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Samsung Omnia 7 review

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Price when reviewed : £300
inc VAT

A great AMOLED screen and great build quality make the Omnia 7 an attractive phone, but Windows Phone 7 means your content is tied to Zune


Windows Phone 7, 4.0in 480×800 display

If you’re more interested in music and videos, you still have to process everything through Zune, in the same way that Apple users are tied to iTunes. This walled garden approach makes it easy to organise your files but gives you little control, and if you decide later to switch devices, you’ll have problems getting at any files stored on your old phone.

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Windows Phone’s Live Tiles really stand out on the AMOLED screen, which is amazingly bright and colourful. The 480×800 resolution may not be the highest, but it’s more than enough to fill the 4in screen and make images and text look sharp. The phone’s metal casing makes it quite hefty for its size, but this adds to the impression of good build quality. We liked the inclusion of a camera shutter button and a cover for the USB port.

Photos snapped with the Omnia 7’s 5-megapixel camera are crisp and lack the noise in dark areas that plague most other cameraphones, but colours are muted. An LED flash helps illuminate dark shots, but videos, which can be recorded at 720p, are dull and noisy.

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Current Windows Phone 7 handsets will receive free updates to Mango once it’s finally released to the public and, once new handsets are launched, you may find the Omnia 7 at bargain-basement prices. However, we much prefer Android’s open Market and customisable home screens to Windows Phone 7’s limited apps and rigid homescreen, however pretty and smooth it is to use. The Motorola Defy has similar features, better battery life and costs less.

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Price £300
Rating ***


Main display size 4.0in
Native resolution 480×800
Second Display No
CCD effective megapixels 5-megapixel
Flash LED
Video recording format MP4
Connectivity Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB
GPS yes
Internal memory 8192MB
Memory card support none
Memory card included N/A
Operating frequencies GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 900/2100
Wireless data EDGE, HSPA
Size 122x64x11mm
Weight 138g


Operating system Windows Phone 7
Microsoft Office compatibility Word/Excel/PowerPoint editors
Email client POP3/IMAP/Exchange
Audio format support MP3, WAV, eAAC+, WMA
Video playback formats MPEG4, WMV
FM Radio yes
Web Browser Internet Explorer
Accessories charger, USB cable
Talk time 6.2 hours
Standby time 13.8 days
Tested battery life (MP3 playback) 22h 53m

Buying Information

SIM-free price £264
Price on contract £30-per-month, 18-month contract
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