After scattering the magic sand of innovation around the world, Samsung is now ready to again make the new again with its new Samsung Omnia W I8350. With the price range close to Rs. 20,000, this Windows-based device has been launched to give head to head competition to the Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710. Samsung after a long time has come up with the innovation in Omnia; as in the recent past we only came across the hypes of Samsung Galaxy but with the W I 8350 it seems that Samsung has came up with the gift to the Omnia fans waiting for the device to come with the WP7 package.
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Let us have a closer look to this device by following review of Samsung Omnia W I8350 –
Form Factor & Style
As compared to the recent launches from the Samsung, Omnia W seems to be out of the line. The device looks quite simple with single ‘Home’ button which resides at the bottom of the 3.7 inches AMOLED display. On both the side of this home button, you will find the touch sensitive keys for customized options. The device is equipped with micro USB port which is positioned at the bottom of the phone and there is also 3.5mm socket for audio output on the top of the phone.
There is nothing much we can speak about the user interface, as it comprises of the typical WP7 Mango features just like seen in other device like HTC Radar and all. However for quick view, the device UI consists of the Tile system which is also well-known by the name ‘Metro Interface’. The interface is quite user-friendly and easy to navigate. With the 1.4 GHz processor, Omnia W facilitates fast and smooth UI interaction, with quick response to user commands on the touch screen. However there is a minor issues with the menu; the options are being listed in the alphabetical order and there is no option for any kind of customization in the listing.
Samsung Omnia offers competent support to the connectivity capabilities like GPRS/EDGE, WiFi and DLNA. Along with this, the device also has the Bluetooth with A2DP. For browsing internet, the internet explorer offers brilliant support to the rich internet browsing experience. Social networking, email, photo sharing on the web and all other activities are offered with nice support keeping high user experience in mind.
Bing map is pre loaded with fulfilling your GPS needs; however you can also opt for any 3rd party app from the market place.
In terms of picture capturing capabilities, the device offers 5 MP Autofocus camera with LED support. Camera equipped in the device is capable to adjust the White balance and also offer nice support even in low light. Device has a couple of pre loaded apps for photo editing which is fun for the users. Goodies like auto stitch Panorama, FunShot, LomoShot are some of the classic apps which are being poured in the device.
In terms of battery, even if you go for the battery drain test with all the connection off and only video being played, then the battery offers about 6 hrs of support.
In terms of talk time the device is capable to offer 7 Hrs 30 Mins of talk time. Battery supports seem to be competent for long talks.
The Bottom Line
Samsung Omnia W is among the cheapest WP7 phone right now available in the price tag of Rs. 19,990. By looking at the price, one might have a perception to have fabulous features and high end innovation, but frankly speaking, the device fails to even create initial impression. It missed out in many of the major aspects and it the era of Android you will hardly get any comparable features which persuade you to buy this device.
So, better to wait for some tweaks in the current version of Omnia W or even you can go with some other innovation from Samsung. Do let us know your view about Omnia and let us know how different they are from ours.