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An affordable and attractive looking smartphone. There is a wide range of apps available and the camera is good quality. However, operating system is sluggish, touchscreen unresponsive and battery life lacking.

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      28.10.2010 05:25
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      This phone can be handled only by girls/ladies not the guys.

      Samsung i900 Omnia is a beautiful handset comes with a touch screen complete with QWERTY keyboard.

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      The i900 Omnia works on a quad band GSM HSDPA network. The user can enjoy connecting to the Internet using a Wi-Fi connection. The Samsung i900 Omnia allows the user to enjoy high speed connectivity and data transfer rates on their new Smartphone. The EDGE technology allows the user to enjoy high speed data transfers when transferring data between devices.

      The camera is a 5 megapixel digital camera complete autofocus. The music player can play music in all popular music formats. The user can access the World Wide Web on their 3G Smartphone with the WAP browser and supports RSS feeds. The user can share messages with other compatible users which is an easy way to communicate without making a call. The user can create a variety of messages including picture messages known as MMS messaging, text messages, instant messages and create emails on their handset.

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      22.10.2010 01:46
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      Would not recommend this item, unless you want loads of useless features.

      The Samsung Omnia i900 is operated by the Windows Mobile OS. The software really does not work for a touch screen phone, and I find that im constantly pressing the incorrect buttons due to the incredibly small size of the icons. I would say that it was intended for a stylus - but who these days wants to use a stylus to send a text!?

      I find the software extremely sluggish and the phone is always crashing or there is a delay in opening various applications. This is very frustrating when all i want to do is answer the phone. The touch screen is also very unresponsive and I'm constantly tapping multiple times to do anything.

      The positives to this phone are the wide range of available software for download on the internet, which opens up many possibilities for the use of this phone. I also find the built in mouse very useful when I'm not able to use my fingers.

      The overall style of the phone is nice. It is thin and fits in my pocket very easily. For the price of this phone used, it is a good deal if you would like a cheap touch screen packed with features.

      However, I would not recommend this phone to anyone considering a touch screen. It is very frustrating to use, and I rarely use the numerous features that it offers.

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      08.06.2010 12:39
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      Avoid like the plague

      I've had this phone for a year and a half on a Vodafone contract.
      I IMPLORE YOU, DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE

      Samsung made the choice to use WIndows Mobile - one of the most useless OS's. The phone is slow and sluggish, and I am forever watching the load symbol, even to do something as simple to check messages.

      The touchscreen has bee designed for use with a stylus, and it is barely responsive when you use your hands. THe stylus is also incredibly feminine, and I was forever asked why I had an eyeliner attached to my phone.

      There are also many programs on it which seem so unnessecary - there are two internet browsers, as well as severaldifferent music players.

      The menus are also overcomplicated - there are a vast array of features, however,there are too many, so much so that I got confused while trying to set up the wifi and ended up having to look through the instruction manual - I'm fairly good with technical things so actually having to look through the manual is a first for me.

      I am very dissappointed with this phone, so much so that i'd never buy a phone with wIndows Mobile - ever.

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      18.03.2010 12:53

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      Not a long term mobile companion but has some good features

      This being my first windows mobile phone that wasn't returned within the first 2 days of purchasing, it took me a little while to get my head around the user interface as the phone combines the Samsung user interface with windows mobile user interface, in my opinion not very successfully. I loved the freedom that came with this phone in terms of downloading programmes and being able to customise pretty much anything on the phone simply by installing a programme or two, however I think this was more the windows side of the phone, not Samsung or the phone itself.
      Windows mobile leaves alot to be desired, something I only realised upon upgrading to an iphone 3gs which really does put windows mobile to shame! So for me the software, whilst customisable, needed alot more work doing to it to make it more user friendly and attractive to potential customers.
      That being said, the phone itself is light weight, stylish and has a decent enough camera, although when coming to buy cases for the phone it proved difficult to find different styles of cases, whereas these are readily available for phones such as the blackberry and iphone.
      Overall I enjoyed using the phone over a short period of time, but wouldn't recommend it as a long term mobile companion, and unless you are willing to fork out a sizeable amount of dosh for this phone, then you are more than likely to be lumbered with it for 12-18 months!

