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The Nokia E72 is set to become the hottest Symbian smart phone on the market.  (Source: BrightHand)

The Samsung Omnia Pro looks to be the hottest WinMo 6.5 phone when it hits the market. It features a blazing fast 800 MHz processor, an attractive screen, and tons of other promising features.  (Source: Unwired Review)

A shot posted on forums last week shows the Omnia Pro in the wild.  (Source: Beyond3D Forums)
Two more iPhone/Palm Pre competitors will soon be joining the ranks -- one Symbian, the other a WinMo phone

Amid all the iPhone/Palm Pre hoopla it is easy to forget that there are other major players in the smart phone market, and while less hyped, many of their releases are equally anticipated. Market leader RIM will be releasing the Blackberry Storm 2 in September. A sequel to Google’s G1 Android phone is also expected to drop later this year.

And then there are the Windows Mobile and Symbian smart phones.  Two soon to be released models leaked last week, which are likely to be among the top sellers in each of these respective markets.

First up is the Nokia E72, which appears to be running on Symbian S60 Feature Pack 2 (v3.2). The sequel to the moderately successful E71, the E72 features a number of minor and major hardware tweaks.  Video of the E72 in action was "accidentally" posted by Nokia and deleted hours later.  First up, the phone's direction pad is now surrounded by a touchpad-like scrolling mechanism.  Also included is an upgraded headphone jack, with a 3.5 mm jack sitting on top of the handset.

Inside the phone is a digital compass and support for faster 10.2 Mbps connections over HSDPA. The camera receives a healthy bump from 3.2 MP to 5 MP, leaving the iPhone's 3 MP camera behind.  Rounding off the hardware/aesthetic improvements are new colors -- the phone will be available (in some regions at least) in black, grey/silver, and gold.

In the software realm the phone supports Nokia Messaging.  It also adds new support for Ovi Contacts -- an IM and presence-enabled address book -- and the Ovi Store.  Mail for Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes Traveler are also supported.  The phone looks to be one of, if not the hottest Symbian phone on the market.

Next up is the Samsung 'B7610 Lourve', reportedly to be renamed the "Omnia Pro".  The phone may unseat the HTC Touch Pro 2 as the best Windows Mobile 6.5 smart phone on the market. Pictures and specs of the new Samsung handset leaked last week.

The phone showcases a gorgeous 3.5" WVGA AMOLED touchscreen display (resistive as WinMo 6.5 doesn't support capacitive displays -- wait for that in WinMo 7).  Like the E72, it offers HSDPA/HSUPA, Wi-Fi, digital GPS, a 5.1MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

However, the Omnia Pro ups the ante with a FM tuner, native support for DivX, WMV and H.264 video playback, TV-out, 1GB of internal memory with a 32GB compatible microSD expansion slot, hearty 1500mAh battery and a roaring 800MHz CPU.  The phone also features a wide slide out keyboard, perfect for those who despise touch keyboards.

While some may choose to wait for Windows Mobile 7 phones, or to snag a Pre, iPhone 3GS, or Storm 2, the E72 and Omnia Pro look to provide solid Symbian and WinMo 6.5 alternatives.  They may not hog the spotlight, but they do pack some nice features.  Look for them to be released in the next few months.



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Omnia
By Goty on 6/15/2009 1:26:15 PM , Rating: 2
I was getting all excited about the Samsung handset until I read that it has a resistive touchscreen. That makes me a sad panda.




RE: Omnia
By omnicronx on 6/15/2009 1:44:29 PM , Rating: 4
I don't mind the resistive screen, especially in the winter as I don't have to take off my gloves to use it. Sure you can't browse the internet and scrolling is near impossible, but dialing is no problem. This is not possible with the iPhone. (well unless you want to shell out money for special 'iGloves'..)


RE: Omnia
By Pirks on 6/15/09, Rating: -1
RE: Omnia
By omnicronx on 6/15/2009 2:59:05 PM , Rating: 3
Ugh.. Id rather use my tongue than a stylus.. This is the thing I hate most about WinMo phones, some of the older settings pages cannot be changed without a stylus, makes me want to throw the thing out the window everytime I can't do something with my fingers.

Furthermore the only thing worse than a stylus, is a stylus that does not have a compartment in the phone, ala the accessory you just linked.

Don't get me wrong, I like capacitive touch screens (The accuracy is much better), but in the Canadian winter when I can't feel my fingers with my gloves on let alone off, its no fun to use them.


RE: Omnia
By Goty on 6/15/2009 2:22:31 PM , Rating: 2
What can I say, I've been spoiled by capacitive screens and warm climates!


RE: Omnia
By Myrandex on 6/15/2009 4:39:15 PM , Rating: 2
The most important detail about the Omnia that they left out is that it will finally have Micro USB (at least according to others on the interwebs)! Samsung would never gain me as a customer with their stupid proprietary connector (same goes to any other manufacturer to do something this stupid...here's looking at you Crapple!). It does seem to be a nice competitor to the Touch Pro 2. I've been looking forward to the TP2, but this has me glancing elsewhere.

Jason


Symbian?
By zinfamous on 6/15/2009 1:15:26 PM , Rating: 4
So I totally misread that one......




