by January 8, 2010 0 comments

Samsung’s Omnia series phones have been gaining a lot of attention due to
their high-end features that are combined with killer looks. The Omnia II is the
latest phone from the series that not only brings impressive looks to the phone,
but has some impressive hardware under the hood as well.

The Omnia II looks exactly like the Samsung Jet, though with a bigger display
screen. It has got the same aesthetics and almost the same weight as the “Jet”,
The only differentiating factor is Omnia II’s larger 3.7” Touchscreen display.
Unfortunately, being a windows mobile phone, the display is restricted to just
65k colors, even though the resolution is 480 x 800 pixels along with haptic
feedback. The Touchscreen on the other hand is amazingly responsive for a
windows mobile phone. The phone also sports a 3.5mm audio jack on top alongside
a well-covered micro USB port.

Omnia II is powered by a Samsung 800MHz processor, 256MB RAM and even has a
dedicated graphics accelerator. It comes with 2/8/16 GB of internal storage
expandable by a microSD card. Thanks to this, most of the applications on the
phone and the UI itself run surprisingly smooth.

The phone runs Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz UI on top of windows-mobile
6.1. The UI completely changes the look and feel of the Smartphone. All the
functionality is present, but in a simpler and more touch friendly way. The
icons on the TouchWiz UI are large and the main menu has a different screen to
scroll through, studded with icons. Like the iPhone, Omnia II also limits the
users to have just 10 screens with icons. The main display has the widgets bar
and comes with 3 homescreens where the user can place the widgets as per choice.

The phone sports a 5MP autofocus camera with an LED flash, which takes good
snaps in daylight. However, indoors, or in low light conditions, a lot of noise
starts showing up. The camera also records videos in 720 x 480 pixels, which are
of above average quality. The sound output of the phone is loud, both in terms
of external loudspeaker and in the in-ear speaker. GPS works great, but the
phone doesn’t come preloaded with any software for navigation, which is a

Samsung Omnia II (GT
Samsung India,

Specs: Quadband, 3.7” AMOLED resistive
touchscreen, 65K colors, 480 x 800 pixels, 3.5 mm audio jack, 2/8/16 GB
internal + microSD, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, 5MP AF camera, LED flash, FM, DivX,
1500mAh battery, 123g

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The phone has an amazing battery life that lasted for over 2 days on standard
usage. The lack of a camera lens cover and the point that microSD card slot is
under the cover are few minor issues with the device. Overall, the Omnia II is a
great device for people who are looking for a smartphone combined with a
multimedia device.

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