps this is a technique that will come over time, but for the time we were testing it we found ourselves getting more and more frustrated with the performance.

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The Symbian browser also struggles to be terribly innovative as well, with simple functions hidden down a variety of menus. We upgraded to Opera Mini, and found that while this wasn't as good an experience as on other phones, it was still better than the Symbian browser, which needed three menu presses to simply access the reload button, which is irritating for a mobile browser that easily caches and saves older pages.

But a special mention must be given to the 'Back' button on the browser - while it doesn't just go to the previous site as you'd hope it would, flicking through the panels to see the previously visited sites makes them spin around for no good reason, and that's the kind of feature we'd like to see more of.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSDPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyOMNIA
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time30 Minute
Product Modeli8910 HD
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution640 x 360
Weight (Approximate)148 g
Maximum Video Resolution720 x 480
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Operating System VersionSymbian OS 9.4
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Instant Messaging, Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height123 mm
Width58 mm
Depth12.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time450 Hour
Product NameOMNIA I8910 HD Smartphone
Processor Speed500 MHz
Processor TypeCortex
Product LineOMNIA
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberI8910HD
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Samsung's I8910 HD leaves nothing to be desired. It shoots video in full HD and photos with 8MP. The world's largest AMOLED display at 3.7" is your own personal movie screen that auto rotates. That along with high-speed web access, there's no reason to leave work or play for later on. Add to that up to 16GB of built-in memory and we're sure you'll find plenty of ways to use it ?35 movies, 12,000 MP3 songs or 18,000 photos.

Standard Memory256 MB