Verizon Samsung Omnia i910

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INTRODUCTION

    We all know that Windows Mobile is the most mature and full featured Smartphone operating system, however that maturity has also meant that it is missing some of the newer user interface (UI) paradigms such as multi touch and enhanced mobile browsers like Safari. Microsoft has currently left the implementation of such new technologies to its hardware partners such as Samsung, who has brought a widget-based interface to the Omnia on Verizon. Let’s see how well Verizon and Samsung have addressed the competitive landscape!

WHAT’S HOT

    The Verizon Samsung Omnia i910 is the CDMA/EVDO cousin of the Samsung Omnia i900 GSM smartphone. pocketnow.com reviewed the Omnia i900 back in August. The Omnia i910 runs with a Marvell CPU running at 624MHZ, plus 128MB of RAM, 256MB of ROM, 8GB of internal storage, EVDO Revision A with tethering, a 5 MP auto focus camera with zoom and flash. The 3.2" screen has WQVGA 400×240 resolution, making for a less than stellar 145 pixels per inch (PPI) pixel density (the Touch Diamond’s screen is 285ppi and the Apple iPhone’s screen is 164ppi). Sadly, the aGPS functionality can only be used with VZ Navigator. Powering everything is a 1440mAh battery. The full specifications can be found at PDAdb.net.

Device
Size (inches)
Weight (grams | ounces)
4.44" x 2.47" x 0.52"

132 | 4.65
4.44" x 2.27" x 0.63"

156 | 5.61
4.74" x 2.63" x 0.43"

157 | 5.53
4.33" x 2.09" x 0.59"

117 | 4.12
4.66" x 2.48" x 0.47"

130 | 4.58
4.56" x 2.33" x 0.67"

188 | 6.63
4.64" x 2.36" x 0.48"

129 | 4.55
3.96" x 2.34" x 0.67"

133 | 4.76
4.68" x 2.44" x 0.67"

188 | 6.63
4.58" x 2.42" x 0.47"

120 | 4.20
4.56" x 2.33" x 0.65"

178 | 6.28
3.92" x 2.41" x 0.60"

137 | 4.83
4.24" x 2.09" x 0.53"

117 | 4.12
4.17" x 2.00" x 0.85"

151 | 5.34
4.41" x 2.24" x 0.49"

122 | 4.30
4.57" x 1.70" x 0.64"

140 | 4.94
4.88" x 2.44" x 0.53"

130 | 4.56
4.21" x 2.20" x 0.55"

120 | 4.20
4.53" x 2.47" x 0.47"

146 | 5.15
4.63" x 2.19" x 0.67"

158 | 5.57
4.35" x 2.07" x 0.67"

158 | 5.57
4.56" x 2.41" x 0.51"

125 | 4.41
4.44" x 2.36" x 0.55"

133 | 4.69
4.01" x 1.98" x 0.55"

124 | 4.37
8.28" x 4.67" x 1.08"

640 | 22.5
4.48" x 2.52" x 0.59"

154 | 5.43
4.17" x 2.38" x 0.68"

147 | 5.18
4.01" x 2.00" x 0.71"

165 | 5.82
4.41" x 2.24" x 0.49"

122 | 4.30
4.41" x 2.28" x 0.73"

140 | 4.94
4.01" x 2.00" x 0.45"

110 | 3.88
4.56" x 2.36" x 0.70"
200 | 7.05
4.30" x 2.40" x 0.60"
120 | 4.23
4.20" x 2.30" x 0.60"
136 | 4.79
3.70" x 2.30" x 0.60"
126 | 4.44
4.48" x 2.39" x 0.51"
116 | 4.09
4.60" x 2.60" x 0.50"

134 | 4.70

4.10" x 2.10" x 0.60"
150 | 5.30
4.40" x 2.32" x 0.75"
190 | 6.70

WHAT’S IN THE BOX

    The Verizon Samsung Omnia i910 comes with everything you need to get started, however one omission is a set headphones. I can argue both ways on this subject; it is nice for vendors to include a set of headphones, although many time they are not very good, however headphones choices and fit can be very personal.

The Verizon Samsung Omnia i910 includes the AC 110/240 Volt charger, stylus, headphone adapter cable, multi adapter, USB cable, software CDs, and manuals.





In case you missed it, here is the unboxing video.

THE DEVICE

The Verizon Samsung Omnia i910 is a very sleek and light weight device which feels good in one’s hand.

Here is the left side of the device with cover off of the Samsung proprietary connector.

Onto the right side of the device, we see (from left to right) the camera button, the volume toggle bar and at the top the Samsung menu button.

