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Two months after buying this phone I had it stolen during a music gig....and I was gutted! After reporting the theft to our home contents insurance providers they informed me that they couldn't replace the phone as Orange had an exclusivity contract for that phone so they gave me the £500 to replace it. However after needing some money for car repairs I replaced it with the Nokia 5800 Xpress Music (£200) and I've missed the Samsung Omnia HD ever since, until getting my HTC Desire. Anyway, back to the review...
This was/is a great phone. The sophisticated sleek design grabs your attention straight away and when you turn on the hone you are welcomed with a dazzling...........which provides such rich, deep and vibrant colours you will be in love with it forever. To my knowledge this was the first phone with an HD screen on the market.
The size and weight of the smart phone was disappointing, while sitting in your pocket you were constantly aware of it. But what can you expect when so much technology is crammed into a phone. Since this phone was release smart phones have got smaller and lighter and the technology advances.
This phone features an inviting and interactive user interface with plenty of options to customise the settings to your liking. And with GPS and Wi-Fi there is so much potential in this phone.
With an impressive 8 mega-pixel camera you can take some stunning photos with this phone especially when using the LED photo light located on the back of the phone. And with either 8GB or 16 GB of internal memory alone, you will not struggle to store all of the music, video and data you want.
One small nagging feature is the the QWERTY keyboard for text input is only available landscape meaning you have to use two hands to hold the phone and type.
When running multiple applications the phone tends to struggle and operates relatively slowly as well which can be frustrating.
Overall this phone is a great piece of equipment. It does have some downsides but which phone doesn't?
I have owned this phone for almost a year now on contract with orange. It's probably a little fiddly to use if you haven't had a full touch screen phone before. However after a little practice the phone becomes quick and easy to use. It does however require full attention when using as it is more than easy to press the wrong part of the screen when writing texts, which can get a little frustrating on times. A problem I have encountered is the inability to write a text whilst holding the phone when in bed, the keys seem not to work when lying on your back with the phone facing down towards you. I feel that samsung seems to have forgotten this phone as there appear to be few apps for the phone. However, if it's not apps you're looking for and what you want is a great camera phone, this is definitely the one to have. The viewing quality is just amazing, I've not seen another phone that has the same visual quality when watching films or playback of video's you've made. Along with this is a fantastic, easy to use camera and HD video mode. This I believe is the phones best quality. Music playback is great, I've found combined with a set of Sennheizer ear phones you'll be amazed. Similar in set up to the Iphone, the music side of the phone is easy to use. The GPS is very good when combined with google maps, a free app download. The internet side of the phone is a little restrictive with no ability to download flash player, but for simple browsing is just fine. Recommend an unlimited internet usage from your service provider.
After seraching high and low for a new smartphone, I was drawn to this as an industry leader at the time. At the time of purchase it really was top of the pile in terms of features and functionality. The ranged from the newly emerging AMOLED capacitive touchscreen (3.7" in this model) which is beautiful to behold and very responsive, to the HD video capabilities of the image sensor which, though not to rival conventional high-end compact camreas, shoots fantastic videos for a phone!
In terms of usability it performs largely quite well. The 3 customisable homescreens are nifty, but the widget system takes a while to get used to and is not to everyone's taste. One feature I really liked was that this phone can play most conventional video formats straight off. For example, I had a few standard avi movies (700mb) and the phone played the video and sound no problem. The screen is also just good enough to act as a PMP. On this note, the battery survives surprisingly well, even in high-demand activities.
Although many competing handsets have since hit the market, this phone remains a pioneer in many ways. The high-spec features coupled with a sleek and compact design make this a highly-desirable phone - shame it costs so much!
I've been using the i8910 for around 6 months now, on Orange. I have to say, I'm generally extremely pleased with the phone. The screen is large, responsive and vibrant and the stereo sound, even from the tiny speakers on either end of the phone, is actually pretty good. For travelling, waiting for a bus or watching a movie in the bath, it works extremely well.
The phone is large-ish, but I've never had a problem fitting it in a pocket - and it's relatively slim, so you don't get the bulge you get with fatter phones.
The camera is exceptional for video, but not quite up to scratch for stills - my previous phone was a SEk850i and for my money, this took much better photos, especially in lower light conditions.
