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Samsung GT-I8000 Omnia II - Samsung GT-I8000 Omnia II

Niall Magennis

By Niall Magennis

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

User Score:

However, when it comes to touch input it lags behind Apple’s handset as it uses resistive rather than capacitive technology, so doesn't respond to the lightest of touches and requires a bit of pressure to be sensed. It also lacks the multi touch capabilities of phones like the Hero and iPhone.

Samsung has used an 800MHz ARM processor on the phone so we were expecting it to be quite speedy, but unfortunately this isn’t really the case. It’s fine for browsing the web or watching video clips, but it can be alarmingly slow when moving though the menus or homescreen panels. For example, when swiping between panels it takes a second or two to redraw any widgets that you’ve got resting on them. It certainly makes us think that Samsung should have opted for a faster chip, like the 1GHz Snapdragon processor that’s appearing on more and more Windows Phone handsets, or perhaps toned down its TouchWiz interface.

On the plus side, multimedia support is good. There’s a standard headphone jack positioned on the top edge of the phone and the supplied headphones are a cut above those you usually get with these types of handsets. The phone’s 5.0megapixel camera is also impressive. It’s got autofocus and a twin LED flash and captured shots look sharp and have pretty accurate looking colours. The camera application also has a range of neat features including face and smile detection. It shoots impressive video too, managing to capture 720 x 480 pixel clips at an impressive 30 frames a second.

Samsung has also done a good job on its media playing app. It makes it a cinch to navigate around your music library and supports a decent range of video formats. For example, it easily handles standard definition Dixv files, so you don’t have to re-encoded them to a lower res to make them playable. There’s also a few games preloaded including the Asphalt 4 HD racing game. However, the 3D graphics in this are quite blocky and a long way of the fluidity of Real Racing on the iPhone for example. Another interesting software addition is the Connect Home application that lets you stream music, video or pictures over Wi-Fi from a PC or NAS that’s running a UPnP media server. This is surprisingly easy to use, as it found both our PC and NAS without needing any configuration and happily streamed standard definition DivX files across our network without any stuttering or elongated buffering.

In fact connectivity is one of the handset strong points as it has HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS onboard. The GPS worked great with Googlemaps and the phone’s camera software also support geotagging, which is pretty neat. The phone’s call quality was also excellent as the ear piece delivers loud and crisp audio while the microphone also isn’t overly directional so you don’t have to consciously position your mouth next to it as you do with the iPhone. And like the iPhone it has a proximity sensor so it turns off the display when you’re holding it to your ear on a call and turns it on again as you move it away from your head. Another neat feature is that if the handset is lying flat on a desk and you get an incoming call, simply flipping it over will set the phone to mute and flipping it back will unmute it again.

Unfortunately if you were expecting that OLED screen to add significantly to this phone’s battery life you’ll be sorely disappointed. The battery life isn’t exactly bad - we got around a day and half’s usage from it - but it’s just not any different to most other Windows Mobile devices on the market right now.

Verdict

Overall, the Omnia II impresses with its neat design, bright screen, good multimedia features and well rounded connectivity options. However, its sluggish processor lets the side down and with more and more speedy Snapdragon based phones appearing on the market, that’s quite a major issue in our book.

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rav

February 22, 2010, 5:22 am

How can 6.5 be the latest version when 6.5.3 is now out. Also, are you sure about the browser being Google Chrome? Who drew up the Feature Table?

MrGodfrey

February 22, 2010, 6:06 am

Thanks for the review. Interesting that you don't seem to find the TouchWiz interface as unspeakably horrific and unusable as some of your colleages (see any and indeed all news items regarding Samsung phones). For what it's worth, I don't think it's all THAT bad either.

Oliver Levett

February 22, 2010, 2:39 pm

Goven that this was released last year, why would it have WP7?

Ed

February 22, 2010, 4:36 pm

I'm out the office at the moment but will update the feature table when I return.

Darren

February 23, 2010, 2:37 pm

I personally wouldn't trust buying another Samsung phone. I think any tech site should take a look at the Jet reputation for example. This link http://www.facebook.com/Samsun... will show a prime example of what product level of product and level of support a Samsung buyer gets.





I would no longer trust the spec that Samsung claim their handsets have.

Xelon

February 23, 2010, 3:25 pm

"Sadly it's not used the brand new Windows Phone 7 Series"


A little unfair as WP7 will not be released until Q4 2010 so 6.5.x is the latest WinMo OS.

Ricky Archer

February 24, 2010, 12:28 am

I had lost faith in Samsung having tried some of their older models which were less than impressive, however this looks like they're moving in the right direction so good for them. Talking of their, disappointed to see the same typo 'there' in the same sentence. Tut tut guys - need a proof reader? LOL

panda

March 12, 2010, 6:13 pm

I have had an i900 for about a year without any problems what so ever and so will be upgrading to an O2. You can customise every aspect of this phone so if you don't like the interface you can change it, unlike other phones i could mention.

sameerdec27

January 20, 2012, 4:43 pm

I have Samsung GT I8000 with 6.5 version do we have a better version now if yes how to find it ?
and how to change it from 6.5 to what ever is new
need some help in this :)

trice

September 15, 2014, 3:43 pm

does this phone ever function whatsapp?

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