Samsung Omnia 7 review

We review Samsung's first Windows Phone 7 smartphone to see if it can meet the demands of business users.

As far as entering text is concerned, we found the Samsung Omnia 7 to be very good. The on screen keyboards, both when oriented horizontally and vertically, are comfy to use, and the predictive text system is comprehensive. We found the automatic spell check, where spelling errors are underlined in red, useful too as it allowed us to come back and make changes later in a writing session rather than constantly double checking as we were going along. However the absence of copy and paste is a significant limitation.

When it comes to calendar and contacts synchronisation and document editing, what you can achieve will depend on your technology setup.

Windows Phone 7 has an Office hub which gives access to OneNote, PowerPoint, Word and Excel documents shared via SharePoint Server 2010. If you don't have access to a SharePoint server, then your options are limited. Bizarrely, it's currently not possible to use SkyDrive, Microsoft's consumer online storage service, to copy documents to the Omnia 7 even though SkyDrive can be used to do this between PCs.

The Zune desktop software can transfer music, videos, pictures and podcasts to the Omnia 7 but not Office documents, except for OneNote files, or calendar and contacts data. To synchronise Outlook and the Omnia 7, without Exchange, you have to first synchronise desktop Outlook with Windows Live, then synch from Windows Live to the Omnia 7.

Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

On the plus side, Windows Phone 7 can handle multiple calendars from Windows Live, Google and Exchange. So, for example, you can view a work and a home calendar, or your own and your partner's calendar, side by side.

Since this reviewer lacks access to SharePoint Server 2010 we had to test round tripping of Office documents by emailing them.

Featured Resources

How inkjet can transform your business

Get more out of your business by investing in the right printing technology

Download now

Journey to a modern workplace with Office 365: which tools and when?

A guide to how Office 365 builds a modern workplace

Download now

Modernise and transform your sales organisation

Learn how a modernised sales process can drive your business

Download now

Your guide to managing cloud transformation risk

Realise the benefits. Mitigate the risks

Download now

Most Popular


How to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi

5 Feb 2020
artificial intelligence (AI)

AI identifies 11 earth-bound asteroids

18 Feb 2020
Business operations

HP shareholders invited to come dine with Xerox

17 Feb 2020
operating systems

How to fix a stuck Windows 10 update

12 Feb 2020