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Old 28-12-2008, 9:56 AM
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Newbie with a question!

Im sorry if this has been asked before. Ive been doing my research but I cant decide. Im want to buy a new phone and Ive decided on two:

The LG RENOIR KC910
Samsung Omnia

Can people please give me advice and help me decide which one to buy?
I like both phones, Ive spoken to the sales people but I dont really trust em, Id love people to give their opinions and help me decide, cheers!

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Old 28-12-2008, 10:05 AM
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The Omnia is a smartphone running Windows Mobile 6.1. This has a number of advantages. Firstly, the user interface will be familiar to PC users, even including a mobile version of Internet Explorer for web browsing. Secondly, the system enables convenient access to Office documents such as PowerPoint, Excel and Word (for editing as well as viewing). Thirdly, you can download third-party applications and install them on your phone. The phone comes pre-installed with very comprehensive personal organiser functions. The touchscreen user interface can sometimes be a little slow and more complicated to use than conventional phones, but we've got to say just how impressed we are by its robustness. Most smart phones crash and freeze regularly, but not the Omnia.

Summarising in three words: it does everything! Really! Let's consider the spec: A 5 megapixel camera with face-detection autofocus, smile detection (takes a shot when everyone is smiling), auto-panorama, LED flash and digital zoom. It may not have the optical zoom of the Samsung G800, the optics of the Nokia N95, or the xenon flash of the Sony Ericsson K800i, but we would rate it in the top 10 of current camera phones. In any case, it walks all over the feeble camera in the iPhone 3G. The camera can be used as a business card reader too. It also has an excellent video camera (with image stabilisation), and the video playback capability includes Divx support. Of course it's a 3G phone with video calling too. The music player is very good and supports nearly all formats, and an FM radio is included too. Web browsing is also an enjoyable experience on the Omnia, with fast HSDPA downloads, the large touchscreen, and advanced Opera browser all working together to provide a good experience. The Omnia also comes with GPS navigation built in.
One of the outstanding features of the Omnia is the absolutely huge memory that it supports. Available in a choice of 8 or 16 Gbytes, it also has a microSD memory card slot, enabling an additional 8 Gbytes to be added. This means that you can store a huge amount of music or video (around 8,000 songs or 23 DVD-quality films) and you can even store up to 120 Mbytes worth of text or MMS messages.
The battery life is very good too, which is quite a surprise for a touchscreen phone with so much functionality.

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The Renoir looks very similar to the Viewty. It's a flat touchscreen phone that's slightly larger than the Viewty, but more compact than the iPhone 3G. Weighing 110g, it's a fairly weighty phone, but feels about right for its size. Remember that heavier phones are better for taking photos, as you can hold them steadier. The size of the phone also gives space for a large LCD display - an important factor in a camera phone, and a fact that also makes the touchscreen user interface easier to use. The screen is exactly the same size as the Viewty in fact - a monster 3 inches across, with an ultra-high resolution of 240 x 400 pixels. We like the touchscreen user interface very much. It uses haptic (vibration) feedback to confirm that you've pressed a "button" on the virtual screen. New users may take a little while to get up to speed, but after some practice you should be able to text just as quickly as using a numeric keypad. Some things may be slightly trickier, but the sheer pleasure of using a virtual on-screen QWERTY keyboard and buttons more than compensates for this. The phone also supports T9 predictive text via a virtual keypad, and you can use handwriting recognition if you prefer. There are real buttons below the touchscreen, so you should have no problem turning the phone on and answering calls!
The Renoir launches one full year after the Viewty, and LG haven't been lazing about these past 12 months - far from it. There are many improvements and new features in the Renoir. Headlining these is the upgrade of the camera to 8 megapixels. This makes the Renoir into a superb camera phone, with a high quality Schneider-Kreuznach lens, autofocus, xenon flash and new features such as face tracking and beauty shot. The xenon flash is a much more powerful flash than conventional LED flashes, and gives substantially improved after-dark shots, especially when used with the camera sensitivity at its maximum setting of ISO 1600 . Beauty Shot is a very innovative feature that automatically detects faces, brightens them and removes spots and other imperfections. Now all your friends can be as beautiful as you already are! Another camera feature makes imaginative use of the touchscreen UI. Called Touch Shot, it enables you to focus on an object by touching it on screen. The shutter fires when you remove your finger from the screen. The result of all this new technology and gadgets is that the Renoir can easily take pictures that are good enough to print. It may not beat a dedicated digital camera, but with photos this good, will anyone care? The Renoir also features an outstanding video camera too. With the ability to capture video at 120 frames per second, you can then playback in slow motion for fun or special effects. 3G video calling is also supported.
But there's much more to the KC910 than just its camera. This is the first mobile to feature Dolby Mobile. This brand new technology from Dolby processes sound to enhance music, in particular by boosting bass output. The music player can play virtually all popular digital music formats including MP3, AAC, AAC+, AAC++ & WMA. It can also play back video in DivX and Xvid formats so that you can watch movies on your phone. An FM radio is built in too, so you have a very wide range of music and video options available.

On asthetics alone I would choose the omnia.

Good luck with your eventual choice.
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Old 28-12-2008, 3:35 PM
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Thank you for your fantastic reply! really!!

So the omnia has everything although the renoir is also a great phone...difficult decision!

You would pick the Omnia....anyone else have opinions?

I like the Omnia althought Im not sure Im going to use all the features that it comes with...thats whats making me think I should get the renoir...although Id prefer to get the "Better" phone....and it seems that that would be the Omnia.....
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Old 29-12-2008, 9:40 PM
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I don't have any personal experience with either of these handsets but having had a Samsung Tocco for 6 months and using a couple of other LG's I would go for the Samsung. LG's I've used have had little niggles with the operating system wheras the Samsung did everything as I expected (I'm usually a SE user).
My opinion - Omnia!
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Old 30-12-2008, 11:34 AM
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I do not personally like windows mobile so on that basis I would choose the LG Renoir
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Old 30-12-2008, 12:00 PM
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Why dont you like windows mobile? Is it a difficult system to learn?
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Old 30-12-2008, 4:18 PM
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Its not difficult to learn to use this OS its just that some dont like the layout,meus etc.

You find the same issue when you ask a mac user if they would use Windows Xp/Vista etc.

Its really what your prefer and are comfortable with.
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Old 30-12-2008, 9:46 PM
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I am a windows user, never owned a mac (but wish to )

I'm not sure why I don't like windows mobile. I just think its more for the buissness type rather than everyday use as it focuses on email etc.
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