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Review: Samsung Omnia II

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The Omnia II is a respectable Windows Mobile smartphone that tries hard to mask the fact that it actually runs Windows Mobile. With such deep software integration by Samsung, one might almost miss the fact that this is a WinMo device. That could be good or bad depending on how you feel about Windows Mobile 6.5. and TouchWiz. If you want to avoid Windows Mobile's look at feel, the Omnia II will let you do that. If TouchWiz gets on your nerves, look for something else.

The Omnia II delivers on most promises. The camera software works well and the camera actually takes good pictures. Same goes for the video. I wish I could say browsing the web were as good. The web experience is decent, but other platforms have WinMo beat.

The hardware is bulky, but the controls work and make sense for the most part. I'd prefer a capacitive screen on a device such as this, but the resistive screen of the Omnia II works as well as one can hope for.

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In all, the Omnia II offers a lot of bang for the buck — maybe too much bang for some. It gets the basics right, and does well enough on the extras to make it a smartphone worth considering.

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