We all know Samsung is leading the smartphone market with its android devices. Many of us have overlooked the fact that Samsung has its own line of Windows Phone OS based devices. Here is one of their Windows devices: The Omnia W. It is a mid-range smartphone, falling in the same range as the Lumia 800 and HTC Radar. Here is our take on the device.
Don’t expect a phone which looks like the Lumia 800. There is no bright coloured back panel which will make your device stand out in the crowd. And also don’t expect the styling found on Samsung’s Android devices. The overall design of the Omnia W is similar to phones produced by Samsung few years back. Basically it is the back panel of the device that makes it look like that. The back has the cam, flash and the speaker. The battery area is covered over by a metallic looking panel. Onto the front, it has the three keys which are found on all windows phones: the Home, Back and Search keys. Other than the home key, the rest are capacitive keys. Also, the phone is a bit thicker compared with the competition.
Like the looks the hardware isn’t that impressive too. The Omnia W has a single core 1.4GHz Scorpion processor, which is basically not Samsung’s fault since Windows Phone 7 does not support multi-core processors. It has a 3.7inch AMOLED screen with a PPI of 256. It also has 512MB of RAM, 5MP cam, a VGA front cam, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, MicroUSB port, GPS and an internal Storage of 8GB. Does not have a card slot, so no options to expand internal memory.
The Omnia W runs Windows Phone 7. You get the option of seeing you apps as tiles in metro style UI or as a list in normal view. In the metro style UI, you can move your app tiles around and place them where you find it to be convenient. You can also change the theme colour, but the choice is too less. And that is all the customization you can do to the UI. Basically, one can say that Windows Phone 7 is still in its infancy. There is a lot of things one need to even transfer media files into the device. For a Windows based phone one needs a software called Zune. It is Microsoft’s version of iTunes. So you need a software. Then you need the media to be in Windows Phone friendly format. A lot of work to just add media to the device.
What we say
The Omnia W is a bit old, almost one year old, which is really a lot in gadget years. The Omina is a good option for those who want a budget windows phone, without any frills and don’t mind something that is old. But for others who need some solid hardware and looks this is not the phone for you.