Samsung Omnia 2 review

Samsung's flagship Windows Mobile 6.5 phone hits the shelves

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Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 12 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 800 x 480

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  • Spectacularly bright screen
  • Excellent range of connectivity options
  • Good mistake correction dictionary
  • 5MP camera


  • Occasional build quality niggles
  • Laggy performance
  • Weak battery life
  • Resistive touchscreen

With the Apple iPhone currently king of all it surveys, there's a fascinating scrap going on further down the table of smartphones.

Some, such as BlackBerry, are sanguine, largely allowing their QWERTY-based offerings to carry on as normal, but the Samsung Omnia 2 is a completely different beast.

Apparently convinced that the touchscreen is the way of the future, the Omnia 2 carries on where the year-old original Omnia leaves off.

The screen has grown by half an inch, to 3.7-inches, and the old Omnia's TFT technology has been ditched in favour of brighter, more power-efficient OLED tech.

That means, in theory, the screen should be easier to read, and the battery should last longer. Samsung's specs sheet claims an extra two hours talk time versus the Omnia when connected to a 3G network, and an extra 90 minutes on a 2G network.

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Some of the Omnia's specifications remain the same, but that's not to say they're lagging behind. The camera is still a respectable five megapixel unit with a dual LED flash and adjustable focus, and the Omnia II comes with all the mod cons.

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An FM radio, a full web browser and – hooray! – a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top rather than a proprietary connector all make this a phone which, on paper at least, is as good when it comes to entertaining as it is at working.

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And, unlike the original Omnia, the Omnia 2 comes with Windows Mobile 6.5, which despite its flaws is an undeniable step forward from older versions of Microsoft's mobile OS.

samsung omnia 2

That means you get compatibility with Microsoft Exchange, and a powerful mobile version of Microsoft Office, all tied together in a phone which can connect virtually anywhere – HSDPA, HSUPA, plus EDGE and quad-band GSM and Wi-Fi could make the Omnia a perfect choice for iPhone-avoiding, always-connected types everywhere.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyOMNIA II
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time12 Hour
Product Modeli8000 Omnia II
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Weight (Approximate)129 g
Maximum Video Resolution720 x 480
Processor ManufacturerSamsung
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Operating System VersionWindows Mobile 6.1 Professional
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height118 mm
Width59.6 mm
Depth12.3 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesII
Battery Standby Time430 Hour
Product NameOMNIA II I8000 Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Product LineOMNIA
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberI8000
Manufacturer Website Address
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Bigger, bolder and better, the Omnia II picks up where its predecessor left off. The oversize AMOLED Display isn't the only thing that screams "more," the Omnia II. packs more features like the simple touch-optimized user interface and more fun than you ever thought possible, making your entire mobile experience oversize. It's all that you want and more than you need. In the palm of your hand.

Standard Memory256 MB