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It did have the largest screen available on any phone. That's why I bought it. I needed to be able to see the screen and my eyes are telling me I'm gettin' old.
Running Windows Mobile 6.1 and sporting a touch screen and accelerometer, this phone has plenty of capability. It does not have a physical keyboard but the onscreen variety functions quite well. Three things were an absolute requirement for my device. GPS, the ability to utilize Google maps on my mobile, and a pointing device. In place of the Blackberry's scroll wheel, this one has an optical mouse. It reads the movement of your thumb over the square "Select" button. Great for getting the pointer into the tiny check box that is so hard to select from the touch screen. One of these days the hackers are going to be able to use the wifi radio to create a mobile hotspot with this phone. It is great for the gadget guru who likes to play with programming and widgets. For the rest of us, it is a wonderful widget box. Get your news feeds, blog feeds, or stream internet radio through its media player. Simply open your web browser and navigate to thestreamcenter.com/pda for nearly any radio station in the English speaking world. 2 of the 5 side buttons serve dual purposes, 4 of which can be reassigned to customize your phone to your preferences. You can set the today or home screen to 2 different configurations depending on if you hold it in profile or portrait positions. Slide your finger up or down the screen to scroll through your contacts or to slide your programs screen left or right to a second page which also scrolls up and down. Set widgets on your today screen to monitor wireless radios or email or all of the above. It has 8GB of native memory and can be expanded to 16 via a micro sd card under the back cover. The longer this one's out there, the more programs and apps are available to download to further customize your handheld communications center.
Given the problems this device had at launch (8GB memory yet warnings pop up with less than a single GB of data loaded in it and the gps and other features were originally locked down to Verizon's programs) which have subsequently been fixed with the ROM released just a few months later, this phone is a bit of a sleeper, meaning it is a greater value than its reputation suggests. So, when you first get your phone ensure it is running the latest ROM before you load your contacts and favorite files as you will have to do it all over again after the ROM update which you can ask your local Verizon store to do for you. If that sounds like too much trouble, simply make sure the phone you are buying has the gps unlocked. A few of the devices from the original launch are still floating around but the vast majority have either been updated or were released after the update. In fact you might be able to find a real deal if you are willing to go through the bother of taking an out of date phone to Verizon to be updated before you start it up on your contract.
All in all, a good smart phone but check the specs and compare them to the most recent devices and know the requirements of the latest programs and widgets you'll want to run on it. At this point the phone has only been out for about a year. It is fullfeatured at this point, but as tech advances, I'm sure new goodies will eventually make this one look old in short order the same as the PPC6900 by HTC. Suddenly, we had to have gps, accelerometer, etc., App store?
This is my first touchscreen smart phone. I'm really enjoying it!
Pros: Slim and easy to stash. Responsive touch screen (Windows 6.1 is a little sluggish, but that is not the phones fault). 5.0 mp camera with flash. Flash also serves as a mini flashlight, when needed.Reception is good. Includes 8mb of storage, which is great, and you can add up to a 16mb micro sd card for a total of 24mb( Huge, for a phone!). FM stereo when used with headphones (good reception). All the features that comes with windows mobile, including outlook syncing, microsoft office apps and more.
Cons: The main screen is limited in customizing; you can choose between a couple of options for your screen , but they fell short of meeting my expectations for my main screen. I ended up downloading a free app that made it a little more customizable. You can purchase apps that will really open up possibilities but I did not want to spend the money. Some of the cons have to do with windows mobile 6.1 which is not the phones issues. I downloaded a $10 app for my calendar (Thumbcal) as the stock program is just not good! The built in typing app is hard to use so I downloaded an app for that too. So all in all most the issues are with windows.
I really like this phone and it's fun getting to understand all it's capabilities. I would not hesitate to buy this phone again. The price right now is great for aphone like this. Hope this helps in your decision
The Samsung Omnia has a strong on-line following due to the great availability of software available for the phone. Knowing others who have this phone, I knew the level of customization that I could do to it. I have been able to modify the phone, via software, to exactly match my needs. There are newer phone with stronger hardware feature sets, but few allow for the flexibility to customize quite like the Samsung Omnia. Various on-line forums have in-depth discussions about how to customize this device, some of what is discussed does require a solid technical knowledge to implement.
For a resistive touch screen phone this is relatively more sensitive interface. Samsung produces a robust piece of hardware when it comes to the abuse of daily use. The camera is a stand out, when paired with the Samsungs camera software.
The GPS works but can take between two and 5 minutes to get satellite locks. There is no support for augmented GPS, so there is no tower triangulation for locating, prior to satellite lock. Much of the original Samsung software, other than the camera's, leaves something to be desired. Samsung uses propitiatory power, and accessory connectors on this phone. Prior to changing much of the software load on this phone, I would at best call this an average device.
This is a Windows Mobile device running 6.1 from the factory. Windows Mobile 6.1 leaves much to be desired. The later versions of Windows Mobile, like 6.5.3 are a drastic improvement, and show Microsoft is on the right path to improving there mobile interface.
