VR Zone hands on experience with Samsung Omnia HD in Singapore

No. The Omnia HD is not available in Singapore and the Samsung folks have mentioned they are unsure if the product will be made available here. However, VR Zone has the opportunity to have a brief hands-on session with an Omnia HD brought from Europe.

While the Samsung Omnia HD preview was out when it was first unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in February, this is a first for VR Zone to have a hands on experience in Singapore (despite the phone not made available here, or yet to be).

Anyway, to recap, here’s a summary of the Omnia HD specifications:-

- Quadband GSM, EDGE, Triband UMTS, HSUPA/HSDPA
- 3.7-inch 16M color Full Touch QHD AMOLED display
- 8-megapixel autofocus camera
- supports DivX, XviD, H.263, WMV, MPEG4, RV video formats
- 24fps@HD (1280 x 720p) video recording
- FM Radio
- GPS with A-GPS
- Proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, compass, accelerometer
- 3D TouchWiz UI with widgets
- Stereo Bluetooth, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi
- 8GB / 16GB models with support for external microSDHC cards up to 32GB

 VR Zone hands on experience with Samsung Omnia HD in Singapore

On the left of the Omnia HD are the volume control (which is also the camera zoom) and a microSD card slot.

 VR Zone hands on experience with Samsung Omnia HD in Singapore

The camera mode (also the shutter) and the phone lock buttons, and USB port (for charging the phone and connecting to the PC) are on the right.

 VR Zone hands on experience with Samsung Omnia HD in Singapore

At the top is a 3.5mm audio jack for plugging in your earphones and earpiece.

 VR Zone hands on experience with Samsung Omnia HD in Singapore

Here we see the main menu that shows the shortcuts to various applications – camera, contacts, gallery, RealPlayer, office, applications, settings etc. The display offers haptic feedback like the Omnia, and best of all, it is extremely responsive with no sight of lag as compared to its older sibling. On top of that, video playback looked brilliant onscreen.

We also tried the camera function and found the Omnia HD is capable of taking very good quality pictures. This would surely please users who regularly take pictures with their phones.

The Samsung Omnia HD is a vast improvement to the original Omnia with better features and performance, although it is also slightly heavier. But that is not going to stop the Omnia HD from impressing users who are looking to upgrade their phones.

But the question still remains: will the Samsung Omnia HD ever reach our shores? We at VR Zone are optimistic about it. Let’s just wait and see.