The Samsung Omnia W Windows based smart phone operates on the new 7.5 Mango OS. A very balanced mobile in both presentation and features, the Omnia W performs well with its single core 1.4 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM. Its thin “candybar” form factor and light weight provide a good fit for hand and pocket. The Samsung Omnia W has all the standard mobile phone features as well as decent functioning multimedia and camera operations. Smooth operation and no noticeable lag in Internet applications make this mobile a solid performer.
If you are a minimalist, then you will love the clean design and solid feel of the Omnia W. It is slightly reminiscent of the older model, the Omnia 7, with an angular front and backward receding edges. This works for the Omnia W allowing it to stand out from the other Samsung Smartphones with a curvier frame. This handset has a 3.7-inches screen which is a tad bit smaller than the full 4-inches of its predecessor, the Omnia 7.
The Samsung Omnia W is a well performing smart phone. This mobile supports a moderate 3.7-inch display running WVGA color in 480 x 800 pixels. The screen is perfect for this size mobile with acceptable apps, multimedia and viewing quality. Fitting nicely in your hand with its 116 mm length and rounded edges, the mobile is comfortable during long sessions of use. Its 115 gram weight is not over taxing. The Omnia W can access virtually every network from quad-band GSM, 3G, 4G, HSUPA to EDGE as well as WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1.
The Samsung Omnia W can record video in 720p High Definition at 30 fps. The camera LED flash also supports lighting during camcorder operations indoors. Video playback is smooth and virtually flawless, but there is no way to export your creations to a big screen other than off loading the files through the Zune interface on your computer. There is no user removable storage on the Omnia W, which would have come in handy for multimedia files. The user only has access to about 6.5 GB of the 8 GB internal storage on this mobile.
The 5 MP camera with LED flash on the back does a passable job at snapshots, but many of the images appear on the drab side. It does support autofocus though. There is a front facing VGA camera on the Samsung Omnia W to support video calling applications.
The Internet browser has been upgraded with the inclusion of the 7.5 Mango OS. Pages are rendered smoothly and quickly on the screen. The bright Super AMOLED screen makes for easy page reads and responds to double tap actions to expand your selections. Unlike many browsers with the double tap zoom which take you immediately to full zoom, the Samsung Omnia W double taps in three stages of zoom to allow you to focus on what you really want to read and see. Flash, however, is not supported by the Omnia W browser.
For the music lover, the Samsung Omnia W features Microsoft’s Zune interface. The Zune app now includes a Music+Videos hub that allows you to create your custom playlists as well as handling podcast downloads and subscriptions. The Zune based music recommendation app called Smart DJ is included on the mobile now so it can recommend similar titles on the go. Again, though, the Omnia W internal user storage is limited to 6.5 GB so choose wisely the albums you wish to pack along on the mobile.
- Band: Quad-band GSM support, 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- Memory: 512 MB RAM; 8 GB Internal Storage
- Connections: Bluetooth 2.1, microUSB port; Wi-Fi: Yes, EDGE, HSUPA, 4G
- Display: 3.7-inch WVGA colour
- Camera: 5.0 megapixel rear, 0.3 megapixel front
- Dimensions: 116 x 58.8 x 10.9 mm
- Weight: 115 grams
- FM Radio, Stereo with RDS
- Battery: Li-ion battery
- Battery Life in Stand-by Mode: Up to 380 hours (3G)
- Battery Life in Talk Time: Up to 6.5 hours (3G)
- Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) OS
- Network support
- Super AMOLED display
- Internal Storage Limitations
- Zune Interface to PC