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Samsung Omnia – New iPhone 3G Killer?

The Samsung Omnia has become the No.1 in my must-get list instead of the new iPhone 3G. Here, I’ll tell you why…

First you must go read the Seven iPhone Disappointments – quite a nasty review – It doesn’t sound like a usable phone. Also, a couple of iPhone users advised me against getting it. Instead, they recommended the new Samsung i900 Omnia.

Here’s a Samsung Omnia review – actually it’s a comparison:

iPhone 3G vs Samsung i900 vs HTC Touch Diamond

and the Samsung Omnia seems to be the obvious winner here.

Youtube Video: Samsung Omnia Review

I always wanted to get a Samsung. I am sick of Nokia! However, I am stuck with my existing phone because I still have more than 12 months contract on my current plan. The price of Samsumg Omnia without contract is pretty steep.

Samsung OMNIA

The Samsung Omnia looks good, isn’t it? In fact, it looks as cool as the iPhone. Here’s the Omnia specifications.

Samsung Omnia Specifications

**I particular like the idea of the 5MP auto-focus camera with flash, Divx/H.264 video and embedded GPS. Also the Samsung Omnia OS is Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, meaning a wide range of application software can be installed.

Update 28 Jul 2008: This blog is currently ranked Number 1 when you searched for omnia review at Google.com.sg. I really wish I could get hold of this phone and do a proper review. For more information on Omnia blogs, visit SamsungMobileBlog.com.sg

Samsung Omnia HD

Update 1 March 2009: Just got to know that Samsung launched a sequel to the Omnia. After some research on Google, I believe the new Samsung Omnia HD will be a winner. I will definitely like to lay my hand on it and test out the high-definition video recording and watching HD movie on-the-go.

Samsung OMNIA HD

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  • enzo 13 Dec 2008, 1:54 am

    wassup ninja, yea d omnia is a good companion:))) i didn’t install d slider, but i tried it in a friends omnia, its not as effective and doesnt slide as smooth as d iphone, u need to apply a bit of pressure….but for some people it works pretty well so try it…. u can download it from this site : http://www.1800pocketpc.com/2008/08/31/s2u2-v121-iphone-like-slide-to-lock-for-windows-mobile.html

    u have to scroll down to see the file to be downloaded… i advice u read comments of guys who installed it before u install.
    have fun

  • ninja 12 Dec 2008, 1:47 am

    hye enzo! your so informative..you really explore that omnia huh..great…well i got a question for u…do u know how to install the slider bar to unlock the phone?..juz like the iphone..i saw some clips on youtube, it has it on their omnia…where does those guys get it..? thanx..

  • enzo 10 Dec 2008, 5:57 am

    I dont hate the Iphone but truely guys, i PREFER the omnia…..
    it doesn’t limit u in anyway….. the iphone does……..
    u cant even transfer files tru bluethooth to say d least!!

  • enzo 10 Dec 2008, 5:44 am

    hi guys… sorry for not replying on time… i’ve been quite busy…
    to stonx: do this, go to your “today” setting – elements and remove the samsung widgets…
    w download the spb mobile shell, u need to install it in your RAM (97MB) memory, it will only take 3.3MB of space, so its ok… install it from your desktop computer…. when u finish installing it runs automatically on your device…
    but to really enjoy it, u need to install the skins available too… copy the skin into the program file in your phone (8GB or 16GB) memory… run the files and install in you PHONE 8GB memory cos its about 17MB….

    to Adnaz: the spb mobile shell is just an interface that gives style to your omnia…. check out more on http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/products/mobileshell/?en

    the files are quite big so i cant be able to email them…. we need to chat on yahoo or preferable ICQ so i can transfer them to u instantly…
    but anyway, give me an email address and i will try and see if it will upload on gmail.

    stonx, if u have problems installing holla!!!

  • Adnaz 7 Dec 2008, 3:29 pm

    hi enzo… i would like to try the spb stuff.. can u help me what it the good about this ‘spb’.? and if u don’t mind can u email me your spb? if its ok.. and i like very much my omnia..

  • Wync 5 Dec 2008, 1:16 pm

    Might have gud or bad comments running around, but i think that User-friendly is something so subjective, some ppl they might get use to the function easily, but some not.

    easy thing, if u love the Samsung Omnia self, buy it, no need to compare…like me…

    I love Omnia far more than Iphone though…
    When ppl telling how gud is Iphone, how bad is Omnia…well, i’m wondering that Iphone got no problem at all on it’s self?

