Samsung i8910 HD Omnia Review

Samsung wants to be the number one mobile manufacturer, and recent successes show it’s having a pretty good go. The guys at Samsung have wowed everyone with an impressive leap forward in technology. The Samsung i8910HD (originally known as the Omnia HD) is one heck of a phone. It’s the first mobile to feature a high-definition camcorder (hence it’s name) and it has the world’s largest OLED display – 3.7 inches across. It’s a Symbian smartphone with an 8 megapixel camera, touchscreen UI, WiFi and A-GPS.

Features of the Samsung i8910 HD include:
– 8 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, autofocus and power LED flash
– HD video camera with power LED video light, DivX playback
– 3G video calling with secondary VGA camera
– Display: AMOLED, 16 million colours, 640 x 360 pixels (3.7 inches)
– MP3 player (MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA formats), stereo speakers & DNSe 2.0
– Stereo FM radio RDS
– MP3 ringtones
– Speakerphone
– GPS satellite navigation
– Messaging: SMS, MMS, email (POP3 / SMTP / IMAP4), instant messaging
– Document viewer
– Java games (Java MIDP 2.0)
– Personal organiser functions
– Offline mode
– Memory: 8/16 Gbytes plus microSD memory card slot (up to 32 GB)
– Internet: HTML web browser, WAP 2.0, GPRS Class 12, EDGE, 3G HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), HSUPA (5.76 Mbps)
– Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0, WiFi, 3.5mm audio jack
– Quadband GSM plus triband 3G HSDPA/HSUPA
– Size: 123 x 58 x 12.9 mm
– Weight: 144g
– Talktime: up to 13.5 hours
– Battery standby: 600 hours

samsung i8910 hd omnia

This phone has the biggest and best of everything. And it certainly is big. It’s not fair to call it a brick, as it’s rather slim – just 12.9mm – but it’s about the same size and weight as the iPhone 3G. But as millions of iPhone owners have proved, that’s not a problem, and in fact the i8910 HD is narrower than the iPhone and hence fits in the palm rather better. The phone’s front face is filled with the enormous screen, plus three conventional buttons below (call, end and home.)

The screen is simply to die for. OLED is a new technology that offers greater colour definition and more brightness than a conventional TFT screen. This makes a real difference when using the phone outdoors, especially when the user interface is touchscreen-driven. The screen on the i8910 HD is the biggest OLED screen ever to appear on a mobile and has a very high resolution too (640 x 360 pixels, 3.7 inches diagonal.)
But Samsung have played safe by using a tried and tested user interface – the TouchWiz UI will be familiar to users of previous Samsung phones such as the Omnia. TouchWiz uses intuitive touch controls, e.g. tap, sweep, drag and drop operations as well as an on-screen qwerty keyboard with tactile feedback. The feel of the phone in the hand is one of quality, thanks to the use of metal, glossy black plastic and hardened glass.
Making full use of being a member of the Open Symbian Foundation, Samsung once again is rocking the Symbian S60 OS, such as that seen on the previous INNOV8 / i8510. However, this one has been updated to include the 5th edition release, very similar to that seen on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and Nokia N97.
For still photography the i8910 HD uses an 8 megapixel camera with autofocus, 4x digital zoom and LED flash. The camera is equipped with advanced functions such as face detection, smile shot, blink shot and panorama shot. The video camera is a worldbeater, in terms of resolution. It can record in HD format, which means 1280 x 720 pixels (0.9 megapixels.) At this resolution, the frame rate drops to 24 frames per second, so you might actually prefer to shoot in a lower resolution and use a higher frame rate. There’s no HDMI cable socket, but you can use the WiFi connection to send video directly to a DLNA-compatible TV or PS3/XBOX 360.

Web browsing on the i8910 is an excellent experience. The phone is very generously equipped with memory, which is just as well considering the power of the device. It’s available with either 8GB or 16GB of flash memory, with a microSD card slot that will accept cards up to a massive 32GB, giving a potential maximum memory of 48GB. There’s also plenty of internal RAM available to the operating system for playing videos, etc. The device also uses a new type of superfast chipset, and these two factors mean that the phone is fast to react, even when running applications quite intensively.
The i8910 HD also comes with a built-in GPS receiver, which can be used for geo-tagging of photos and for mapping. When used with the map application, the device also displays a digital compass.
Quickoffice (word processing, spreadsheets and presentations) is also on board, which should come in handy for viewing documents on the move. While it’s no laptop, the big screen certainly makes document activity a bit less of an eye strainer. There’s also an Adobe PDF reader, a dictionary, calendar, conversion tool, and note pad, as well as a compass and the usual suspects such as a calculator, FM radio and 3D games.

One final innovation: support for the new HSUPA technology. HSUPA is a relative of HSDPA and enables fast uploads – 10 or more times faster than 3G – in addition to fast downloads.
The battery life of this phone is quoted as a ludicrously high 600 hours on standby. Whilst the 1500mAH battery is definitely a powerful one, no normal user is going to get anything like 600 hours use out of one charge.

Samsung i8910 HD Demo Video


One thought on “Samsung i8910 HD Omnia Review

  1. pretty nice phone. just got 2 omnias for me and the wife. pretty good unlocked gsm phones. we like ours for the games and apps. keep us busy when were bored, really fun stuff. processor is faster, screen is responsive. 2nd best unlocked cell phones this year i think. camera and recorder are crisp and clear and my daughter loves hers for the facebook. way better than our old unlocked iphones. battery life is long and the web browser and email keeps me in touch with my clients. 2 thumbs up. we got our last couple unlocked world phones at we love them.

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