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Samsung i8350 Omnia W
4 weeks ago
Summary: The Samsung I8350 Omnia W belongs to the category of midrange phones. It isn’t exactly brilliant, compared with other analyzed products. Its major pro is that it’s very well built and has a good price tag.
Conclusion: You must've figured it by now. If you're coming from an Omnia 7 you can pass right along - nothing much for you here. The Omnia W has a smaller screen and less storage than its predecessor - and the beefed up processor cannot quite make up for that. The Omnia W is not an upgrade however. It's actually targeting a different set of users that were left out last year - deterred by the price tag of the original Omnia 7.
Pros: 3.7" 16M-color capacitive Super AMOLED touchscreen of WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels), Gorilla Glass, Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, Dual-band 3G with HSDPA 14.4 Mbps and HSUPA 5.76Mbps, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, 1.4GHzQualcomm MSM8255Snapdragon CPU, Adreno 205 GPU, 512MB of RAM, 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, 720p video recording @30fps, 8GB of built-in storage, Standard 3.5mm audio jack, Standard microUSB port (charging), Wi-Fi b/g/n, Stereo Blueto...
Cons: Non-expandable storage, No mass storage, Zune-only file management and sync, No Bluetooth file transfers, No Flash (nor Silverlight) support in the browser, No DivX/XviD video support (automatic transcoding provided by Zune software)
Conclusion: After weighing in all its positives and negatives, we can say that the Samsung Omnia W is one decent all-around smartphone, especially when we take its price point into account. Sure, it may not come bragging with a dual-core processor, tons of RAM, or any bells and whistles of that kind, but its performance is nothing short of flawless despite the mid-range hardware that is listed on its specs sheet.
Pros: Compact and lightweight, Silky smooth navigation, Very good in-call audio quality
Cons: Storage cannot be expanded, Somewhat underwhelming multimedia performance
Summary: Windows Phone 7 as an OS has become mighty delicious after the Mango update. I would go on to say Microsoft has managed to offer a better user experience than what Android offers, making WP 7.5 second best only to the iOS. The Omnia W performs very well. Add an excellent battery life and a good display, and the dish is ready to be served, hot.
Pros: Windows Phone 7.5 is impressive, Excellent performance, Pretty looking UI, Good battery life
Cons: None, really!, Cheap battery cover opening mechanism, if we nitpick!
Samsung Focus Flash – an unassuming, but stylish Windows Phone 7 handset that everyone can afford
15 November 2011
Conclusion: The price is supposed to be somewhere between $50-100 with a contract on AT&T, which is pretty good for what you’re getting, but there aren’t a lot of reasons why you should choose a Windows 7 smartphone over the competition. If you like or need the OS, the Focus Flash is one of the best choices, though.
Conclusion: The battery life hurts, but aside from that, the Samsung Focus Flash performs as well as any Windows Phone and costs only $50 with a two-year contract — roughly $150 less than a lot of other high-end smartphones. With that price cut comes a smaller 3.7-inch screen, a weaker 5-megapixel camera, and no microSD slot, but the core functionality of the phone is on par with almost any single-core device on the market.
Pros: Bright, colorful Super AMOLED Plus display, Low $50 price, High-end specs for its price, Solid construction, Windows Phone 7.5 interface rocks
Cons: No microSD, 5-megapixel camera is a bit slow, Poor battery life, 3.7-inch screen may be too small for some
Conclusion: Like we mentioned above the hardware isn't really anything special or new, but then neither is the software with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. We've seen it before but it does come in a decent package that is at least somewhat impressive when considering the price it'll be -- just $49 with a new 2-year contract.
Summary: Whether you're shopping for your first smartphone or you just want a capable device without spending a bundle, the $49.99 Samsung Focus Flash is a compelling choice. The interface is attractive and easy to use, the Super AMOLED display is top-notch, and the design is compact but solid. While some may find the display a little cramped--and wish the data speeds were faster--the Focus Flash is a great alternative to budget Android phones and the iPhone 3GS on AT&T.