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Review: Samsung Omnia II (8GB) – GT-I8000

August 24, 2009

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Available Date: 21st August 2009

Launch Price: RM2,399 (8GB)

Fresh Gear rating: 9/10

Note: This is a follow up review of the previous post.

Samsung Omnia II - Overall 1

Specification

  • AMOLED resistive touchscreen, 65K colors
  • 480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches
  • 118 x 59.6 x 11.9 mm (117g)
  • 2/8/16 GB storage
  • Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate and Motion UI
  • 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, Dual Power LED flash
  • Samsung S3C6410 800MHz processor, dedicated graphics accelerator
  • Bluetooth, Wifi, GPS
  • Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh
  • Standby: Up to 430 h (2G) / Up to 430 h (3G)
  • Talk time: Up to 10 h (2G) / Up to 10 h (3G)

Unboxing the Samsung Omnia II – i8000

I must admit I am very amazed by Samsung effort in improving the Samsung Omnia II! The new UI is just awesome and very pleasant to use which I will come to later in the “Using the Samsung Omnia II” section.

Samsung Omnia II - Box

Samsung Omnia II - Box

Samsung Omnia II - Content

Samsung Omnia II - Content

Samsung Omnia II comes with the following accessories in the box.

  • A PVC pouch (with a dedicated hole for the ringer, how thoughtful)
  • External Stylus
  • CD and Manuals
  • Headset/Handsfree
  • Charger
  • USB Sync cable

Would be nice if it comes with Screen Protector too!

First Impression

The device looks big but the weight is surprisingly light.

Samsung Omnia II - Top

Samsung Omnia II - Top

The most amazing part is when you turn the device on. The very bright, good contrast AMOLED screen spring into life, arguably as nice or even better than the iPhone.

Samsung Omnia II - i8000

Samsung Omnia II - i8000

The front is pretty straight forward with a call, hangup and “CUBE” button. However, I was hoping the “CUBE” button doubles as  a directional pad too.

Samsung Omnia II - Cube Button

Samsung Omnia II - Cube Button

Located on the right is the LOCK button, and the UP DOWN button on the left.

Samsung Omnia II - Device front

Samsung Omnia II - Device Back

Using the Omnia II – i8000

Like I have mentioned before, this Omnia II has gone through lots of changes and updates. This is basically a Windows Mobile device but when you start using it, you don’t really get to see and feel any “Windows mobile” icon. Like the HTC with their HTC Touch Flo 3D, Samsung have their very own Touch Wiz which overlap the boring Windows Mobile interface.

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I will attempt to only go through those features which are not found on standard Windows Mobile devices.

1. Widgets

Omnia II - Main ScreenOmnia II - Main Screen2

Widgets can be added, removed or relocate at all 3 different “virtual” desktop.  You can also customize each “virtual” desktop with their own widget and wallpaper. More widgets can also be downloaded from Samsung website.

2. Programs

Samsung replaced the standard “Start–>Program” screen with their own “Productivity”, “Multimedia”, “Internet” and “Office”.

Omnia II - ProductivityOmnia II - Multimedia

Omnia II - InternetOmnia II - Office

3. Call Filter

You can now create a call list which you want to pick up or ignore easily right from the Omnia II.

Omnia II - Reject Calls1Omnia II - Reject Calls2

Omnia II - Reject Calls3Omnia II - Reject Calls4

4. Smart Converter

Instead of installing additional software for unit converter, Omnia II has built-in Smart converter.

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Omnia II - Smart Converter2Omnia II - Smart Converter3

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5. Audio Note

Previously hidden in “Notes”, Omnia 2 now comes with it’s very own Recording software.

Omnia II - Audio Note

6. Smart Memo

I had lots of fun with this app. Simply put, it is a “Paint” software in Omnia. It allows you to change background, insert image and voice note too!

Omnia II - Smart Memo

7. Touch Player

This built-in player plays most of the video file format (It supports MPEG4, WMV, DivX, XviD, H.263 and H.264). I do not need to install coreplayer or TCPMP.

8. Midomi

Ever wondered what is the name of the song currently playing in the radio? Guess no more, this neat little app basically records a 10 second music and search through a database for the closes match. I tried 3 times and it was accurate on all 3 attempt.

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Omnia II - Midomi2

9. Digital Frame

Not really a “must have” but since it is built-in, I will show you some screen shots of it. Basically, you can set this up to display your photos with time/date. Do not really see how is this useful without a proper docking station.

Omnia II - Digital Photo Frame

10. Video Editor

A very powerful application which allow you to import a video file, add text, add sound, cut and duplicate video files.

Perhaps this is the answer to iPhone 3Gs video editor 🙂

Omnia II - Video Editor

11. Dice

A simple party game of dice.

