World’s number two (2) mobile manufacturer, Samsung, has gone crazy with the Omnia brand. The saga has its roots in the launch of the original Omnia, the i900, which we at MobiNaija were mot particularly fond of. But we hear that it sold in shiploads.
Next up was the Omnia HD i8910, running on Symbian s60 5th Edition. The specs of the HD got us hooked, but you know us – we’re lost without a QWERTY keyboard on our mobile devices.
But let it be said here and now, the HD outclasses Nokia’s self-proclaimed “world’s most advanced mobile computer“, the N97, in almost everything – and the HD was released before the N97. Tsk, tsk, tsk.
If Sammy had slapped a QWERTY on the HD, we would have jumped in the boat. Ah, but the mobile world does not revolve around us now; does it? Shall we move on?
Not too long ago, another Omnia was announced – the i8000, again pure touchscreen. But Sammy wasn’t done yet.
Three (3) new phones have now been added to the Omnia range:
- Samsung B7300 OmniaLITE
- Samsung B7320 OmniaPRO
- B7610 Omnia Pro
All three of them run WinMo 6.1 and we hear they will be upgradeable to 6.5 later (insert caveats). I am definitely feeling the Samsung B7320 OmniaPRO with the QWERTY candybar form factor, but just looking at the full slide-out QWERTY keyboard on the B7610 OmniaPRO gives me goose bumps. As if.
I do wish that the keyboard had 5 rows instead, so we can have dedicated number keys. But, hey, a guy is free to wish…
Notice also that there are two “Omnia Pros”. How do we distinguish them in everyday speech? Those numbers B7320 and B7610 are not the kind of things I want to use when speaking everyday. Capiche?
One thing I have observed is that the Omnia range is made up of smartphones only. Perhaps that is Samsung’s plan. The Korean manufacturer has also said that the Omnia range of devices will not be restricted to one smartphone OS.
We have already seen a number of WinMo devices and one Symbian device in the line-up. When do we get an Android Omnia, Uncle Sam? And please put a QWERTY keyboard on that one!
We’ll behave and be good. Any thing you want us to do, if only you’ll grant us this one wish.
To the dynasty of Omnia!!
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.