Samsung Omnia II Hands-On Review!

Samsung Omnia II has been caught in the wild, the new Samsung smartphone features a Windows Mobile 6.1, 3.7″ 800×480 pixel LCD, and support for HDSPA/GPS/WiFi.

The core feature of the new Samsung Omnia II isn’t its laggy Windows Mobile operating system but the on-board 5 megapixel camera and DVD-quality camcorder that also does DivX and xViD.

For storage, the Samsung Omnia II does great with its 8 gigabyte internal storage plus ability to add more with a microSD slot.

Overall, I am not impressed by the size of the Samsung Omnia II as it’s slightly bigger than the iPhone and there’s no localization support for US users.

The Opera Mobile browser is nothing new, it’s a good browser but nothing like browsers on the iPhones and Palm Pres.

The #1 thing overseas companies like Samsung have to realize is the importance of social networking and Web 2.0, which obviously they haven’t.

But I do know Samsung is always on the verge of great mobile phones, it’s sad to see them use Windows Mobile operating system while companies like Sprint and Palm are pushing open-source linux platforms.  As someone who grew up in South Korea and worked there for a year, I know Koreans in general LOVE Microsoft and Windows.  I don’t think they will ever get out of that box because most websites in Korea “require” you to use Internet Explorer, especially bank websites that require IE security add-on before you can even log in.  Talk about monopoly, I hate IE browsers because they are so susceptible to viruses and really, there has to come a time when Samsung starts embracing the world instead of just the people in South Korea.

Anyways, the Samsung Omnia II looks great but I will stick with my more awesome Palm Pre that can be hacked as a WiFi Router.  Long live linux!

Samsung Omnia II I8000 runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and sports a very large, 3.7-inch AMOLED WVGA resolution touchscreen. The TouchWiz 2.0 interface is again on board in order to disguise the OS and what’s cooler, users will be able to enjoy Samsung’s vision of a 3D cube interface, as with the Samsung Jet. The Omnia II offers video recording in DVD quality, as well as HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity.

via phonearena


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