PhoneArena seems to have landed on a stash of Omnia smartphones. Just yesterday they had the Samsung Omnia Lite, and today they put up a review of the Samsung Omnia Pro, and seem pretty impressed by it.
The standard Windows Mobile 6.1 interface looks quite boring and dated. This is why manufacturers have been falling over backwards to come up with modifications and customization packs that lend some color and make the interface upbeat and friendly. HTCÂ´s TouchFLO interface is an illustrative example. Samsung has adopted a similar practice and equips devices with the widget-full TouchWiz interface. The Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 utilizes version 2.0 that is the chief culprit for the vastly penetrating personalization. Unlike the first TouchWiz, this particular version permeates the operating system in depth and managed to leave us with open mouths in just a few minutes. WOW! ItÂ´s so heavily personalized that you wouldnâ€™t even notice you are using a Windows Mobile 6.1 device. Honest to goodness, we can say the TouchWiz 2.0 has done away with all shortcomings of the standard Windows Mobile 6.1 interface. Almost every single menu is either changed or features an alternative, is comfy to use with your bare fingers and so designed that shows itÂ´s made by Samsung. Even pressing the Start button at the top of the home screen takes you in an entirely different menu, both in terms of overall look and available options. The Task Manager is virtually the same as on the Samsung Jet S8000 and similarly to the Palm Pre, you can see active icons for all applications running in the background.
The review has many high resolution pictures of the phone, screen shots and example pictures taken by the phone camera, which seems to do a reasonable job even in complete darkness, thanks to the dual LED flash.
We do expect the Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 will prove to be one of the best business oriented handsets when it finally appears on the market. The profound Windows Mobile personalization pack is impressive indeed. We believe Samsung has managed to take their device to another level and is about to throw down the gauntlet to the leader on the Windows Mobile smartphone market â€“ HTC. We can only guess at whatÂ´s in the cards for the Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 and how the retail version will stack up against the competition, but we think the phone stands a pretty good chance of making it to the top.
Read the full review here.