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Samsung Omnia 2 on Bell unboxing and first impressions

I just got a Omnia 2 today. Here are my first impressions:

It’s kind of hard to tell but the screen looks amazing, stunning, incredible. Not only is it high resolution but the colour just blows me away. It’s easily the best thing about the Omnia 2.

Other random thoughts. While it has a 800Mhz processor Opera still feels kind of slow. The hexagonal button in front isn’t a navigation pad – instead it’s a single button that looks like a nav pad. It’s a waste of space.

TouchWiz 2.0 is nice but having the Windows Mobile menus and TouchWiz makes for a inconsistant user experience.

The camera is very similar to the camera on the Samsung i910. It’s very good except when you’re trying to take close ups where the flash is needed. In those situations it blasts the subject out – that said you can raise the ISO to 800 so you don’t need to use the flash as much.

In the past, whenever I tested a Bell CDMA phone there was always very low signal levels in my house. The Omnia 2 runs on Bell’s new HSPA+ network and it too gets very little signal – FYI.

Anyways that’s all for now. I’ll have a full review up later after I’ve had a chance to play with it more and drool at the screen some more.

9 comments November 7th, 2009

Rogers: BlackBerry Bold 9700

Rogers Wireless is the first carrier in Canada to launch the BlackBerry Bold 9700.  Bell and Telus will also be launching the all new BlackBerry Bold, making it the first time that all three carriers in Canada are selling the same device.

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 offers sophisticated design coupled with high-performance features to offer users a premium smartphone experience. This 3G smartphone ensures you will receive your emails quickly and reliably. The new optical trackpad ensures easy navigation and the multimedia capabilities mean you can have fun and stay connected to the office. The Bold 9700 allows users to live their personal and professional lives to the fullest through power and performance.


Despite what the marketing team at Rogers tells us, the 9700 is commonly referred to as the “Bold” or “Bold 2″ and not the “Curve”.  With that cleared up, lets look at the key features of the device. 

3G data speeds
Large high resolution screen
Advanced 3.2 MP Camera with video capture
Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS
3 year: $299.99
2 year: $499.99
1 year: $549.99
no contract: $599.99

Add comment November 3rd, 2009

2009 Canadian Wireless Customer Satisfaction Study

Congratulations to Virgin Mobile Canada for being the J.D. Power 2009 Award Recipient for both Prepaid and Postpaid Service.



Virgin Mobile: 752
Fido: 654
Telus Mobility: 653
industry average: 662



Virgin Mobile: 758
Koodo Mobile: 755
SaskTel: 716
industry average: 642

Read the complete press release on the J.D. Power website.


Add comment October 27th, 2009

BlackBerry Bold 9700 Coming to Canada

The big three (Rogers, Bell, Telus) have announced they will be bringing the BlackBerry Bold 9700 to Canada.

The 9700 features a 2.44″ screen, 3.2 MP camera, wifi, and GPS.  In addition to the previous mentioned features, the 9700 replaces the roller ball with a track pad.

The Bold 2 will be  in the starting lineup for Bell and Telus’ new HSPA network, which should be ready for use in November.  The 9700 should be up for sale in November in around the $300 price mark on a 3 year term with data.


1 comment October 21st, 2009

Samsung Omnia 2 Hands-on

Here’s the Omnia 2. It’s a HSPA, WinMo 6.5 powered phone with a 800Mhz processor, 16GB of built in RAM. There’s a 5 megapixel camera on the back, Samsung’s TouchWiz 2.0 UI and the most amazing 3.7 WVGA AMOLED display.

To be honest during the video I wasn’t paying very close attention because I was drooling all over the AMOLED display. It’s going to be hard to look at my non OLED display phones after this and not feel a little disappointed.

Besides the AMOLED display I was pretty impressed with TouchWiz 2.0. Samsung’s done a pretty impressive job customizing WinMo. I’m not quite as pleased that the navpad is replaced with this cube button. I’m sure it’s cool after first but I’m also sure everyone will find it kind of pointless. The lack of a stylus slow is also a disappointment.

The 800Mhz processor’s speed is very noticeable, particularly when compared with the Omnia i910′s (the previous one with a 400×240 display) 612Mhz processor.

Anyways it’s been a while since I’ve been this impressed with a WinMo device. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these again.

3 comments September 18th, 2009

Samsung Reclaim Hands-on

Here’s the Samsung Reclaim. With a name like reclaim you’d expect it to be made from recycled bottles or something like that. In fact the reclaim is made from bio plastic – it’s made from corn as opposed to plastic made from petroleum.

Anyways a more appropriate name for the Reclaim would be the ‘Samsung Easy to Reclaim’. Apparently 80% of the Reclaim can be recycled and some places can recycle up to 96% of it.

Bio plastic is nice thing but it doesn’t feel as solid as the plastic on Samsung’s other phones. Still, I wouldn’t say it feels really chintzy, it kind of reminds me of the Palm Pre’s plastic.

Feature-wise the Reclaim is similar to the Samsung Vice but in a different form factor. You get a feature phone QWERTY device with a 2 megapixel camera, memory card slot, etc. While Bell’s carrier interface looks okay it’s still a carrier interface – that’s generally a bad thing. For example the music player has no background play, if you want to listen to music while you check your messages you’re out of luck.

3 comments September 18th, 2009

Samsung Reclaim


Bell Mobility has launched the Samsung Reclaim and should be on sale in retail locations across the country.  The Reclaim is available in both Earth Green and Ocean Blue.

Made of 80% recyclable materials, the Samsung Reclaim is the perfect eco-friendly choice. And, with its 2.0 megapixel camera, and TV, music and GPS capabilities, you won’t have to sacrifice on functionality to help the environment.

3-year contract: $49.95
2-year contract: $99.95
1-year contract: $199.95
30-day/Prepaid: $219.95


Add comment September 17th, 2009

Bell Scholarship


Yes, $1 500 is that easy!  Head over to Bell’s “Win For School” website and fill in your details-name, address, e-mail, and phone number-and you are registered.  You must be 17 year of age or older, enrolled Canadian post-secondary educational institution, and a resident of Québec; Ontario; New Brunswick; Nova Scotia; Alberta; British Columbia; or Newfoundland.  Deadline to register is September 4, 2009 with the draw for the one scholarship on September 18, 2009.


1 comment September 3rd, 2009

Palm Pre on Bell first impressions and unboxing

Here’s my Palm Pre on Bell unboxing and first impressions. I check out the Pre’s operating system Web OS and compare it with some phones ( HTC Touch Pro 2, Samsung Omnia, BB Tour, Storm, Apple iPhone, HTC Magic and Nokia N97).

3 comments August 18th, 2009

Bell Releases LG Bliss


Bell Mobility has launched the LG Bliss.  The 3″ touchscreen device features a 2.0MP camera, expandable memory (support up to 16GB), and built-in music player.

3 year term: $79.95
2 year term: $129.95
1 year term: $229.95
no term: $279.95

More at Bell.


2 comments August 7th, 2009

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