The Samsung Omnia marries touchscreen with HD video. Check out the review here and take a look at the price, features and technical specifications while you're at it.

Mobile Phones: Samsung: Samsung i8910 Omnia HD


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Samsung i8910 Omnia HD

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With Touchscreen phones becoming even more specialised and customised for its discerning users, Samsung have a trick up their sleeve with the Omnia HD; offering users the advantage of experiencing Hi-Definition video on their mobile handsets. What's more, with an 8MP camera and smarthphone functionality the phone leaves almost no stone unturned.

Design and Looks
The exteriors of touchscreen handsets leave little room for individuality, in this regard the Omnia HD has made a desperate attempt to stand out from the crowd; the phone's exterior features a metallic frame that surrounds the display. It does not look like anything special but it certainly differentiates the Omnia HD from the many other touchscreens out there. Obviously the most redeeming exterior feature of a touchscreen phone is the touch sensitive display itself. In case of the Omnia HD, it's the generous 3.7 16 million colour AMOLED display.

Sporting an impressive size, the AMOLED display also consumes little power giving more than 5 hours of video playback on a single charge. The large touchscreen size also lends to a relaxed user-touch experience. What's more is that it offers haptic vibrational feedback for better tactility. The screen uses capacitive technology and is also reasonably sensitive to finger presses. As for the picture quality, the display nicely complements the HD tag line with good colour representation. On the downside, the screen's legibility under direct sunlight is awful.

The build quality of the phone is not worth the price and you will notice Samsung have employed cheap glossy plastic on many portions of the phone especially around the display. Being large, single-handed operation is almost impossible but rest assured the phone is relatively slim and light weight.

The heart of the phone lies in the Symbian60 operating system that powers the intuitive TouchWiz interface. But the phone is very unlike most Symbian phones and wears the unique charm of a Samsung TouchWiz device. As usual the TouchWiz UI offers users with three customizable homescreens filled with widgets. To meet the hardware requirements of the OS and UI, Samsung have equipped this model with an 600MHz ARM processor with a built in graphic chip. Needless to say the OS is snappy and quick to respond, it is also more than capable of handling multiple apps at a time or heavy graphic processes.

The phone boasts the best in class telephony with good reception and call quality. However on the features side there is much left to be desired. For one there is no smart dialing or voice dialing. A neat feature here is the accelerometer based control for incoming calls; flipping the phone over when receiving an incoming call will silence it. Silencing alarms can also be done in the same way. The phonebook is extensive as usual and there is also an option for photo contacts.

Messaging on the phone can be done in three ways: QWERTY, alphanumeric keypad and handwriting recognition. Messaging options include SMS, MMS, Email and IM. Setting up email is not easy as all parameters need to entered manually but after this is taken care of emails work like a breeze.

The phone comes equipped with the Media Browser photo viewer that enhances picture quality by boosting contrast and saturation levels of photos. It also comes with touch support and browsing pictures can be done either by tilting the phone or by sweeping the finger across the screen. The only problem with the Media Browser is that it's slow and takes time to load the image onto current memory, this notwithstanding the media phone tag.

Although not a music phone, we reckon audio is given preference because this phone is built to handle HD video. Additionally the music player benefits from this. The Omnia HD's music player is loaded with goodies such as the 5.1ch equalizer preset that gives users the full theatre effect. The phone also boasts of the DNS 2.0e audio enhancement technology. Music wise the audio reproduction suffers with the audio output being not up to the mark- there is a tendency for the bass frequencies to get cut off during playback.

The phone's radio feature is about as good as it gets. Apart from doing the obligatory automatic scan and save, the radio also provides RDS support, scans automatically for alternate frequencies and allows users to record broadcasts; a nice way to record music off the air for future playback.

Coming to the phone's USP, the Omnia HD offers users with two video players: the standard RealPlayer that comes with all Symbian phones and the proprietary player for HD videos. Needless to say the former will stay largely untouched. The proprietary player supports DivX and XviD formats and also features support for subtitles. The interface of this player is simple yet intuitive. The only hiccup with this player is that it does not support the most common format of HD videos: the MKV format. Another oddity not directly associated with the player is the lack of an HDMI port. This means users wishing to watch HD videos on their telly or computers from the handset will have no option but to stream videos through DLNA networks instead. There is a standard TV-out but using that will reduce HD videos to SD quality. All in all, there isn't any other handset out there that offers the video viewing capabilities of the Omnia HD.

Except for the lack of an HDMI out, the Omnia HD has pretty much every connectivity option covered. You name it; GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth, WiFi, 3G, GPS... the list is endless. Speaking of GPRS, the browser that comes with the phone has full touch support. In fact, where kinetic scrolling fails on other touchphone-browsers, Samsung seem to have perfected it on the Omnia HD. There is of course double tap zoom option but even this does not come with its faults; it tends to be unresponsive at times. The page rendering algorithms are good and it gives the user the impression that they're browsing on a PC. Then of course, like any high end phone, the Omnia HD's browser features full flash and Java support.

