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Samsung I8000 Omnia II Review

 

Samsung I8000 Omnia II Review

 
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For example, it easily handles standard definition Dixv files, so you don’t have to re-encoded them to a lower res to make them playable. There’s also a few games preloaded including the Asphalt 4 HD racing game. However, the 3D graphics in this are quite blocky and a long way of the fluidity of Real Racing on the iPhone for example. Another interesting software addition is the Connect Home application that lets you stream music, video or pictures over Wi-Fi from a PC or NAS that’s running a UPnP media server. This is surprisingly easy to use, as it found both our PC and NAS without needing any configuration and happily streamed standard definition DivX files across our network without any stuttering or elongated buffering.

In fact connectivity is one of the handset strong points as it has HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS onboard. The GPS worked great with Googlemaps and the phone’s camera software also support geotagging, which is pretty neat. The phone’s call quality was also excellent as the ear piece delivers loud and crisp audio while the microphone also isn’t overly directional so you don’t have to consciously position your mouth next to it as you do with the iPhone. And like the iPhone it has a proximity sensor so it turns off the display when you’re holding it to your ear on a call and turns it on again as you move it away from your head. Another neat feature is that if the handset is lying flat on a desk and you get an incoming call, simply flipping it over will set the phone to mute and flipping it back will unmute it again.

Unfortunately if you were expecting that OLED screen to add significantly to this phone’s battery life you’ll be sorely disappointed. The battery life isn’t exactly bad - we got around a day and half’s usage from it.

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