Like most Windows Phone 7 handsets the Omnia 7 has 8GB of user memory, which even though it can't be expanded, is still a fair amount of space given that the OS has it's own memory to play in. Samsung reckons almost 7GB is usable and I found no reason to doubt that.
Limited to just 8GB on-board storage
While the Samsung Omnia is a likeable phone, up against the competition it soon becomes a battle of platforms rather than devices. If you like, or want, Windows Phone 7, the Samsung Omnia 7 shows it to its full potential, with a glorious screen and a respectable battery life. If you want more than just the odd snap or video clip, then be prepared to carry a decent camera with you too. ®
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Samsung Omnia 7
For the information of the reviewer, Microsoft DOES allow SD cards and some phones such as the Focus and Dell Venue Pro do indeed have SD card slots supporting up to 32GB, which, combined with the 8GB internal storage, yields a mammoth 40GB in total.
The Omnia 7 does not have an SD card slot, but that was Samsung's decision, not Microsoft's. Please get your facts right. You're the professional, I'm just a punter. If I can get it right, so can you.
"And what on earth are you doing on your phone that requires frequent use of copy-and-paste anyway?"
smart phone can do much more than talking to mother on it, you should really try it
seriously ... come on !
Viewing an email, want to take a paragraph to text it to someone
picking up a phone number to paste in a mail or a note
taking a picture to compose a nice little blog entry
picking up a url to add to a twitt message
swapping text in general between several apps
Don't bother using a smart phone if you never needed once to copy and paste.
New test framework?
I could be wrong - it's not unheard of - but I'd say that the Reg's audience is likely to use some of the more powerful aspects of this (or any) smartphone: the email capability, the internet, texts and so on. Rather than having a page of sample photos, could you tell us how useful (or otherwise) it is for more power users; and whether for lighter users it has sufficiently low-brow things like Facebook and Twitter covered well enough? (All IMHO, of course, and reflecting what aspects I'd tend to look for in a smartphone)
Im confused; with Microsoft imposing a strict feature set on their partners, how any of them are going to differentiate themselves - as effectively they are all now competing for the same niche in the market.
Standard MS business practice
Commoditize the hardware and make your OEMs compete on price. If you have a working monopoly this is great because you can charge what the market will bear for the OS and let your OEMs battle it out to reduce purchase costs to the consumer while all the time you let the unknowing consumer believe that they are getting your overpriced and under performing product for free because they aren't aware of (and are not offered) whatever alternatives that may exist.
This is exactly how the PC industry works today.
It won't work here of course as MS don't have anything *like* a monopoly in the mobile market.