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SAMSUNG OMNIA W
POSTED BY EIZ ON THURSDAY, 19 JANUARY, 2012, 7:14 AM
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    Read full review Samsung was a launch partner for Windows Phone back in October 2010, with its
    Omnia 7. The 4in.-screen Omnia 7 was something of a flagship device and still retails for close to
    £400 (ex. VAT) SIM-free. The Omnia W is a less flashy ...


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SAMSUNG OMNIA W
POSTED BY EIZ ON THURSDAY, 19 JANUARY, 2012, 7:14 AM




                                                                Samsung was a launch partner for
                                                                Windows Phone back in October 2010,
                                                                with its Omnia 7. The 4in.-screen Omnia 7
                                                                was something of a flagship device and
                                                                still retails for close to £400 (ex. VAT) SIM-
                                                                free. The Omnia W is a less flashy 3.7in.
                                                                Windows Phone 7.5 handset costing £245
                                                                (ex. VAT) from Clove Technology, who
                                                                supplied our review sample. It doesn't
                                                                h a v e a l l t h e t o p-e n d f e a t u r e s o f i t s
                                                                predecessor, but does the Omnia W offer
                                                                enough to attract Windows Phone fans?


    The Samsung Omnia W is a relatively compact smartphone with, at first glance, nothing to mark it
    out as different from the crowd. Its all-black chassis is almost entirely conventional.


    In our view, Samsung could have done more to differentiate the Omnia W from other Windows
    Phones. Of course, it's compelled by Microsoft to put Search, Back and Home buttons beneath the
    screen, and a camera shortcut button on the right edge. But it's not compelled to use black for the
    chassis, or to adopt a rather pedestrian physical design.


    The edges are angled ever so slightly inwards towards the black backplate, which makes the
    handset look a little less chunky than it is. At 10.9mm thick it feels on the blocky side — in fact, it's
    thicker than a number of tablets.


    On the other hand, the Omnia W is relatively compact at 58.8mm wide by 115.97mm deep. We had
    no trouble stashing it in quite small pockets, and it was easy for our small hands to reach across
    the screen for one-handed use — when standing while commuting, for example.


    The Omnia W's Super AMOLED screen measures 3.7in. across the diagonal and has the standard
    Windows Phone resolution of 800 by 480 pixels. It's just about large enough for viewing web
    pages, and colours are vibrant and sharp. Like many other data elements, individual web pages
    can be pinned to the Windows Mobile Start Screen, making pages you visit regularly extremely
    easy to get back to. It's unfortunate that Windows Phone 7.5 lacks Flash support, although it does
    handle HTML5.


    Text entry is via on-screen tappable keyboards in both landscape and portrait modes. Windows
    Phone makes a stab at guessing what letters you're likely to need next, and increases their 'hot'

				
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Description: Samsung Omnia W - Read full review Samsung was a launch partner for Windows Phone back in October 2010, with its Omnia 7. The 4in.-screen Omnia 7 was something of a flagship device and still retails for close to �400 (ex. VAT) SIM-free. The Omnia W is a less flashy ...