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PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on with the Samsung SGH-i900 OMNIA Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 10.06.08 - 00:12:59 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 46732x
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Following yesterday's official announcements of Samsung's SGH-i900, I just had the chance to get my hands on an early i900 OMNIA prototype for a first hands-on photoview of Samsung's latest Windows Mobile Professional smartphone. Running on Windows Mobile 6.1, the Samsung i900 is powered by a Marvel I 320LV which supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps. Furthermore, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR are on board as well as a an FM radio and a GPS receiver. The 3.2" WQVGA (240 x 400 pixel) touch screen features haptics and vibrations give users feedback when the display is touched. The built-in autofucus camera supports 5.0 megapixel and Samsung will offer two versions of the i900 - one with 8 GB and one with 16 GB inbuilt memory which is even expandable with microSD memory cards.

Further features are TV-out and according to previous information, a TV-out cable comes with the device. At a size of 112 x 56.9 x 12.5 mm, the i900 features a 1440 mAh battery.

While the Samsung SGH-i900 isn't released yet, I will try to follow-up with a review as soon as possible.

Cheers ~ Arne


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Posted by MTM on 10.06.08 - 01:08:55

Nice photos - that was quick smile

Resistive touch screen, I guess? How is the screen sensitivity and overall performance compared to the Touch Diamond? And I would love to see sample photos from the camera smile

Posted by Dave on 10.06.08 - 18:20:49

Any idea what cell phone service this phone will be linked to here in the states?

Posted by Arne Hess on 10.06.08 - 21:05:48

@MTM: Isn't that what you've expected - quick photos from me? ;-)
The screen response is simply great, different to the HTC Touch devices. Wouldn't vote yet (had it in my hands too short) but definitely an interesting device to keep an eye on. As soon as I get my hands on the i900 again, I will post some camera photos.

@Dave: Not sure if you will see it released in the US as i900. Maybe as i907 with support of US UMTS/HSDPA bands but AFAIK it's single UMTS band with support for European/Asian UMTS bands only.

Posted by Midsommer on 10.06.08 - 22:38:34

@ Arne

I could not find your comment on the long response time for the HTC Diamond, so I could not connect your comment with the appropriate HTC D version...

Have you used the factory setting for the HTC D, was it the device with 192 MB (or only 128MB), have you applied the speed up hacks from xda-developers? Any experience with it (the hack)?

I am just wondering, because in some videos the HTC D reacts quickly and instantaneously, in others slow and with long response time. How is the i900 compared to the speedy HTC D - any clues? (I HAVE to get a new phone soon, and I cannot deside between the i900 and HTC D...) How is the camera of both (quality)?

Posted by Arne Hess on 10.06.08 - 23:32:19

I've only used factory settings for with the HTC Diamonds I had in hands. However, one was a sample O2 Xda diamond with a Beta ROM (and logging tools running in the background) which was 128 MB only and one one was a HTC Touch Diamond with the Asian release ROM and 192 MB. Sure, the release ROM/192 MB Diamond reacted better but as far as I've heard, HTC is still working of general improvements. So as long as it's not officially released here in Europe, it's hard to say how good/bad it will react (I've heard the launch at some carriers was slightly postponed to make sure to improve the overall performance).
Anyway, I've uploaded two videos on the::unwired already (one with the 128 MB device and one with the 192 MB device) you might want to check if you haven't already.
As I wrote in the article, the i900 was another early sample which makes it hard to compare to other devices but my initial impression was that it reacts quite snappy. You can find HTC Touch Diamond sample photos here (all the latest photos I've done with a HTC Touch Diamond) but I hadn't had the chance yet to check the i900 camera quality, unfortunately.

Posted by theefman on 11.06.08 - 01:33:37

Arne, GSMArena and other sites quote the i900 as having tri-band 3G. is it possible there will be two versions? Thanks

Posted by Arne Hess on 11.06.08 - 09:04:52

That's definitely a good question. As you can see here, Samsung lists in its specs quadband GSM and WCDMA only. I still try to get a feedback from Samsung, how many bands the WCDMA radio supports but from the specs I read it as singleband. Nevertheless, there is always a good chance that we see 2 version of the same device, as it happened in the past with the SGH-i600 and SGH-i607/BlackJack as well.

Posted by theefman on 11.06.08 - 15:59:55

Thanks Arne. I have actually seen posted that the FCC has a i907 listed which looks like it is coming to At&t in the US so that version has to support the US bands. However I would prefer to get one unlocked as I am on t-Mobile now but would maybe consider switching and would rather not have to deal with at&t's data pricing and would just sign up with a non-PDA phone and add the cheaper Medianet plan.

Posted by MTM on 11.06.08 - 17:11:34

Of course I expected it wink

And thanks for the answers smile

Sounds good with the great screen sensitivity. You didn't check if it was a capacitive or resistive screen (e.g. trying to see if tapping with the nail worked)? Does it even has a stylus? If not, it could indicate Samsung is taking the jump and implementing a capacitive screen big_smile

Posted by Yosef on 11.06.08 - 19:49:04


Any idea when/if this will be available for Sprint?  Ballpark timeframe?  I have a Sprint rebate coming to me in August and had planned on getting the Instinct until now.  Now I of course would rather have this phone!  Thanks.

Posted by Arne Hess on 11.06.08 - 21:04:25

@MTM: Even if first reports mentioned it might be a capacitive display, it can't be one. I haven't used my finger nails but one of the spare stylus on the table and it worked. Furthermore, the Windows Mobile setup required a stylus and I wasn't able to align the screen with my thumb. While the i900 includes a stylus, you cannot put it into the device but Samsung decided that a user has to attach it to the device with cord (not yet sure if this works). Anyway, except for the screen setup, I have the feeling you can use the whole device without a stylus.

@Yosef: While I have absolutely no information yet (so please keep it with a salt of grain), I have doubts that you will initially see the i900 (or better anything similar due to the different standards) on Sprint. Not yet I have heard anything yet but in the past it took a little bit longer to "port" GSM/WCDMA devices to Sprint's EVDO network (see the Samsung BlackJack and the Samsung Ace).

Posted by Observer on 27.06.08 - 11:35:58


Regarding the home screen in the picture in black and white theme, does it come ready with the phone?

Some owners in Singapore from PPCSG forum do not have this colour theme.

Posted by MAL on 02.07.08 - 16:03:07

Does anyone have definative information as to whether the i900 has a capacitive screen?
I like the glass capacitive screens on the iphone and ipod touch.

Can anyone describe the screen on the i900? ie is it hard like glass or flexible??

Beleive it or not, this will be the deal breaker for me...whether I buy the i900 or not.

Posted by Arne Hess on 02.07.08 - 16:35:42

@Observer: Yes, the black/white theme cam preinstalled and AFAIK Samsung has 3 different skins for the phone. As always, it depends on Samsung and/or the carrier which skin will be used.

@MAL: No, I can confirm that it isn't a capacitive screen and while it's pretty solid it's flexible if you tap it harder.

Posted by MAL on 03.07.08 - 03:26:23

Thanks Arne, you input has been very helpful.
One more question regarding the screen.

Do you think it is scratch resistant in the long term? ie. how scratch resistant would you say it is compared with the glass capacitive screen on the iphone? The i900 is looking very good for me as an allround mobile solution, as long as the screen looks scratch free and clear for a long time.

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