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Samsung Omnia 2 Review: Full Video Review

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December 8th, 2009

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By Ari Driessen
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Hitting Wirefly’s virtual Verizon Wireless shelves amid stiff holiday smartphone competition from the likes of the HTC Imagio and Droid Eris, Motorola Droid, and BlackBerry Storm II, the Windows Mobile 6.5-powered Samsung Omnia 2 undoubtedly faces an uphill battle if it is to make its way into the loving grip of upgrading Verizon subscribers.

Fortunately for the Omnia 2, it packs some charm that could help it lure holiday shoppers away from Verizon’s veritable army of popular touchscreen devices. The Omnia 2 sports Samsung’s TouchWiz 2.0 interface built on top of Windows Mobile, offering customization options in the form of a series of drag-and-drop widgets as well as a couple usability enhancements over standard Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional.

Samsung’s latest provides an advanced task management tool reminiscent of “cards” in Palm’s webOS. The Task Switcher displays thumbnails of running applications, and allows users to easily jump between and close open applications — dramatically improving multitasking in Microsoft’s mobile operating system.

Heavy texters and emailers may be attracted by the Omnia 2′s Swype typing technology that, in the long run, will make for faster text entry. Swype allows you to type by dragging a finger across the virtual keyboard from letter to letter instead of tapping each key individually. Although the relatively novel method of text input comes along with a certain learning curve, we can certainly imagine the time-saving benefits of Swype mastery.

Unfortunately, the power of the Omnia 2′s advanced feature set was somewhat limited by Samung’s decision to bestow only 208 MB of RAM upon the somewhat bulky device. Animated menus and screens were often times choppy, and we became frustrated with lag on several occasions during our time with the Omnia 2, particularly when we were running more than a couple applications at the same time.

To learn more, and see the Samsung Omnia II in action, check out Wirefly’s video review [above].

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5 Responses to “Samsung Omnia 2 Review: Full Video Review”

  • Manuel Porras
    June 8, 2011

    i like this very interesting thanks

  • nose job
    May 27, 2011

    Samsung Omnia has a spacious second and sharp AMOLED touch screen. Samsung TouchWiz2.0 user interface makes the second largest advertising program customization options, and easy to use.

  • fon maddox
    October 3, 2010

    using phone boxed for Verizon is it one that has a additional charge on verizon billing like some are $30.00 month?

  • rifyraina
    June 30, 2010

    The Samsung Omnia II boasts a spacious and sharp AMOLED touch screen. Samsung’s TouchWiz 2.0 user interface gives the Omnia II great customization options and is easy to use. The Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone also has advanced multimedia features, Wi-Fi, 3G support, Bluetooth, and GPS.

    fitflops

  • With the challenges of bulky fingertips, mental and visual focusing, it may be a consideration for some of us to see the stylus used on the qwerty.

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