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Samsung Omnia HD i8910 review

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Manufacturer: Samsung

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Samsung's Omnia HD i8910 is a 3G smartphone capable of HD-sized video capture.

Samsung's Omnia HD i8910 is a 3G smartphone capable of HD-sized video capture.

The Samsung Omnia HD i8910 is the first mobile phone in the world that captures HD video (720p at 24fps to be precise). It is geared towards being a complete multimedia phone and it manages to do that extremely well.

Thanks to the Samsung Omnia HD i8910's 3.7in display, the Omnia looks intimidating. In fact, apart from HTC's Touch HD we haven't come across a phone that fills up your palm in this manner. However, this doesn't mean that the phone is bulky.

Interestingly, Samsung has managed to keep the Samsung Omnia HD i8910 phone's width to manageable proportions. The phone does look good in its lacquered black body. The phone's back has the 8Mp camera and an LED flash set into it. Overall, in spite of its size, the Omnia HD still manages to look classy.

One of the Samsung Omnia HD i8910's stand-out and most visible feature is that 3.7in AMOLED display. Not only is it one of the biggest screens we have seen on a phone, but it is also one of the better screens we've seen. Indoors, it looks beautiful and makes colours jump out. Unfortunately, it doesn't look that great under direct sunlight.

The Samsung Omnia HD i8910 is packed to the brim with features, including 8GB of internal memory expandable to 32GB through a microSD slot. There is the very useful 3.5mm jack for headphones and stereo speakers (one at the top and one at the phone's base).

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Of course the Samsung Omnia HD i8910 phone also has Wi-Fi and GPS, so there should be no problems with regard to connectivity. The phone uses the Symbian OS v9.4 Series 60, the same OS used by the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and the Nokia N97. We found no problem using the phone's interface. Inside lies a 600MHz Arm Cortex A8 processor.

Although the Omnia might use the same OS as the aforementioned Nokia phones, its interface is much more refined. Yes, there are still some issues - the UI Samsung Omnia HD i8910 shows some inconsistencies. For example, some actions require a single touch while some need the buttons to be touched twice.

But overall, the UI of the Samsung Omnia HD i8910 is immensely usable. The screen definitely helps in this aspect as the phone can afford to use large buttons which are a pleasure to navigate. Typing on the virtual keypad is also similarly easy.

At the end of the day though, the Samsung Omnia HD i8910's selling feature is its 8Mp HD camera that is capable of shooting hi-def videos. The videos we shot came out crisp and all the colours looked well-balanced.

Compared to the Creative Vado HD, yes, the videos were less sharp, but we believe that it was easily the best video we have seen shot by a camera-phone. Still pictures shot by the Omnia HD were also very good, especially when the LED flash came to the party. We have only seen the Samsung S8300 UltraTouch shoot better pictures.

The Samsung Omnia HD i8910 excels at playing music. Apart from the slightly low volume levels, there was nothing we could complain about. Browsing the Web on the default browser is helped by the large screen, but we still preferred the usability afforded by the Opera Mini browser.

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Samsung i8910 HD reviews verified by Reevoo

Samsung i8910 HDScores 8.7 out of 10 based on 62 reviews
3G quad-band smartphone
GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
HSDPA 900/1900/2100MHz
3.7in (360x640) AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Symbian S60 v5
ARM Cortex A8 600MHz processor
8GB storage
microSD card slot
8Mp camera
720p@24fps HD video
digital compass
802.11b/g Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
stereo FM radio
1500mAh Li-ion battery
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Samsung Omnia HD i8910 is one of the best high-end phones on the market today. It even beats the iPhone in some respects, and has a good UI, strong feature-set and excellent camera capabilities. It has a brilliant large screen and exquisite imaging capabilties.

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