Samsung B7330 OmniaPRO preview: First look
Going further though is not that great looking
Anyways, we don't want you bored of homescreens, so let's step down to the Main Menu of the Samsung B7330 OmniaPRO. We gotta give it to Microsoft developers, they've managed to keep that Windows 3.11 vintage look down the years. It almost makes you misty-eyed with nostalgia, doesn't it?
Thanks to the Samsung-provided homescreen shortcuts, the Task manager is always at hand. Unfortunately, the standard issue WinMo is no good for switching between apps - you can only kill unnecessary processes from here. It's nice to see that those pesky usability improvements have not kept MS engineers up late in the evenings.
Phonebook has a slight facelift
Well, Windows Mobile Standard has one phonebook that's certainly not that handsome, but at least it's ready to do whatever you need it to. One visual enhancement over the previous version of the mobile OS is that all contacts now have their images as thumbnails in the list.
Email is still as good
As you might guess for a smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard, the new OmniaPRO is pretty functional, though it does lack a bit of window-dressing. Our test Gmail account was setup in no time just by entering the email address and password.
Image gallery is not so basic anymore
The WinMo gallery is definitely not as basic as we remember it on WinMo Standard smartphones in the past. Once you select an image in the Contents manager, a nice popup appears to show you a larger version of the image.
There are also some standard features on it, but the one thing we were surprised at is how fast the zooming in and out is.
The gallery doesn't have auto rotation of course. Given the perfectly square screen of the Samsung B7330 OmniaPRO, an accelerometer makes no sense. Sure, accelerometers are not only about auto-rotation but we doubt it anyone will miss motion gaming, tilt scrolling or tap-for-time given the handset's potential target users. Turn-to-mute we kinda like, but it's no biggie on the B7330 OmniaPRO.
Windows Media player with some fresher looks
The Windows Media player is the regular WinMo player, only this time Samsung-skinned. It's also used to play video, but there are very few fancy features to write home about.
The Samsung B7330 OmniaPRO doesn't have DivX and XviD support, which is quite strange for a recent Samsung smartphone. We tried playing some standard MP4 videos with varying success. You should definitely not exceed 640x360 pixels resolution for them to play smoothly.
For YouTube videos there's a separate application preinstalled. But as you'll see, the Internet Explorer Mobile has full Flash support and is just as capable of handling those as well.