The latest Windows Mobile device tested on Verizon Wireless, is the Samsung Omnia II, running Windows Professional 6.5.3.
The Samsung Omnia II uses an AMOLED display. AMOLED stands for Active-matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode. A benefit to using an AMOLED display is that the screen can be seen without having the backlight on. This saves quite a bit of battery life for other functions. The backlight does need to be turned on in order to see the screen in bright sunlight. The display size is 3.7″ with a resolution of 800 x 480. Images, photos and videos are all very clear and vivid.
The Omnia II measures 4.75″ high by 2.38″ wide and .53″ deep, and weighs 5.08 ounces with the standard battery installed.
Input is done via a resistive touch screen. While many resistive displays do not work very well, the one used in the Samsung Omnia II is exceptional. The options include landscape and portrait qwerty keyboards and swipe. Swipe is an extremely fast method of entering text. It can be done via a finger or the built-in stylus. Getting use to swipe is easy.
Call quality with the Omnia II is very good regardless of the number of bars displayed. Bluetooth integration works well. One consistent hiccup has been the first time a call is attempted via Bluetooth, it is lost. Once the second attempt is make all further connections work flawlessly. The Omnia II features a proximity sensor which turns the display off as it nears the face. Sound level is decent for hands free, speaker and headset. The Airplane mode is quick to activate.
Based upon recent calls made, the estimated batter life with consistent phone use is about 240 minutes. A nice feature of the Omnia II is the ability to swap in spare batteries when recharging is not an option.
Key for our business use is integration with Microsoft Exchange Server and here the Omnia II performs extremely well. Calendar entries, tasks, email and contacts are all synchronized wirelessly. Connecting the device to a notebook with Microsoft OneNote also allows synchronization of OneNote files, once configured.
Browsing on the Omnia II using either Microsoft Internet Explorer or Opera Mobile is just fair. The speed is good but the viewing experience is not the greatest.
Overall, the Omnia II by Samsung is a very good smartphone for people who need integration with Microsoft Exchange and are looking for an alternative to a BlackBerry.
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