Omnia II - Dice

12. RSS reader

This RSS reader is an improved version on the standard RSS reader found in most Windows Mobile devices.

Omnia II - RSS

13. Podcast

Omnia II - Podcast

14. Task Switcher

Because Windows mobile is a multi-tasking OS, you can un-unexpectedly open too many application.  Hit the “CUBE” button and click on “Task Switcher” and it will bring you to the screen below.

It also comes with a “snapshot” of the task so you can easily recognize it.

Omnia II - Task SwitcherOmnia II - Task Switcher1

15. CUBE

A multi dimentional CUBE where you can access all your most frequently used program. Just use your finger to flick and flip it around.

Personally, I find it quite hard to use. Pressing the quick access button at the bottom is perhaps much faster.

Omnia II - Cube

16. Communities

This application allows you to upload or share  pictures/video onto 6 different social networking site like Facebook, Flickr, Friendster, MySpace, Photobucket and Picasa.

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Other Screen shots

Omnia II - ContactsOmnia II - SMS

Omnia II - Lock ScreenOmnia II - Making Call

Omnia II - Calculator

Omnia II - Calls IncomingOmnia II - Call Log

Samsung Omnia Ii - Icon 1

Samsung Omnia II - Icon 2

Samsung Omnia II - Icon 3

Comparing the Size

Omnia II vs Touch HD vs Touch Diamond 2

Omnia II vs Touch HD vs Touch Diamond 2

Omnia II vs Touch HD vs Touch Diamond 2

Omnia II vs Touch HD vs Touch Diamond 2

Omnia II vs Touch HD vs Touch Diamond 2

Omnia II vs Touch HD vs Touch Diamond 2

Omnia vs Credit Card

Omnia vs Credit Card

Omnia vs iPhone

Omnia vs iPhone

Sample Photos taken using the Samsung Omnia II (Click to Enlarge)

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Samsung Omnia II - Photo Sample - SNC00003

Emulator

Want to try out the Omnia II before your purchase? you can do it right here!

Conclusion

Pro:

  • Superb wonderful bright screen
  • Excellent Camera
  • Built in many useful software; Namecard reader, call filter, video editor, Midomi…
  • Built-in Memory (2GB/8GB/16GB)
  • Very fast processor

Cons:

  • I would prefer a D-pad at the bottom for easy navigation
  • Would prefer to have the stylus built-in rather than an external one
  • Touch Wiz UI not as “smooth” as HTC Touch Flo
  • Even though it comes with 800Mhz processor, there are times it felt laggy.

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Screenshots: Samsung Omnia II (i8000)

July 13, 2009

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I had the chance last week to play with Samsung latest smartphone; Samsung Omnia 2 aka i8000. I must admit the new Samsung Touch Wiz Interface is just AWESOME! The scroll is smooth, functional, predictable and surprisingly nice to look at. There were lots of additional softwares added by Samsung too.

Nothing like the previous Samsung Omnia. I was also told it will be priced somewhere around RM2,599 (head on with HTC Touch Diamond 2).

Stay tuned for the followup review on the actual units of more screen shots and pictures!

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Review: Samsung NV4 8.2MP Camera

March 31, 2008

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Samsung NV4 Silver FrontSamsung NV4 Black Front

RM1129 (Silver & Black)

Basic Specification:

  • 3X Optical Zoom Lens
  • 8.2 Megapixel Camera
  • 2.5″ Intelligent LCD Screen
  • DIS (Digital Image Stabilization)
  • Face detection
  • Auto Red-eye Fix
  • Advance Movie Mode: MPEG-4, Optical Zoom, Pause & Edit
  • Self Portrait Mode
  • Photo Style Selector
  • Multimedia Camera: (MP3 with Virtual 3D Sound, PMP, Text Viewer)

Full camera specification can be found here.

Click on the below link to view actual pictures taken using the camera.

Samsung NV4 Auto with Flash – Mode set to Auto with Flash turned ON.

Samsung NV4 Auto without Flash – Mode set to Auto with Flash turned OFF.

Samsung NV4 Close Up – Mode set to Close up and taken with object as close as possible.

Samsung NV4 Night Scene – Mode set to Night Scene

With 2 colours to choose from, this camera can be purchase at Fresh Gear online store at only RM1129.

Packages comes with:-

  • Camera
  • SLB-0937 Li-ion Battery (3.7V 900mAh)
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • AV Cable
  • Headphone for music listening
  • Camera Strap
  • Software CD
  • User Manual
  • Product Warranty form

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Review: Samsung L110 8.2MP Camera

March 31, 2008

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Samsung L110 Black Front Samsung L110 Silver Front

RM799 (Silver & Black)

Basic Specification:

  • 3X Optical Zoom Lens
  • 8.2 Megapixel Camera
  • 2.5″ Intelligent LCD Screen
  • DIS (Digital Image Stabilization)
  • OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) Available only on L110, not in L100
  • Face detection
  • Auto Red-eye Fix
  • ACB (Auto Contrast Balance)
  • Movie Mode: Optical Zoom, Pause & Edit
  • Self Portrait Mode

Full camera specification can be found here.

