Samsung Omnia Initial Impression

Two days ago I replaced my damaged phone for the new Samsung Omnia through my Verizon carrier.  I wanted to submit a review as to my initial impression of the phone.  Later, I may resubmit a more informed review as I learn the finer and not so fine points.

The first thing to note is that this is my 3rd successive Samsung smartphone with a version of Windows Mobile – the Omnia sports version 6.1.  For those who have owned phones made by Samsung, you know that they a packed with great features, but always manage to have a few extremely irratating traits which keep you from unequivocally loving it.  The Samsung Omnia is no different.

The beautiful large display is the first thing that stood out.  Images are sharp and bright.  The screen rotation works well all the way around.  There is no such thing as upside down or sideways.  Touchscreen functions are very accurate and typing is at least as easy as the iPhone if not better.  The builtin 5 megapixel camera sounds impressive. Video Review of Kenmure LakeSamsung Omnia    There is a ton of free space on this device. My memory manager shows 35MB free for storage, 39MB free for programs and 7.8GB free in storage after downloading a few of my favorite apps.

I haven’t noticed many bad things yet, but one thing is so annoying, it’s almost a deal breaker.  When using the phone touch keypad, a touchkey lock pops up every few seconds.  Cycling through voice mail doing the usual 7 delete, 88# call back, etc. requires continually hitting the action key before you can hit another touch key.  I’ve time it’s frequency and this pain-in-the-ass pops up every 2 to 5 seconds.  If you already own this phone, you will no doubt arrive here as you look for a remedy for this annoyance.  I’ve searched.  Officially, Samsung offers no change to this setting.  Unofficially, there are code crackers already offering patched DLLs with limited success.

My initial impression can be summarized as this:  Samsung continues to offer great electronics with a lot of great features.  They also continue to have the most irratating shortcomings in the industry.  With a simple update, Samsung could solidify their place at the top of the smartphone market.

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2 thoughts on “Samsung Omnia Initial Impression

  1. I’m responding to my own article as a follow up to the Omnia since I have used it for several months. Unfortunately, the longer I use the Omnia, the less I like it. There are just some things that Samsung and Microsoft cannot seem to overcome.

    The biggest one is speed. This phone simply processes information too slow by my measure. Windows mobile is supposed to be a multitasking OS like its desktop bretheren. But the processor has to be able to accomodate this multitasking; and it doesn’t do it well.

    Lost focus is another problem on the operating system side. I’m happy to see popup indicators, but don’t take focus away from what I’m doing. Let ME decide what routine has focus.

    Another complaint is not having a space button at the bottom of the touch keyboard when turning the phone in landscape view. It would be much easier to type. Also lacking is a .com button like the iPhone.

    Things I like is the quality of the camera/video capture and the facebook app works relatively well. I’ve been unsuccessful in getting any flash compatibility working, however. The keylock continues to frustrate me to no end.

    All in all, the Omnia is yet another Samsung phone which could have been an A+ but settles for a C in overall useability. I look forward to my current contract expiring as the iPhone will probably not be beat by Samsung any time soon.

  2. I am really starting to hate this phone’s performance. I understand that there is a dynamic overclocking utility the helps without eating the battery. I may give it a try.

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