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Samsung Omnia 7 review

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

Our Verdict

The screen will be what sells the Samsung Omnia 7, but given the company's heritage in this arena we expected slightly more

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 6.97 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 8.60 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 800 x 480

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For

  • High quality screen
  • Slick and reponsive interface
  • Comfortable design
  • Passable camera quality
  • Cool gaming experience

Against

  • Cheap-feeling rear
  • Slow internet browser with no Flash
  • Mega-bright LED flash
  • No worthwhile Samsung-added software on board
  • Lack of microSD expansion

The Xbox Live integration on the Samsung Omnia 7 is excellent, as you'd expect, and we think this could be one of the killer features of this handset thanks to the sheer range of things you can do with the Xbox Live hub.

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The least important (but among the most fun) features on there is the ability to play with the avatar from your Xbox Live account – you can dress him/her (depending on your taste) as you'd like, buying new clothes and accessories for it and interacting with it on a regular basis.

For instance, you can shake the phone and see your avatar fall over – it doesn't seem like much, but its one of those things that makes the phone seem cool and something fun to show off to your friends, especially when you've clearly made it a lot thinner than you are in real life…

The Xbox Live portal is clearly set up to defeat the oncoming might of Apple's Game Center, and will do so using the power of the Xbox brand to lure in gamers.

Samsung omnia 7 review

To that end you can set up your Xbox live account on the Samsung Omnia 7 and use that to record achievements, talk to friends or even challenge them to a game.

However, Microsoft has yet to put its multiplayer offerings live as yet, waiting until after the launch to do so.


And although it has built its strategy over the years on online multiplayer gaming, no such luck on the Samsung Omnia 7 because only turn-based games are on offer from the outset, so you can't see another person's moves in real-time, which would have been awesome.

Some of the best games on the Marketplace when we first used the phone ranged from the innovative and powerful (like Rocket Riot) to the old school classic (like Frogger) and what's more you can try them in a basic mode (with limited options/gameplay) before buying them, a model that will surely entice more people to purchase a game or two more than usual.

Gameplay is more than adequately handled by the Omnia 7's internal GPU, and you can see the slickness in play – during our tests we noticed very little, if any, slow down.

We reckon this could be a serious contender to the iPhone as a gaming platform in your pocket – it just depends if Microsoft manages to get a decent enough gaming portfolio together and manages to bring cool things in the future like real time Xbox compatibility across titles.

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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
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 7
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Caller ID, Conference Call, Call Forwarding, Call Timer
Height122.4 mm
Width64.2 mm
Depth11 mm
Radio TunerYes
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