Samsung Omnia II

Samsung Omnia II

The successor of the highly popular Samsung Omnia was launched in 2009 and it is running on the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system. With this model, the Korean company did a lot of improvements to its proprietary TouchWiz interface by allowing the user to play around with more customization settings and making the entire OS feel more user-friendly.

Design-wise, the Samsung Omnia II looks pretty much alike many of the phones from this segment, featuring a candy bar design. However, it is indeed a little bit bulky; measuring 4.69 x 2.35 x 0.52 inches and it tips the scale at 4.76 ounces. One of the main reasons this model carries some extra weight and it is a little bit bigger than its main competitors is due to the exquisite 3.7-inch AMOLED screen that has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. This AMOLED screen is not only sharper than a regular LCD, but it also is brighter and consumes less power. In addition, it has wider viewing angles, a higher contrast and the pictures are significantly smoother.

Below this generous screen is where you’ll find the Talk & End / Power buttons, along with a Main Menu key. On the left side of the phone sits an OK button, along with the volume rocker and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Also on this side is the microSD slot but in order to access it you’ll have to remove the battery cover. Looking at the phone’s right side, we spot the lock key, a Micro USB port, along with the camera shutter.

Looking at the phone’s back we notice the 5 megapixel camera that has video recording capabilities and packs a digital zoom. If you have used one of Samsung’s digital cameras then you will have no difficulties with the user interface of the Omnia’s camera as these are pretty much alike. You get plenty of settings, like shooting modes, auto focus, antishake, ISO, white balance, along with a choice of various image sizes. It can record videos in three ways: normal, MMS and slow.

The Samsung Omnia II comes with a Communities app that will allow you to access the most popular social networking sites out there, like MySpace, Facebook, along with Photobucket and Flickr. You can store your files either on the 8 GB built-in memory or via the microSD expansion slot which can accommodate card that have a capacity of up to 16 GB. The quality of these pictures will turn out to be quite good, even in low-light conditions while the camcorder can capture clips with very little graininess.

The smartphone manages to be very smooth thanks to its powerful Samsung S3C6410 processor clocked at 800 MHz along with the dedicated graphics accelerator which both make navigation through the menus and the Internet a pleasurable activity.

Lastly, the Li-Ion battery has a capacity of 1,500 mAh and offers a standby time of up to 430 hours and a talk time of up to 12 hours, both in 2G mode.

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