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Review: Samsung Omnia II

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Screen

The Omnia II's 3.7-inch, 800 x 480 pixel AM-OLED display is simply spectacular. It is bright, sharp, colorful, and highly readable in any environment. Direct sunlight is no issue for the Omnia II's display. The sheer number of pixels crammed into this small space make web sites, text, images and video look as good as one can expect on a mobile device. Any phone that wants to stand with the top of the line products needs to hit the 800 x 400 benchmark that's been set by a number of devices lately. The Omnia II does so with ease.

Signal

The Omnia II can of course connect to Verizon Wireless's EVDO 3G network. I had no signal issues with the Omnia II during my time with it. It always managed to latch onto Verizon's network with no problems. The number of bars in the signal indicator bounced around a bit, but I never missed any calls, nor dropped any calls. On the data side of things, I noticed only two instances of timed-out connections, but that was all. With Wi-Fi on board, you know you have an alternative if there's absolutely no cellular network availability.

Sound

Voice calls sounded quite good with the Omnia II. The earpiece was loud enough for most environments and I noticed very little noise or interference when conducting calls. Those to whom I was speaking noted nothing out of the ordinary and had no trouble hearing me. Ringers were plenty loud, as was the speakerphone. It would be quite easy to hop onto a conference call, put the Omnia II on speakerphone and busy yourself cleaning up around the house. Bottom line, no issues here, move along.

Battery

Battery life was consistent with what I now expect on highly connected devices. If you're running all sorts of Internet-based software -- such as social networks -- and have email delivered constantly, you'll get through an entire day (from the time you get up to the time you go to bed), but not much more than that. You're going to need to charge this device every night, unless you use it very sparingly. That's the new reality.

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