Samsung Omnia i910
Bought this phone for my wife. This is her first PDA phone so she had a learning curve. Nice at first but then the phone would stop receiving some phone calls. Called to complain and Verizon says that there is a software update to address "issues".
For a business class phone, that is one heck of an issue. She has lost several business prospects because of this. Tried to get the update to take..no luck. We will be switching out for a different phone.
Pros: No need to repeat
Cons: Samsung widget-useless. Would not take update. No on board stylus-what a dumb move. Not receiving phone calls-Worse than than the BB Storm issue.
Glad it works for most. Guess it sucks to be us.
not so great at al
the touch interface is terrible,
very hard to "learn" this phone (there's reason for all the omnia forums!!)
u really need to use the stylus for just about everything...which is a real pain...
it seems like all the folks who rave over this phone are real true die hard techies....but for a newbie like me this phone really falls short
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I generally agree with the posts here about the phone. Omnia is my first experience with a touch-screen, and I've been using it for five days. A very good feature of the Omnia is the optical mouse, a decent proxy for the BB trackball, and I liked the sleek design unlike the clunkier BBs. My only previous experience with a smart phone was BB Curve, and by comparison, I think BBs are much easier to use for email and surfing the web for simple things, and typing. I'm going to return the Omnia and keep exploring alternative phone and providers.
There is one particular feature of the Omnia I have not seen mentioned which I cannot abide, and maybe there are a few others who would like to know about it: when you make a call the screen automatically locks.
(Disclosure: I'm a voicemail Type A.)
Normally this may be fine and dandy, BUT if you get a voicemail tree and need to punch in a number, welcome to hell. First you have to hit the master key to unlock the phone screen, then select "keypad", then punch in the number. Three steps that should be one, exponentionally compounded by the number of branches in the tree...1 v 3; 2 v 6; 3 v 9; etc. You get the picture.
The screen lock feature cannot be turned off according to both Verizon and Samsung tech support (how ironic they both use voicemail trees--about four branches each--boom!). The feature is there because when you put the phone up to your face to talk there's the possibility of activating something on the touch-screen. Do all touch-screens have this feature? I told Samsung this really needs to be an option the user can control.
Not for me!
After researching and waiting for a long time, I opted for OMNIA, i910. It's a nice looking phone and behaves well as a PDA. But it's not the one for me.
-decent screen, although needs to be bigger
-complete PDA suit
-Verizon customer service is friendly and no questions asked
-NO GPS! It's locked by Verizon and can't even run google maps! ust have VZ Navigator
-5 mega pixel camera quality not better than my older 2 mega pixel camera phone
-Too many screens to go through before you get to what you need to do.
I took it back today and will wait for a better phone.
Not for me
In the end I think my problem is more with Windows Mobile in general...But I got this phone monday (had a BB Curve) and then returned it today. Nothing can top the blackberry for handling email/messaging.
Business card reader is cool and works well
Wifi (though EVDO was just as fast)
Small form factor, felt good in hand
Good media player
Lots of storage
It's windows - Had to use task manager constantly to end apps as they were slowing down the phone
Touchscreen sucks - It's too small and you are constantly hitting the wrong button/letter/etc
Stylus on a lanyard - are you kidding me?
Email is pull - not push. Again, this is a WM problem.
Optical mouse - Good idea but almost worthless in my opinion.
No ringer profiles
Have to store mp3s that you want to use as ringtones on the phone memory, not the storage. And memory is limited...
Scrolling through contacts to make a call or send an email is a serious pain
When browsing the net, would have to zoom, then touch a link like 5 times before it would work
No back button
No way to exit most programs, clicking the 'X' just minimizes them and leaves them open - hence slowing down the phone. Again a WM issue
Using bluetooth was a crapshoot, sometimes it would connect to my Jawbone, most times it wouldn't. And there is seemingly no way to delete a bluetooth device and re-pair it.
All in all, the way Windows Mobile handles email is just a joke. If you have only 1 account then it might be okay for you but if you have more then 1, forget it. I am a techno nerd and was so psyched about this phone but I couldn't stand using it. I am happy to be back on my Curve while I wait for my Storm to arrive...
Best Verizon has to offer
Let's me start by saying that I had to send my first one back wifi didn't work. That being said I really loved this phone. I am waiting for new one to be sent. The interface and windows are very smooth. Love all the memory. First phone that I felt Verizon has given that is truely a smart phone. I don't want to dog other phones, everyone has different taste. I really do like this phone.
Pros: nice size
Cons: resoulition of screen could be better