Samsung i8910 HD review

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

The Samsung i8910 HD
The Samsung i8910 HD

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Samsung has packed its New PC studio software in the i8910 HD box, which essentially turns your phone into a Mac-like server on the PC. Its well-designed, clean software is among the best on the market (bar iTunes and the Apple iPhone, of course) as you can open and close things like video and music player, as well as edit images and mess around with contacts.

In essence, it lets you use the phone to its full extent without having to mess around with icons, which can only be a helpful thing in our eyes.

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A common feature of mobile phone PC software is the ability to encode files to fit the handset, and while this is possible here (for instance with MP3 playback) the sheer amount of codecs supported (MP4, DivX, AVI) mean that you're very unlikely to need to, which is a real bonus.

There's the option of using the phone as a modem as well, which might not please your network, although if you don't constantly use your Samsung i8910 HD for surfing day in, day out, you might just get away with it.

We especially liked the dashboard bar at the bottom of the software, which lets you quickly access key phone functions. Other software is only just starting to catch up with the Phone to PC relationship, so we're happy Samsung has put some thought into this one.

The samsung i8910 hd

Other connectivity worked well too, although all too frequently the Wi-Fi would drop out once the phone locked itself, which was frustrating when trying to download something over the airwaves, meaning you have to keep poking the screen to keep it alive.

The phone can be connected to the PC by either mini-USB or Bluetooth, depending on your poison, and happily it's defaulted to Bluetooth which means that setting it up to connect wirelessly is a piece of cake, rather than having to force it to do so.

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.