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].