Verizon Nabs Omnia II Smartphone - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Mobile // Mobile Devices
News
11/23/2009
12:50 PM
50%
50%

Verizon Nabs Omnia II Smartphone

Samsung's Omnia II is powered by Windows Mobile 6.5; it packs a large touchscreen, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, and corporate mail and calendar features.

Samsung Omnia II
(click image for larger view)
Samsung Omnia II

Verizon Wireless is making a bigger push for smartphone users and will soon offer the Samsung Omnia II to rival devices such as the Apple iPhone and the Palm Pre.

The Omnia II sports a massive 3.7-inch AMOLED screen that is larger than most competing devices. The smartphone uses touch interfaces for the majority of interactions, so it comes with an on-screen keyboard for messaging. This is one of the first major releases to use Swype technology for the virtual keyboard, and this enables users to type using continual motions instead of tapping each individual letter.

The handset is powered by Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.5, and it packs multiple enterprise-grade features including deep integration with Exchange servers, mobile messaging capabilities, and mobile versions of Office.

The OS also gives users access to Microsoft's virtual app store for downloading new programs over the air, as well as a My Phone wireless backup service. The premium version of My Phone also boosts storage space, and adds the ability for users to locate lost devices on a map and remotely lock them or wipe their data.

Samsung's smartphone packs all the features one would expect from a high-end device including Wi-Fi, 3G on Verizon's EV-DO network, access to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, Bluetooth, and a 5-megapixel camera. Verizon will also be loading the device with its proprietary apps for mobile music, video, navigation, ringtones, and other services.

The Omnia II will be available for about $200 after rebates and a new two-year contract. The handset may have some difficulty gaining traction, though, as most of Verizon's marketing push this holiday season appears to be behind the Motorola Droid, which is powered by the Google-backed Android operating system.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
10 Ways to Transition Traditional IT Talent to Cloud Talent
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  11/23/2020
News
Top 10 Data and Analytics Trends for 2021
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  11/13/2020
Commentary
Can Low Code Measure Up to Tomorrow's Programming Demands?
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  11/16/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Why Chatbots Are So Popular Right Now
In this IT Trend Report, you will learn more about why chatbots are gaining traction within businesses, particularly while a pandemic is impacting the world.
Slideshows
Flash Poll