Samsung announces 3G 'iPhone killer'

Samsung announces 3G 'iPhone killer'

Summary: Coming in the Toybox inbox this morning is news of the Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional-based 3G Samsung Omnia, announced today while Apple fanboys around the globe wait nervously for an announcement of a 3G iPhone at today's WWDC keynote.


Samsung OmniaComing in the Toybox inbox this morning is news of the Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional-based 3G Samsung Omnia, announced today while Apple fanboys around the globe wait nervously for an announcement of a 3G iPhone at today's WWDC keynote.

The Omnia's enters the ring looking to fight, with features such as face and smile detection on its five-megapixel camera, video support in the form of DivX, XviD, H.264, WMV and MP4, and a good-looking GPS, seen to the right.

Here are the stats:

Network: HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), EDGE / GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 OS: Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Display: 3.2” WQVGA TFT LCD (240 x 400) Camera: 5 Megapixel CMOS, Auto Focus, Image Stabilizer, Geo-tagging, Auto-Panorama Shot, Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), Face Detection, Smile Detection Video: DivX / XviD / H.263 / H.264 / WMV / MP4 Video recording: Video Editing: Trim video, Audio dubbing, Live dubbing, Add subtitle, Image capture Audio: FM Radio with RDS, MP3/ AAC / AAC+ / WMA / OGG / AMR Bluetooth Stereo Headset (A2DP) Value-added Features: GPS, TouchWiz UI, MS Office Document Viewer, Advanced PIM Apps, Push Email, Auto Rotation, TV Out, Connectivity, Bluetooth 2.0 / USB 2.0 / Wi-Fi Memory: 8GB / 16GB Flash + External Memory slot : microSDHC™ Size: 112 x 56.9 x 12.5 Battery: 1440 mAh

What do you think, readers? Good enough to compete with the next great "i" hope? Tell us in TalkBack.

Topics: Wi-Fi, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, Networking, Operating Systems, Samsung, Software, Windows

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  • re: Samsung announces 3G 'iPhone killer'

    [i]What do you think, readers? Good enough to compete with the next great ?i? hope?[/i]

    It seems feature packed enough that it should be able to. However, since iPhone has all the buzz, and since many of those features will be added to the new iPhone I doubt it will come close to iPhone sales.

    What I find odd is that even when the original iPhone was released many of these features were available, yet Apple chose not to add them. Now... many of those original iPhone owners will shell out another load of cash to get the same features they should have had from the begining.
    • re: what you find odd

      Perhaps Apple is one of the few companies that waits until
      they get it just right. There were very few, if any flaws, in
      the product that was released, they managed to get an
      enormous market share, and now they can offer more
      capabilities that are sure to be as rock-solid.
      • 3G

        Can you honestly believe 3G wasn't solid enough to add? It's not like it was brand new, or GPS perhaps?
        • agree

          It was pretty much a business decision more than anything. Weird how many Apple fans actually think the company does things only in terms of quality. When it comes to technology, I couldn't careless about who makes what as long as it is reasonably priced and works well enough.
        • 3G Chipset Power Need Was Too High

          The desired 3G chipset wasn't ready in time for the original iPhone. Reports were that prototypes got less than an hour battery life, so it was hold the product a year or release without 3G. Interestingly, improved battery life was a big deal in Jobs presentation yesterday.
      • If lacking those features...

        already available in other phones is not a flaw, then yes, you are correct.

        Other people who don't chug the Kool-Aid might think otherwise.
      • Not odd at all!

        Actually, I think Apple is BRILLIANT when it comes to marketing and sales at least!

        I mean, they come out with a product, make it sound like THEY invented the technology behind it and that THEY are the only ones who have it and low and behold, they are leaders in sales!

        Look at MP3 players... Took Apple 2 years to enter the market, but because of HUGE amounts of money invested in marketing & advertising, they came out on top - but they didn't have the first ones! There were about 10 different ones out already. They just made it 'kewl' to own one.

        Same goes with the iPhone... They come out with something Apple users will think is 'kewl'... Then after they made them pay big bucks to buy one, they start selling the BETTER model for $200 less! Now, here we are a year later and they are basically telling all the original iPhone users:
        "You should buy our NEW iPhone!!" Only this time they will get AT&T more involved because you will get a 'discount' by simply signing up for a 2 year contract!!! Probably right before they open it up to ALL carriers in about 6 months...

        Apple is all about RESALES - selling you a new product in less than 2 years... Because the original was just barely good enough when it came out... (IMO)
        • Most Companies work this way

          I think this is pretty much standard marketing technique with most companies. You introduce a desirable product at a higher price because people will pay for it. It's new and unique and Apple R & D put a lot of work into it. That development doesn't come cheap and for other companies to imitate it later, well, that does come a bit cheaper.
          Pat Barr
          • Thanks, Apple

            For blazing the path.

            [i]That development doesn't come cheap and for other companies to imitate it later, well, that does come a bit cheaper.[/i]

            Apple never copies anything. That's why their stuff is overpriced.

            thx for the explanation!
          • Apple never copies anything?

            The iPod may have been a vast improvement over the first MP3 players, it's not original. Hell, look at Windows Mobile's "Program" folder then tell me that the iPhone is original. Apple just doesn't have the "Today" screen that Winows Mobile does.

            And Apple products aren't overpriced because it never copies anyone, well, because it does copy others. But also because it doesn't sell what you need now, but builds its products so that they will last you several years. Just look at the specifications of one of its computers. They are more than enough to run the programs you want to on it. Unlike many Windows and Linux machines. Most manufacturers only build systems to run current OSs and programs. If you were to put the same configuration on a PC and on a Mac, they would cost the same. There may be a small difference in the price, but that can be attributed to who can haggle a better price for components.
          • Thanks Apple... again

            for building "[i]products so that they will last you several years[/i]"

            No one else ever does that. Thanks Apple for being the only company that does that.