Click on the below link to view actual pictures taken using the camera.

Samsung L110 Auto with Flash – Mode set to Auto with Flash turned ON.

Samsung L110 Auto without Flash – Mode set to Auto with Flash turned OFF.

Samsung L110 Close Up – Mode set to Close up and taken with object as close as possible.

Samsung L110 Night Scene – Mode set to Night Scene

With 2 colours to choose from, this camera can be purchase at Fresh Gear online store at only RM799.

Packages comes with:-

  • Camera
  • SLB-10A Li-ion Battery (3.7V 1050mAh)
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • AV Cable
  • Camera Strap
  • Software CD
  • User Manual
  • Product Warranty form

Samsung L110 Package Content Click on image to enlarge

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Review: Samsung L100 8.2MP Camera

March 31, 2008

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Samsung L100 Silver Front Samsung L100 Blue Front

Samsung L100 Red Front Samsung L100 Black Front

RM699 (Red, Blue, Silver & Black)

Basic Specification:

  • 3X Optical Zoom Lens
  • 8.2 Megapixel Camera
  • 2.5″ Intelligent LCD Screen
  • DIS (Digital Image Stabilization)
  • Face detection
  • Auto Red-eye Fix
  • ACB (Auto Contrast Balance
  • Movie Mode: (Record, Zoom, Pause and Edit)
  • Self Portrait Mode

Full camera specification can be found here.

Click on the below link to view actual pictures taken using the camera.

Samsung L100 Auto with Flash – Mode set to Auto with Flash turned ON.

Samsung L100 Auto without Flash – Mode set to Auto with Flash turned OFF.

Samsung L100 Night Scene – Mode set to Night Scene

With 4 colours to choose from, this camera can be purchase at Fresh Gear online store at only RM699.

Packages comes with:-

  • Camera
  • SLB-10A Li-ion Battery (3.7V 1050mAh)
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • AV Cable
  • Camera Strap
  • Software CD
  • User Manual
  • Product Warranty form

Samsung L100 Package Content Click on image to enlarge)

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Review: Samsung S860 8.1MP Camera

March 31, 2008

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Samsung S860 Samsung S860 Silver Front
RM569 (Silver & Black)
Basic Specification:
  • 3X Optical Zoom Lens
  • 8.1 Megapixel Camera
  • 2.4″ TFT Colour LCD Screen
  • DIS (Digital Image Stabilization)
  • Face detection
  • High Sensitivity IS0 1000
  • Photo Help Guide
  • 11 Scene Mode

Full camera specification can be found here.

Click on the below link to view actual pictures taken using the camera.

Samsung S860 Auto with Flash – Mode set to Auto with Flash turned ON.

Samsung S860 Auto without Flash – Mode set to Auto with Flash turned OFF.

Samsung S860 Close Up – Mode set to Close up and taken with object as close as possible.

Samsung S860 Night Scene – Mode set to Night Scene

With 2 colours to choose from, this camera can be purchase at Fresh Gear online store at only RM569.

Packages comes with:-

  • Camera
  • AA battery
  • USB Cable
  • Camera Strap
  • Software CD
  • User Manual
  • Product Warranty form

Samsung S860 Package Content Click on image to enlarge

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Review: Samsung S760 7.2MP Camera

March 30, 2008

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Samsung S760 Black Samsung S760 Blue

Samsung S760 Pink Samsung S760 Silver

Basic Specification:

  • 3X Optical Zoom Lens
  • 7.2 Megapixel Camera
  • 2.4″ TFT Colour LCD Screen
  • DIS (Digital Image Stabilization)
  • Face detection
  • High Sensitivity ISO1000
  • Photo Help Guide
  • 11 Scene Mode

Full camera specification can be found here.

Click on the below link to view actual pictures taken using the camera.

Samsung S760 Auto with flash – Mode set to Auto with Flash turned ON.

Samsung S760 Auto without flash – Mode set to Auto with Flash turned OFF.

Samsung S760 Close Up – Mode set to Close up and taken with object as close as possible.

Samsung S760 Night Scene – Mode set to Night Scene

With 4 colours to choose from, this camera can be purchase at Fresh Gear online store at only RM499.

Packages comes with:-

  • Camera
  • AA battery
  • USB Cable
  • Camera Strap
  • Software CD
  • User Manual
  • Product Warranty form

Samsung S760 package content (Click on image to enlarge)

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