The sophisticated Samsung Omnia has just about everything you could want in a smartphone.

The Samsung Omnia's 5Mp camera launches when you press the dedicated camera key on the device's spine. The camera has autofocus and a power LED flash, but it lacks optical zoom. It comes with a handful of advanced features, including white balance and shooting modes such as Sports, Sunset, Night Shots, and even one for shooting text. Image quality was very good, though we noticed some noise in several indoor, low-light shots. Video quality isn't as good as the image quality of still shots, but adequate for sending short video messages.

The Samsung Omnia comes loaded with Windows Media Player and Samsung's own TouchPlayer, a touch-based player that supports album art and background music mode. Loading music onto the Omnia from a PC is a snap. And if you get tired of the music on your phone, you can listen to the Omnia's FM radio. Unfortunately, Samsung's failure to provide a standard 3.5mm headphone jack undermines the device's potential as a music player--a shortcoming it shares with the T-Mobile G1. If these phones' makers want to compete with Apple's iPhone, they should at least throw in a standard headphone jack.

The Samsung Omnia's other applications include a podcast organizer; VZ Navigator, a GPS app; TVOut viewer, which lets you connect the Omnia to your TV; and ShoZu, a picture-sharing service.


Despite a few kinks relating to the interface and a few omissions in the design, the Samsung Omnia is a high-quality handset that delivers a generous array of features.