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Samsung i8910 HD review

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

The Samsung i8910 HD plugs a hole in Samsung's portfolio by giving it a media monster to offer consumers, and there's a lot going on inside the handset for consumers to discover.

We liked

It's important to bear in mind that this is a media-centric handset, so when we say we love the screen size, it's for that reason. Should it have been utterly useless at video or the internet, then perhaps we might have been a lot more scathing, but the AMOLED Screen is to die for and video and music playback is simply awesome.

The range of applications and features on the phone is staggering, and the touchscreen interface and response is Samsung's best yet (and we haven't even mentioned the brilliant stand that comes in the box).

We disliked

The chunkiness of the phone might not be to everyone's taste, and the internet was a little bit picky to play with. The DLNA server was a complete joke, and we're a bit upset to not see more native clients on board out the box.

Some areas of the phone aren't as polished as we'd have liked, but you have to search jolly hard to weed them out.

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).

How it compares to the rivals

The Palm Pre - The Samsung i8910 can't match the sheer integration the Palm shows, but it kicks its virtual ass at media playback.

Palm pre

The Apple iPhone 3G S - takes on the media darling and wins. The larger and richer screen makes it the choice for watching video, and the Exchange support is a winner too. Shame there isn't an App Store on board to compete.

The apple iphone

HTC Magic ­ - Google's latest darling is the other phone to recently nab 4.5 stars, and the two are pretty closely matched. However, the Magic might be more appealing to a wider audience thanks to its more conventional size and shape.

The htc magic

Nokia N97 - The 'other' S60 5th edition handset on the market (apart from the 5800 XpressMusic) and despite having a QWERTY keyboard and solid design, can't even begin to compete with Samsung's slick interface and better processing grunt.

The nokia n97

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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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Operating System VersionSymbian OS 9.4
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Instant Messaging, Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height123 mm
Width58 mm
Depth12.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time450 Hour
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