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Samsung Omnia II (Verizon Wireless)
5 April 2010
Summary: While not the most powerful smartphone on the market, the Samsung Omnia II features an improved user interface and a richer multimedia experience to make it a worthy upgrade over its predecessor and one of the best Windows Mobile devices on the market.
Pros: The Samsung Omnia II boasts a spacious and sharp AMOLED touch screen. Samsung's TouchWiz 2.0 user interface gives the Omnia II great customization options and is easy to use. The Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone also has advanced multimedia features, Wi-Fi, 3G support, Bluetooth, and GPS.
Cons: Omnia II is a bit bulky; Swype keyboard takes some acclimation; can occasionally be sluggish.
Conclusion: So does the Samsung Omnia II i920 deliver? Yes and no. In one aspect, the device is a major upgrade from the original Omnia i910, as it comes with a large AMOLED display, Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro, TouchWiz 2.0, and faster processor. But at the same time other smartphones have been released, such as the HTC Imagio, DROID ERIS, and Motorola DROID, all of which have significantly changed the landscape.
Pros: Brilliant 3.7” AMOLED display, TouchWiz 2.0 replaces most of the WinMo environment, Good multimedia experience with a lot of files supported, Overall attractive and professional looking
Cons: Overall sluggishness in menus and programs, Did we mention the lag when opening programs and changing between them?, Still not as user-friendly as TouchFLO 3D or Android OS, Video Recording is choppy with low frame rate
Conclusion: Whether you love TouchWiz 2.0 determines if this is the phone for you. There's plenty of power under the hood in terms of specs, networking and Exchange support, but we find it buried under too many layers of too-sugary icing. That said, if you're upgrading from a TouchWiz phone, it might tickle your fancy. We found the phone to be sluggish at times despite the fast CPU but loved the vivid AMOLED display and strong video playback capabilities including DivX.
Pros: Large AMOLED touch screen with vivid colors, lots of storage.
Cons: Sluggish, Windows Mobile may be too eradicated for some tastes.
A feature-packed Windows Mobile smartphone boasting Samsung's upgraded TouchWIZ user interface
Good Gear Guide.au
30 April 2010
Summary: The Samsung Omnia Icon's TouchWIZ UI isn't as slick or polished as some of the alternatives, but it remains an excellent way to spice up the normally drab and clunky Windows Mobile UI. It's not perfect, but a superb display, excellent features list and an interface that is intuitive for the most part combine to make this one of the best Windows Mobile smartphones on the market.
Summary: When you weigh up its strengths and weaknesses, the Omnia Icon is better suited to lovers of mobile media than to dedicated business people. It has a capable suite of productivity tools, but people who need excellent messaging will find the on-screen keyboard a tad too small.
Pros: Nice, familiar design, Excellent multimedia capabilities, Superb, finger-friendly skin of Windows Mobile, All popular connectivity options
Cons: On-screen keyboard is a little small, Lag can still be an issue when multitasking
Excerpt: The Original Samsung Omnia caused quite a stir when it was released last year, and quickly became one of the most popular Windows-powered mobiles on the market, doing well against the Sony Ericsson Xperia and HTC Diamond. This leaves quite big shoes for its successor to fill, as both Sony Ericsson and HTC have also promised big things for their new smartphones, due to be released in the next few months. So will the Omnia II bring anything unique to the table?