Samsung Omnia i900 review
I upgraded from the Nokia N95 to the Samsung Omnia i900. Am I pleased with it? Yes. Are there some things it could do a lot better? Yes. Would I go back to the N95 if it wasn't broken? Possibly ...
This is that rare thing - a review of a mobile phone where the purchaser doesn't claim it's rubbish and going straight back, or the best thing ever. It's a mixed review - the omnia is one of those bits of technologies that feels like it was released 6 months early.
Samsung Omnia: good points
The touch screen is good, obviously. It's nice and big (not as big as the iphone's), and display photos well. It looks good. There are loads of features - it does pretty much everything.
And it connects via pop3 to get my emails better and more easily than most computers I have tried to set this up on. This is the reason I'm keeping it - it's brilliant.
What the Samsung Omnia could do better
Here are its major drawbacks:
- Have you seen the stylus? It dangles from your ear like a stupid earring. You can't dispense with it as some functions require very precise screen touching, and my fingers are too fat to do this without the styles. Yours will be too.
- The flash on the camera is rubbish. I read this somewhere, but thought it couldn't be true. It is - any close photos taken with the flash are completely over exposed. This is one of the main reasons I might have gone back to the N95 ...
- Windows 6.1 is a bit rubbish. At times, the phone is slow to respond, so you end up pressing the buttons repeatedly, and then of course it all goes wrong. This happens particularly with web browsing. You think the page has loaded, so you try to scroll down. Nothing happens, so you try some more. Then you shoot to the bottom of the page.
- The touchscreen doesn't always give feedback. Sometimes it vibrates. Sometimes it doesn't. I'm sure there's a logic but I haven't worked it out.
- And finally, and this might be me, it's actually slower to type using the touchscreen than to use two thumbs on a normal mobile. I think this is because you have to pull your fingers / the stylus completely clear, whereas with normal phones you don't. Anyway, it's slow.
Overall though, despite all this, I'm keeping it, mostly because of the email. But if I were Samsung, I'd bring out a version in 6 months with the stylus integral to the phone, a camera that works, and a slightly better web browser.