Samsung i900 Omnia review: The whole nine yards

GSMArena team, 25 July 2008.
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Organizer capabilities are rich and intuitive

Windows Mobile offers several time-management features and all of them are easily syncable with MS Outlook. As of Windows Mobile 6.0, the Calendar allows browsing the events to come. It offers daily, weekly and monthly view. You can have the week start on either Monday or Sunday. You can also hide weekends from the Calendar if you use it for business strictly.

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The Windows Mobile Calendar: various views

The To-Do list allows you to add tasks and assign them priority. The Notes also come in handy, as you can either type or directly write the text down on the screen.

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To-Do list The Notes app allows handwriting too, as well as QWERTY input

The Voice recorder and Calculator go without saying. A nice surprise is that Samsung have redesigned the default Windows Mobile calculator and now it has much more pleasant looks without sacrificing usability, and it's more thumbable.

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The pre-installed PowerCalc is really nice as opposite to the standard Windows Mobile one

There is also the excellent Clock application that gets you touch optimized access to alarms, anniversaries, the world clock and the stop watch.

Alarms are rather easy to setup and turn on or off. They can be repeated on selected weekdays and are unlimited in numbers. You can also setup different anniversaries, which can get repeated on an annual basis. And finally, the World clock is most nice looking and intuitive application of the kind we've seen lately. A tap on the blue mini map opens it up fullscreen and you can drag around to select the time zone you are interested in.

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The excellent Clock application gives you access to alarms, anniversaries, the world clock and a stop watch

Another application is the rather handy Search application, capable of searching throughout the whole file system and applications. You can set filters, so that the application searches only in the places you need.

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The system-wide Search application

Your mobile office is here too

Among the WM core applications is the Office Mobile package featuring support for viewing and editing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. With the latest version of the Office Mobile, you also have the OneNote application.

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The Office Mobile allows viewing and editing Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote files

Thanks to the pre-installed Boratech File Viewer, there is also support for viewing PDF documents. Performance when working with PDF file is commendable, but that's to be expected with the powerful processor.

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Opening PDF documents: there's fullscreen mode too

The pre-installed Biz Card Reader is a rather handy utility to scan text or business cards and it comes with character recognition. It does an impressive job at that - at least in English.

Business card scanners are not something new but that's among the first document scanners implemented in a GSM handsets, and it's quite good too.

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Scanning a business card with the card scanner is an easy task

The card scanning is also impressively accurate. All the contact details can also be stored in your Phonebook should you choose so.

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Scanning a business card and previewing the results Bizcard scanner options Bizcard scanner browser

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