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Samsung has actually reigned supreme in the year 2011, and looks like the year 2012 will be in their hands too. The Omnia W is a representation of what a company like Samsung is capable of. The device is considerably cheaper than its competition but has excellent specs and usability. Here is our review on the Samsung Omnia W ( Wonder).

 

Build Quality 

The Omnia W is well built, not the best build you would find in this price range, but definitely well built. The construction is all plastic and appears flimsy, but is actually quite good. The back panel has some shell/metal elements that have a brushed and painted look , to try and give the device a little more elegance than it actually deserves, that part may not have been achieved. Buttons are well raised and fairly easy to use. The front bezel is a hair higher than the glass front, protecting the display from flat falls. Overall the device should do well in day to day usage.

Specs

  •  1.4GHz  processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 3.7-inch display
  •  480×800 resolution
  • 8GB storage
  • 5MP camera
  • 720p HD videos
  • 1,500 mAh battery
 

Camera, Display and Multimedia

The camera on the Omnia is a 5 mega pixel autofocus camera, with impressive light capture, the camera is one of the best cameras in its class of phone. The autofocus is fast, although you have the ability to tap to focus aswell, images can be clicked almost instantly. Video on the other hand is capped at a 720p HD quality, we often wonder why companies do not design the cameras to deliver 1080p, either way, video capture will require a lot of ambient light and indoor video is poor. The front camera is only good enough for low bit video calling , and should solve the purpose unless your friend on the other side is viewing your video on a big screen TV, if so is the case you will look like a character from Minecraft.

The display is a beautiful Super AMOLED display is a Samsung PenTile display which means that two red subpixels, two green subpixels, and one central blue subpixel is placed in each unit cell of the display. In layman words, its an old technology developed by Samsung back in 1990, and is still used in some of their devices. The display matrix arrangement has often received critique, and is not appreciated well. We however, found that the display was able to reproduce color well and had good deep black levels. The display is excellent for viewing video and and playing games. If you have a thing for the “world wide web”, or a bookworm within, then the display is capable of crisp fonts / texts on the screen for easy viewing. Outdoor visibility is low-poor, due to the inherent problems in AMOLED screens.

With limitations to the kind of files that can be played back on the device, it does not compete with an Android device. Bluetooth is locked and file transfer denied, for most of the things. However, whatever Windows can play natively will work on the phone, and you can always sync up using Zune, or Windows Phone Connector. The speaker is loud enough for music and watching movies. The included earphones are above average, but will not satisfy the bassphile. 

Phone and Messaging

A capable phone is what the Omnia W turned out to be. The earpiece and mic war loud and clear, and network connectivity was strong. In our standard 3 hour call test the Omnia dropped the call twice exactly at 1 hour 51 mins , both times. No network drop was faced in the overalll testing and we are quite happy with the result.

As we have already stressed enough, the WP7 keyboard is one of the best in the world, we don’t need to say that its really good on the Omnia W. It has predictive text and autocorrect, and it is a super fast keyboard, no complaints. The messaging and email capabilities are good, the OS is connected well to Facebook and Twitter and should serve you well.

 

Internet, Battery and Operating System

The internet is a domain which is not properly tapped on the Omnia, with limitations of the browser in terms of javascript and flash. That being said it is one of the fastest internet browsers out there. The screen is great for website browsing and even better to read daily news stories from iGyaan. With a host of apps from the marketplace you can actually find your fix for the web.

Battery life is impressive on the Omnia W with upto 2 days of standby and 5 hours of talk time. The battery fares well while gaming and heavy graphic games can be played for a good 2-3 hours. Music playback should last 10 hours while video lasts about 4-5 hours.

The OS is a different playing field in the world of iOS and Android, as we mentioned in our previous Reviews. The interface is one of the cleanest and snappiest out of the lot, and there is no crashing or lagging from the interface even when multiple tasks are running ( Surprising since Windows is the name attached). The marketplace is also ever-growing with a host of applications and games, the future of Windows Phone looks bright. With no access to file sharing over bluetooth and native file compatibility, the closed system may be a let down for some. Samsung has added Video Calling to the OS to make it a little worthwhile. Samsung also offers multiple apps to make the experience a bit better. The included AllShare will allow for you to stream media to other Samsung Devices.

Conclusion

One of the best phones available at the price range, if you are not happy with the Android OS. or the way it looks. Also to consider the OS is as fast and responsive as iOS if not faster. A good smartphone with inbuilt office documentation capabilities and one that supports Microsoft SkyDrive. If you are a true windows junkie, the interconnectivity will impress, the lack of script execution may limit the experience. But overall the phone is a complete mix of Phone, Smartphone and PMP.

 

We Rate It : 4/5

Price Rs. 17499/-

 

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Bharat Nagpal

Founder and Chief Editor of iGyaan. Bharat likes to keep on top of technology ! Follow Him on Google Plus : Google+

  • Vibin Paul

    can we play youtube videos on the phone and can we make video call through skype    

  • Mahesh Tekwani

    Does this have wifi hotspot functionality ??? 

  • Tarunbharti84

    i am using android from 1 year and i lost my phone now.i want to buy a phone up to rs15000.what u guys suggest me. i like this phone very much.now there confusion in my mind whether i go for android or this phone and on more there is samsung wave 3 which is pretty good in built quality.this omnia w which is not good in built quality.there is lot of going in my mind friends plz suggest me something

  • Kapilrawal

    which phones are available for video chatting through yahoo or skype?

  • Kapil Rawal

    is video chatting through skype or yahoo possible in this device??can anyone tell?

    • Cheese_n_chocolate

      yes. I just bought this phone a week back

      • Kapilrawal

        thanks for the info. can u tell me difference between windows phone and android phone.

  • Ankits

    USSD not work on any windows phone properly ! no proper support in bing map . windows phone is half baked product

  • Gaurav

    is this a good phone which ranges around 15,500/- now-a-days??should i go for it or look for some other options??

    plz reply asap..

  • abc

    Bharat,indepth Review of nokia lumia 710 please ..if possible a head to head comparison with omnia w

  • SVKNet

    Nice review! Should we buy it compared to Android at same price range?

  • Arun

    guide me to use bluetooth… its not paring with any devices expect bluetooth headset…

    • Pulak

      blue-tooth file transfer is not allowed on windows 7.5 mango … same as on iOS .. i always wounder why so !!!

  • Manit1996

    hey bharat sorry to disturb you but i just got this phone 2 days back and the first day it was running the marketplace very smoothly but on day 2 it started showing the error that the market is not available in our country/region(india) so is there any solution?

  • guest

    please suggest me a good android 2.3 phone within a budget of 15k. my requirement is a fast processor. is se live with walkman a good option to buy????????

    • Gurrehmato

      it is

  • Sunndesai

    which cellphone should i buy in a budget of 20,000!! i like omnia w !! can u suggest some more phones??

  • Mrugank143

    hey guys… which is d best mbl around 15000..??

  • Guys Can I play 720p Video song on this device? 

    plz rep me asap

  • Pravin

    Looking to get Galaxy Ace..would you suggest something else in a similar range

    • Gurrehmato

      the sony ericsson live with walkman

  • Cse Vicky

    Hey , will this phone be updated to windows 8 / Apollo update ??

    please reply asap !

  • Hafiz Mohammed

    This is the best tech site in India and there are no comments ?

    • Rahulchithrabhanu

      Buy motorolla defy plus online under 15000 rupees. The best phone in my opinion. It’s water resistant,scratch resistant and the features are the best. 1 ghz processor & 512 mb ram !! go for it guys !!!