The user interface is mainly responsive and intuitive - there are a couple of screens that don't turn when you rotate the phone, which is annoying, but not a deal breaker. The large screen means the keyboard is mega-easy to type on...Much easier for my big sausage-fingers than the iPhone.
The web-browser that comes standard with the phone is not the best - and installing Opera Mobile is the best thing you can do.
In terms of applications, there seem to be very few - a few Nokia ones here and there, but that's about it - hopefully this will change over time, but I'm not holding my breath.
In summary, for watching or shooting video, for sending emails or browsing the web, this phone is great. Not the best for taking still photos, and not as many apps as the iPhone, but a very solid allrounder.
This phone is one of the best I have ever owned. I've had this phone for about 9 months now and I was able to get it free on a contract for £35 a month. If you buy it outright it will cost you around £440 for the 8GB model and £490 for the 16GB model. The phone is a full touch device with a volume rocker on one side, lock/unlock key on the other and a dual press camera button. It also has 3 hard buttons on the front under the screen (starting from left): Call, Menu/Task Manager and End Call/Cancel/Quick Menu/Switch Off.
This device is currently Samsungs top model (February 2010), although not that well advertised and possibly soon to be replaced.
The hardware in the device is almost exactly the same as the iPhone 3GS, with the exceptions that the Samsung Omnia i8910 features a true high sensitivity GPS as well as the AGPS that is featured in the iPhone and also has an auto-focus 8mp (mega-pixel) camera with Macro and a dual-LED flash. As far as the display goes, it has a lovely 3.7" 640x360 AMOLED touch panel. The display is very bright and has an infinite contrast ratio meaning blacks are pure black. Due to the display technology, videos look stunning with rich colour. Along the lines of videos, the phone supports playback of 720p video and can even record in 720p with excellent quality. Unlike the digital camera feature, it doesn't support focus when recording video, which means macro videos are out the question unless the 'hit' method is used to force the lens into place. This may change in future updates for the phone. The phone also has a huge number of sensors, which allow the phone to detect which way up it is facing, horizontal tilt, vertical tilt, Compass, Light and an accelerometer. At the top and bottom of the device are speakers, giving the user loud stereo sound.
As far as software is concerned, the device runs on Symbian 60 v5 with Samsungs 'TouchWiz' interface. When used in Widget mode, the home screen features 3 different desktops that can be selected each with its own widgets. The widgets are the same as most other Samsung devices that run TouchWiz. Like every other Symbian based device, the phone also allows for Applications to be installed to extend the already impressive functions of the device. Applications can be either in Symbian format or Java. Depending on what network the device is bought on, you get different pre-installed applications. As a general rule, you will get all the usual multimedia applications, a racing game called Asphalt 4, Adobe PDF Reader, RealPlayer, Unit Converter, Calculator, QuickOffice, Dictionary and Roadsync. The phone has a few nifty features regarding the sensors and some of the software. For example, if you're playing music and you place the phone face down, it will automatically pause. It will also mute phone calls and alarms when doing this.
The camera on this phone is one of its best features. It has even won an award for it from the European Imaging and Sound Association as being the 'Best European Camera Phone 2009-2010'. As stated earlier, it also has the ability to record 720p video. Regarding the camera, its Macro mode has proved to be incredible producing some of the best amateur photos I have ever seen and on an internet forum for this device, there is even a 'Macro Photos' thread showing all the amazing photos other users have taken. The device's camera also features a number of shooting modes and scenes including Smile Detection and Face Detection and scenes like 'Sunset', 'Party' and 'Sport'. When using face detection, it will pick up more than one face (I am not sure how many it will detect in a single image) and put a box around any it detects. When focusing, faces that are in focus will be given a green box and ones that will be out of focus will get a red box.
As a phone, I can't complain. In-call sound quality is perfect and from what I have been told the recipient hears me loud and clearly with no electronic background noise. Text messages are displayed very clearly with user selectable font sizes to allow easier reading for those with poor sight. The only downside to text messages is that they aren't displayed as a conversation like the iPhone and some other devices. They can however be grouped by Date (similar to the way Outlook 2003/2007 does it) or by who they came from. This phone can't display texts like some other Samsungs models can with the animated icons, it simply displays them in plain text. As standard the phone can send and receive all forms of texts, mms and e-mails. E-mail can be set up with various different e-mail types including POP3 and IMAP. With the use of RoadSync, you can also sync the device with a server.
