Samsung Omnia Lite B7300 review

  • £259.99

New Windows Mobile 6.5 phone is merely 'ok'

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Video playback options are nonetheless plentiful on this device, which supports DivX, Xvid, H.263, H.264, WMV9 and MPEG4 file formats. Windows Media Player 10 Mobile is pre-loaded, alongside a separate Samsung media player application that takes care of music and video playback.

The Samsung media player can be updated with a quick search, and new content is quickly detected and categorised when transferred over to the phone or a memory card. You do have to repeat this search process though if you switch to the Windows Media Player app (which is much slower to update from a card).

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The Samsung media player interface is user-friendly; the media library is organised under tabbed lists, so you can view categories by all music, albums, artists, videos or playlists. MP3, AAC, AAC+, and WMA music files are supported.

Flip the phone from the functional portrait view to landscape, and the media player browser displays a Cover Flow-style flickable 3D-alike carousel of album covers or video clip thumbnails, which looks very swish. When playing, the user interface is intuitive, with large buttons, options for volume control, cover art displayed (if available) and various sound equaliser effects.

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DivX and Xvid video file support means you can transfer and play these encoded files directly on the phone without needing to convert them.

The Windows Media Player's media listings look typically Windows Mobile, arranged as lists of folders – My music, My videos, My TV and My playlists. Click on these and you go through sub-folders in the usual way until you find content. It's not exactly visually rich, and realistically requires a stylus to operate, but does the job in a functional, Windows type way – considerably less fluidly than the iPhone.

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The player interface buttons are sensibly laid out, and there are pop-up lists of settings options you can go through to adjust standard settings, such as allowing full screen view of content. Naturally, you can easily sync content with a PC, using the provided USB cable, though you can also copy via Bluetooth or slip in a MicroSD card.

Video plays back smoothly and looks good on the screen, though some may prefer more display real estate to enjoy a bigger screen mobile video experience.

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The media player offers decent quality music playback through the earphone headset supplied in-box, with a reasonably good mid-and high-range with solid bass. It can sound a touch toppy at higher volumes but is an acceptable performance for this grade of handset.

No 3.5mm standard earphone socket means you can't easily slip in better quality regular earphones to improve the audio performance, which is a shame.

One slight quirk – the phone has to have the ringer volume activated for the media player to play through the earphones. While this may not seem strange, it means you can't leave your phone on vibrate or silent while playing tunes, which might be a bind if you're listening somewhere where you'd like to be discreet.

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An easy to operate and tune FM radio – which has a neat finger-stroking tuner in landscape mode - ­ is included too, with a recording function to capture songs or radio clips. Samsung has also included ArcSoft Streaming Player software for online video and audio streaming.

A music identification application, Midomi, is pre-loaded that goes one stage further than others like Shazam or Sony Ericsson's TrackID – as well as being able to analyse and identify music you hear around you or on the radio by interrogating a remote database, it also tries to identify any songs you sing or hum yourself.

We were surprised when it worked first time with our dodgy singing, though consequently it had variable success with other warblings; we still thought it was quite a neat idea though.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourBlack
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
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameOMNIA Lite B7300 Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Product LineOMNIA
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-B7300IKAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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.