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Old 08-30-2008, 07:00 PM
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Default Samsung Omnia i900 Reviewed by MobileTechReview

"The Omnia (Latin for "all") in fact has it all: a WQVGA haptic touch screen, quad band unlocked GSM, Euro-only 3G, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, FM radio, DivX certification, a 5 megapixel camera, 624MHz CPU, 8 or 16 gigs of storage and an SDHC microSD card slot. For those of us in the US, the Euro-only 3G takes "all" down one notch. The Omnia works fine on both T-Mobile and AT&T in the US, but you're stuck with EDGE for data. Really, it's hard to imagine that Samsung's flagship PDA phone leaves out triband HSDPA. No carrier offers the Omnia in the US; instead it's sold by online importers for approximately $700 (the 16 gig model sells for approximately $60 more than the 8 gig model). Prices may come down when the phone isn't so new and hot."



Beyond the nice video review, MobileTechReview has done an indepth writeup of the Samsung Omnia i900. With very few actual hardware controls, the i900 relies heavily on the touch-based interface.  As noted in the quote above, the Omnia sadly left behind any 3G goodness once it crossed the pond so North American users will encounter more online speed limit signs. Read on to see what Editor-in-Chief Lisa Gade thought, despite the loss of 3G.



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I would switch to any carrier that would offer support for this phone. Do any US Phone Companies plan to carry this monster?
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Old 08-31-2008, 12:22 AM
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The widgets do indeed look rather nice. Shades of the 5 pages of Snoopsoft's Dashboard (Today screen replacement with a gazillion features and plug-ins), but modernised with animation/dragging. The less hunting through menus the better, within reason, and this interface looks very friendly indeed.

But the screen; it looks rather grey, even in somewhat charitable indoor light. It sure would be nice if someone, anyone, would test one of these outdoors and then report on its performance in sunlight. It just does not look like a good screen for bright light of any sort.
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