MobileSpoon's WAR OF THE PHONES begins and the first episode (as you could have guessed by my first mobile comics attempt) brings back the Touch HD to face his appreciated opponent the Samsung Omnia. Enjoy!
Samsung Omnia vs. HTC Touch HD:
Both devices are considered to be high end WinMo phones, both of them have 5 megapixel cameras, GPS, Wifi, etc.,
Both of them have good performance (at least from what I've seen so far).
Here are some differences between the 2 devices.
The Touch HD is bigger and comes with a black color, in my humble opinion it's the best looking Windows Mobile device ever, which means it wins in the design category. If you prefer a smaller phone, you may actually prefer the Omnia.
Score: Touch HD 1:0 Omnia
This is pretty obvious, the HD has an amazingly HUGE WVGA display. Samsung Omnia has a wide screen but it's just QVGA (WQVGA). While it doesn't look bad - there's no comparison with the HD's screen.
Score: Touch HD 2:0 Omnia
Samsung Omnia is packed with 8GB Internal memory, which is a nice thing to have (you can add external SD card too). Not the kind of argument that would make you prefer one phone over the other, but still and argument.
Score: Touch HD 2:1 Omnia
While the HD uses the standard mini USB connector, Samsung, for some reason, continues to use that old proprietary connectors.
I personally don't mind so much but I know many people see it as a big disadvantage.
Score: Touch HD 3:1 Omnia
OK, not sure you will see it elsewhere, but for me it's important;
The only way to wake up the Touch HD is the upper power button.
This is extremely annoying, because the location of the power button is not "single hand friendly". Bad decision HTC.
The Omnia, on the other hand, can be opened using the power button or any other hardware button which is much better.
Score: Touch HD 3:2 Omnia
The Omnia includes an optical D-Pad button that can also be used as a mouse cursor. The Touch HD does not have a D-Pad at all.
I can accept that the importance of the D-Pad becomes smaller when your user interface is completely finger friendly, but since we all know Windows Mobile is not there yet, a WinMo device must have D-Pad! And the HD doesn't have real solution to that, other than opening the virtual keyboard which is, again... annoying.
Score: Touch HD 3:3 Omnia
Another tricky thing I never forget to check is how simple it is to close the window using the smart minimize button (X or OK).
With the Omnia you have to pull up your finger and click the top right corner button, which is not comfortable at all. The Touch HD has a "back" button which acts as an 'OK' button when it's relevant.
Score: Touch HD 4:3 Omnia
Both phones come with an extensive customized shell UI.
But, while the TouchFlo 3D looks amazing and covers a lot of the day to day functionality, the TouchWiz is a cool concept but not very productive.
Some people may prefer it, but I think that the TouchFlo is much better and is actually working fast on the Touch HD.
Score: Touch HD 5:3 Omnia
Both phones are packed with pre-installed applications, but there is a clear advantage to the Omnia with an impressive list of finger friendly applications (alarm clocks, phone-books, smart converter, smart reader and many more).
Score: Touch HD 5:4 Omnia
The HD has some haptic feedback when using the hardware buttons, but the Omnia has a complete haptic feedback when using the D-Pad, keyboard, or any other button.
Score: Touch HD 5:5 Omnia (Draw!!!)
Samsung Omnia switches between portrait to landscape in 100% of the applications. This is an amazing feature which even has the coolest randomized visual effects.
The HD, on the other hand, just like the Diamond, Pro, iPhone and the others - supports it only for specific applications.
Score: Touch HD 5:6 Omnia (Changeover!!!)
More About User Interface:
I've mentioned that in my Touch HD review, and I truly believe it's worth mentioning: the HD's screen is so big, that even the smallest, non-finger friendly control you can think of - becomes more finger friendly, because it's simply bigger. Add to that the fact that most of the menus are bigger as well and you end up with a pretty finger friendly device. Not perfect, but nice.
Score: Touch HD 6:6 Omnia
I never understood why Samsung did not provide the usual stylus ditch, and provided this strange looking dangling stylus which seems like a girly version of Star War's Lightsaber. Original idea, but not practical.
Score: Touch HD 7:6 Omnia (another changeover!)
Exists on the Omnia, does not exist with the HD.
Score: Touch HD 7:7 Omnia
Somehow, this ruthless battle has ended with a draw and no blood, but I assume every user will find some of the key points more relevant than the others.
My opinion is that the Touch HD is a better phone. Mainly because of the size, design and the VGA screen. But other people may actually prefer to have a smaller phone.
Here's a quick summary of pros and cons for each phone:
- Bigger, stronger, better looking
- Amazing WVGA screen display
- TouchFlo 3D
- Standard mini USB
- No D-Pad
- Hard to turn the device on.
- No automatic rotation for all the applications.
- Fun phone
- Fun optical D-Pad
- Auto-rotate for all applications
- Loads of custom applications wrapping much of the WinMo UI.
- WQVGA Display
- No easy shortcut for the OK button
- Dangling Stylus.
What's your thoughts about it? Omnia or an HD?
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