Samsung Omnia Lite review: Samsung Omnia Lite

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
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The Good Fairly low price tag; good range of features; small and light for a smart phone.

The Bad Sluggish performance; poor camera; messy user interface.

The Bottom Line The Samsung Omnia Lite is a good-looking phone with a decent line-up of features, but its overly complicated software and slow performance make it difficult to recommend

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Belying its modest name, the Samsung Omnia Lite is a relatively feature-rich handset that runs the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system and packs in support for HSDPA, Wi-Fi and GPS. It's also enticingly cheap. You can pick it up for free on a £20-per-month contract, or around £200 SIM-free.

Slim Jim
The Omnia Lite doesn't have the traditional look of a smart phone. It's not quite as wide as most of the Windows Mobile and Android devices we've seen recently. Its narrower profile helps it feel more comfortable in your hand than some of Samsung's other smart phones, such as the rather chunky  Galaxy Portal .

The form factor does compromise the 76mm (3-inch) screen, however, as the display has a slightly unusual 240x400-pixel resolution. The result is that, when you hold the phone horizontally to view a Web page, for example, it doesn't fit all that much of the page onto the screen, so you end up having to do plenty of vertical scrolling.

Dual user interface
As with the other models in the Omnia range, the Lite uses Microsoft's Windows Mobile smart-phone operating system -- in this instance version 6.5 . WinMo was updated last year to make it slightly more finger-friendly, and there are some neat features, such as an unlock screen that doesn't require you to actually unlock the phone in order to view new emails or text messages. It's still a long way from being as user-friendly as Android or the iPhone's OS, however.

The 3.2-megapixel camera on the rear of the Lite takes okay pictures in good lighting, but indoors shots are noisy.

Mindful of this, Samsung has slapped its own TouchWiz user interface over the top of Microsoft's offering. It provides three home screens that you can switch between by swiping your finger back and forth across the display. You can also drag and drop a range of widgets onto the home screens for live displays of weather forecasts and Facebook updates, for example.

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Samsung Omnia Lite

Part Number: CNETSamsung Omnia Lite

Typical Price: £200.00

See manufacturer website for availability.