The Samsung Omnia is a powerful top-tier phone with one glaring weakness: No 3G for users in North America.
The Samsung Omnia deserves kudos for putting an attractive skin over the aging, boring Windows Mobile interface. The Samsung interface hides as much of the Windows Mobile design as possible, and adds many interesting and useful features.
Unfortunately, Samsung did not provide a triband 3G chipset to this otherwise impressive device, meaning it only runs on the EDGE network in North America. This is important, since smartphone users tend to drive their devices hard, and expect fast upload and download speeds.
That’s the rub. While the Samsung Omnia boasts some of the finest, most exciting features currently available on a cell phone, the novelty stops cold and quick when one realizes this high-end phone cannot command the same speeds as a low-end flip.
That said, the Samsung Omnia calls its interface TouchWiz; aside from a rare few dedicated keys, you will interact with the Omnia entirely by touch.
While the TouchWiz interface is competent, it is not as pervasive and intuitive as, wait for it…. wait for it…. the iPhone, and its somewhat of a guessing game as to where certain finger-flicking motions will work and where they will not.
Very much on the plus side, the Omnia offers up a 5 megapixel autofocus camera, spacious 3.2 inch touchscreen, Windows Mobile 6.1, WiFi, microSD memory expansion, and many other high-end features that certainly deserve mention.
The interface is deep and offers users considerable control and customization. If you like this phone, you will find it powerful and competent. However, it will require some commitment in learning the interface.
For folks looking to buy a smart smartphone, the Samsung Omnia is a viable offering. Just keep in mind that there are faster alternatives.
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