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Samsung Omnia 7 review

Does the best screen make this the best Windows Phone 7 handset?

The Samsung Omnia 7 uses the default Windows Phone 7 browser, which is Internet Explorer. Microsoft tells us that this is a combination of IE 7 and IE 8, taking good bits from both (but also some less than impressive bits too).

The plus points are easy to see – reactive pinch to zoom, double-tap to zoom to into columns and a large and easy to read screen thanks to the WVGA resolution.

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However, there are other things that are missing: text wrap for closer zooming would have been a lovely touch, and the lack of Flash and Silverlight in the browser is a confusing omission indeed. We were often greeted with an 'upgrade your browser' command on a number of occasions, which was annoying and looks, well, looks like an iPhone interface.

There are other plus points though: tabbed browsing is enabled, with up to six open at once, and the bookmarks are also in the same place as the history, making it easy to find where you've been or where you want to go.

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The real problem is the overall speed of the browser though: it's just not up there with the likes of the WebKit-enabled Samsung Galaxy S, iPhone 4or HTC Desire.

Some sites, with the framework already enabled, would be as fast as those phones, but often we found that we were left hanging even on simple sites, which grated a bit when Microsoft promised this would be a lot faster.

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It's not the Samsung Omnia 7's fault though, because we checked it out with other WP7 handsets from other manufacturers.

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The internet experience on the Omnia 7 could be a lot better in our opinion – it's good, solid and will get the information you need, but still needs a bit of upgrading. Copy and paste integration would be a start.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory6.97 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value0.65 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100, WCDMA 1900
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time8.60 Hour
Product ModelI8700 Omnia 7
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)138.5 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 7
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height122.4 mm
Width64.2 mm
Depth11 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time390 Hour
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameI8700 Omnia 7 Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-I8700YKAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

A true breakthrough in mobility and Samsung first mobile powered by Windows Phone OS 7, Samsung OMNIA 7 combines cutting-edge hardware with quality multimedia experiences and user-friendly interface. From Xbox Live gaming to Zune music enjoyment, from advanced camera functions to comprehensive media sharing options, Samsung OMNIA 7 offers a slim, unique design with enhanced usability.

SUPER AMOLED Display

The brilliantly large 4.0" SUPER AMOLED display is the zenith of mobile viewing. Brighter, less reflective and slimmer than general AMOLED display, SUPER AMOLED provides you with unmatched luminescence, vivid eye-catching colours and super fast response.

Fun Entertainment

Always be in the game with the phone that lets you take Xbox LIVE mobile. Through the Music and Video hub, Zune transforms music and video on a phone to be a beautiful immersive experience.

Limited Warranty2 Year