Samsung Omnia Phone Review

Posted: December 8, 2008
Samsung Omnia Phone Review

It's Gadget Pr0n 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.

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

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