            Stupid Dells and HPs only last one month. Apple lasts FOREVER!!!

            It has been a complete fluke that the last Win-based computers I've built for myself or purchased for my parents have lasted for several years. If I had bought Apple they would last forever. Stupid me.
          • Apple never copies anything...?

            The IPhone is nice but it is not necessarily ground breaking in all its features. Some quick examples...

            HTC had TouchFlo long before Apple. The interface concept is not new.

            Years ago, my Sony Ericcson had proximity sensor to turn off speaker phone when I put the phone to my ear. That is not new.

            Symbian already was doing features like text message threading and proper web page displaying before IPhone... not new.

            There are perhaps more similar items to list for this one device. What Apple did, however, was to roll these features into a comprehensive and user friendly product while other device makers continued to strive tech-upgrade and not user (friendly) experience and in part, actually drop some useful features over time for 'specs'.

            Windows Mobile is the real bane of smart phones. Windows can't get it right or won't get it right. They are idiots who fail to think outside the box.

            But, Apple buyers are drones.

            In the case of the IPhone, a factor in that is the average US consumer has little knowledge for comparision because in the US, people haven't had (until recently) any real offering of decent handsets due to carrier branding crap. So in the midst of some few Win smart phones and Blackberries, the IPhone rolls out in USA and appears to be groundbreaking. I've lived and traveled in Asia for many years and that's where I had gotten all my handsets that were never even on the market in the US. Thankfully in the US, things are changing to enhance/mix the product offerings up.
        • That'd never work...

          [b]"You should buy our NEW iPhone!!" Only this time they will get AT&T more involved because you will get a 'discount' by simply signing up for a 2 year contract!!! Probably right before they open it up to ALL carriers in about 6 months... [/b]

          There's a few reasons why.

          1.) The only way to get the iPhone 1.0 was to sign up for a 2 yr contract with AT&T. It's only been 1 year. In order to upgrade the phone, you'd have to break the contract, pay an early termination fee.

          2.) Apple can NOT open the iPhone to other carriers - not for at least another 4 years. They had a 5 year EXCLUSIVE deal with AT&T.

          3.) Even if Apple were to open it to "all" carriers - the only other major carrier at the moment that does GSM in the US is T-Mobile. Verizon and Sprint, with their CDMA networks need not apply.

          4.) Apple is all about control. Opening the iPhone to all carriers would be something akin to oh... opening OSX to all PC hardware. It ain't happening.
    • The point is, THEY WORK

      It's not the camera MP, the touch-screen, or the variety of
      formats, it's the usability. Who cares if Cellphone XYZ does
      every known video format if all of them are difficult to
      interface to, you never get to the bottom of how to
      implement half the features, things you setup "drop off",
      you've never met an actual person who has got it to sync
      to their address book or calendar, and it always make you
      feel like you were ripped off by marketing hype.

      Far better that the users are hyping the product, than a
      marketing department.

      My SE phone does a lot but it's a bitch to configure, and
      even the store couldn't enter the correct details for email.
      The vendor customware such as Vodafone Live is enough
      to put you off owning a cellphone altogether.

      Start simple, get a good working, reliable product with the
      important things implemented, then add the gravy later.
      Don't try to introduce a world-slayer with every listed
      feature under the sun but none being good.
      Who wants an amphibious 4WD diesel fibreglass hatchback
      with bullet-proof glass, fly-by-wire control, Head-Up-
      Display, cup-holders and an under-dash dog kennel. Not
      the masses.
  • Another $300 Toy

    How much is this toy? $300 to $500 dollars? The one question I have with all these glitzy cell phone toys is, what is the quality of the cell phone calls? Is it any better? Or is it the same staticy, choppy, grainy, miss every other word, dropped calls cell phone communication we have had for 20 years? Cell phone quality has hardly improved in 20 years, so cell phone makers add some lipstick and rouge to the cell phone and charge you 5x more! Brilliant marketing. But what you end up with is a medicore to crappy cell phone that plays videos and lets you surf the Internet on a 3 inch screen. Please.
    • 20 years of cell phones?

      I don't recall any cell phones in 1988. The first mobile phones I recall were nothing like what we have today. You should venture out more often, the technology has changed greatly since 1988.
    • Dropped calls?

      I strongly suspect the dropped calls are a function of your network, not the phone. While I buy the cell phone I want, my wife goes for the cheapest. We're on an average 2G network, and never experience dropped calls or dropouts. We're on a solid network. It's not that our phones are better than yours.
      • It's pretty much the Phones

        I've been supporting cell phone users for 8 years now. While you may experience a little problem with certain towers, I find that radios in some phones are horrible... Take Motorola, they have trouble creating a phone with stable connections (StarTac, Nextel i1000, THE RAZR (all bad). Palm should never have entered the voice side (their Treo's Suck!). Samsung Blackjack should use the same radios as their flip phones. I love my Nokia E62, it is rock solid on voice and data.

        I do believe that a lot of dropped calls are due to inferior radios. IMHO
    • This "toy" costs $199.00

      This so called "toy" will be available in mass quantities
      around the world and a cost of $199 not $500 same price in
      the USA, the U.K, Canada, same price everywhere. The
      original so called toy shook up the cell phone market
      worldwide and rewrote how carriers have to deal with their
      product vendors
    • Lipstick and Rouge?

      LOL! Okay.. so you don't need some of those features, or faster bandwidth, some of us actually USE our toys for business and heartily appreciate the both the drop in price and the increase of features that we've eagerly awaited.