Sunday, May 3, 2009

Phone Arena reviews the Samsung Omnia HD i8910

Phone Arena got their lucky hands on the new Samsung Omnia HD i8910. This phone features a thin body with a 3.7 inch AMOLED screen, 8 megapixel screen, call/end/main menu buttons in the front, 3.5 mm headphone jack, and volume rockers. The mobile OS running this machine is Symbian, the same OS thats in the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. The interface was modified to match Samsung's UI style. From the video review of the Omnia, I can say it is better than you would expect. The snappy-ness of some processes seemed alright, or not that great. The screen is responsive but not as responsive as you would see in the G1 or iPhone. There is a full landscape QUERTY keyboard and a normal keypad text input in portrait mode.

Despite this, its other features make up for it. It features a music player with a coverflow style menu (in landscape mode), and...


HD video. The people at Phone Scoop said that they did not experience any lag or stuttering or anything of that nature during their video playback.

There is also an 8 megapixel camera onboard which allows very high res' pictures. In terms of quality, its better than what you would expect from a phone. Pictures can be blurry in all light and can seem dark, but its still good.

It can also shoot...

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HD video. It shoots good quality 1280 x 720 HD video. From what I've heard, its not perfect but its good for a phone. I cant tell you first hand about the quality because Phone Arena's HD quality test video is not supported on my computer. They used the video straight from the phone. They did not convert the video into a more user friendly codec, probably because they did not want the quality to get messed up.

The web browser is great. It has flash built in and it has the ability to watch on-site youtube videos right on the browser. The only flaw it has is the fact that its not snappy. You might have to swipe a few times to get the screen to where you want it to be. This can be very frustrating and annoying. You may notice this problem in other processes of this phone.

Overall, this phone is great. It may not be an iPhone or an Android phone, but it seems to be a very good competitor with its numerous features. The only thing I can see getting in the way of this phone is the price. You can expect this phone to be around $400 to $700 unlocked, seeing how the Nokia Xpressmusic 5800 was around $400 and the HTC phones and the Xperia X1 phones were around $700. No official word on pricing or official carriers.

Full Review Here:

[Source] - Phone Arena: Samsung OMNIA HD i8910 Review