Samsung Omnia 16GB smartphone
As good a phone as it is a media player
Review Samsung's attempts at touchscreen mobiles have been lacklustre to date. The F700 and F490 work, but they don't make the case for touchscreen control in the way that the iPhone and HTC Diamond do.
The first thing that strikes you about the Omnia is the specification, which is nothing if not comprehensive. Quad-band GSM/GPRS/Edge, 7.2Mb/s HSDPA 3G, a five-megapixel autofocus camera, GPS, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, an RDS FM radio, TV out, A2DP Bluetooth, 16GB of internal storage with Micro SDHC expansion, and support for XviD and DivX video codecs. All in all, not shabby.
Samsung's Omnia: comprehensively spec'd
Physically, the Omnia is a bit iPhone-lite, weighing 125g and measuring up at 112 x 57 x 12.5mm. It has a 3.2in, 240 x 400, 65,000-colour screen.
Though a rather plastic affair, the Omnia feels solid and is slim and rounded enough to slip in and out of a pocket with ease. Its external controls are limited in number: below the screen are the usual call keys and a simple action key that also doubles up as a “finger mouse” pad – more on this below.
On the right side of the handset are keys to call up the main menu – if held down this key pops up a list of all running applications – control the volume and activate the camera. Up top is the on/off key, while on the left is the Samsung multifunction port. And that's your lot.
Anyone in the habit of swapping their SIM or memory cards regularly, be warned: you have to remove the Omnia's battery to do either.
Media Player scroll problems
I have put quiet a lot of music on my Omnia and when I want to find an artist that begins with R for example, I have to sit there scrolling for ages to get to it. Does anyone know if there's a way of selecting a letter or anything?
Any help would be much appreciated as this is driving me crazy!
I do own and use a Touch Diamond, my third WM device. WM had worked (or kludged along) faithfully and solidly albeit for me despite my tinkering, which probably the best thing going for it. (and possibly the software selection). WM is lousy for its unnecessarily nested menus metaphor. Still miss the snappiness, simplicity and cleanliness of Palm. sadly iphone is too crippled to be useful, at least for me.
"With all that as background, I CAN and WILL slag WM for a) requiring a stylus to do so many common UI tasks, and b) having NESTED MENUS on what should be a finger-driven interface."
ok a) i have done a fair bit with my fingers on this phone and i dont know what your complaining about, the few things that ive had problems with is due to myown settings or haveing a cheep case on it (and fat fingers)
b) where are the nested menus? i can only think of them in programs not developed by microsoft.