My long time readers will know by now that I absolutely despise the iPhone. I’ve given some reasons why but it’s about time I went into detail. The iPhone was a very well designed phone in terms of hardware, blowing the competition away with its uber-powerful processor and build quality. The only thing that really matched it in terms of build quality were Samsung’s high end phone models (a couple of which I managed to have a play around with a while back and found to be amazingly well put together). When I first saw the iPhone specifications I thought it was the future of smartphones, especially with that processor, although the camera could have done with a couple of extra megapixels. The real problem I have with the iPhone therefore doesn’t lie with the build quality at all, more the limitations that Apple have put on the phone by locking so many features away and denying interoperation between applications. They just didn’t get it right. If someone could have released a phone with that power but with the features I use regularly then it might be the perfect phone. Which brings us rather sneakily to the Samsung Omnia HD.
Pretty little thing isn’t she? You can check out some of the specifications in the boxout on the right. The phone is due for release later this year. The typical build quality of Samsung’s high end models and the addition of a processor that can handle high definition video recording means this is what I originally thought the iPhone could be – a high powered, robust smartphone built for a heavy user like myself. Running the new S60v5 touch enabled operating system with Samsung’s own Touchwiz user interface means the phone has the power and flexibility of use that the iPhone was denied. In short this could be the phone I’ve been looking for.
The Omnia HD was first introduced to the general public at the Mobile World Congress in February, and I tried to write an article about it then. Unfortunately each attempt turned into “You see Apple? You see??? This is how it’s meant to be done!!!” with a few photos of the phone thrown in for good measure. Yeah, that’s both how good the phone is and how bad the iPhone is compared to it. So why am I writing about it now, you may wonder. Well, I’m in with a small chance to get one of these phones as part of a word of mouth ambassador programme. If that happens I’ll be running The Dark Furie directly from the phone for a couple of months just to see how easy/difficult it would be to do with a touchscreen phone (I do have a wireless keyboard tucked away to help me out though). I’d be replacing our main camera with the phone and uploading my images and videos directly from it as I do now with my current phone. I’ll be exploring my town more (but not at night with a phone like that in my pocket) and taking photos or videos in the attractions around the place. And I’ll be installing my exhaustive library of applications and seeing how many I can use together and what effect this has on the phone. In short, I’d be replacing everything I use with this phone and really pushing it’s capabilities to the limit then writing articles about my experiences, along with a summary at the end of each week. As one of the few people who blogs about mobile phones and who is actually a pure mobile blogger and has several thousand daily readers on their phones (my Widsets widget has over 4,000 readers alone and I’ve recently entered the top 250 most visited pages on this site out of two and a half million members) I think I’m in with a pretty good chance to be one of the lucky 50 chosen to try this out before release.
Wish me luck.