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.

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Slick software but some flaws

If you've used a Windows Phone before, you'll know what to expect from the Omnia W. The software is modern looking, user friendly and smooth. There is barely any lag during general use. Applications open swiftly with no delay. Multitasking is effortless and effective. As Windows Phone devices are almost identical when it comes to software, you can read our full review of the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system here.

That being said, the Windows Phone platform has a few disadvantages. Its browser is noticeably slower than some alternatives. There is only 8GB of internal storage with no memory card slot. We find many apps in the Windows Marketplace comparatively more expensive than iOS and Android apps. The number of apps is also significantly lower than both Apple and Google's platforms, respectively.

Perhaps the biggest disadvantage of the Windows Phone platform is the reliance on Microsoft's Zune software for file management. While the same criticism can be aimed at the iPhone and iTunes combination, at least Apple has iCloud to fall back on. Windows Phone has no such backup option that will save important content like your messages, call logs, settings and app data.

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Thankfully, Microsoft's SkyDrive service does work well for documents and photos and $11.99 per month for an unlimited ZunePass subscription is a nice option if you regularly listen to music on your phone.

As Windows Phones are all very similar, vendor-included apps are the main differentiators between devices. The Omnia W comes with Telstra's WhereIs Navigator, which provides Australian maps and full turn-by-turn navigation for free, though add-on services like live traffic updates do come at an extra subscription cost.

The TelstraOne app offers news, sport and weather content, while Samsung's AllShare app allows users to connect the Omnia W to a television and stream photo and video content. Other Samsung apps include a photo editor and a fun shot app that uses the camera to take photos with various effects. These are all nice inclusions, but don't add any real value to the handset.

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Battery life is about average. We managed to go a full day without charging the phone, but with excessive use the Omnia W will fall short of a full day of use. We expected slightly better battery performance given the relatively small screen when compared with many competing smartphones.

The Samsung Omnia W is available exclusively through Telstra for $0 on the $59 Freedom Connect Plan over 24 months and also sells for $528 outright.

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Amit

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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

Pros
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
Phone Hardware
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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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