On the back is the 5 Mega Pixel camera with auto focus, flash and speaker.

The antennas in the Verizon Samsung Omnia i910 are at the bottom on the unit, holding the device in the palm of your hand may impact performance. This is very strange, I would have loved to be in those engineering meetings. What were they thinking!



Here is the hardware tour.

From left to right, the Verizon Samsung i760, the Apple iPhone 3G, the Verizon Samsung Omnia i910, and the AT&T Tilt.

From top to bottom, The Verizon Samsung Omnia i910, the Verizon Samsung i760, the AT&T Tilt, and the Apple iPhone 3G. The Verizon Samsung Omnia i910 is .2 mm thicker than the iPhone, however it is 10 grams lighter.

SOFTWARE

    One of the features of the Verizon Samsung Omnia i910 is its touch interface. The Windows Mobile 6.x problem is that many application have been written to use a stylus, however Samsung has done a good job of incorporating a large icon menu and an optical mouse which helps navigate your finger around the smaller menus. Also, the Windows Mobile soft key menus are displayed using a larger fonts which makes it easier to initiate with your finger. The downside is that Samsung has not attempted to provide a gesture based interface making the touch experience useful but not enticing.

   One of the most endearing features of the Omnia i910 is the amount storage memory available. With the internal 8GB and the use of a 16GB microSD card, the Omnia i910 provide 8GB more than Apple’s iPhone 3G 16GB.

The available storage and program memory after boot with ActiveSync loaded. An ample 55.96MB of Program memory is available.

Here’s a shot of the internal storage, which is treated as a storage card.



The Verizon Samsung Omnia i910 includes the same basic application included in the Samsung Omnia i900. Our review, last August detailed the software here and Brandon produced this great Omnia i900 software overview video.

The Samsung Omnia i900 software tour includes all of the base software included in the Verizon Samsung Omnia i910. In addition, on the Omnia i910, Verizon has added some very useful applications. They include the subscription based VZ Navigator, Visual Voicemail, Mobile IM, and VZApp Zone. The VZ Navigator application provides turn by turn navigation, search based on current location, movies and event search, the ability to send text messages based on location, maps with traffic and weather, and a my places to store your favorite locations. It is a shame that it is subscription based.

The Visual Voicemail application is a great addition. Now that I have used it, I could not live without it.

The Verizon Mobile IM application provides access to AIM, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo IM, but leaves Google out in the cold.

The VZ AppZone is Verizon’s answer to Apple’s App Store and acts as a Dashboard for Verizon’s value added services.



Here is a video tour of Verizon’s applications on the Samsung Omnia i910.

The 5MP camera with auto focus and flash is definetely a replacement for a middle of the road point and shoot camera. A resized unaltered picture of Charlie the cat. You can notice the detail of his whiskers and individual hairs. The original picture is 2560 x 1920, resized to 400 x 300, you can click on the photo to view it in a 800 x 600 version.

A cropped portion of the previous photo shows the quality of the image produced by the camera.

All in all, the Verizon Samsung Omnia i910 provides you with all the basic software you will need to be productive; from a business card reader to a conversion calculator. Click onto the next page where we’ll talk battery life, benchmarks, and the rest.s

BATTERY

    The Omnia i910 has a 1440mAh battery, allowing you to go about two days with moderate usage, or one day with heavy usage.

BUGS AND WISHES

    The Omnia i910 has been very stable. I have not had a forced reboot during my review. My number one wish is for Verizon to free the GPS functionality. As consumers we should be able to use what Location Based Services (LBS) we choose, such as Google Maps Mobile and Windows Live Search. Other than that, I would have to say that my gripes are with Windows Mobile, compared to the other OS’ in the market place the lack of gestures, in place firmware upgrade, and an integrated media player puts it far behind the competition. That said, Samsung has done a good job in providing a layer to meet these challenges but in the end you are still dealing with Windows Mobile 6.x.

PURCHASING

    The two year contract price of the Verizon Samsung Omnia i910 is around $100 through Wirefly.

PROS

  • Excellent 5MP camera

  • Slim and lightweight

  • Visual voicemail

CONS


  • Locked GPS functionality


  • No embedded stylus holder


  • No gesture control

  • Low-res screen
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OVERALL IMPRESSION

    I like the Verizon Samsung Omnia i910. On the positive side, it is a sleek, powerful and storage-packed Windows Mobile device. On the down side, the locked down of the GPS functionality is unfortunate and the lack of gesture control limits its potential. That said, if you’re on Verizon and looking for a capable smartphone, the Verizon Samsung Omnia i910 should be one of your top two contenders.

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