Samsung OMNIA W (Wonder) I8350 is a marvelous piece of hardware config and sleek-looking optimized Windows Phone OS 7.5 Mango. Flipping through the OS was smoother at times than Samsung’s other phones but then, it is the only good thing about this phone.
This was my first attempt with newest Windows Phone OS, after my horrible experience using Acer BeTouch which had Windows Mobile 6.3. That was such a bad experience after which, I never cared to even replace its broken screen.
Samsung OMNIA W looked awesome as soon as I pulled it off from the box. It’s NOT SLIM as I would have liked, but is quite handy and lightweight. 3.7 inches Super AMOLED display with 16M colors at 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi pixel density) resolution creates beautiful screen to look at & play with.
Samsung OMNIA W I8350 has the best touch screen input I have seen till date. Something which, I haven’t seen even on Galaxy Note or on an iPhone. Really. It’s a piece of cake for touch. A big applaud for Microsoft and Samsung in bringing this.
Samsung OMNIA W I8350 Features and Specifications
- Processor: 1.4 GHz Scorpion
- Display: 3.7 inches Super AMOLED
- Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon
- RAM: 512 MB (Technically too less compared to the price, but it doesn’t feel like it has less RAM in normal usage)
- Storage: 8GB Internal, No external storage
- Connectivity speed: HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
- Camera: 5 megapixel primary camera LED flash, VGA front camera
- Battery: Standard Li-Ion 1500 mAh
Samsung OMNIA W (Wonder) I8350 Review
Instead of writing in a long paragraphs, I would prefer writing few pointers here
- Multi-tasking on Samsung OMNIA W is very smooth and doesn’t feel like we’re on a single-core processor. (Keep pressing the back button to switch between all open apps)
- 720p movie playback creates audio sync issues, which means the same processor & RAM is unable to deliver it.
- The touch screen is TOO GOOD. Sometimes its difficult to avoid unwanted tapping here and there.
- You CANNOT configure static IP for WiFi. The only option is to obtain IPs through DHCP. This feature is not included in this OS version. It’s very well possible to configure WiFi as per our need on iOS, Android and Bada. The only way to enable this feature is by tweaking Windows registry. Seriously, basic settings needs registry tweaking is hilarious.
- I could not connect to TWO wireless access points in my office. One was Open and other was Secured. I kept getting incorrect password error while I could easily connect another iPhone to the same network without any such stupid errors.
- There is no shortcut to enable / disable WiFI, Bluetooth, GPS, Cellular Data Network, which on Android devices is easily possible by long-pressing the power button.
- Samsung OMNIA W cannot be used as a mass-storage device. All files needs to be transferred via Zune.
- Dynamic looking UI doesn’t really goes beyond leaving a good impression. It gets confusing once you start going through multiple screens
- Camera does not allow tap-to-focus instead, it works like this: tap>autofocus>flash>capture (even if not intended)
- Camera quality isn’t as good as Samsung Galaxy series phones. Especially, Samsung Galaxy S I9000 from the same price range.
- The colors captured from this camera are better than Nokia Lumia 800 even though Lumia features 8 megapixel camera.
- Display & touch is way better than Nokia Lumia
- Microsoft seems like catching & following Apple in terms of Zune implementation like iTunes, no file transfers through Bluetooth, no Flash support. All file transfers are only possible using Zune.
- 1500 mAh battery is a good choice for this phone. At least people using BlackBerry won’t complain about quick draining batteries on touch smartphone anymore.
- I also didn’t enjoy typing on this phone either. It was not easy & fast. Also it does not have Swype.
- Skydrive cloud storage integration is really useful.
- MS Office on this device works very smoothly out-of-the-box. I found it very neat and would have loved more if I could type faster.
- Connectivity speed of HSDPA 14.4 Mbps is not acceptable in this price since it’s a promotion & consolidation time for Microsoft.
- There are several bugs with SMS messaging as well & in 3G mode, it took me more than a minute to send one text message.
- Speakers cannot be used for listening to FM Radio, using headphones to do so is the only way.
Samsung OMNIA W Price
Samsung OMNIA W (Wonder) I8350 MRP on box is Rs. 20900/- and best buy price in stores is around 18900/-. You can also buy online from Flipkart
Samsung OMNIA W I8350 generates all the interest once you look at it but completely disappoints when started using it. Especially, when I tend to compare it with my iPhone or Samsung’s other Android devices.
It disappointed me right from setting-up Samsung OMNIA W I8350 for first use. And, if one can struggle to get the phone working – imagine, how difficult our life would get once started using it.
The phone has good ratings on all shopping websites but I am sure those are mostly for the display & the hardware. Buy this phone only if you’ve used Windows Mobiles earlier or you’re looking for an alternative to Nokia Lumia 800 (for better display and better touch experience).
I think there are many Android alternatives available from Samsung which are better than OMNIA W if you’re not a Windows Phone fan, just like me.
Sorry for the hard words you Mango, but… you taste real good as a fruit. 🙂
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