Kind of a sleeper Value for $
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?Read full review...
very nice phone, touch screen could be a little better ,and I had to update it to unlock GPS. Most other features stay the same as the SCH-i900. Most noticeably, the i910 does not include the secondary VGA camera on the front; presumably due to the lack of support for video calls in North America. The North American version of the phone uses the same 624 MHz chip used by other versions. This has been confirmed by numerous North American users through the "settings" menu on the Omnia.over all good phone :)Read full review...
Great phone, fast internet connect on the Verizon network, Wifi is also superfast. Touch screen on the phone works great very touchy. Still learning telephone functions. Kinda difficult while talking on the phone if you do not put on the lock feature while in a call, hookup bluetooth and works better for long calls, more comfortable. Sometime I would like louder volume. Overall great little phoneRead full review...
you can make this an incredible phone!
The phone as it comes from verizon isn't much fun to use and it isn't very powerful. It needs some tweaking, which you can do easily yourself with help from the omnia communities at modaco and/or samsung-omnia.org
You'll wind up with a phone that runs very quickly (the default UI tends to lag), with a very streamlined (updates bring it to windows mobile 6.5, which is actually very good and organized) interface and work environment. The camera is phenomenal, and the capabilities are endless.
You can get thousands of apps for free.
I'm using one right now that turns the phone into a wifi access point, for no extra charge (verizon would charge, I think, 15 bucks a month just for tethering). Take that, palm pre plus!Read full review...
Durable touch screen phone
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.Read full review...
Good smart phone with greate camera
I bought the CDMA phone samsung omnia i910 one month ago and was immediately impressed with the number of features available on this inexpensive phone. It has a 5M-pixel camera (good quality), WIFI, Bluetooth, big memory capacity inside (8 GB), Windows Mobile OS.Read full review...
great phone, many features
I'm enjoying my new phone, at first it was a little bit difficult, I was dialing numbers accidentaly but as I get used to it, it becomes easier to manage. This is a great phone with a lot of features. It was pouring the area where I live and my cable was not working at that time; my daughter and I wanted to go to the movies but did not know the time schedule of course we were able to access the web on the phone and view the shows and time schedule, that was great. I'm still having some difficulty with the video and picture areas, hope to reslove this issue soon. still a very fine product at a decent price.Read full review...
Great Phone, If your not scared to flash it.
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.?Read full review...
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.Read full review...
This phone is very complex. However, some of the most simple things are hard to find and do such as accessing the contact list. The touchscreen is very sensitive and the battery life is better than any I have ever had. It will not sync with my bluetooth completely, not doing a total contact list share. There are far too many icons to learn. It is not for the tech avoiders. It does connect quickly to online sources via whatever it uses to do so, wi-fi perhaps. It just needs to be simplified for the everyday user.Read full review...