Samsung Omnia Lite B7300 review

New Windows Mobile 6.5 phone is merely 'ok'

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Making and taking calls generally is quite straightforward on the OmniaLite, and call clarity and audio quality is perfectly acceptable. The touchscreen locks when a call comes in, so you don't accidentally activate it with your face.

A simple press of the Call button pulls up a numberpad on the screen that's adequately spaced for comfortable finger tapping. A row of buttons on the bottom of the display allows you to select from the call log, phone book or compose a text message, while you can also hide the keypad to see your recent calls listed.

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As you tap in a number, options are presented from the contacts list to speed up dialling. The phonebook is neatly arranged, although scrolling through lists isn't as well controlled to swipe through as some of the other touchscreen devices we've encountered, including the iPhone and other Samsungs.

Receiving calls, Samsung has included an Etiquette Pause option among its motion sensor accelerometer settings. This can mute the call ringer simply by turning the phone face down. It also works for other apps, such as the music player and alerts.


Out of the box, messaging is a couple of clicks away. All your text message accounts are presented under one screen here, including Outlook email or other email accounts you're using (settings details for other web-based email providers – including Yahoo, AOL and Google Mail are included, though other POP3 and IMAP4 accounts can be added).

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Your messaging inbox is presented in a similar folder layout to a desktop app, with inbox, sent items, outbox, draft and deleted sub folders listed. As you view incoming messages, they are arranged in conversation strings, so you can follow communications with the sender.

The out of the box default set-up for messaging and email is using a soft QWERTY keyboard. An accelerometer inside the phone enables you to use this landscape or portrait.

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The QWERTY keyboard seems quite cramped in portrait mode, and the stylus will be required if you want to get up any speed – or accuracy - when you're typing. The lack of screen responsiveness around the edges doesn't help matters though. Landscape mode isn't too bad however, even for thumb typing. It's not a bad action as these things go.

The out of the box messaging setup provides XT9 predictive text, which is configured for spelling correction as well as text prediction.

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This can be handy though sometimes irritating, but if you don't want it interfering with your typing, you can switch it off (among other options, including next word prediction) in the XT9 menu settings.

The phone also automatically saves any new word you've added into its onboard dictionary, which can be edited and words deleted if necessary.

The keyboard can be called up or removed by pressing the central button on the bottom of the screen. And if you prefer, by hitting the XT9 Mode key you can switch text input modes, replacing the QWERTY keyboard in portrait mode either with a nicely usable phone keypad-style arrangement or semi-QWERTYoption (with mostly two characters per key, like on the BlackBerry Pearl and Nokia E55).

The Omnia Lite is well equipped for push email. It has Outlook Mobile software onboard which desktop PC users should feel comfortable with using. It supports syncing via MS Exchange ActiveSync and IBM Lotus Notes.

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The handset offers a sophisticated and user-friendly email experience that's well integrated. Emails are well presented with HTML support and a easy-to-use interface with plenty of user options, including a search facility, and configuration settings to tailor it to your usage.

Windows Live is included here too, which enables you to sync contacts and manage your account on the phone. As well as accessing your Hotmail account, Windows Live Messenger instant messaging is supported, with desktop style set-up options including presence status and the facility to get IM notifications on your Today screen.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory250 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyOMNIA
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD High Capacity (microSDHC)
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time9 Hour
Product ModelB7300 Omnia Lite
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Screen Resolution400 x 240
Weight (Approximate)109 kg
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionWindows Mobile 6.5 Professional
Messaging TypeEMS, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height107 mm
Width51.8 mm
Depth13.3 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time650 Hour
Product NameOMNIA Lite B7300 Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Product LineOMNIA
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-B7300IKAXEU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

As productive and powerful as it is simple and fun, OMNIA Lite B7300 Smartphone combines all-in-one SMART performance with a positively practical and user-friendly interface. Its touch-optimised UI lets you navigate its many features with the tip of your finger and the rich graphic layout makes it that much easier, not to mention entertaining. And with a lightning fast browser, hyper-efficient mobile office features and versatile multimedia capabilities, Omnia Lite is designed to do almost everything for just about anyone.