Samsung phones are as popular as Apple iPhones. To prove it, in August 2012, the Samsung Galaxy S III beat out the Apple iPhone 4S and became the top-selling U.S. smartphone at three of the four major carriers, according to Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley. Another Samsung phone, the Samsung Omnia, was rated by CNET as one of its top 10 most popular phones of 2009. Samsung makes the Omnia in two flavors for the U.S. market: the original Omnia and the Omnia II. An Omnia 7 is available only in Europe.
Identification, Carrier and Operating System
The Omnia series falls in the category of smartphones. That fact becomes obvious when you consider the range of features and functionality the phones have—far beyond the scope of a cell phone. Verizon Wireless is the carrier. Unlike many other Samsung cell phones and smartphones that run on the Android operating system, the Omnia, also known as the Samsung SCH-I910, runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional with Office Mobile Suite OS. The Omnia II, also known as the Samsung SCH-I920, runs on Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional OS.
Dimensions, Weight and Battery Life
The Omnia measures 4.4 inches in length by 2.24 inches in width by 0.51 inches in depth. The Omnia II measures 4.75 inches by 2.38 inches by .53 inches. At 4.34 ounces, the Omnia weighs slightly less than the 4.76-ounce Omnia II. The Omnia’s battery will last approximately 5.5 hours, while the Omnia II’s will last approximately 6 hours.
Connectivity, Storage and Display
Both Omnia phones support 802.11 b,g Wi-Fi. Both devices also have Bluetooth technology and support multiple Bluetooth profiles, or specifications, including HSP 1.1, HFP 1.5, OPP, FTP, PBA, DUN, A2DP, AVRC, BPP and BIP. Both flavors of the Omnia have 8MB of storage, expandable with a microSD card. The Omnia has a customizable touch screen, and the Omnia II has a resistive touch-screen display plus a stylus. While the Omnia has an LED display (color TFT/TFD) with 240 by 400-pixel resolution, the Omnia II has an OLED (full color) display with 480 by 800-pixel resolution.
Features and Specifications
Both phones have a rear-facing five-megapixel autofocus camera; the camera on the Omnia II comes with 3X digital optical zoom capability. The Omnia II uses Swype, a predictive technology that texters will appreciate since it enables them to glide rather than type, resulting in fewer keystrokes. Both Omnia models have a built-in FM radio, as well as Global Positioning System capability. For productivity purposes, both phones come with a To-Do List feature to keep you organized. The Opera browser is installed on both devices.
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