By Chuong Nguyen | December 2, 2009 3:14 AM
Verizon Wireless has finally brought a to the States the CDMA/EVDO variant of the previously available GSM Omnia II internationally. The Samsung Omnia II is an impressive device with a gorgeous AMOLED display that is large at 3.7-inch. It is a WVGA resistive touchscreen that is sensitive to touch and works rather well with Samsung’s TouchWIz Widgets UI. Samsung gets credit for really skinning Windows Mobile and doing a more thorough job at hiding traces of the Microsoft mobile OS than HTC does.
The Omnia II is a pleasure to hold, despite it’s thicker size. There are two protrusions at the top and bottom (or left and right side in landscape mode) that makes it comfortable to hold in landscape mode for landscape gaming or movie watching. The zippy 800 MHz processor exhibited no lag and my only real complaint is that it was difficult to hit the OK or “X” button to close out of programs. However, with the Program menu button front and centered and a visual task manager, closing programs shouldn’t be a concern for many users.
The device, along with its gorgeous screen, is very multimedia centric. It has a 5-megapixel camera, which has an LED flash and autofocus. Additionally, the camera can capture DVD quality videos at 720 X 480 pixels. Kudos to Samsung for dumping the proprietary charging connectors and going with micro USB. The device also has a micro SDHC card slot along with a built-in 8 GB of memory.
Along with GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth, the device has a light sensor and an accelerometer. Samssung made a great program for managing WiFi connections. There’s also a program for TV out, which we’re assuming that a cable is required for that function to work.
Users who want a smaller phone may be disappointed. The device is almost as thick as the HTC Touch Pro2, though the latter has a sliding QWERTY keyboard that the Omnia II lacks. However, the Omnia II is built for ergonomics, and as such, is a comfortable device to hold and use. Like the Touch Pro2, the Omnia II for Verizon Wireless has stereo speakers.
The Omnia II on Verizon Wireless can be had for $200 after a $100 rebate on a two-year agreement with the carrier. It runs Windows Mobile 6.5 along with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and has 3 widget screens.
In the meantime, be sure to also check out the Omnia Pro, which has the sliding QWERTY keyboard.