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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

Battery life was pleasantly surprising on the Samsung i8910 HD, lasting over a day on super-heavy usage and nearly two in general day to day use (which consisted of a lot of video watching). The quoted standby time of up to 450hrs is probably a little bit of an over-estimate, but Samsung has been canny with the size of the device and pushed a 1500mAh battery under the hood, which would explain the extended battery life.

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The organiser, which consists of a calendar, note taker (which sadly has no handwriting recognition as far as we could see) a converter and a smart card reader for picking up business card details, is stocked enough to be useful without turning the phone into a business handset.

The business card reader was the most disappointing application of the bunch, as despite it managing to find the outlines of a card no problem, it couldn't read any information whatsoever, no matter how hard we tried. We don't think we'd be using this feature that often, but it's so cool we really wanted it to work.

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The calendar is pretty standard fare, with the haptic feedback working nicely to let you know when you've hit a day, and an array of meeting or reminder buttons placed along the bottom so you don't have to go trudging through menus make the experience a lot nicer. In the future, you have to feel that this application will only become truly useful should more mobile phones start syncing with the likes of Google easily (although Exchange is supported).

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