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Samsung Omnia 2 review

Samsung's flagship Windows Mobile 6.5 phone hits the shelves

The Omnia 2's tight integration with Exchange means making calls is simplicity itself. The phone app is launched via a link on the bottom left of the home page, and there's a sensor in the phone that detects when it's being held close to the head and turns off the screen.

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Pull the phone away - to hang up, for instance - and the screen comes back on. Even if it doesn't, physical buttons for initiating and ending a call bookend the home button on the front.

A useful extra trick performed by the accelerometer is detecting when the phone is face-down. If it rings during a meeting, for instance, you can simply flip it over to silence it. Usefully, flipping it over doesn't silence the alarm so you don't need to worry about oversleeping.

Messaging

The lack of a multitouch screen has ramifications for the Omnia 2's messaging. The keyboard is hugely important on a touchscreen, and with the iPhone setting the bar so high it's no surprise the Omnia doesn't match up.

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The problem is that it's so far away. The dictionary is surprisingly good - we found, much of the time, that if we mis-typed a single letter in a word, the Omnia 2 would correctly predict what we'd been trying to write and give us the correct final version.

The problem is that this gives you confidence after a few days using the phone, and that means your typing speed increases. Ironically, this actually means your error rate goes up. We found that as we typed faster and faster, we occasionally left a trailing finger on the keyboard while another finger pressed a new key.

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The Omnia, confused at having two pressure points on the screen, simply stops responding momentarily, and you end up not typing enough letters for the phone to guess the correct word.

It's a pity, as the Omnia's messaging interface is otherwise good. You get a (slightly derivative) conversation-style appearance for text messages which makes it easy to track SMS exchanges, and we found that the email application ran smoothly, even with a crowded inbox.

The ability to have multiple email inboxes and out-of-the-box Exchange compatibility are further pluses.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourBlack
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
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameOMNIA II I8000 Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Product LineOMNIA
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberI8000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

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