Samsung Omnia 7

Samsung Omnia 7

The long dominance of the iPhone and Android operating systems could be well be under threat with the launch of the Samsung Omnia 7 mobile phone.

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Our Rating: 82%

Our Samsung Omnia 7 Review

The long dominance of the iPhone and Android operating systems could be well be under threat with the launch of the Samsung Omnia 7 mobile phone. It makes full use of the Windows Phone 7 operating system to provide a product which competes remarkably well with the two established rivals. With a 1Ghz processor, 8Gb of storage and a 5-megapixel camera, it's fully-equipped and ready to go.

Where this handset scores heavily is the beauty and clarity of its screen. The clever use of a black background, which also extends battery time, makes the colours really come to life. Microsoft have kept close control over the interface, which means, unlike those running Android, the look will always be the same on all handset running it. The software giant obviously hopes to build some familiarity here.

They've gone large with the icons, which glow in brilliant colour, making them easy to tap. By hitting the main Windows button, you are taken to the home screen, laid out in an arrangement of snug-fitting tiles, which seems a much more orderly arrangement than icons with a lot of space between them. This arrangement is, of course, fully customizable, but they've put most of what you would want up there in the first place. Swiping is pleasingly reactive and the obvious focus on simple ease of use has been achieved. Hold any tile for a second and a range of menu options will appear.

Browsing is available through ugly old Internet Explorer, but you can tab up to six windows at once and the pinch to zoom and tap zoom obey your every command without delay. However, there's no Flash support and browsing speed is a lot slower than users of other smartphones will be used to. It's not just the Samsung Omnia 7 mobile phone, as other handsets running the Windows system also suffer from this lack of speed.

The camera on the Samsung Omnia 7 mobile phone is pretty good, although results are hampered by an over-bright LED flash. You'll have to be careful when to use it and when not to. However, the camera is easy to access, and while not loaded with features, it does a pretty solid job. That's also the case with the HD video.

One thing you won't find on other operating systems is X-Box Live, which can make long journeys fly by. In contrast to the slow browser, games are fast and slick and there is a good selection to choose from. You can try many games in basic demo mode before choosing whether to go for a paid download. It seems that Windows is determined to keep itself to itself, reinforcing its branding and creating an identity for all handset using its operating system.

What We Liked

Superb screen and easy interface.

What We Disliked

Slow browsing lets the side down badly.

Our Final Verdict

This is a major step forward in the look and feel of a phone. Sort the browser speed out and it could be a winner.

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General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 122.4 x 64.2 x 10.99 (mm)
Talk Time 400 mins
Standby Time 300 hours
Weight 138 g
Quad Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 5.00 megapixels
Video Player Yes

Phone

Voice Recognition Yes
Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Smart Phone Yes
Internal Memory 8GB

Messaging

Instant Messaging (IM) Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Email Yes
HSDPA Yes
WAP Yes
Web Browser Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes

Samsung Omnia 7 Full Specification

General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 122.4 x 64.2 x 10.99 (mm)
Talk Time 400 mins
Standby Time 300 hours
Weight 138 g
Quad Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 5.00 megapixels
Video Player Yes

Phone

Voice Recognition Yes
Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Smart Phone Yes
Internal Memory 8GB

Messaging

Instant Messaging (IM) Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Email Yes
HSDPA Yes
WAP Yes
Web Browser Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
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