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Review: Samsung Omnia II

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The Omnia II plays music and video files no problem. It uses a media player that was either written by Samsung or is a skin for Windows Media Player. I actually could not locate Windows Media Player on the phone itself.

The media player is no great shakes, but it is pleasant to look at and lets you do the basics, such as sorting between artists, songs, albums and playlists. You can set loops, and shuffle songs, but that's about it when it comes to playback options. There's also a mini-player that is built into the TouchWiz user interface and accessible from the dock on the home screen. It is the same mini-player that's found on other TouchWiz phones.

The Omnia II is also littered with Verizon's music software, such as V CAST/Rhapsody and Song ID. The V CAST Music software is the same old story that we've seen on Verizon Wireless phones since 2003. Time for a refresh, Verizon. Just sayin'.

I am glad that the Omnia II has a 3.5mm headset jack. Stereo Bluetooth support doesn't hurt, either. You're going to be able to playback your tunes with no problems, but it is a basic experience and offers no frills. Thankfully, music playback sounded good.


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