Summary: Whereas Nokia's Lumia 800 is standing tall as the flagship Windows Phone 7.5 device to lead out 2011 for Europe, the selection of new Mango devices is decidedly more competitive in the US. Samsung is taking a very strong two-tier approach with its Focus S and Focus Flash for AT&T. The former is being promoted as a 4.3-inch premier device for $199.99 on contract, while the latter Flash is priced at an entry-level $49.99 with a smaller frame and 3.7-inch screen.
Pros: Crisp, bright display, Low cost, Competitive Windows Phone specs
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!
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
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.
Pros: Affordable price, Gorgeous Super AMOLED screen, Compact size, Attractive, engaging interface, Impressive music and gaming experience, Loud speaker
Cons: Slow camera, Small keyboard, Lackluster data speeds, Can't download Zune videos wirelessly
Summary: The Samsung Focus Flash offers excellent value for its modest price, with a zippy 1.4GHz processor, two cameras, and a vivid screen, though the screen's smallish size and the phone's middling call quality are detractions.
Pros: The stylish Samsung Focus Flash runs Windows Phone 7.5 on a vibrant Super AMOLED screen, and has two cameras and a fast 1.4GHz processor. The speakerphone was surprisingly strong. The phone runs on AT&T's HSPA+ network.
Cons: The Focus Flash's call quality was a little iffy, the fuzzy VGA camera quality can give you the spins, and the screen really should be a little larger.
Excerpt: Although the curated (read: super-restrictive) nature of the iOS platform is fine for showing off, it is practically useless for anything that can be considered productive. It's no secret that an Android or Symbian smartphone is a must if you want to get any work done. However, the iPhone has been the sole option offering a refined and lag-free experience for a long time now.
Pros: Brilliant AMOLED display; Excellent UI; Seamless Social Networking Integration; Front camera; Wi-Fi tethering; Powerful Office suite; Compact and lightweight; Includes Gorilla Glass protection.
Cons: Lacks USB mass storage mode; Useless as a PMP; No Bluetooth file transfers; Non-expandable memory; Strange bug with on-screen keypad.
Samsung Omnia W review: A solid, mid-range smartphone that offers nothing new
Good Gear Guide.au
1 May 2012
Summary: The Samsung Omnia W is not going to attract the iPhone and Android masses and doesn't really offer anything new. However, this is a very good mid-range smartphone at a relatively competitive price. Slick performance, an excellent user experience and a compact size are offset by a lack of internal storage and merely average battery life.