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Thursday, 2 August 2012

Samsung Omnia W Review

Samsung Electronics unveiled the Omnia W, it is first smartphone running on the updated Mango version of Windows Phone. Samsung has released two Windows Phone smartphones, and the Omnia W is the second. It runs Windows Phone 7.5 (also known as Mango).The Samsung Omnia W is a stylish mid-range Windows Phone handset, and as such, it offers some decent hardware, namely a 1.4GHz single-core processor, 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display, 14.4Mbps HSPA connectivity and 8 gigabytes of storage.

It has a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash in the rear, and a front-facing VGA camera for video calls. It also allows for 720p video recording and playback. Other features that are standard in smartphones now are Wi-Fi, Bluetooth capabilities, an accelerometer, and light, proximity, magnetometer, and gyroscope sensors. While the specs are solid, they still fall short of the Galaxy S II, Samsung's flagship smartphone that runs on Google's Android platform.



Samsung Omnia W is a compact little handset and lightweight weighing at just 115 grams. Although its angular design, bezel-free front (with Gorilla glass Super AMOLED screen) and brushed aluminum inset on the back lend it more of a premium feel.Its got narrow edges and a reasonably sized screen at 3.7 inches and has good grip in your hands.The display is the best part of handset as it is a Super AMOLED offering a 480 x 800 resolution.The display is bright, crisp and offers amazing contrast and colours.There is the usual trio of Windows buttons below the display with the search and back keys being capacitive and the main Windows key being a hardware key. There are the usual sensors above the display, and also a VGA camera, though it is useless on WP Mango.Backed by 1.4GHz processor for faster applications and improved content delivery, seamless multi-social networking, more energy efficient usage you’ll enjoy utmost functionality and superb viewing in one beautifully designed handset.


Omnia has 3.7 inches Super AMOLED display with 16 million internal colour Depth at WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) internal display resolution (252 ppi pixel density) screen resolution. The display is bright, crisp and classy, and the screen is very sensitive, smooth and responsive.The high resolution means the text is crisp, and the brightness levels are extremely good as well. Indoors, you won’t feel the need to move higher than the Low setting. Colour depth is very good, and we didn’t really find any gradation in any of the images we tested with.



The Omnia W is designed with a 5 MP camera, an in-built LED flash, and a 5X digital zoom. The camera has a number of unique features that allow photographing in poor light, click fast moving objects with perfect clarity.Even HD videos can be recorded with great precision with 1280x720 pixel resolution. It even has a 0.3 secondary camera for video chatting. The Geo-Tagging, Auto-Focus, Image Stabilization, White Balance are the essential features available. The phone is designed with high-audio-quality music player for preloaded and downloaded music, and it supports MP3, WAV and MIDI formats. The phone records 720p HD video at 30 frames per second, and has several preset scene modes and effects you can apply to both the video and the stills. As far as video quality is concerned, footage taken in broad daylight is fluid and properly exposed. The microphone did a good job at capturing our voice clearly despite the plentiful amount of street noise. However, just as the case was when taking still images, the colors in videos taken indoors lean towards the cool side. Besides, plenty of digital noise became apparent when we dimmed down the lights.



While the Omnia W does not come with a ton of software pre-loaded by the manufacturer, it does have a few apps that might come in handy. AllShare is what you would use to stream media to another device over DLNA, while Photo Studio lets you do some basic image editing. You also get an elegant RSS reader called RSS Times, and the Fun Shot application, which is used to add some funky effects to the photos that you take. The most useful app of all, however, is the Now application, which is a blend between a weather, news, and stocks app, and even has its very own live tile to beautify your home screen.

Enriched Samsung Exclusive Apps

Bursting with fun and creative applications that transform your mobile experience into a bounty of multimedia riches. From improved video calls to live data updates to the latest news and magazine feeds, you have complete control of your contents. Multimedia-driven tasks ranging from media sharing to camera effects and photo uploads, as well as automated multimedia personal diary are easier and more pleasurable. Desirable downloadable applications like Collins Dictionary for language learning make your smartphone more invaluable than ever.



The music player is with the famed Zune interface, and the Music+Videos hub now allows you to subscribe to and download podcasts, as well as to create your own playlists. The Smart DJ song recommendation function, that was available only in the desktop Zune software or the Zune Player, can now be used directly on the phone. Sadly, the 6.67GB of user-available storage cannot be expanded, which means that you have to make a compromise over which albums from your music collection you should throw on the phone.



It has wi fi support of 802.11b/g with micro USB and GPS service.


Its 1500 mAh battery is rated for 6.5 hours of 3G talk time or 380 hours in stand-by mode, which is not anything great, but pretty ok considering the battery life of an average smartphone these days. I was able to churn out about 10 hours with the phone though during moderate usage. 8 GB is the internal memory that can be enhanced to 32 GB with SD memory card. 512MB SDRAM Memory

Samsung Omnia W Key Features :

  • 3.7" 16M-color capacitive Super AMOLED touchscreen of WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels)
  • Gorilla Glass
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
  • Dual-band 3G with HSDPA 14.4 Mbps and HSUPA 5.76Mbps
  • Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
  • 1.4GHzQualcomm MSM8255Snapdragon CPU, Adreno 205 GPU, 512MB of RAM
  • 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash
  • 720p video recording @30fps
  • 8GB of built-in storage
  • Standard 3.5mm audio jack
  • Standard microUSB port (charging)
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • Stereo Bluetooth 2.1
  • Mobile Office document viewer/editor
  • Social network integration and cloud services
  • Built-in GPS receiver, A-GPS
  • Stereo FM Radio with RDS
  • Comes with a Video call app and other custom Samsung apps