Alot of people complaing about the smaller screen on this phone and how it's not finger friendly, which i completely agree with out of the box. However with a good ROM (if you dont know what that is, just look into it) this phone really shines, It's smaller form factor make it more pocket friendly, and packs all of the features that alot of the pocket fillers have.
Battery life is avearge i would say for the size of the phone. Dont expect to watch a movie on it, use it through out the day, and not have to charge it at night. That's just unreasonable to think you could get away with with an item so small but powerful.
All in all out of the box the phone is still good but is more stylus oreiented. Which can be a pain if you buy one that does not come with the said stylus.
But Divx/Xvid, Wifi (reception, or it can be a mobile hot spot) 5mp camera (above avg quality for phones), and Office on the go, in such a small package. what more could you ask for.?
This phone was marketed by Verizon as the "iPhone killer". I got it for free from Verizon with free shipping after waiting about 4 months to renew my contract. They kept sending me emails dropping the price until they sent it to me for free.
It runs on Windows and frequently freezes. The touch screen is so unpredictable. It never picks up the link that you want, it's always the link above or below or to the side of the link you actually want. This screen is also a nightmare to try to type on. Don't bother to try to text on it. It pulls up crazy words and misspellings while you type. There is also limits on the number of links you can open in an unspecified time period.
The camera is a decent 5.0 megapixel and the photos are good, not great. I went to a Verizon store, asked them questions about the phone and they laughed at me. They told me they really got me with that phone. Even though I received it for free with free shipping, I still fill ripped off. Avoid this phone at all costs.
I will be upgrading to the Droid and maybe to the iPhone if (when) Verizon gets it.
Originally, I was looking at the Samsung Omnia because my mom needed a new (Verizon) phone and didn't want to upgrade/extend her contract. I thought I would buy the Omnia, since I wanted a touchscreen, and give her my phone which was an EnV3. I got the Omnia and, to be honest, did not like it at first. It was overwhelming to me and I didn't understand its options and capabilities. Now I love it. It took me a LONG time to get used to the virtual keyboard and all of the options (I still find things that I didn't know were on it) but now I love it. That said, my hubby would never adapt to this phone...he has big hands and would not be able to text on it, so I can see where this phone would not be for everyone. In my opinion this phone was offered ahead of its time. I don't know when it first came out through Verizon but it is very comparable to some of the phones offered now. It has a 5.0 MP camera with video on it...huge memory on it for a phone and that is expandable with a memory card. Reception is great (after installing the most current update). It is windows based and I know some of the newer phones are Android based so I'm not sure of the difference there. All in all, I am very happy with my Omnia now. I will be eligible for an upgrade with Verizon in a couple months and I don't know if I will even take it because I don't know if I want to give up my Omnia.
WOW this phone has a windows 6.1 inside its really fast downloading or uploading it hase wifi and bluetooth great stuff i put 32 gb micro sd card and read it with no problem didnt slow down or nothing camera on the product is 5.0 mp it has 2 led flash light its bright and takes good pictures and video then there is the second camera in the front you can talk to your friends and see them at the same time great
Pros:beautiful body, gives me weather updates on my home screen, very nice camera, opera web browser, 8 gigs standard memorey plus memorey card support, lets me get 3rd party apps, ex:google maps, has every feature you can think of on a phone.
Cons: touch screen is precise but requires a firmer press than some others, no 3.5mm headset jack, windows mobile interface slightly boring (which is why i have this program on it called mobile shell which makes it lots more interesting.)
i bought this phone because i thought it was a good value as it is priced below almost any other similar phone on ebay ex:htc droid eris, motorola droid.lg env touch. Its not perfect but i like it anyways. i would give this phone an 8.5 out of 10.
This phone (the Samsung SCH i910) is a fascinating piece of tech- it works quite well in some ways and is frustrating beyond belief in others.
Pros- parts of the interface are well-designed. It is quite convenient having a computer in one's pocket for directions and web searching (and since I hate the tiny keys of many sliders, the on-screen keyboard is a nice compromise).
Cons- the capacitive touchscreen is spotty- sometimes it takes multiple presses to make it register and most games are a royal pain without some form of stylus present. Also, depending on the program, reading text from online sources can be severely unpleasant- rather than squeeze to size (ala Iphone), you tap the screen to increase or decrease. That would work fine, but it is sluggish and multiple taps will sometimes register, sometimes not, sometimes, 20 seconds too late.
Overall, it is a reasonable step into pocket computing (the M$oft mobile versions of Word and Excel work fine) but this device is no replacement for a more robust machine, pocket, laptop or desktop.
This Samsung Omnia is a fantastic alternative to an Iphone if you are with Verizon like I am. Battery life is good, the phone signal is great and there are many wonderful features. The 5mp camera is fantastic, and the WiFi works wonderfully. **A note to whomever is reading this: My phone runs on SPB MOBILE SHELL a software app that increases the versitility of the phone and makes it very user friendly. I believe it costs $30 and is a must have for the Samsung Omnia.