The internet is full of stories with Boy Genius report’s secret snapshot of Best Buy’s plans showing this August welcoming a number of mobile phones in the stores. In particular the much-anticipated Samsung Omnia 2 will be launching on Aug. 23, 2009,
Considering the wealth of features under the hood, the Samsung Omnia 2 is a much anticipated iPhone alternative for Verizon subscribers who were eager to have something as powerful and stylish as iPhone.
The first thing that separates Samsung Omnia 2 from its rival is its big 3.7-inch AMOLED screen. An AMOLED screen actually illuminates active pixels individually. That means anywhere you see black, the pixel is “shut off” thus allowing for a true black color to come through. This not only saves on battery, but also produces deep blacks and very vivid colors.
OS And Software
The Omnia II is a Windows Mobile 6.1 device which will be upgradable to Windows Mobile 6.5 once it is released. It runs on a lightning-fast 800MHz processor with 256MB of RAM and 512MB ROM.
Besides all the Samsung software found on the Omnia II there are a few other helpful programs. DNLA’s Connected Home allows the user to access music libraries from remote computers, and Midomi will listen to the song playing and return track information. The Streaming Player is similar to HTC’s Streaming Media player, neither of which are all that practical for playing internet videos. Qik allows you to share live video from your phone with friends and family.
It has a 5MP camera with Auto-focus and dual LED flash, with a number of extra photo features we’ve come to expect from Samsung’s mobile phone range.
It now records at DVD quality (720×480) at 30fps, and can go as high as 120fps at QVGA resolution for slow motion recording. In camera mode the user can select 5, 3, 2 or 0.3 megapixel resolutions, set the ISO from 50-400 or let the device do it for you, adjust the contrast, saturation and sharpness, choose from four preset or automatic white balance and enable Anti-Shake, WDR and geotagging. There are several different scene modes to produce more realistic images: Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Dusk & Dawn, Night Shot, Text, Sports, Backlight, Party & Indoors, Beach & Snow, Fall Color, Fireworks and Candle Light.
The easy-to-use panoramic mode has gotten even easier, now taking 8 shots with the camera virtually doing all the work for you. All the user has to do is snap the first shot and then slowly pan to the right or left while the camera lines it up and snaps the rest of the shots. Results were good, but the resolution gets significantly lowered to 2912×400
The Samsung Omnia II has three homescreens. The first homescreen has the widget sidebar and some shortcuts at the bottom. The two other homescreens are just different wallpapers and you can customize them by putting in your desired widgets. For example, we set the first page up with a clock and calendar, missed events bar and a launcher. The second was set up with weather, internet search boxes from Google and Yahoo, as well as the Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and MySpace apps. The final page was a work oriented one, with CNN headlines, stock quotes and a world clock.
The icons can be added, removed and ordered in any manner one chooses. A simple swipe moves from page to page. Along the bottom there are four non-changing buttons: Others, Cube, Task Switcher and Edit. The Task Switcher is a visually overhauled task manager, allowing you to view and end running programs in either a grid or card interface similar to the Xperia X1 and Pre, respectively.
What user will like most about the Samsung Omnia II is the the Xperia Panels like interface when you bring up the task manager. The shortcut to the task manager is you need to press and hold the menu (center) button.
The Samsung Omnia II I8000 is a quad-band GSM device with 3G on the 900, 1900 and 2100MHz bands, making it a world phone, since it supports both European 3G bands, and AT&T’s 1900MHz one. It offers 7.2Mbps HSDPA and 5.78Mbps HSUPA, Wi-Fi b/g and GPS. Bluetooth can be used for short distance data transfer and supports too many profiles to list.
The Web Browser is still the Opera browser. YouTube on the browser is still non-existent as the streaming player is called up whenever you try to open videos.
Samsung’s Touch Player layout is pretty straight forward, you can view all tracks or by album or artist, and can create your own playlists. Sound quality with the included headphones was excellent, especially after enabling the WoW HD. Samsung’s DNSe technology is employed for more realistic sound reproduction. Even though the included headphones were very good, since the Samsung Omnia II I8000 has a 3.5mm headset jack you can choose to use whatever headphones you wish.
Included in the box
- Li-Ion battery
- AC Adapter
- microUSB data cable
- Stylus pen
- Stereo headphones with microphone extension cord
- 1GB microSD card
- NAVFone Plus navigation software
- Carrying pouch