6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Samsung i8910 Omnia HD

About Video Transcript

First Look: Samsung i8910 Omnia HD

3:38 /

While the lack of 3G and expensive price tag will keep it out of the hands of the masses, the Samsung i890 Omnia HD is a powerful multimediasmartphone that rivals the other high-end touch-screen devices.

>> Bonnie: Hi everyone, I'm Bonnie Cha, Senior Editor at CNET.com and today we're taking a first look at the Samsung Omnia HD; this Smartphone was first revealed at GSMA 2009 and, unfortunately, it hasn't been released here in North America. But Samsung was nice enough to send us an unlocked version of the phone to check out so let's take a look. The first thing you might notice is that it's big. The Smartphone is pretty long and heavy especially compared to the original Omnia. I do prefer the more rounded edges and sleeker design of the Verizon version. But the Omnia HD is very solidly built and there's a good reason for the extra bulk and that would be the Smartphone's awesome display. It's larger than most and measures 3.7 inches diagonally and it's also an AMOLED touch-screen which offers a couple advantages over regular LCD's. Colors are brighter and images and videos look sharper and it consumes less power so it should improve battery life. I didn't really notice a huge difference in battery life but I can say that Omnia HD's display is one of the best I've seen on a Smartphone. Everything from photos to web pages to simple text looked extra sharp and bright and the larger screen definitely makes it great for watching videos. The display also has a built-in accelerometer so it will automatically switch screen orientation when you turn the phone. The touch-screen itself is sensitive and for text entry you get a full QWERTY keyboard in landscape mode and a regular alphanumeric key pad in portrait mode. The Omnia HD also uses Samsung's Touch Wiz interface which lets you customize your Home screen with various widgets. We saw this on the first Omnia but Samsung has made a number of improvements to the UI to make Touch Wiz more useful. When you press the Main Menu key you'll be taken to a great view of all your applications and you might notice that the Omnia HD doesn't run Windows Mobile like the original Omnia, but instead for better or worse it runs Simian. You still get support for Office documents and email but it's through third party apps like Quick Office. And with the email you have to manually enter the server information unlike some other Smartphones that do it automatically. But more than productivity the Omnia HD is about multimedia and this Smartphone definitely shines in that department. It's got an 8 mega pixel camera that not only takes great photos but also has a number of advanced features like blink detection, anti-shake, ISO settings and it can record HD video. Though the video quality was good especially for a camera phone, and it's got video-out capabilities so you can share your clips through your TV. This Smartphone also supports the playback of numerous video files and, like I said before, the Omnia HD's awesome great display makes it great for viewing videos. This Smartphone is a pretty decent music player with 5.1 channel sound and equalizer and Podcast support and an FM radio. You don't have to worry about storage either because the Omnia HD comes in either a 16 or 8 gig models and both have micro SD expansion slots that can take up to 32GB cards, so there's plenty of space for your media files. Really the only thing missing on the Omnia HD is support for North America 3G band otherwise you get WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. Would I recommend spending the $600 or $700 on it? I'd probably say for most people no. Samsung has already announced that it will bring the Omnia II to Verizon later this year so I'd say wait for that. But, hey, if you've got the money to burn and really want a high-powered multimedia Smartphone I'd say go with the Omnia HD it's a better pick than the Nokia [inaudible]. I'm Bonnie Cha and this has been your first look at the Samsung Omnia HD. ^M00:03:34 [ Music ]

New releases

Tomorrow Daily 092: Mistletoe drones, Europa in HD, real-life bacon meme, and more
24:11 November 25, 2014
On today's show, we debate the usefulness of drones inside restaurants (especially drones carrying mistletoe), check out Europa in...
Play video
Amazon Echo: a wireless speaker you can talk to
3:11 November 25, 2014
We go hands-on with Amazon's new Echo smart speaker and its Alexa voice assistant, who might just be Siri's better-sounding twin s...
Play video
2015 Mercedes Benz C400 4MATIC
4:58 November 25, 2014
The C Class is all-new and it's time to stop looking down your nose.
Play video
Can anything save Google Glass?
3:16 November 25, 2014
Google's first wearable platform has lost its edge with users and developers. You won't have a Cartier Android watch anytime soon,...
Play video
Alienware Alpha bridges the PC/console gaming divide
2:38 November 25, 2014
This gaming desktop looks and acts like a living room console, but plays your PC game library.
Play video
How Apple Pay and PayPal can help shoppers avoid hacks
1:37 November 25, 2014
What's the best way to protect yourself when shopping online? CNET's Sumi Das explains how to keep your credit card details away from...
Play video
The 404 Show 1,586: Giving thanks to tech, Jurassic World, BlackBerry Hail Mary (podcast)
35:21 November 25, 2014
It's our last show before Thanksgiving and the guys are discuss what tech they're thankful for.
Play video
Conquer Black Friday by shopping online
2:55 November 25, 2014
There's no shame in staying home when online deals are aplenty on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Bridget Carey highlights trends in...
Play video