Samsung Omnia W Windows phone

Samsung Omnia W review: A solid, mid-range smartphone that offers nothing new

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  • Expert Rating

    3.75 / 5
  • User Rating

    1.50 / 5 (of 3 Reviews)

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Slick performance
  • Reasonable price

Cons

  • Only 8GB of storage
  • No memory card slot
  • Average battery life

Bottom Line

The Samsung Omnia W is not going to attract the iPhone and Android masses and doesn't really offer anything new. However, this is a very good mid-range smartphone at a relatively competitive price. Slick performance, an excellent user experience and a compact size are offset by a lack of internal storage and merely average battery life.

Would you buy this?

The Samsung Omnia W is no world beater, but it offers a far better user experience than most mid-range Android handsets at similar price points.

Samsung Omnia 7 review
Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" hands-on review

No love for Windows Phone

Launched back in 2010 as Microsoft's last attempt to gain a footprint into the mobile phone market, the Windows Phone platform has experienced a rough ride in Australia. It continues to lag behind popular iPhone and Android alternatives and even RIM's flagging BlackBerry. It has been largely been held back by poor promotion from manufacturers and telcos alike.

The Samsung Omnia W is a perfect example of this lack of interest. It launched back in January as a Telstra-exclusive, but did not even appear on Samsung's own website until early March and has barely been promoted at all by Telstra. It isn't the only Windows Phone to suffer the same fate: only Nokia's new Lumia Windows Phone range has received any marketing attention in Australia.

The Samsung Omnia W is the first Windows Phone in Australia that replaces one of the first generation models, in this case the Samsung Omnia 7. It's also the company's first smartphone to run the latest Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" operating system out of the box.

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Nothing remarkable, but a good user experience

On paper there is little that is remarkable about the Omnia W. It has a faster processor and a more rounded design than its predecessor but maintains largely similar specifications. This phone won't convert many users of iPhone or Android devices to the Windows Phone platform, but it certainly offers a slick experience at a competitive price.

Despite not offering anything overly new or noteworthy, there are a few things that we really like about the Omnia W. Its rounded corners and compact size means it fits nicely in the hand. It's about the same size as an iPhone 4S but is more comfortable to hold and use. We like the faux, brushed metal finish on the rear which adds a touch of class to an otherwise bland, plastic slab.

The Omnia W's 3.7in super AMOLED touch screen is a real plus on a mid-range device. It's responsive, bright and clear and offers excellent viewing angles. However, it is often hard to see in direct sunlight and the 800x480 resolution is significantly lower than many higher-end smartphones.

Samsung Omnia W

The Omnia W has a physical home button that we find far more intuitive than touch-sensitive keys. This Windows key is flanked by capacitive back and search buttons and these are both responsive and effective. The volume rocker, power button and dedicated camera key are all well positioned and provide good tactility, adding to the overall user experience.

Speaking of the camera, we love how it opens within three seconds if you hold down the camera button from the lock screen. The 5-megapixel camera itself produces photos that suffer from plenty of image noise, but the quality is perfectly acceptable for a mid-range device. Shutter speed is also impressive, meaning you can take a multiple shots with minimal delay between snaps.

Samsung has included a front-facing camera for video calls, which can be made through the included Samsung video call app. The 1.3-megapixel front camera will work with any third-party app that utilises this feature such as the Tango video call app, for example.

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Amit

1

I am using this device since last 7 months and i am very happy with it. Full marks to its performance. Super speed of processor makes this device more powerful. Cheers.

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ron

0.0

1

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not the phone
Cons
the phone
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This phone / operating system is bizarre, difficult to navigate, unfortunately in locked into a plan I'd love to flush it down the toilet. The help facility is virtually not existent. The text is small if you expand it you are forever scrolling left to right. Love to complain to samsung/windows/network but you know nothing will come of it. Crap setup looking forward to support.

Kaytee

4.5

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Me
Cons
You
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I love it. The battery life is my only concern so far. It is so easy to use and I have no problem navigating through it. I had an i-phone4 till it bit the dust and I didn't use it anywhere near the same as this, because I found it so much harder to get my old head around the features.
Even my son finds it easy to navigate but like most younger people prefers more the andriods or i-phones.

Sameer

0.0

3

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Windows technology
Cons
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The Most ridiculous phone is have ever seen, even the price is too too too much.
Now when samsung is out of the race it has come with a ugly bfrand of its mobile phones.
There is no limit for smasung ot be disgusting

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