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      02.03.2010 00:26

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      Makes me want to go for a non touch screen phone at renewal

      I've had the samsung omnia now for over a year as part of a 18 month contract with vodafone. It was launched to rival the Apple I-Phone but i do feel like the only one with it as i've not seen it stocked since.
      It has a windows mobile operating system meaning you can pretty much upload anything to it.
      It has a 5 megapixel camera with flash which is very good, night time pictures it takes are great.
      It comes with its own preinstalled media player which has to be said is fairly useless and clumsy in comparison to anything that apple offers.
      It comes with a 8gb memory inside already which is handy for uploading movies and slips to it. You can hook it up to a tv but good look finding the cable to do it as samsung don't officially supply them here! I got mine on ebay.
      It has a large touchscreen interface which is ok at best, can be slow and non responsive.
      Call quality is very good but after having a touch screen phone for over a year now i think my next purchase would be a phone with good old buttons!!

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      26.01.2010 13:30
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      Avoid it if you can

      Not the greatest.
      After such a huge ad campaign I must admit I was sucked into the apparent merits of the Samsung Omnia. It all seemed to good to be true - Microsoft Office from the palm of your hand, a constant connection to the internet and unlimited downloads - where else could you get that? This seemed a cheap alternative to the iPhone which no one else had thought of, so I was convinced the Samsung Omnia was for me.

      When I first got the phone the touch screen really threw me. It's incredibly hard to operate with either your fingers or a pen due to the lack of keyboard, although you can change the settings so a keyboard appears on screen. This minimises the email / text screen you are writing to such an extent that you can only see one line at a time - not ideal.

      I also wanted the phone because I'd heard it had GPS - something I'd always desired. When I got my Samsung Omnia the GPS didn't work. Apparently the software was too new so the network provider couldn't keep up with the download speed. After a month of calling, speaking to engineers and various members of customer services I wrote an official complaint email. I received an immediate response. I decided not to bother with GPS that didn't work, but rather to get a discount on my tariff.

      Finally, texting was a complete nightmare for me. For some reason the phone seemed to predict in every language imaginable and it took months for me to programme it with my own predicted words.

      All in all, it's not a great phone and I can't wait to get an iPhone as soon as my contract runs out.

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      06.01.2010 20:58
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      Good phone - especially if you use Office

      The Omnia was my first Windows Mobile and touchscreen phone.

      When you get the phone you get headphones, a UK mains charger, USB cable, and CD. You do not get a printed manual but this can be downloaded from Samsungs website. This can cause the phone to be quite challenging to use at first but after a few days and once you get the hang of it, its quite easy to use.

      I have had a number of samsung phones in the past - they always are very smart, good looking and compact phones, however I have always found the battery life is always quite poor in comparison some of the other leading competitors.

      The touchscreen is very good, with the phone vibrating when a button is touched. Texting can take a while to get used to but once you have is brilliant. There are a number of different options of the types of keypads you can have - including a qwerty keypad or the traditional phone styled pad. This can be used both vertically or horizontally which is ideal if you use the qwerty keypad. The scroll is a little tricky at first but once used to is good.

      A number of progarams are already included such as, Microsoft Office suie, Google, Messenger, Internet Explorer.

      The display is very clear and of good quality - the backlight very good and bright. Pictures used as a wallpaper usually are distorted when the phone is switched from vertical to horizontal.

      The camera is quite good, but not as good as other leading phones in my opinion. The flash is very bright but sometmes the pictures just arent as clear.

      Phone calls are very loud and clearly audible. The speakerphone is quite good also. Phonebook is easy to access with picture contacts being available which looks good.

      My main issues with this phone however is its battery consumption. The default setting ensures that when battery power is too low, the Omnia will switch off the signal so you cant recieve or send but keeps the phone on so that you can save any work etc. This is very helpful if you use the phone as more than just a phone. Other settings can cause the phone to stay lit after a call or text until you read the "notification". If you do not check your phone frequently (for example when at work) this can mean the phone is fully lt for a long time which drains the battery. Using the internet and wifi also depleted the battery very quickly.

