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Samsung Omnia i900 review



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.


Operating system
Windows Mobile
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


MobileBurn

If you are a fan of devices like the Apple iPhone and the HTC Touch Diamond, the Samsung Omnia is probably going to capture your interest. Samsung's done a good job of layering some new functionality over what is otherwise a somewhat dated Windows Mobile user interface. The Samsung extensions and me...

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn


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Screen Size
Unknown

The Samsung Omnia i900's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a ARM920T PXA312 processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 13 days standby time.

Omnia i900 Specs

Overview
Release date June 9, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor ARM920T PXA312
Internal Storage No
RAM No
ROM No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.52 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 13 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.2 x 5.7 x 1.3 cm (4.4 x 2.2 x 0.5 in)
Weight 122 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA, OGG
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SGH-i900

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