Of course there were a whole bunch of phone announcements which sound really sweet and my pockets are really dry. The Samsung Omnio Pro has just been officially launched with the following rumored specs (can’t find official specs yet).
* 3.5-inch AMOLED resistive touchscreen display w/ WVGA resolution
* 800MHz processor
* 5.1 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash
* Sliding QWERTY keypad
* 2 UIs (Pro & Media w/ dedicated button to switch between them)
* 3.5mm headphone jack
* Divx/WMV/H.264 accelerations
* FM Radio
* DNLA support
* 1GB internal memory with microSDHC up to 32GB
* 1500mAh battery
What is interesting about this phone is the WVGA resolution (if you know me, you would know that I value WVGA resolution like a miracle worker on crack). The idea is that most web pages show their main content within the first 800 pixels to the left. This means a lot less side scrolling, and just vertical scrolling. This is much easier to use for big long reads on the net. That AMOLED screen is also very sweet, an organic light emitting diode reproduces much more colors/viewing angles than your typical LCD screen such as a shit screen on say, a RAZR. Of course the next biggest thing is the fact there is an 800MHz processor in the damn phone. I think my first Toshiba had a 527 MHz Pentium II. Wow. Except that all this power is hindered by Windows Mobile. Truth be told, I have never really gotten down and dirty with Win Mo yet, but it apparently is the bottleneck for a lot of processing power and I am willing to believe the millions of outcries over the internet about what a piece of shit Windows Mobile is.
What I love most about this announcement is how close we actually are getting to making our phones into personal computers. I mean yes, you could always just buy a cheap net book and carry it everywhere with you, but realistically it just isn’t going to happen. You will, however, carry your phone with you all the time, and the more applications I get on my Blackberry, the more I appreciate this convergence of technology/niches and love/am excited about this time in tech development.