My New Phone–Samsung Omnia 7

An update to the blog after a long time! And this is to announce my new phone – a Samsung Omnia 7 running Windows Phone 7! The specs of the phone are:

  • Operating System: Windows Phone 7 Omnia7
  • Processor: Qualcomm SnapDragon QSD8250
  • Display: 4" WVGA (800x480) Super-AMOLED 24 bit
  • Camera: 5.0MP Camera with LED flash and Auto-Focus
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM, 1GB ROM, 8 GB Internal Storage
  • Connectivity: WLAN 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, USB 2.0
  • Dimensions: 122 x 64 x 10.99 mm
  • Weight: 138g
  • Battery: 1500mAh
  • Other: FM Radio, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, G-Sensor and capacitive sensor buttons

Said to be the best WP7 device available, it’s a big upgrade from the HTC TyTn II (WM6.1) that I had previously. It’s got a bigger screen, Super-AMOLED so the blacks are super sharp and crisp images.

I got an unlocked device for Rs. 24,999/- from a dealer in Gurgaon. I went over and tested the device and picked it up. (Contact me and I’ll send over the dealer’s details if you want.) This price was a steal considering the Clove UK was showing for approx. Rs. 32,000 with shipping to India (customs duty extra).

The phone setup went off quite easily too. I already had the Zune software on my machine and it detected the phone immediately and downloaded some drivers. I started syncing up some music and videos. They show very nicely in the phone.

Getting the apps from the WP7 Marketplace was a little more involved. Basically as Microsoft has not yet launched WP7 in India yet, the marketplace is not available on the Phone or through Zune. But thanks to the guys over at The Windows Club, you can use a simple software to enable apps from India as well. I’ve managed to load a ton of free apps so far – yet to try some paid ones – although they do show prices in Rupees!

Pros

  • Stunning screen, fast response, light, thin
  • Integration with Zune is brilliant
  • New Metro UI is really cool and snappy
  • Apps look great

Cons

  • Still getting used to the Phone Dialer
  • Can’t search Exchange mail from Inbox – but can do it from the browser
  • The “Search” key on my phone is too sensitive, I keep jumping into the search unintentionally

I’ll start posting about some of the apps I’m starting to use on the phone soon.


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