When the phone is purchased, some features described in this review maybe missing as I have updated to the latest firmware, but generally the new firmware just improves features rather than adding new ones. Since updating to the latest software, the in-built web browser is fantastic; a 3D task manager is now present and photos and videos are even better than they were.
I was struggling to find a new phone when I stumbled across the Samsung i8910 HD. I was hooked on it instantly.
The phone has a very large AMOLED screen which is incredibly bright and colourful. Easily the best screen I have ever set eyes on. The only let down to the screen is that it scratches easily unlike the iPhone's which is seemingly impossible to scratch.
The camera has a fast start-up time and response and the pictures are very high quality. The video quality (being 720p HD) is far superior to any phone I have owned or used, even better than my standalone digital camera.
I can't fault the design of the phone as it is beautiful to look at and fits nicely in my pocket despite its large appearances. The only let down with this phone for me is the Orange firmware that came bundles with it. The altered firmware seems hell-bent on crippling the best features of the phone for no real reason. I would suggest buying the phone sim-free to avoid this.
One look at this phone and you are already in love with it. The aesthetic is very clear and just reminds you of Tag Heuer phone.
HOWEVER, LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING. (NB, got this phone stolen a week after purchasing, therefore it is not going to be as detailed.)
When I took out the phone out of the box, I was little disappointed with it's plasticky feel that made this stunning design. However, it did make the phone quite lighter than you think. Also, it may be the weight, but it made the phone slender as what you would think.
Menu and Applications:
When I was going through menu's and application, I wasn't so pleased with its complex layout and had some complications. However, what I did like about is the vibration it made when the screen is touched. This could be turned off and be controlled as to what user wants to. Another disadvantage of the application is that it is to be exited properly since it runs on Symbian. If it's not, the battery will be consumed within a day.
The camera on this phone is the most advantage to this phone. It records HD video recording without lagging and takes photo in several modes that you would find in a digital camera. Another aspect i found intriguing is the 'smile' function where the photo takes automatically when someone smiles.
The SMS is very simple to use with it's qwerty input and it's also large enough to not worry about mis-spelling words. Also, you can easily either write SMS landscape or portrait by tilting to different sides.
Video Player & Internal Memory:
The size of the internal memory really is one of the key aspect that made be buy this phone. It has a huge 8gb of internal memory and on top of that, you can also add external cards :- microSD, MMCmicro, Micro stick, MMC, SD, MemoryStick. Also, when the phone is connected to the computer via USB, it is recognised as an external hard drive which means you don't need an external software to connect this phone. This, I think, is really useful since I could just drag any of my video files on to I8910 HD. What I found really useful is the video file compatibility. It can play DivX / XviD / H.263 / H.264 / WMV / MPEG4/ RV files which means that you don't need to re-incode or change aspect ratio of the video file that you would like to watch it on i8910 HD. With it's massive memory, any decent movie file can be dragged on to i8910 within seconds and watch it without any problem.
It has mostly every day applications that a phone should have: Wifi, Document Viewer, Speakerphone, Clock / Worldtime / Alarm, Calendar / To do List, Currency Converter, and etc etc
This again, I found disappointing since every night, I needed to charge this phone. Every applications that functions this phone takes a huge chunk out of the battery life. Also, like i said, the applications are to be closed properly or battery life will be consumed within hours. The longest time I had this phone without dying, in my memory, is around 2 days.
i8910 HD is only available only on Orange and also only on Pay Monthly customers which I think is very limited. Also, i8910 HD is only free when you choose 40Pounds per month plan, which I think is quite expensive.
i8910 HD looks stunning and it has brilliant HD video recording with it's massive internal memory, however, it will need to be charged mostly every night and will begin to dislike the phone unless design is most important aspect that you would look for in a phone.
The Samsung i8910i or Omnia HD is one of the newest phone models by Samsung and the first ever phone to have HD video recording.
The features of this phone are an 8 Megapixel camera with 4x Digital Zoom, a HD camcorder, a 3.7in AMOLED full touch screen with a resolution of 364 x 640, a 3.5mm headphone jack, FM radio, stereo speakers an accelerometer, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi a MicroSD slot that supports up to 32gb memory sticks and 8gb/16gb built in memory.
