PhoneArena has published their video review of the Samsung OmniaPro B7330, which you can see above. The handset appears pretty nice, but would have benefited from a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Also a pity is the lack of cosmetic enhancements to Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard, in particular the Start menu and soft menus, which continues with the lamentable Windows 3.1 theme.
Read PhoneArenaâ€™s full review here.
PhoneArena modestly calls their details inspection of the new Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard Samsung Omnia Pro B7330 a preview, but I think review is much more in order.
They gave the device a good going over, has has published a review with many photos and screenshots.
The review is also the first of a Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard device in the wild, and predictably does not show much change from the previous WM 6.1 incarnation, with even the honeycomb start menu MIA.
The Omnia Pro B7330 itself however seem to be a pretty nice unit according to PhoneArena:
The body of the Samsung OmniaPRO B7330 is made of glossy plastic and we do like its smoothly gradating colors. The device sports 2.62-inch, square screen with native resolution of 320×320 pixels. The buttons of the hardware QWERTY keyboard are aligned in four rows and their slanting profile reminds us of the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9000.
The device features some Samsung customizations:
Samsung has added three home screens and the one that we like best is called â€œSamsung WizProâ€. The personalization pack is reminiscent of the HTC-made TouchFLO 3D, but has been tailored for non touch-sensitive screens. It provides fast access to information about missed and upcoming events, favorite contacts, music player, gallery, a host of shortcuts, social networks and basic settings. We need to congratulate Samsung on the great job and functionality their device comes with.
The Samsung OmniaPRO B7330 looks like an appealing device that, thanks to its personalized interface, will be easy to handle by virtually anyone. We highly doubt it that it will manage to steal the hearts of business customers using BlackBerry handsets, but it will probably attract quite a few people who need QWERTY keyboard and capable organizer. Of course, a rich application catalogue is more than welcome and we hope Windows Marketplace for Mobile will offer one.
Read the full (p)review here.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced plans to release a series of new Omnia smartphones offering a range of multimedia and work features.
With the new Omnia Series devices, Samsung seeks to reinforce its leadership in the smartphone market and build on the success of the Omnia I (I900), which sold more than 2.5 million units worldwide last year.
The Omnia Series will feature five devices: the OmniaPRO B7610, OmniaPRO B7320, OmniaPRO B7330, OmniaLITE (B7300), as well as the already announced Omnia II (I8000) with an updated Windows MobileÂ® 6.5 operating system. Samsung will release the series later this year and announce a set of customized strategies to differentiate and expand sales of each model by appealing to a broad spectrum of user groups.
Within the OmniaPRO lineup, the OmniaPRO B7610 is the premium device, featuring a high-resolution 3.5 inch AMOLED display and QWERTY keyboard. The OmniaPRO B7320 and OmniaPRO B7330 will target businessmen with a QWERTY keyboard and email/wireless internet capabilities. The OmniaPRO B7330 will feature HSDPA 7.2 Mps, HSUPA 2.0 Mps and Windows MobileÂ® 6.5, providing the most versatile option for emailing and wireless internet use. Rounding out the new series, the OmniaLITE will have a user-friendly interface and various multimedia functions for younger users.
â€œThe Omnia Series is one of Samsungâ€™s most important lineups yet and definitively shows our leadership in the smartphones marketplace,â€ said JK Shin, Executive Vice President and Head of Samsung Electronicsâ€™ Mobile Communications Division. â€œSamsungâ€™s smartphone strategy is to provide both powerful multimedia features, with brighter and faster AMOLED displays, and offer efficiency and convenience at work supported by an advanced open operating system.â€
Samsung Omnia Series with Windows MobileÂ® 6.5
The Omnia Series devices will re-launch as WindowsÂ® phones that will empower users more than ever to stay connected and productive while on the go with unprecedented ease of use.
Samsung Electronics plans to feature Windows MobileÂ® 6.5 on all Omnia Series devices after its release, while offering an update to 6.5 on the Omnia II, OmniaPRO B7610, and OmniaPRO B7320, previously shipped with Windows MobileÂ® 6.1. Please contact your mobile operator and/or local Samsung office for updateability details.
The Omnia II is designed for the smartphone user who demands an enhanced and convenient multimedia experience featuring Windows MobileÂ® 6.5 Professional. Featuring the worldâ€™s largest 3.7-inch AMOLED display with crystal-clear WVGA resolution, the Omnia II offers unbeatable screen clarity, even in day light.
Complete with larger icons and simplified navigation, Omnia II’s User Interface (UI) has been customized to provide touch-optimized usability. Also, the innovative TouchWiz 2.0 UI and 3D effects make enjoying multimedia and multi-tasking convenient and fun. Advanced R Touch (Resistive Touch) enables faster, more accurate response for a touch experience thatâ€™s 100% user friendly.
- Omnia II (I8000) was launched early June with Windows MobileÂ® 6.1 and will be updateable to Windows MobileÂ® 6.5 upon the updateâ€™s availability.
The OmniaLITE is designed for users who demand an easy smartphone interface with full support of multimedia, internet, and business features. The TouchWiz 2.0 UI and downloadable online widgets make it user-friendly, while its 3D multimedia player interface provides an enhanced entertainment experience.
OmniaLITE comes packed with a host of powerful business tools and multimedia features. Users have multi-push email access and the Microsoft Office Suite lets users edit and view their office documents on the move. Opera Browser and HSDPA & Wi-Fi connectivity allows users to access the net with ease and speed. Additional features like multi-codec supported high-quality video, a 3-megapixel camera, and A-GPS deliver the complete all-in-one mobile experience
- OmniaLITE will launch in October with Windows MobileÂ® 6.5.
With separate modes for Work and Life, the OmniaPRO B7610 boasts features optimized for both business and play, helping users maintain their work-life balance. Matching balanced performance with balanced design, the hybrid Touch/QWERTY form offers users greater versatility and ease of use.
At play, users can capture their favorite moments with the OmniaPRO B7610â€™s 5-megapixel camera with smile shot, or enjoy multi-codec supported high quality video on a brilliant AMOLED display. A-GPS with navigation also ensures that users never get lost while travelling to their next destination.
- OmniaPRO B7610 was launched in late July with Windows MobileÂ® 6.1 and will be updateable to Windows MobileÂ® 6.5 upon the updateâ€™s availability.
OmniaPRO B7330 provides the modern professional with mobile solutions that satisfy both business and personal needs. Userâ€™s professional requirements are met by powerful messaging functions, quick internet access and robust business apps, while personal wants are balanced out by providing a good range of multimedia features such as 3-megapixel camera and FM radio, for playtime as well. . Users will enjoy the best of both worlds in a sophisticated form that looks good at work or play.
Users will enjoy OmniaPRO B7330 that features a wide and spacious display, comfortable messaging capability, and intuitive, fast navigation. Mobility has never been more vivid, comfortable, and easy to use
- OmniaPRO B7330 will launch in October with Windows MobileÂ® 6.5.
With its compact design and ergonomic QWERTY keypad, the Samsung OmniaPRO B7320 is a portable messaging center which lets users carry their inbox with them wherever they go, with corporate push email support.
For those who value networking and maintaining relationships, the OmniaPRO B7320 boasts social networking applications like Facebook and MySpace as well as instant messaging support for MSN, Google Talk and Yahoo Chat.
- OmniaPRO B7320 was launched late July with Windows MobileÂ® 6.1 and will be updateable to Windows MobileÂ® 6.5 upon the update availability.