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A video look at Samsung's Omnia for Verizon Wireless

Review by Michael Oryl on Tuesday November 25, 2008.

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Today Samsung launched the SCH-i910 Omnia for Verizon Wireless. This new Omnia is basically a CDMA version of the original i900 that has received a few additional tweaks when it comes to the user interface. The new Omnia supports both WiFi and EV-DO Rev A(INFO) high-speed 3G data for fast web browsing and downloads.

In terms of updates, the Omnia features the same widget based TouchWiz home screen as the original, but instead offers a different alternative Today screen layout that we find much more usable than the widget version. The biggest UI change, though, is the addition of finger scrolling to the base level Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional user experience. This means that there is even less of a reason to use a stylus than before, since there's no need to grab narrow scroll bars to navigate through lists of email messages or programs.

A number of Verizon specific features have been added to the new i910 Omnia as well. The i910 Omnia works with Verizon's VZ Navigator GPS navigation app as well as with the company's Visual Voicemail offering. The new Omnia also ships with an integrated AIM, MSN, and Yahoo! instant messaging client. The included VZAppZone application makes it easy for users to buy new graphics, ringers, and applications, too.

Holdover features from the original Omnia include the 5 megapixel autofocus camera with face detection and smile detection modes, and the 3.2" 400x240 pixel touchscreen display (which has improved haptic feedback over the original). Automatic screen rotation is still on the device, but now features a number of different screen transition effects that can be used. For those that prefer their mobile movies to be viewed in the best quality possible, the Omnia's DivX video support is going to be key.

In general we like the updates and added features, making the i910 Omnia for Verizon even better than the original - a device we liked very much. It weighs 118.2g (4.2oz) and measures up at 112mm x 61mm x 13mm (4.4" x 2.4" x .5") in size. Samsung claims that the i910 Omnia's battery is capable of over 5.5 hours of talk time or about 19 days of standby time. While real world use can vary greatly, we've found the battery in the Omnia to be pretty solid all around.

Verizon is offering the Omnia for US$199.99 after a $70 mail-in rebate when purchased with a new service contract.

You'll find two videos of the Omnia in action: one below, and one on the next page. We'd recommend that you read the review of the original i900 Omnia to for further details on the ins and outs of the device.

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Edgar @ 4:35:39PM EDT on Sunday March 15, 2009

Im from Mexico, my english is bad. I saw your movil omnia i910. what is the price inclued the flied in my house en cancun mexico. and how many day a long.

eh @ 3:32:14PM EDT on Sunday March 29, 2009

i had this phone and re searched it a lot it looked like the best phone but when i got and used it for the first 5 minutes i hated it it was the worst phone ever but i thought it was cuz i just got it so i held on it to for 5 days and i hated it even more its the worst phone possible the touch screen is annoying the accelerometer is the worst its hard to find programs not worth it at all!! id rather have a cheap 50$ phone than this expenisive crap

Trish G @ 7:23:29PM EDT on Tuesday April 28, 2009

I love this phone! When I first got it, I wasn't sure what I thought, but the more I work with it, the more love it. Everything works as advertised and is customizable by downloading software for Windows Mobile. The camera is awesome, too!

nomi @ 10:17:49AM EST on Sunday December 20, 2009

i want to know that can omnia play flash videos like you tube?? thanks

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Michael Oryl
Michael is the Philadelphia based owner and former editor-in-chief of MobileBurn.com. You can follow him on Twitter as @MichaelOryl

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