This phone runs the Symbian S60 v5 operating system. The phone is nearly completely controlled by touch, i.e. no physical pull out number, letter and navigation keys. Some people do not like having to use touch most of the time to navigate a phone, and if that is the case, this phone isn't for you. The phone is very easy to navigate with easily labelled buttons and a well laid out menu. All of the programs and folders in the menu can be ordered how you want and can be shown in a grid or in a list. The only issue I have with navigation is that there is an inconsistency with single and double tapping to access different parts of the phone. The phone has a few buttons; Answer Call, Hang Up, Volume Control, a button to access the main menu, a Hold Button, and a Camera button. The AMOLED screen is amazing, and is extremely clear for watching videos and viewing pictures.
The phone has three different home screens that can be used; Finger Use, Samsung Widget, and Basic. All of the themes show the signal strength, battery power, the time, date, at the top of the screen and shortcuts to the "phone" (numbers for dialling), contacts, messaging and main menu at the bottom. The finger use theme just makes the home screen have four shortcuts to programs of your choice. The widget theme (shown in the picture), allows you to have different widgets on the home screen. These widgets are in a sidebar, and can be dragged to anywhere on the screen. The widgets include quick links to websites such as Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, and helpful tools. The basic theme has no shortcuts and just shows the wallpaper. I use finger use as it is not as cluttered as the widget theme, and also makes the phone faster.
The music player is very easy to use. It will scan your phone for any music files that are on it. You can find tracks by searching through Artists, Albums, Playlists, All Tracks, Genres and also by Album Art. To search through your albums by their covers, all you have to do is turn the phone horizontally. The only issue with the music player is that it does not remember the position of the last track played in it.
The phone has galleries for Images & Videos, sound clips, songs and other media. There is also a media browser that shows all photos and videos on the phone. The media browser can be controlled by swiping your finger across the screen or by tilting the phone.
The phone has a built in video player that supports MPEG-4, WMV, H.263, H.264, DivX, and Xvid, including HD content. Real player is also installed on the phone. I don't really use it, but it does allow you to stream from your computer.
The camera on this phone is good. The camera has many modes; it has a macro mode, which can take amazing close up photos. It has face/blink detection, which helps focus faces in the photo and blink detection warns you when someone has blinked. There are pre-set configurations on the camera which are specific to different scenes, i.e. sport, text, night shots etc. The only "problem" with the camera is that it has a LED flash and not a XENON flash. However, this is acceptable because the LED flash is also used on the camcorder. The camera is perfectly acceptable for taking the odd photos and is good enough for what I need.
Now to the main feature of this phone, the camcorder. As mentioned above the camcorder is HD, and it records at 720p! As you would expect, the quality is amazing in HD and plays well on the phone or on a HD screen. It is also possible to record slow motion and fast motion videos. The amount of fun you can have with a slow motion camera is endless, and the most mundane things look brilliant. The LED flash can be used as a light to take videos in dark areas. There is an issue with sound quality, but this can be fixed with a firmware update, which makes it acceptable. I could not ask for a better camcorder and is perfect for recording skating videos.
The phone has a built in GPS. There are various different pieces of GPS software available to use with this phone, the only two I have tried is Garmin Mobile XT and Sygic Mobile. They both have their advantages but I have stuck to Garmin Mobile XT. There is also one created by Samsung, but you have to pay a yearly fee. Once a week you can also download the satellite positions which makes the phone pick up the GPS signal very quickly.
The phone does have some issues: -
One problem with the phone is the browser is quite unresponsive and will crash randomly quite often. This is apparently being fixed in a firmware update soon.
I have found the battery life to be really good on this phone, but I have read that some people have had issues with theirs. The battery life depletes faster when using the camera, and GPS, but not ridiculously so.
The built in speaker quality is not amazing, but is better than some. I do like it though because they are stereo speakers.
The Symbian S60 v5 is becoming obsolete, so if the amount of applications and games being released for it is a lot less than say, the iPhone. However, if you look for long enough, you will find the odd useful app or fun game.
This phone seems to be priced between about 400-500 pounds. I think this is a completely acceptable price for what the phone does. The phone is also available on contract through orange. However, if you get the phone on contract with Orange, I would highly recommend you debrand the phone as it is just bloated with random things that slow the phone down immensely.
I cannot recommend this phone enough; it is the favourite phone that I have ever owned.
3.7" full touch QHD 16M AMOLED with tempered glass
HD video recording
Symbian S60 5.0 (full touch UI)
8-megapixel CMOS + CIF