Tech Review: Samsung Omnia Phone


Posted December 9, 2008 - By Eugene Morton

Samsung Omnia Phone Review »

It's Tech Review time and our review of the new Samsung Omnia phone might peak your interest with it's large touchscreen, support of Windows Mobile, 5 megapixel camera, and built-in Wi-Fi.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

What You Need to Know

  • The Omnia is a new touch-screen phone from Samsung and it has a large 3.2" screen (240 x 400 pixels)
  • It weighs about 4.3 ounces and is .5" thick
  • There's a 5 megapixel camera on the back with a built in flash
  • It has three solid keys below the screen for answering calls and controlling the mouse
  • It has standard smart phone connections like Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth
  • The Omnia runs on the Windows Mobile 6.1 platform, which appears more user friendly
  • It has expandable memory up to 16GB via Micro SD
  • It also supports a wide range of file formats like DivX and WMA music
  • The higher megapixel camera allows for better photos that you can share with the Omnia's multimedia messaging (video recording, also)
  • There's force feedback for almost every press or gesture
  • The phone also includes a stylus
  • The Windows Mobile interface is easy to understand, but hard to use; we gave up on our hands pretty quickly
  • Icons are way to small and it feels like you have to press and hold instead of tap
  • The alternatives are the stylus or using a button to control an on screen cursor. Both make typing take forever
  • Beyond the touch screen we also had numerous crashes and freezes in our short use, and the accelerometer is wonky
  • Also the phone doesn't operate on the 3G network in North America
  • The Omnia appears more customizable than a lot of phones.
  • It has a powerful built-in camera, MMS, expandable memory, and Microsoft Office compatibility
  • However, the touch screen is just plain bad, and the customizability won't make the Windows Mobile platform seem any less complicated


  • $200 with contract

Overall Rating

Tech Review: Samsung Omnia Phone


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