Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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Samsung Omnia 7
Member Name: salmondantaylor
Samsung Omnia 7
Advantages: Windows Phone OS, Screen size & Quality.
Disadvantages: Back & Search not hard buttons.
I must admit, my reasons for buying a Windows Phone were based entirely on the interface. But for most people buying a smartphone, the interface is everything. And with a Windows Phone, you definitely get what you pay for. The interface, as the feature to draw customers in, is, in a word, fantastic. All the features of the phone work together to provide valuable information easily and quickly.
The hubs on the phone are an easy way to display grouped information at a glance. For example, the People hub will basically display any information from "people". It groups together information from Twitter, Facebook, Windows Live and other such online services. The 7.5 update only makes this integration stronger. This is the sort of simple ease of access that, implemented throughout the entire OS makes the phone easier to use, and makes you spend less time going through menus to get to your information.
Contacts are tied in to the various services (FB, WL etc) and available throughout the phone. Selecting messaging, will take you to your messages, as expected, but swiping the screen across will display online contacts across various services, for easy online chat. This is the sort of experience you can expect throughout the Windows Phone service.
But enough about the OS, that's pretty much the same on any Windows Phone, it's the actual device that really shines. The camera is capable of recording 720p HD video, and taking 5MP pictures, with autofocus and maximum image resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels.
The screen is large for its time, and has a SuperOLED screen, with brilliant colour reproduction and viewing angles. The resolution is standard across WP devices, 800x480, but this display really makes that resolution shine.
The usual array of MicroUSB (for charging and computer connection, either Mac or PC with sync software available for both), 3.5mm headphone jack, volume up/down rocker, standby/off button and camera button are available, with the camera button able to wake the hone from sleep mode, for shooting on the go. The three hardware buttons on the Omnia 7 are default across WP devices, a home or Windows button, a back button, and a search button. Only the home button is an actual hard button on this phone, whereas the other two are touch buttons, which is my only niggle with this phone, for example, searching without unlocking the phone would be a nice addition.
Summary: All in all, this is the best phone I've owned in a long time, and I would not hesitate to suggest it
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