The Samsung Omnia 7 is the only handset from the manufacturer currently running
on the new Windows 7 operating system. In a bid to appeal to both the business class
consumer as well as traditional phone users, some neat additions such as a very high
quality screen make this phone destined to be a big success.
All Windows 7 handsets feature a homescreen that comprises of a number of tiles,
rather than the icons found on many major operating systems. Not only does this work
incredibly well, but also makes the device look a little different from the majority of
its competitors. The homescreen skin can not be changed, however you could argue
the case that customisation is not needed with the interface looking colourful and
refreshing. Many of the tiles that comprise the home screen can display data, and with
some the phone will utilise internet connectivity to keep you constantly up to date.
The calendar tile for example does not merely allow access to that area of the phone,
but also shows information of your forthcoming agenda. The internet connectivity is
evident in the pictures tile, with not only your camera roll being displayed, but also
pictures from your Facebook account, providing that you are signed in. People who
like to stay in touch via e mails or SMS texts will be pleased with the responsiveness
of the virtual keypad on the Omnia 7. The large screen allow plenty of room to be
given to the keys, regardless if the phone is in landscape or vertical mode. The
predictive text facility work well, helping save time in the composition of messages.
Battery life is certainly on a par with many rival models. The Samsung Omnia 7
incorporates a high capacity 1500mAh battery that provides over 6 hours of 3G talk
time and 330 hours in standby. Internet facilities are a joy to use thanks to the array of
options available with regards to connectivity. Being a mobile handset, a good
connection whilst on the move is essential, especially to take advantage of the push
notifications that are present on this model. Thanks to 3G, you can be assured of a
speedy service where coverage allows, and at those rare times that this is not available,
EDGE and GPRS are present to ensure you can continue uninterupted. When you
have access to a WiFI network, the handsets Wireless LAN facilities give the best
connection possible, with speeds B,G and N all covered. Locally, a MICRO USB
ensures the essential synchronisation to a home computer is possible, and Bluetooth
allows for connection to a wide range of devices without the need for wires.
The Samsung Omnia 7 is a great phone that will appeal to casual and business users
alike. The messaging and great connectivity features make it a worthy work
companion, whilst the media facilities and excellent screen will appeal to the more
The Samsung Omnia 7 and the HTC Desire White are available now.