Announced in October 2010, Samsung Omnia 7 runs Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 software. It is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 512MB of RAM and has 8/16GB internal storage. It features a 4-inch WVGA (480x800) S-AMOLED screen and packs a five-megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus. Other features of Samsung Omnia 7 include Bluetooth 2.1+, FM-Radio, GPS and more. Read our coverage of Samsung Omnia 7 for latest news, reviews, and videos:
by GabePeters | January 28, 2011 2:24 PM
Samsung owners who have unlocked their device using the ChevronWP7 method should be acutely aware that when you sync your device with Zune, it gets relocked and you have to go through the unlocking procedures again. A new hack (with source code included for those who want to know how it works) prevents this from occuring. The hack deploys to the device as a .xap using the usual sideloading methods, and uses some Samsung-specific APIs to edit the registry. There are a few additional features of the application such as removing the usual sideloading limit of 10 applications, and running Auto ...
by Anton D. Nagy | January 3, 2011 4:26 AM
Two new ROM updates have been leaked for the Samsung Omnia 7 Windows Phone 7 handset -- namely I8700XENJK1 and I8700BSEJK1 -- and, while they are not containing Copy/Paste functionality, they bring some performance improvements according to reports. Before proceeding we need to make it clear that there are major risks when playing with Windows Phone 7 firmware that is not released through Microsoft or the Zune client. Nevertheless, MobileTechWorld reports that they have flashed I8700XENJK1 ROM and the device seems to have a better overall performance, both apps and radio (Cellular and ...
by Stephen Schenck | December 13, 2010 5:39 PM
One of the odder quirks of Windows Phone 7 to appear since the platform's launch has been the absence of Automatic Data Configuration for users who swap SIM chips and network-hop with their unlocked handsets. The capability most affected by ADC being disabled seems to be the ability to use MMS messages. While HTC and LG users have been able to get by with work-arounds, there wasn't much owners of a Samsung WP7 device could do. Now a hacked app has been released that will restore MMS functionality to affected Samsung models. ADC should let the phone communicate with the network it's ...
by Anton D. Nagy | November 22, 2010 12:16 PM
Just a couple of days back we posted about some high magnification pictures of several display types employed by different manufacturers taken with a microscope to uncover the differences in pixels when it comes to different screen types and today we're given a look at AMOLED vs. LCD on two Windows Phone 7 devices. The two devices in the video are the Samsung Omnia 7 and LG Optimus 7, with the first one employing an S-AMOLED screen and the second an LCD screen. What you can clearly see in the video is that, besides the advantages of S-AMOLED screens (like contrast, deep blacks and ...
by Anton D. Nagy | November 15, 2010 2:47 AM
Australian developer Chris Walsh recently found a method to run so-called native code on the platform indicating that jailbreaking Windows Phone 7 could be possible, though it's a first step in a huge process. Same developer seems to have conquered another OS tower as he now tweeted that he's got registry and file system access. The tweet also mentions that this was achieved on Samsung and HTC devices and the developer is committed to getting that on LG handsets too. Are these hacks device dependent? Normally they shouldn't be but, as with the case of USB tethering on the Samsung Focus and ...
by Daniel Webster | November 11, 2010 4:00 AM
For months now Microsoft has stated that Windows Phone 7 will not be able to do tethering without the approval of the carrier. Of course that wouldn't stop us from finding the back door, and it seems as though Samsung left the door wide open. The Samsung Focus already has an accessible storage card slot, why not an accessible USB tethering ability too? Although the device will not do Wi-Fi tethering at this time it is more than capable of doing USB tethering. To set up this on a Samsung Focus you will need to go into the diagnostic menu: 1) On the Focus go to the keypad and dial ##634# and ...
by Evan Blass | November 2, 2010 11:44 AM
All may not be well in Windows Phone 7 land, as the HTC 7 Trophy is currently the subject of inquiry regarding both its speed and screen quality. Specifically, a side-by-side comparison video (embedded at the bottom of this post) with a Samsung Omnia 7 shows the Sammy device loading a game noticeably faster, while a separate comparative shot between two Trophies seems to depict a significant different in viewing angles (pictured above and below). In a thread translated from the original Dutch on site Tweakers.net, user spenky provides several photos comparing a pre-release Trophy with one ...
by Anton D. Nagy | October 22, 2010 3:25 AM
The first ever regions for Windows Phone 7 handsets to be available for the masses were Australia and New Zealand where customers were able to buy the highly anticipated Windows Phone 7 platform operated devices many hours before the rest of the world (except U.S. where the date for that is November 8). Whether the demand in handsets was higher than expected or stocks of devices were lower than they should have been, one thing is for sure: there are reports according to which the region is fighting severe shortage in handset stocks. From the 11 locations of Telstra where Windows Phone 7 is ...
by Evan Blass | October 18, 2010 11:59 AM
Samsung's Omnia 7 Windows Phone 7 will support Orange UK's improved-quality HD Voice service, a company representative has revealed via Twitter. HD Voice is Orange's implementation of so-called wideband audio (specifically the AMR-WB codec as defined by the 3GPP standards group), which increases the range of frequencies being transmitted -- compared to standard 'narrowband' telephony -- and thus improves overall call fidelity. Currently, Orange is the only major carrier to institute a large-scale rollout of this technology, and only a few compliant handsets exist. One of those handsets is ...
by Brandon Miniman | October 13, 2010 11:54 AM
The Omnia 7 is the European version of the Windows Phone 7 Samsung Focus coming to AT&T. The Omnia 7 actually has the proper bands to do AT&T 3G right out of the box, so you can have your choice between the two (as long as you're OK with paying the unsubsidized price for the Omnia 7). What's different between the two? The main difference is the design: the Omnia 7 is more squared around the edges, and the Start button is a physical button. Also, the Omnia 7 wil be free of carrier bloatware. Clove has the device listed at £425, which is about $675, with a shipping date of sometime in November.
by Evan Blass | October 13, 2010 10:15 AM
We're still catching our breath from the whirlwind of news that swept across the smartphone plains yesterday in the form of Windows Phone 7 launch details, and we imagine that some of you are a little overwhelmed as well. Therefore we thought we'd recap all of our coverage for you in this handy guide, along with charts detailing specs of all the initial devices plus distribution plans broken down by country and carrier. We hope that you enjoyed our WP7 articles as much as we enjoyed bringing them to you, and we'd like to thank everyone for tuning in to Pocketnow for such an exciting event. ...
by Evan Blass | October 13, 2010 9:57 AM
Telus will not be the only provider bringing Windows Phone 7 devices to Canada, as both Rogers and Bell have signed up to stock the Samsung Focus and LG Quantum (pictured left to right), respectively. With Telus scheduled to offer the HTC 7 Surround and LG Optimus 7, Canadian consumers now look to have a decent four-device selection to choose from. AT&T will be selling the Focus, Quantum, and Surround in the US, although the Optimus 7 will not be available from any domestic carriers at launch. With the US in general receiving the lion's share of handsets at launch, we wonder if European ...
by Anton D. Nagy | October 11, 2010 6:24 AM
Not to be far behind one each other, looks like Samsung has made official their I8700 Omnia 7 Windows Phone 7 on the same note as LG "mistakenly" published a live page of the Optimus7, leaks which are happening hours before the start of the official Microsoft launch event today. We've previously seen the Omnia 7 in a leaked video which was then taken down and replaced by another video walkthrough of the device. The Omnia 7 - featuring a 1GHz Qualcomm's QSD8250, 4-inch Super AMOLED WVGA display, 5-megapixel autofocus camera with flash and HD recording capability, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi ...