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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There are a few decent applications already installed on the phone, and the option to add a whole load more thanks to the Symbian system (although Samsung doesn't have its own App Store as yet), so we'll rattle through a few of the highlights, all of which play very well with the Samsung i8910 HD.

The game Asphalt 4 is pre-installed, and uses the accelerometer and touchscreen for motion controlled gaming, which is very slick and easy to pick up and play.

The samsung i8910 hd

Smart search works in a similar way to Spotlight on the iPhone, in that it will let you search both on the device and the internet, depending on what you're looking for, which is a pretty neat service.

There's a dictionary with an extensive word list, a compass which actually works, Quick Office and PDF reader to let you do all manner of work-related things, as well as RoadSync which lets you hook up to Microsoft Exchange for calendar, email and contacts too.

The samsung i8910 hd

The GPS data section, which was supposed to let us view things like out position, coordinates and map any trip length, was something of a let-down, as it spent most of the time connecting and trying to find out where we were. However, with a bit more perseverance / luck, we think this could be a really handy feature, especially when coupled with the compass (which will make Google Maps' StreetView a joy to use in the future.)

In short, the i8910 HD is stocked full of applications for many different things you might need. The only three things we would have liked to have seen would be a native Google Mail client, a YouTube video viewer and an FM transmitter, especially with the emphasis on media on this handset.

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.