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Samsung Omnia 7 review

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

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We'd have bet good money that Samsung would have wanted to bring out the Windows Phone 7 handset that had the best camera, but that's not the case here.

Instead of the 8MP camera with Xenon flash on the HTC Mozart, the Samsung Omnia 7 comes with a pretty basic 5MP option with only a single LED flash.

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The camera interface is pretty basic too, but it's easily accessed from the phone's screen, and enables you to change the focus mode, ISO levels and a constant option to change the flash, which we're glad Microsoft has realised is among the most often used features.

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The same can be said for video where, like the camera mode, the light can be toggled on and off for easy use and there is a basic range of options to mess with resolution and the like.

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The flash can be used to good effect in brighter situations

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However in darker scenes it completely washes out the subject; this was the third attempt from progressively further away

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Despite the hilarity of a dental fitness centre, the background light still bleeds into this quick snap

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A mixed scene will show up better however, with some nice detail captured

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Despite the super-fast camera loading, the Samsung Omnia 7 still has problems capturing a quick snap

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The Omnia 7 does its best in bright light - a good portion of detail is captured here although the contrast isn't the greatest

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Again a brightly lit scene works well on the Omnia 7

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Macro mode took a couple of tries to get correctly in focus, but the results are quite detailed

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Captured with the standard auto mode

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With high contrast

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With low contrast

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Zooming in loses most of the detail in the picture

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It's possible to take some stunning shots with the camera - it's perfectly passable for the odd point and shoot but it's not enough to label the snapper on the Omnia 7 as a killer feature

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