RE: Symbian?
By acase on 6/15/2009 1:58:18 PM , Rating: 3
I hear it has a very special vibrating sensor that allows women to keep in touch when their men are on business trips.


RE: Symbian?
By conorvansmack on 6/16/2009 11:51:24 AM , Rating: 2
I'm glad I'm not the only perv that misread that!


The Nokia E72 is set to become the hottest...
By Lifted on 6/15/2009 6:24:35 PM , Rating: 1
I think the N97 will be quite a bit hotter than the E72. There's really no comparison. The N97 looks like the only true iphone competitor yet. I'll be picking one up in a few days if it's actually as solid a phone as the reviews have said it is.




By zerocool84 on 6/15/2009 8:27:55 PM , Rating: 2
Well the E series of Nokia phones are more business oriented and the N series is more multimedia/consumer. No reason to compare the two. They are for different types of markets.


RE: The Nokia E72 is set to become the hottest...
By halcyon on 6/16/2009 2:53:22 AM , Rating: 2
You do understand that N97 has two generations older single execution unit processor with NO hw 3D acceleration - all this with a very meager MHz and low amount of RAM?

iPhone 3GS specs are way above on this regard: faster cpu, better core, latest 3D gfx accelration chip, much more RAM, etc.

Pretty much the only thing N97 has going for it against many others is built-in flash (up to 32GB) and simultaneous support for sdhc cards.

As for the real hardware, it's cpu (slow, old), screen (small, resistive), gpu (does not exist), RAM available (low) are more than a year behind the times.

I would have loved to love N97, but with the specs it's got -- no thanks.


By DLeRium on 6/16/2009 12:23:37 PM , Rating: 2
The N97 isn't THAT bad. It uses the same hardware set as the N85. Sure there's no 3D acceleration which will really be a hit in terms of games, but I believe this was developed before people saw the iPhone/iPod turning into a gaming platform. I believe the idea was for productivity and multimedia at first, and I'm sure the N97 can handle it's own there. The N85 isn't slow at all when you compare it against the N95. With a newer DSP and stuff it's CPU actually can handle things quite well. It's not really 2 generations behind. More like 1 behind.

And once again the N97 is a QWERTY slider so its true competition is really the Touch Pro 2 and you can somewhat compete against the Omnia HD simply because they're both touchscreen and top notch and top priced Symbian products.


HSUPA
By Eri Hyva on 6/15/2009 1:38:50 PM , Rating: 2
E72 is cool: HSUPA

# HSDPA-download: 10,2 Mbit/s
# HSUPA-upload: 2 Mbit/s

Previous HSDPA models, ping 220ms

New HSDPA&HSUPA, ping 60ms




RE: HSUPA
By halcyon on 6/16/2009 2:55:28 AM , Rating: 2
Considering that E72 doesn't have enough horsepower to run quake on it properly that ping ain't gonna be of much use.

Wish they'd put that radio unit into a *real* feature spec phone and not these old and tired 320x240 screen "slow cpu/low RAM" busines mail devices.


RE: HSUPA
By JoshuaBuss on 6/16/2009 9:12:17 AM , Rating: 2
Well, the good thing about Nokia is they know how to make enough different phones for everyone's preferences.. I personally think web browsing on a phone will always be a painful and wasteful endeavor.. regardless of the screen size. What really matters in a phone for me is a slim form factor, good battery life, and fast enough connection so I can tether and use a real machine to use the internet.

In this sense, the E72 looks to be nearly flawless. Also, I prefer symbian applications to iphone apps as there are more free apps that offer full functionality in their respective area.


Omnia HD
By JoshuaBuss on 6/16/2009 9:15:34 AM , Rating: 2
Don't forget, there will be a symbian-powered omnia too.. the Omnia HD.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKwGllZQ8gM




RE: Omnia HD
By DLeRium on 6/16/2009 12:13:58 PM , Rating: 2
Yes except the Omnia II, and Pro were announced yesterday. The Omnia HD was announced in Feb '09. It's already out for purchasing. It's also armed with the TI OMAP 3430? with the Cortex A8 which matches the Pre and iPhone 3GS. Actually the hardware it has might really one up the iPhone. Well, screw it. With 3.7? AMOLED and 720p and 8MP capabilities, I think it outdoes any phone that the typical US consumer has exposure to.

It's interesting to see where the Omnia II will go. Samsung is really embracing the 3.5-3.7" AMOLEDs

BTW, for the people complaining about resistive, it's just the way WinMo is. You can't really use full capacitive yet, and its support is still ehhh. Either way, many manufacturers like Samsung, LG, and HTC really hide away the WinMo interface so you don't really have to worry about those pathetic stylus-friendly screens. You really have to dig deep to actually get into the WinMo stuff. Just go look at the HTC Touch Diamond 2 review. Most of the stuff is quite touch friendly. If you want multi-touch, well Apple has a patent on it, so until there's a clear fine line drawn as to what's allowed, people aren't going to dive in even though there's some multi-touch capable stuff out there for even resistive screens.


By Lifted on 6/15/2009 6:24:35 PM , Rating: 1
I think the N97 will be quit a bit hotter than the E72. There's really no comparison. The N97 looks like the only true iphone competitor yet. I'll be picking one up in a few days if it's actually as solid a phone as the reviews have said it is.




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