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6th January 2011, 05:52 PM   |  #1  
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1. I read somewhere that FM radio on the Omnia can be heard only on the loud speaker and not through the phone headset. Is that correct?

2. Does it support divx format or will i have to encode it to other formats?

3. How is the transfer files to the phone works? is it drag&drop? or is it going to be something like apple and itunes crap?

4. Is there a way to get the Omnia 16gb in Germany unlocked and unbranded?

5. Is there an option to change menu language? (its important is i buy it abroad and its not in English)

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1. I read somewhere that FM radio on the Omnia can be heard only on the loud speaker and not through the phone headset. Is that correct?

2. Does it support divx format or will i have to encode it to other formats?

3. How is the transfer files to the phone works? is it drag&drop? or is it going to be something like apple and itunes crap?

4. Is there a way to get the Omnia 16gb in Germany unlocked and unbranded?

5. Is there an option to change menu language? (its important is i buy it abroad and its not in English)

Thanks

Hi Mazinya,

I can only answer some of the questions you have asked. I have bought a german 16gb Omnia 7.

1. Dont know. Havent used it yet but I very much doubt that you would only hear the radio through the speakers :P

2. I tried hard to get MS attention on this matter. It supports xvid but does not support the AVI container. Only mp4. Zune software does the converting and it is pretty quick. Please note that the Zune HD was able to support avi containers and this feature might be enabled in the future (dont hold your breath)

3. WP7 is not a traditional "USB" device. Meaning that you sync your music, pics and movies with Zune player.
There is a hack to enable your phone to act as a usb drive, but for this to work you will still need the Zune player on your pc.

4. I have tried hard to find an Omnia 7 16gb without any branding. The only devices on the market in germany are the T-Mobile devices but they are not locked!!! There is no hardware branding. There is a quick software branding at the start (2 secs) and some t-mobile apps which can all be removed.

If you do not like this there is a new firmware on the Omnia 7 developer forum which removes all of this. I would advise keeping the current rom since it allows for 2g to 3g switching. But that is up to your taste and requirements.

5. Yes you can change the language when you boot the phone
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6th January 2011, 10:27 PM   |  #3  
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Hi VonCrisp, thanks for the answers!

Wow, i didnt think MS will act like apple. I dont even have zune player

about the radio.. i know it sounds weird but i think i read on a phone review so they must have checked it before writing that, thats why i was also surprised.. since you have it, can you try listening to some FM radio and let me know if thats true?

Did you buy your phone in Germany? was it in a store or did you buy it online?
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No problem!

I have just checked the radio and it plays just fine through my headphones ;D.
(maybe they had a prototype?!)

The Zune player isnt too bad. I would personally say that it is x100 better then iTunes since it isnt full of bloat and works fairly well.

Depending on which country you are in you might have the issue of it not downloading Biography and background music for the albums/artists that you have. (But this will be fixed etc) Currently having a US hotmail/live account allows for the full "Zune" experience but it will be hard to access the marketplace if you don't have a US credit card!

This might be a bit too much info for you since you seem to be still deciding on whether you want to purchase the device. I don't know which country you are in but I would strongly recommend the Omnia 7.

The overall experience is just wonderful. The screen does the device justice.

I bought mine through an Online shop. But I know that T-Mobile sells the device in stores for around 550 Euros. There is a good site to compare prices and the lowest I found was around 480 Euros.

http://www.idealo.de/preisvergleich/...0-samsung.html
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My german is pretty crap..I cant understand which is branded and which is not. Does the store you bought it from is on this list in the link you gave me?

Im from Israel btw, so i would need it to ship worldwide also
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They are all t-mobile branded in Germany...
T-mobile is also (officially) exclusive retailer here.
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Ok, but i would need one that is simfree
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Ok, but i would need one that is simfree

They are all sim free. I am afraid you will have to look at the pages and call them up! Most retail shops speak some form of english!
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1. I read somewhere that FM radio on the Omnia can be heard only on the loud speaker and not through the phone headset. Is that correct?

No. It works on your head set.
The wire from the head set also works as antenna.


2. Does it support divx format or will i have to encode it to other formats?


Tricky question.
Short: NO.
No DivX/XviD video support (automatic trans-coding provided by Zune software)
So NO DivX/XviD video support.

Long: Yes.

- GPU acceleration with DirectX 9 support and video acceleration too - Windows Phone 7 will have native support for DivX versions 4, 5 and 6. The H.264 codec will of course also be supported, up to High Profile (the one used in Blu-ray and DVB digital TV).

3. How is the transfer files to the phone works? is it drag&drop? or is it going to be something like apple and itunes crap?

You must read a LOT about the cloud concept. Or you will hate your phone a lot.
(No file support at the time and no drag and drop. )
( Yes - via zune and supported files only.)

5. Is there an option to change menu language? (its important is i buy it abroad and its not in English)
Yes.
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2. Does it support divx format or will i have to encode it to other formats?


Tricky question.
Short: NO.
No DivX/XviD video support (automatic trans-coding provided by Zune software)
So NO DivX/XviD video support.

Long: Yes.

- GPU acceleration with DirectX 9 support and video acceleration too - Windows Phone 7 will have native support for DivX versions 4, 5 and 6. The H.264 codec will of course also be supported, up to High Profile (the one used in Blu-ray and DVB digital TV).

Do you know if they will enable avi container support on the phone?

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