    Maybe…..maybe not 🙂

    Omnia user, dun get frustrate when u c the negative comment 🙂

    Master it!

  • stonx 3 Dec 2008, 1:11 am

    How do i use the spb mobile shell..i’ve already install it…but nothing happens…as Robin says…pls enlighten me.. thanx

  • enzo 25 Nov 2008, 2:28 am

    believe me man, when u get it, u’ll begin to love ur phone even more….
    remember to install the spb mobile shell which is about 3.3MB in your RAM (97MB) memory…. then skins which is 17MB in your phone (8GB or 16GB) memory…
    if u have a problem downloading or installing, holla…
    i can email u mine, which is free ofcos :)))

  • dangerous 24 Nov 2008, 7:02 am

    I’m getting one of these tomorrow, I’m so excited about getting it. Thanks for the review, helped me decide. 🙂 ohhh. I can’t wait.

  • enzo 22 Nov 2008, 4:26 am

    hey guys, check out the SPB interface…. i just installed it and the skins…..its the BOMB!!!! i’m so loving it…
    u can download it from this link: http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/products/mobileshell/?en

    if u have any problems holla at me….

  • Robin 19 Nov 2008, 9:57 pm

    can anyone enlighten me what this SPB interface is? And how can I go about getting it for my mobile? Thanks.

  • Rachael 15 Nov 2008, 6:25 am

    With regards to the camera problem, I had the same thing so I sent my phone back thinking it was the phone. I have my phone back again now and have been looking at the memory probs that I have and have found comments on other websites that suggest clearing the cache created when using opera. To do this just connect the phone to your PC and go into the phones memory, not the storage card, then opera folder and cache, and delete. This supposdly clears up a few MB of memory, enabling you to use the camera again.

  • enzo 7 Nov 2008, 11:04 pm

    well, i’m not in the UK so our phones might differ… i advice u just buy a gps software….

  • Dave 7 Nov 2008, 9:06 pm

    about the GPS. please someone tell me what the program is called, how it is accessed etc. I have google maps which gives a birds eye view, but i have nothing that looks anything like what they advertise as GPS on this phone.

  • enzo 7 Nov 2008, 5:10 am

    well, i hardly use the stylus except when i’m surfing the web… so i didnt attach it to the phone.
    if u want to scroll tru programs and names, its best u flip the right end of the screen, it moves smoothly, it took me a while to get a perfect angle, but i’m used to it now..but do not apply much pressure while touching….
    about texting, yea d window is quite small, but i don’t see dat as a problem…i enjoy the vibration from the keys)))

    I’m shocked people are having problems with their camera’s this is common with guys who bought their device in the US n UK…. my camera works perfect even with over 5 programs running on the background…. the smile detector is d bomb, it won’t snap except the person smiles….and pic quality is great!
    the GPS is a pre loaded sofware….. the google maps in it works pretty well too, just like the iphone 3G….

  • Dave 7 Nov 2008, 12:52 am

    ok here’s a few things that i found disappointing. firstly the stylus…why couldnt they incorporate it into the phone itself, a little parking pocket like all pda’s have. it would have added 5mm to the width maybe but so what. I got so fed up of it dangling around my face when on a call, i took it off. problem is you actually need it for the touchscreen, unlike the iphone, where finger pressure is ideal. secondly, scrolling through contacts or programs by stroking the screen. every time i try this the first contact/program i touch opens. this doesnt happen with iphone. third…texting. you get a window of TWO lines to see what you have written. the rest of screen is filled with old message.
    and finally (for now) the camera. well just look at other comments above to see a common problem we all suffer. as for GPS, I think I might be missing the software for that. is it not a pre-loaded program??

  • enzo 6 Nov 2008, 11:43 pm

    i don’t know what they sold to u guys over there but since i bought my samsung WITU i haven’t had any complains…. it works perfectly… I mean everything works just FINE!!!! i have an iphone too, but i prefer the WITU…. apart from the fact that ofcos the iphone screen resolution is better….
    hey Dave,whats wrong with the stylus?? that stylus is the bomb…. show me a better stylus than that….
    the GPS is great!!

