Samsung Omnia Pro B7610 review:

Samsung Omnia Pro B7610

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Typical Price: £370.00
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3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Keyboard has big, easy-to-use buttons; speedy Opera Mobile is default browser; long list of pre-installed apps.

The Bad Plethora of menu items is confusing; sluggish resistive touchscreen; widgets are slow to update; clumsy switching between portrait and landscape mode.

The Bottom Line Its cornucopia of features can't save the Samsung Omnia Pro B7610 from feeling dated, due to its Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system and resistive touchscreen. If you're desperate for a Qwerty keyboard, we think there are better phones to choose from

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6.5 Overall

The Samsung Omnia Pro B7610 is a Windows Mobile smart phone with a slide-out Qwerty keyboard. If it had arrived a year ago -- or even six months ago -- that might have been enough to score it more points with us. But its dated operating system and resistive touchscreen conspire to make it feel like too little, too late, despite its overload of features.

The Omnia Pro B7610 is available SIM-free for around £370, and you can also get it for free on a £35-a-month contract if you look online.

Out the Windows
The Omnia Pro uses the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system, which was feeling pretty dated even before Microsoft announced that it had a whole new version in the oven -- Windows Phone 7 Series -- which starts from scratch. Now that even Microsoft has admitted that Windows Mobile 6.5 is rubbish, we don't feel that we can recommend a phone that runs on it.

Samsung's skinned Windows Mobile with a better-looking, more user-friendly home screen. In fact, it's done it twice. There are two home-screen set-ups -- accessible by pressing a button on the side of the phone -- one for work and one for play. The work version is a sober-looking list of notifications that wouldn't look out of place on a Nokia E72. The play version sports the TouchWiz user interface familiar from other Samsung phones.

The presence of TouchWiz means there's a whole heap of widgets that you can drag onto the screen from a dock down the side. We're not big fans of this design for two reasons -- the widgets are easy to move accidentally when you're swiping the touchscreen, and the widgets themselves are pretty basic. The Facebook widget is just a link to the Facebook Web site, rather than a live display of your status updates, for example.

The Omnia Pro's keyboard is easy to use, which goes some way towards making up for the unresponsive touchscreen

Samsung's made a good stab at making Windows Mobile easier to use, but, unfortunately, neither home-screen set-up works well enough -- transitions are delayed, the widgets update too slowly, and the position of the widgets gets messed up when you switch from portrait to landscape mode.

Sticky screen
The Omnia Pro also has a resistive touchscreen, which means you have to use a fingernail or apply pressure to get it to register your inputs. There's also a stylus included in the side of the case. We found the touchscreen unresponsive and difficult to use. Combined with the small icons employed in many parts of the operating system, the Omnia Pro can be very irritating to use at times.

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