Samsung B7300 OmniaLITE review: The light side of life
31 October 2009
Conclusion: Windows Mobile has long been flirting with the midrange but PocketPCs are not so keen to go down…erm… the ranks. HTC would drop an occasional lower-end handset but it's not really what they do best. But we guess the market situation is now forcing manufacturers to reconsider. Samsung are quite eager obviously to update their fleet of WinMo devices and the Omnia lineup is trying to cover the whole range.
Pros: 3" 65K-color resistive touchscreen of WQVGA resolution, Quad-band GSM support, 3G with 3.6 Mbps HSDPA, Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional OS with TouchWiz UI, Samsung ARM 1176 667MHz CPU and 256 MB of RAM, 3 megapixel autofocus camera with smile detection and VGA@15fps video, Built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS, Wi-Fi with DLNA, FM radio with RDS, DivX and XviD video support right out of the box, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1, standard microUSB port, Office document viewer and edito...
Cons: Low-end display resolution, No standard 3.5mm audio jack, Poor screen sunlight legibility, No two-position shutter key, despite autofocus functionality, No stylus slot
Summary: Expectedly, the Samsung Omnia Lite B73000 is a reduced version of the Samsung Omnia Lite 2. But as with the Samsung Omnia Lite 2 the smartphone runs on the reliable OS, Windows Mobile (version 6.1). The Samsung Omnia lite though has a smaller screen (3 inches, not 3.7), a lesser camera (3 megapixels, not 5) and less memory.
Summary: If you thought Windows Mobile 6.5 were an extinct species, then you need to think again. We have actually tested the Samsung GT-B7300, better known as the Omnia Lite. We have previously praised some Omnia models up in the clouds, such as Omnia HD. Other times, we have not been little impressed, something test by Omnia Pro is an example. The question is whether the Omnia Lite is a new highlight in the Omnia series.
Excerpt: Available At: Samsung has dominated the cheap touchscreen phone market thanks to the Samsung Tocco Lite and the Samsung Omnia2 as well as the Samsung i900 is doing quite well in the high end smartphone department. Now it's time that they try to dominate the mid-range touchscreen phone market as well. Nokia already has some pretty solid mid-range handsets such as the Nokia 5530 and the Nokia 5800 so Maybe the Samsung OmniaLite will be a best seller too? Let's find out.
Summary: New Windows Mobile 6.5 phone is merely 'ok'
Pros: Wi-Fi and HSDPA, A-GPS with Google Maps, Windows Phone tools, Mobile Office suite, Decent media player
Cons: Windows Mobile 6.5 OS, Screen required stylus, Sometimes ponderous performance when apps open, Accelerometer not engaged automatically on some apps, No 3.5mm headphone socket, No flash on 3.2-megapixel camera