      Overall it is a very good phone and is very different from leaders such as the iPhone. If you use windows often and intend to interface the phone often with your PC then this is great. It is a very good looking phone, its lightweight and a handy size. Overall a very good phone.

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      09.10.2009 20:43
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      A true competitor to the i-phone

      The Samsung Omnia 'Smart Phone' is, in my opinion, one of the best on the market at the minute. To start with the phone is a reasonable size (slightly smaller than the i-phone, slightly bigger than the equivalent Nokia), light weight and of stylish design.

      I was slightly reluctant to go for a Microsoft OS, as I'm not the biggest Microsoft fan, but they seem to have got their mobile OS right. It's easy to use and doesn't seem to have many glitches. It also means that the phone comes with the whole Microsoft package - Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Media Player, etc.

      The screen is large and the touch screen is responsive, also if you don't want to use the stylus (which I don't) there is a small tracker pad on the front of the phone that is easy to use and very handy if you've got fat finger that can't quite hit what you want on the screen. Texting was a bit of a nightmare to start with, but once use to it's easy and the predictive text is pretty good.

      The camera is a 5MP and come out with good shots (no optical zoom though) in day, although I've had problems using it in low light setting so a good picture on a night out is hard to come by. My Omnia is the 8Gb version, which hold a large portion of my music and a few films. The music library interface is poorer than I expected and if you want to put a lot of music on your phone it can become annoying trying to search through to get the band/song you want to listen to.

      Quality of calls is good, although sometimes the volume control is to loud wherever you seem to put it.

      All in all I'd recommend this phone to anyone who was after a smart phone. It's a good size with great feature and it's easy to use.

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      01.09.2009 19:10
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      At first it has potential but there are too many flaws

      I got the Omnia back within the first few months of release and at the start I was generally very impressed. As time has gone by though, I've grown continually dissatisfied with the phone overall.

      The touchscreen does cause a great deal of issues. I've got an iPod Touch and compared to the touchscreen technology on that and the iPhone, the Omnia's is very unresponsive and slow.

      I've also had a number of issues with the actual phone on the device. I can constantly hear feedback on the other end of the line and it does become quite annoying. Also when the call is put on speakerphone, the person on the other end of the line reports that they can hear their own voice back.

      When the phone was released, it was dubbed as an iPhone. It definitely is not.

      It was dubbed as being an iPhone killer when it was first released but quite simply, it isn't.

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        01.09.2009 11:55
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        Good phone if your a technical person

        I got this phone as I needed a new mobile phone,I was originally looking for an 8mp phone with WIFI and unfortunately the shops weren't selling the phone i wanted, being as I am impatient I went for the next best option. I really liked the look of the phone as it is sleek and quite thin (and touch screen)
        However I had major problems getting my WIFI working and had to take it to a different shop a few days later, they got the WIFI working immediately there, so i went home and tried again and suddenly it worked, I don't understand this as the guy said he didn't change any of the settings.
        I have now had the phone for around 9 months and even though I love the phones software has its faults and errors.
        First being that the battery is not the best, If it is turned off it lasts a while but if your like me (on your phone a lot) then the battery dies quite quickly (about a day - two)
        The phone occasionally crashes and sometimes tells me its memory is full, when i know it isn't.
        Also if you are not the most technical of people i would advise thinking before you get this phone as it can be awkward to find files through the file explorer as it is run by windows, and you can end up deleting programs that can cause problems within the phone itself.
        And the screen scratches easily

        The good points however are that the touch screen is quite easy to use
        The wifi is working well now it has somehow been fixed
        The camera is quite a nice little camera

        Hope this helped

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          21.08.2009 13:36
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          Would not recommend

          I got this phone because I had a good contract offer with Vodafone and while I really wanted an iPhone this was dubbed as the next best thing, the 'iPhone killer'. It's not. Compared to the iPhone this handset is very limited.