  • Dave 1 Nov 2008, 2:49 am

    It seems to me that there are a LOT of negative msgs here…and I am not at all surprised. I have an Omnia, and was very excited to get it on 1st day of release in uk. After much consideration about getting iPhone, I made the biggest mistake and got the omnia. It’s rubbish!! I can see a lot of people here are blinded by technical gadgetry, but lets face it, its a phone, and it doesnt function very well as one. Also,texting is awkward, the camera doesnt always work, and the touchscreen is crap. No handbook? GPS designed by children? Batt charge not what they spec. Goes online without touching it. Oh, and that stylus thing they provide! What is THAT all about?? This phone is not ready for the market. Samsung….try again.

  • enzo 30 Oct 2008, 5:34 am

    its about 750US$ for the 8GB omnia in Moscow….

  • Karan 29 Oct 2008, 2:57 am

    guys, can you please put the price of omnia in your markets? it will be useful for all

  • ZA 27 Oct 2008, 7:20 pm

    The HTCs ( P3600 / Touch ) feel better in hand but look at this:

    The South African box contains the following:

    a quick start guide
    the handset
    the battery
    a 8GB memory card with card reader
    getting started CD
    Garmen Navigator software for life CD
    normal charger
    car charger
    spare in-ear pieces
    3.5mm adapter
    USB cable
    Car Cradle with suction cups

    8GB card works like a dream
    My only complaint is the feel in hand which is on par with Sony Ericssons’ and Nokias’ and the shape of the touch screen which takes getting used to. Other than that my phone does everything possible.

  • Chris 18 Oct 2008, 1:16 pm

    BTW the i8510 works on Symbian OS, more comparable to a Nokia Phone than a WM PDA.

  • Chris 18 Oct 2008, 12:40 pm

    You can resolve short Battery Life with a spare battery. With the iphone, this is impossible. iPhone Battery is not removable, so spare battery is impossible. If you are mostly outdoors, it is definitely not sufficient to last pass 6 hours and no way to charge unless you are in office. If you need to use wireless bluetooth earphones, no way to last your office hours without 2 charge a day.

  • Chris 17 Oct 2008, 8:49 pm

    I’m looking around for a WM PDA Phone and giving away my iPhone. Heard the Samsung i8510 is faster. Anyone have experience with the i8510?

  • Chris 17 Oct 2008, 8:42 pm

    I’m using iPhone now, but have used WM PDA Phones for years. WM Phones with handwriting recognition entry is far better & faster than the keyboard entry of iPhone. Phonebook function is very helpful.
    The iPhone hangs at times (with all the screen icons shaking and no response) and has No Phonebook “search by Number or Name” function, only allow search by scrolling or select First Alphabet. iPhone Battery would not last more than your 8 hours, if you perform 2 hour of texting & emailing combined.

  • enzo 17 Oct 2008, 1:53 pm

    haven’t had any problems with camera or any other thing…. getting to like the phone by the day…. but the only thing i hate is that it runs out or battery life pretty quick….

  • Marvin 14 Oct 2008, 1:45 pm

    Correction should be page 2 and not page 4.

  • Marvin 14 Oct 2008, 1:44 pm

    You can set default storage for camera in the camera settings menu. Go to page 4 and there is a setting for default storage there.

  • Mark 13 Oct 2008, 6:22 pm

    Movies must be in wmv or mp4 format. Some others too but they’re the main ones.

  • Mark 13 Oct 2008, 6:19 pm

    Hey guys, I’ve been an Omnia user for about 4 weeks. Some things are great. Some things are far from great. Overall, I would not recommend this phone.
    1. I have not worked out how to default savings files to “My Storage” rather then “My Device” for apps such as Media Centre, Camera etc. It means every time I launch the app, I need to always navigate from MyDevice to MyStorage..and its taking up precious memory on MyDevice.
    2. ..and this is a big one. I too am having major issues with the ““NOT ENOUGH VIDEO MEMORY. PLEASE CLOSE OTHER APPLICATIONS AND TRY AGAIN” Ending all tasks makes no difference. I have also made about 15MB of free space on “MyDevice” hoping that would resolve it but no luck.
    Does anyone know a solution to these?

  • enzo 13 Oct 2008, 12:58 pm

    hey guys, i got myself the WITU ( thats what it’s called in moscow)…. I am so loving it…. i havent had any of the problems u guys complained about yet, i end all task before taking a picture and it responds very good…. i keep pretty few apps running and it practically doesnt heat up except it runs for a really long time…..it’s quite finger friendly than i expected….

    But i can’t seem to play movies in it yet….all the movies i uploaded didnt play… say’s invalid format!
    do i need a special kind of codec or do i have to change the format??? please advice.

