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Samsung i8910 HD review

Renamed from the Omnia HD, it's a beast of a media phone

Our Verdict

TechRadar's tip for Samsung's handset of the year so far, easily taking 'Best in Class' in terms of media functionality. It can match the Palm Pre and the Apple iPhone 3G S in terms of ability and raw processing power, and just works in the right way when you need it to. A handset that we really had to work hard to find much wrong with (providing you don't mind carrying around a pretty hefty phone)

Product features

  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 30 Minute
  • Screen Resolution : 640 x 360

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For

  • Beautiful OLED screen
  • Good audio
  • Responsive touch input
  • Solid design
  • Good array of features

Against

  • Fairly chunky
  • Struggles in direct sunlight
  • Not enough native clients on board

Samsung has packed its New PC studio software in the i8910 HD box, which essentially turns your phone into a Mac-like server on the PC. Its well-designed, clean software is among the best on the market (bar iTunes and the Apple iPhone, of course) as you can open and close things like video and music player, as well as edit images and mess around with contacts.

In essence, it lets you use the phone to its full extent without having to mess around with icons, which can only be a helpful thing in our eyes.

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A common feature of mobile phone PC software is the ability to encode files to fit the handset, and while this is possible here (for instance with MP3 playback) the sheer amount of codecs supported (MP4, DivX, AVI) mean that you're very unlikely to need to, which is a real bonus.

There's the option of using the phone as a modem as well, which might not please your network, although if you don't constantly use your Samsung i8910 HD for surfing day in, day out, you might just get away with it.

We especially liked the dashboard bar at the bottom of the software, which lets you quickly access key phone functions. Other software is only just starting to catch up with the Phone to PC relationship, so we're happy Samsung has put some thought into this one.

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Other connectivity worked well too, although all too frequently the Wi-Fi would drop out once the phone locked itself, which was frustrating when trying to download something over the airwaves, meaning you have to keep poking the screen to keep it alive.

The phone can be connected to the PC by either mini-USB or Bluetooth, depending on your poison, and happily it's defaulted to Bluetooth which means that setting it up to connect wirelessly is a piece of cake, rather than having to force it to do so.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSDPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyOMNIA
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time30 Minute
Product Modeli8910 HD
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution640 x 360
Weight (Approximate)148 g
Maximum Video Resolution720 x 480
Processor ManufacturerARM
Operating System VersionSymbian OS 9.4
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Instant Messaging, Email
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Call Timer, Caller ID, Conference Call
Height123 mm
Width58 mm
Depth12.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameOMNIA I8910 HD Smartphone
Processor Speed500 MHz
Processor TypeCortex
Product LineOMNIA
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberI8910HD
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Samsung's I8910 HD leaves nothing to be desired. It shoots video in full HD and photos with 8MP. The world's largest AMOLED display at 3.7" is your own personal movie screen that auto rotates. That along with high-speed web access, there's no reason to leave work or play for later on. Add to that up to 16GB of built-in memory and we're sure you'll find plenty of ways to use it ?35 movies, 12,000 MP3 songs or 18,000 photos.

Standard Memory256 MB