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Samsung OmniaLITE B7300
First off, here are few pertinent photos of the device:
TechPinas on Samsung OmniaLITE's Opera Browser
Horizontal Orientation (Landscape)
TechPinas on Samsung OmniaLITE's Opera Browser
Vertical Orientation (Portrait)
Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 - Top View
Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 - Rear View
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Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 is a smartphone that comes with an easy-to-use interface and features Internet access and multimedia and business functions. The three-dimensional TouchWiz 2.0 interface enhances user experience by supporting various widgets.
For business-use, Omnia LITE supports multiple push email accounts and lets you work with office documents. The phone's Windows Mobile 6.5 Operating System provides the foundation on which OmniaLITE's business-feel stands on. Want to take your business on the road? Do it via Opera Mini, B7300's default web browser, which you can use with high-speed data transmission technology HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Omnia Omnia Lite B7300 (vs. other phones under the OMNIA line) is characterized by ever-slightly less "advanced" functionality and a more acceptable price. Nonetheless, Omnia Lite B7300 offers a slew of outstanding connectivity and entertainment features that would surely make you want to purchase it. The phone features a 3.2-inch resistive touch TFT LCD-display with a resolution of 320x400 pixels, which complements various apps and games quite well. Also, there's a 3.2-megapixel camera module, Bluetooth 2.0, FM-Tuner, USB 2.0 port and a slot for microSD cards. As mentioned above, B7300 supports GPS-navigation (A-GPS), works with 3G-network HSDPA, quad GSM / GPRS / EDGE and, of course, WiFi-network.
Look and Feel in the Hand:
OmniaLITE has physical dimensions of 107 x 51.8 x 12.9 mm and weight of only 103 grams -- which is quite small and light for a smartphone of this calibre.
Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 - Front View
It fits in the hand really well and I'm sure you won't experience problems carrying it in your pocket. It's not bulky whatsoever.
As for the design of the case, the chrome accent on the sides adds character to this otherwise plain looking phone. I think it also gives the device that business, no-nonsense look.
Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 - Side View
The back of the device features this fine honey-comb-textured imprint topped with glossy finish. I particularly like this well-thought-out and undeniably svelte detailing. Check it out:
Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 - Back View
Touchscreen and On-screen Keyboard:
OmniaLITE features a resistive touchscreen (read Resistive vs. Capacitive touchscreen discussion via the link), which means that you'd have to apply a bit of pressure on it to create an action. IMO, it's a bit backward compared to its capacitive counterpart but that's how it is.
Despite having a relatively small screen (vs. other touchscreen smartphones), OmniaLITE is quite easy to work with. Generally, it's fine. My only qualms with it is that:
1. The Start button to launch Windows Mobile homescreen is a bit hard to 'press' right without accidentally opening the widgets dock.
2. Typing on the on-screen keypad in vertical mode is not the easiest of tasks. I find the keys a bit cramped, causing me to mistype words often.
Samsung OmniaLITE's On-Screen Keypad - Vertical Orientation
A solution to this, apart from having really small or 'adept' fingers, is to type in Landscape mode, which you can do simply by tilting the phone until it reaches the correct orientation:
Samsung OmniaLITE's On-Screen Keypad - Horizontal Orientation
OmniaLITE features a 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus camera without flash.
Here are two indoor shots taken using OmniaLITE's camera (please click to enlarge):
The photos are just fine, I think. Not bad considering the minimal indoor lighting and lack of camera flash.
Here's an indoor video taken using Omnia LITE's camera:
Again, just fine. The video quality is completely what I expect of a non-HD cameraphone. Just ayt.
Surfing the Internet via Wifi:
One of the things I found really enjoyable to do on this phone is browsing the net.
The Connectivity Widget and Wifi Settings page are really easy to work with. No need for advanced know-how whatsoever. In hindsight, I didn't experience any problems at all connecting to the net.
Once connected, the phone's powerful Samsung ARM 1176 667MHz processor and 250MB of internal memory made sure that webpages load really fast.
OmniaLITE's battery life is just average. On paper, it should stay on for 27 days on standby and provide 9 hours of talk time. I found out, however, that browsing the net on wifi drains the battery quickest -- getting only a little more than 3 hours of browsing time on full charge.
Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 is a definite catch, in my humble opinion.
While it isn't quite as powerful and feature-rich as its siblings in the Omnia line, given its price range of only Php 12,000 - Php 13,000 (at authorized Samsung retail shops in the Philippines), you can't go wrong with OmniaLITE. If only for its powerful mobile processor and its relatively large amount of internal memory, in contrast to other phones (from Samsung or otherwise) with proprietary CPU at a similar price point, I'd give OmniaLITE 4 out of 5 stars.
If you want a phone that offers exemplary mobile internet browsing experience, then you should definitely have OmniaLITE on your check-out list.