Samsung Omnia Lite B7300 review

New Windows Mobile 6.5 phone is merely 'ok'

Samsung Omnia Lite B7300
The Omnia Lite B7300 is a Windows Phone and comes packing Windows Mobile 6.5

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The Omnia Lite has Wi-Fi onboard as well as HSDPA high-speed 3G data connectivity (up to 3.6Mbps) so is geared up for browsing and other online applications.

An Internet Explorer Mobile browser is included, which provides a reasonable, if not compelling, browsing experience. Pages download pretty quickly and are rendered full page on the screen, which you can scroll through by finger dragging.

You can zoom in or out with a long press on the screen and activation of the zoom slider, or you can use the option buttons at the bottom of the display – which also include a back button, favourites key, keyboard option and menu button for the browser.

It's not as intuitive or smooth an experience as the iPhone or Android touchscreen browsers, though, and didn't respond as nimbly to controls as we'd have liked. Microsoft's Bing for Mobile is used as the default search engine.

Opera Mini

Samsung also includes Opera Mini browser software for touchscreen mobiles, which provides a faster all round experience, with up to three 'tabbed' pages and a user-friendly interface that feels more responsive than the Internet Explorer app, including one-touch zooming in and out (by pressing and holding the screen and moving up or down).

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As well as the pair of browsers Samsung has crammed in, it also serves up a selection of online-based applications and services.

A Samsung RSS reader app is included which has a selection of feeds pre-loaded, and a podcast app is also included, allowing users to search for, subscribe to and play podcasts.

A Rich Internet function onboard enables you to browse online for additional content – from ringtones and pictures to videos and games.


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