The Samsung Omnia HD first debuted at GSMA 2009 in Barcelona, Spain, and while it still has yet to make a U.S. debut, we got a look at the unlocked version of the smartphone. Check out hands-on photos here.
The Samsung Omnia HD first debuted at GSMA 2009 and turned heads with its gorgeous touch screen and high-end multimedia features. Unfortunately, we have yet to see it released in the U.S. You can buy it unlocked for $600 to $700, but be aware that it does not support U.S. 3G bands.
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One of the highlights of the Omnia HD is its 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen. AMOLED stands for Active-Matrix OLED, which offers the advantage of making colors appear brighter, images and videos look sharper, and it consumes less power than standard LCDs.
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We have to say that the Omnia HD's display is absolutely stunning. Everything from menu icons to photos to Web pages looked smooth and vibrant.
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On the larger side
Given the Samsung i8910 Omnia HD's extra-large display, it's no surprise that the smartphone is on the bulkier side. The handset measures 4.8 inches tall by 2.3 inches wide by 0.5 inch thick and weighs 5.2 ounces.
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Samsung Omnia HD vs Samsung Omnia
The Samsung Omnia HD next to the Samsung Omnia for Verizon. Unlike the Omnia, the Omnia HD i890 runs on the Symbian OS instead of Windows Mobile.
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As with the first Omnia, the i890 Omnia HD uses Samsung's TouchWiz user interface, which lets you customize your Home screen with different widgets. That said, Samsung has made several enhancements to the user interface that makes TouchWiz much more easy to use and functional.
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While you'll use the touch screen for most things, there are Talk and End/power keys and a menu button below the display.
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The Omnia HD is equipped with an 8-megapixel camera that can record HD video and offers a number of advanced options, including six shooting modes, 14 scene settings, ISO, and blink detection.
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Great photo quality
We were quite impressed with the photo quality of the Samsung Omnia HD, especially with indoor shots. Objects were sharply defined and coloring was accurate without any weird bluish or amber overtone. Video quality was also good, but the camcorder had some problems with bright sunlight.
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Tons of memory
The Samsung Omnia HD comes in either a 16GB or 8GB model, and both offer microSD expansion slots that can accept up to 32GB cards, so storage won't be a problem on the smartphone.