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Hands on with the Samsung Omnia HD

As Samsung made an impressive showing at the GSMA World Congress it's difficult to pick one of its new phones as the most notable. Yet, the company's Omnia HD certainly would be in the running. I had the opportunity to check it out while visiting with Samsung in Barcelona.

Though the Omnia HD is the next-generation model of the existing Omnia, it shows a few design differences The curved ends give it a more eye-catching, aerodynamic look. It's also slightly bigger than its predecessor, but we'll gladly take the extra heft with the stunning 2.7-inch, 16 million-color display. In all ways it's bright and beautiful--colors were vibrant, graphics were sharp and video lives up the HD name.

The display's offers Samsung's TouchWiz interface with the customizable widget bar on the left side. The touch interface for both finger swiping and selecting icons was responsive and the Symbian interface is intuitive. The display works in landscape and includes an accelerometer for certain functions like the virtual QWERTY keyboard. Speaking of which, the keyboard is very comfortable thanks to the display's large size. We had no problems tapping away.

The three physical controls below the display include Talk and End/power buttons, They're rather thin but I didn't find them to be problematic. There's a single VGA camera lens above the display for video calling while the main lens for the 8-megapixel shooter is located on the rear face. It has a flash but no sliding lens cover. Other exterior controls include a volume rocker on the left spine and a camera shutter, a screen lock control and a Micro-USB port on the right spine. The headset jack is located conveniently on the op of the device but the memory card slot is behind the battery cover.

Features include HSDPA 3G support an 8-megapixel camera, an FM radio, assisted-GPS, Bluetooth, a music player, organizer applications, a speakerphone and Wi-Fi. We'll get a review model as soon as we can but check out our Samsung GSMA photo gallery in the meantime. We'll have video soon as well.


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