Among the organiser applications, Samsung offers Quickoffice that provides support for viewing common office document types including Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Sadly the version of Quickoffice that comes preinstalled on the phone does not allow users the option to edit documents - users wanting to do so will have to purchase the full app online. Apart from the Quickoffice there is also another application that lets users view PDF files.

The camera of any phone with the HD branding will naturally arouse curiosity, does the camera complement the HD video viewing capabilities of the phone is what most buyers will ask. Sadly this is not really the case. Don't get Samsung wrong, the camera is an 8MP shooter which is amazing in itself, but expecting movie like HD quality out of such a camera may be taking it too far. Nonetheless, the camera is laden with goodies like smile and face detection, geotagging, Wide Dynamic Range or WDR (which decreases contrast and increases detail on shots.) Then there's also a blink detection which is not very useful. The photos are great; noise levels are under control, colour representation is accurate. Most photos come out so well that users are likely to stay happy with every shot they take. The Omnia HD can give compact digital cameras a run for their money.

As far as videos go, like we said, the phone does not have HD movie like recording but offers 720p HD video recording which is a first for a handset. In 720p HD mode videos are recorded at a maximum frame rate of 24fps. The videos are marvelous for a handset and come close to the capabilities of dedicated camcorders. To make your videos more professional there are extensive options in the video recording interface like gridlines and the option to switch between autofocus and manual focus. What's missing from the list is image stabilization, which manifests itself in the unavoidable camera shake.

Finally, the phone features a built-in GPS receiver. The GPS receiver facilitates geotagging in the camera application, supports the SatNav feature and is also used to calibrate the compass. The GPS application that comes bundled with the phone is the Samsung Mobile Navigator which is based on the Route66 application. It offers full navigational support including voice guided assistance, weather service and traffic info but ofcourse this will be available at a cost. You can however choose to download other GPS applications if you find the proprietary app to not be of your liking.

Although projected exclusively as a video phone, the Omnia HD comes loaded with everything under the sun. The Omnia HD leaves little to be desired for.

Features
  • Symbian S60 operating system with touchWiz 3D UI
  • 3.7-inch 16 million colour AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display
  • ARM Cortex-A8 600MHz processor with HW Graphic Accelerator
  • 256MB RAM
  • 8MP auto focus camera with LED flash, geotagging, face detection, smile shot, image stabilizer, Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), ISO 1600
  • HD 720p video recording at 24fps
  • WiFi with DLNA technology
  • GPS with A-GPS functionality
  • 8/16GB internal memory
  • Wide range of connectivity options
  • TV out (SD only)
  • DNSe audio technology
  • DivX/XviD video support with subtitles
  • Virtual 5.1 channel Dolby surround sound for headset
  • Accelerometer sensot for automatic UI rotation, turn-to-mute and motion-based gaming
  • Magnetometer for digital compass

Accessories
  • Samsung WEP301 (Black and Silver)
  • Samsung WEP750 MicroUSB Bluetooth Headset
  • Samsung WEP470 Progressive Noise Filtering Bluetooth Headset
  • Samsung WEP250 Bluetooth Earpiece
  • Samsung WEP350 (Red, Silver and Black)
  • Samsung WEP460
  • HKT600 Bluetooth Car Kit

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Samsung i8910 Omnia HD Price India
Price:Rs. 33,000
Warranty (years): 1
Color Options:Black


Technical Specifications of Samsung i8910 Omnia HD
Overview Body Type Bar
Battery Life/Talk time 13.0 Hours
Standby Talktime 600 Hours
Dimensions Width 59 mm
Depth 12 mm
Length 123 mm
Weight 148 g
Camera Camera Yes
Secondary Camera Yes
Camera Resolution 8 MP
Camera Flash LED
Auto Focus Yes
Display Display Size 3.7 inches
Display Resolution 360 x 640 pixels
Dispaly Type AMOLED
Colours 16 million
Memory Internal Memory 8GB/16GB
Card Slot Yes
Complimentary Card No
Expandable Memory 32 GB
Multimedia Features FM Radio Yes
MMS Yes
MP3 Player Yes
Connectivity Options Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Infrared NO
USB Connector Yes
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
HSCSD Yes
WAP Yes
Technology Cellular Network GSM
3G Yes
SIM Type Single SIM
Operating System Operating System Symbian Series S60
Features Input Type AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen
Handsfree Speaker Yes
Flight Mode Yes
Inbulit Dictaphone Yes
GPS Yes
Flashlight NO
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