  • Richard 9 Oct 2008, 8:36 am

    Still waiting for o2 to get this phone??? It looks wicked. Are they any plans to get some in, or am I going to have to change over to another phone company or even worst will I have to get nokia n96/ iphone which I think are boring lol

  • Ashleigh 8 Oct 2008, 12:57 am

    I have been having the same problem with the camera with “Not enough video memory. Please close other applications and try again” popping up all the time.

    Pressing the ‘reset’ button makes the camera work for a while but then it does it again.

    I asked at the shop where i bought it from and the assistant put ‘task manager’ in my start menu and if u go into that and ‘End all tasks’ like on your computer this makes it work too……..well most of the time. However this didnt work the other night when I went to see my favourite band and couldnt take any photos!! Very annoying!!

    I dont know if there is anything else u can do?? I know if I go ask at the shop again, the day I go in it will probably be working and they will think im wrong! aargh! xxx

  • enzo 6 Oct 2008, 11:51 pm

    just ONe advice guys….. whats should i buy, the iphone 3G or the samsung i900?????

  • Angel 6 Oct 2008, 4:12 pm

    My phone still answers itself!! its nothing to do with turning auto answer off because ive done this several times and it never says it was on in the first place! im really not liking the new omnia, purely for the fact that it keeps answering itself!!

  • zXioNGz 4 Oct 2008, 10:39 am

    Anyone tried the Video playback after Converting some files to put into?

    I tried playing Mp4 with 400×240 converted, seems to get out of the Actual Video screen, some parts missing at the top and bottom lol, anyone have good converter? Currently using WinAVI

  • zXioNGz 4 Oct 2008, 10:37 am

    Seriously speaking, i love this phone only after i d/l the SPB interface lol, previous icon is so CRAP!! haha Great phone 8/10 (2 for lagness)

  • Ben 3 Oct 2008, 1:23 am

    Does the omnia have full internet browser like the iphone or is it just wifi and wap???

  • ALI,Pakistani 2 Oct 2008, 9:07 am

    Currently I would prefer to buy OMNIA since i m WM user for last 2 years. But i wonder if Samsung can provide 16/8GB to Phone memory, why the can’t increase the Ram which is backbone to use this large memory. I’m afraid of the heating problem too which many of the users r mentioning here. But currently it is seem better than the rest so no choice!

  • Mike 2 Oct 2008, 5:10 am

    Why can i not access my phones 16gb memory???? I JUST got the Omnia, bluetoothed some tracks to it (about 8) and about 30 photos, now it wont let me add any more saying the memory is full. Then when i look, it says theres almost 16gb of memory left. How is this happening???? Why am i not able to use any of the phones memory??

  • Jeremy 30 Sep 2008, 3:11 pm


    This errors keep haunting me ! Is there any other way beside switching on & off again ? though all the task has been killed . . . sigh

  • T.C. 29 Sep 2008, 6:12 pm

    Go to settings ,tap PHONE. Look at the tabs below,move arrow til you rech the TAB that says MORE. Then HIGHLIGHT, AUTO ANSWER then tap GET SETTINGS then choose OFF .

  • mimi 29 Sep 2008, 6:52 am

    could anyone help me out? ive changed my omnia twice, but it has this thing where anytime i get a call it answers itself within seconds without me even realising. ive checked the auto answer several times and have even got to the point where im trying to divert all my calls to voicemail to avoid any embarrassing situations. any ideas?

  • T.C. 28 Sep 2008, 4:07 am

    Sorry , right if the phone is facing you…

  • T.C. 28 Sep 2008, 4:06 am

    But before you do this , check your button assignments first..that button (the small one topmost on the left) should have task switcher assigned to it…

  • T.C. 27 Sep 2008, 4:53 pm

    And yes it is WI-FI.

  • T.C. 27 Sep 2008, 4:52 pm

    There’s a small white switch on the side,with a small icon like a box..it’s along side the camera buttons and volume buttons on the topmost part of the right side..press it long the phone will prompt you to end tasks…that would be faster than tapping the task manager…upon pressing this button if you want to use the camera and it says for you to close all apps…that’s all you have to do press again that button to end all tasks and the camera should function already.. It works for me,I hope this could help..

  • AdrianLee 27 Sep 2008, 3:26 pm

    This post alone has many positive reviews of the Samsung Omnia. This confirms my decision to get myself one. 🙂

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