          The touchscreen created the biggest problems. It is unresponsive and slow, and very awkward. The stylus is available but I hate using them because they are fiddly and not really worth is with this phone. The battery life on this phone is terrible - it never seems to stay fully charged for more than five minutes even when let to run down then charged over night.

          When I was sold this phone in the shop I was told the Opera internet system was excellent and rivalled the iPhone's internet access. In reality it is slow and clunky, and I prefer to use the slightly better but not brilliant Interent Explorer on the phone. The internet runs very slowly on this phone - since getting it I have replaced it with a Samsung Tocco which is lower down the range but much faster at connecting and running on the internet. In fact the Tocco is a superior phone in every way being more responsive, smaller and sleeker.

          I have always liked Samsung phones because of how easy they are to use, but the Omnia feels nothing like a Samsung. I was very disappointed with this phone to the extent that I traded it for a Tocco. I wouldn't recommend this handset.

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          19.08.2009 09:46

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          a great little phone if you are more technically minded and a high level user of your mobile

          I initially came across the omnia after the stress of my previous mobile phone and its continual button shedding habit. My main requirement for my contract upgrade was for it to have no buttons and a good camera. I have found that the omnia has been my perfect match. Initially confusing with two main menus and endless amounts of options but i soon got the hang of it. It produces great quality pictures due to the 5mp camera, annoyingly i have never got the gps photo tagging to work. The wirless functionaility is great for logging onto my wireless broadband at home for quick internet browsing and after downloading skype onto it (very quick and simple) i have been able to make endless skype calls at home via the wirless. I have had no touchscreen problems, i find it runs quickly and the storage space is perfectly adequate. In a nutshell sometimes my omnia is a little too clever for its own good but its caused me no problems in the last 8 months (unusual for me) and no stress!!

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          31.07.2009 16:17
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          Look elsewhere in the Samsung range, its just too tempramental!

          The "Omnia" is a phone that tests your patience, if you enjoy hitting the screen over and over again and like the thought of hitting it with a hammer in order for it to acknowledge the action you want to take-then go for it!! It looks good, but functionality is not to my liking! I had a Touch Diamond-HTC phone, this was a nightmare too, so got this one, i am on cantract, in 8 months i am on my 12th phone! one will work eventually i am sure! i have given up on this one too! just cant be bothered to phone Orange again to swap and have a moan!! I do like the Samsung phones, had one a while back on PAYG - wish i had kept it to be honest! The Omnia headphones are horrible too, the headphones i got with the Nokia n95 were the best i have ever had, still got them and are compatible with the Omnia headset-so thats at least one positive!
          I think as the phones get more technical, there reliability goes down!
          If your thinking Omnia, please think again!

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            25.07.2009 16:24
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            If possible make another choice.

            After seeing the advert poster for the Omnia and knowing that my existing phone contract was coming up for renewal, I was really exited about possibly getting my mits on this when I could not afford the I-phone and could not wait for the N97. Boy do i regret chosing the samsung. The touch screen is very dimb witted unless you use the stylus for 99% of the time. When sending a text message, the on screen keyboard has poos sensitivity of characters, especially near the edges of the screen.

            The next issue i have, i suppose is my fault, in that I did not know that there would be so little applications and other stuff for download for the phone, considering the Iphone has a dedicated apps store. There is nothing that comes close for the samsung.

            Anyway, the only advise i can give to people is that if you want a good lookign and reasonable phone for around £150 (second hand) then the omnia is a reasonable choice. But if you have either the choice or the money to be able to afford different, I would personally go for either Iphone of Nokia N97.

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              06.07.2009 16:39

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              not quite a camara, not quite a phone, not quite a computer, not quite a gps. The omnia is slow, sluggish. the camera, despite its 5 mp, performs poorly under low light conditions and the flash burns the pictures. The gps wont track more than 7 satellites which gives you accuracies no better than 40 metters. not quite a computer: because your sistem may stall pretty often, i have to reset mine at least 3 times a day.

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