Samsung I8350 Omnia W, Windows Phone Review

Samsung I8350 Omnia W comes as an improved successor to Omnia 7, packing Windows Phone Mango right from the box. The phone boasts of impressive hardware such as a 3.7inch Super AMOLED (not plus) display and 1.4GHz single-core processor despite being categorized in the mid-range genre. It doesn’t have the best display size we’ve seen, as its Android based sibling Samsung I9070 Galaxy S Advancecomes with a 4.0inch panel; however, being a Windows Phone, makes a whole difference, there aren’t many of those at this point in time. Android OS has practically taken over the smart phone segment coupled by a large apps store; however, Windows Phone OS is gradually picking up and we’ll soon witness several applications supporting the platform. Samsung I8350 Omnia W’s display panel is no different to the rest of AMOLED screens, as it supports those pitch blacks, high contrasts and amazing viewing angles; however, colors aren’t as warm, whites appear bluish, probably inherent from super AMOLED.

Samsung I8350 Omnia W’s build quality isn’t the best we’ve seen just like the rest of Samsung’s devices, it fails miserably against Sony Ericsson’s; but, it looks average and likeable. The front panel is dominated by a 3.7inch Super AMOLED screen with exceptions to Samsung’s logo, earpiece, proximity and accelerometer sensors at its top while the back, Windows and home buttons sits at the screen’s bottom. The home button is noticeably physical while the rest are touch-sensitive. There’s a loud speaker, 5.0Megapixel camera with Led flash at the top of Samsung I8350 Omnia W’s back and a Samsung logo just below them, so you can capture those memorable moments even in darker places. The I8350 Omnia W is noticeably 10.9mm thin and will fit in the smallest pocket. If you’re a staunch smart phone geek with tiny pockets or a cheapskate searching for an affordable mid-range Windows Phone, this device fits the equation.
480×800 pixel resolution is pretty-much impressive for a mid-range device such as Samsung I8350 Omnia W as most devices in this range are capped at 480×320 pixels, images and text look sharp and crisp (252ppi pixel density) compared to larger screens at the same resolution. The phone runs on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system and comes with 512MB RAM and 8GB internal storage but doesn’t support a MicroSD card, which’s a major disappointment if you intent to store large files. Omnia W is powered by a 1.4GHz single-core processor; though a dual-core clock speed could have been better. There’s a front facing VGA camera essentially for making video calls, though most devices in this category come with a superior 1.3MP secondary camera.
Samsung I8350 Omnia W Features/Specifications;
  • Operating System: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
  • Processor: Single-Core 1.4GHz Scorpion, GPU: Adreno 205
  • Display : 3.7inch (480x800p) (252ppi) Super-Amoled Capacitive, 16m colors
  • Camera: Pri:5.0 MP (2592x1944p), Sec: VGA, Led Flash, Auto-focus
  • Connectivity: MicroUSB v2.0, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
  • Internet:14.4Mbps HSDPA, 5.76Mbps HSUPA, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, WiFi hotspot
  • Other ft: 8GB storage, 512MB RAM, Proximity, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro
  • Battery: Standard Lithium ion 1500mAh
Samsung I8350 Omnia W Price in Kenya: Kshs.42,900.


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