Verizon Samsung Omnia II reviewed

Omnia II review
PhoneArena just published their review of Verizon‘s Samsung Omnia II (i920) which was released last week. As it’s usually the case with them, they’ve posted a whole lot of pictures of the device, samples etc.. Here’s what they concluded:

So does the Samsung Omnia II i920 deliver? Yes and no. In one aspect, the device is a major upgrade from the original Omnia i910, as it comes with a large AMOLED display, Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro, TouchWiz 2.0, and faster processor. But at the same time other smartphones have been released, such as the HTC Imagio, DROID ERIS, and Motorola DROID, all of which have significantly changed the landscape. Because of this, we feel the Omnia II is a few months late on the scene and doesn’t impress the power-user as much as it would have earlier this summer. This doesn’t take away from the features the device offers, which are many, but the Imagio provides a faster Windows Mobile experience with less lag, while the Android devices are generating a larger following each day. With all of this in mind, we believe the Samsung Omnia II i920 is for the die-hard Windows Mobile user or for the consumer that either needs or is required to have a WinMo device because of their job and to run specific applications on. At this point, the average smartphone user has a selection of better and easier devices to choose from, which isn’t the Samsung Omnia II i920.

That’s what I’ve been saying all along. The release of the Omnia II is a little too late unfortunitely. Head over here to read the full review.

Source: PhoneArena

Opera Mobile 10 on Android video

Opera Mobile 10 Android
Opera is announcing today that Opera Mobile 10 is now available on nearly all mobile platforms. The browser is now runnning on Windows Mobile, Android, Brew, Symbian S60. The downside is that OM 10 will not be availalbe to the conumer but will be licensed to OEMs only. In the video below you’ll be able to see for the first time Opera Mobile 10 running the Android platform:

Opera Mobile™ is the leading Web browser for the market’s most sophisticated mobile feature phones and smartphones. Opera Mobile is the proven solution for mobile Web browsing with shipped installations for leading OEMs and operators worldwide, such as T-Mobile, Samsung, Motorola and HTC. Opera Mobile is cross platform, enables the most compelling Web services and applications and offers a superlative mobile Internet experience

Opera Mobile offers

  • A true Web experience optimized for mobile phones
  • The ability to offer Web applications right on the idle screen
  • The full richness of Web 2.0 services using AJAX
  • Blazing speed with Opera Turbo
  • Ability to offer Opera Widgets
  • A proven product with focus on innovation, quality and user experience
  • A single reference UI to deploy to any phone

Source: Opera

HTC Droid Eris OTA update available right now

Droid Eris
Hot on the heals of the Motorola Droid 2.0.1 update here comes the HTC Droid Eris OTA update. The ROM:1.16.605.1/Radio: is now being pushed by Verizon and here’s whats new:

- While on a call and the device is in screensaver mode, pressing the
- End key now takes the device out of screensaver mode, and a second press will end the call.
- On-call mute and speakerphone icon functionality is enhanced.
- Upgraded functionality after activation eliminates the delay users were experiencing in receiving their first call.
- Device now switches effectively from 1x mode to 3G.
- Device no longer requires users to reselect a default email after power-cycling.
- SMS and MMS messaging delivery is improved.
- Eighty-character MMS/SMS message subject lines are now allowed
- Improved picture messaging functionality allows messages from LG phones to be opened.

You can grab the PDF here

Thanks for the tip Mike

New HTC HD2 Rom released

HTC Support
The HTC HD2 1.48 ROM we’ve seen floating around a couple of days ago is now officially availalble on HTC‘s support site. Unfortunitely not much is known about itother than the three bullet points posted below (htc, can we have a detailed change log please?). There’s already a 1.60 ROM in the works tought as we have seen noted in the camera Hotfix description a few minutes ago.

Improved Functions:

1.Flipping back and forth between songs is easier than ever. Whether you are listening to a defined playlist, or letting your phone shuffle your songs for you, your music will play continuously and fluidly.

2.Taking full advantage of the G-Sensor, Opera can switch seamlessly from portrait to landscape mode to allow more flexibility and allow for you to browse your websites however you want.

3.Staying connected to your loved ones is as important to you as it is to us, and we’ve enhanced our voice quality even more in this update. Now updated, we’re delivering crystal clear sound quality, making it even easier to feel close to your loved ones, even when you are on the move.

You can download the ROM here. Backup your device before doing anything.

Source: HTC

HTC HD2 Camera HOTFIX released

That’s right folks HTC has finally released the much needed Camera HOTFIX for the HTC HD2. The thumbnails bug has also been fixed. I’ve posted some before & after shots.

This update for HTC HD2 delivers clear digital picture quality like never before. Living up to the name of “HD” this phone and its twin LED flash will take beautiful pictures for you to cherish your memories. Displayed in brilliant vibrant colors on its 4.3 inch screen, HTC HD2 camera will delight you.

Installation Instructions:

Note: This update is only applicable to ROM version is equal to 1.60.XXX.X, or lower.

Follow the instructions below to download and install the update on your device:

Make sure you have Microsoft ActiveSync® installed on your Windows XP PC or Windows Mobile Device Center on your Windows Vista® PC. You can find Microsoft ActiveSync from this link or Windows Mobile Device Center from this link.
Connect and synchronize your device with your PC via Microsoft ActiveSync® or Windows Mobile Device Center using the USB cable.
To download this update select the update below and the location closest to you then click Download.
Copy the update, which is an .exe file, to your device. To install the update, tap the .exe file and follow the on-screen instructions.
Note: If you perform a device hard reset, you will need to reinstall the update after the hard reset.

Grab it here

UPDATE: Unfortunately the HOTFIX doesn’t “fix” the issue when capturing videos with the device, only the pictures…Come on HTC, you can do better than this!