10 Things you may not know about Samsung Windows Phone 7, Omnia 7, AT&T Focus

Posted on Oct 14 2010 - 2:40pm by Hansoo

10 things you may not know about Windows phone 7.

1.  There is a SD card slot but it is not for removable memory usage.

**UPDATE: So I was right!  It seems that you can swap out microSD cards, you just have to do a hard reset afterwards to have the device reformat the new card to its special formatting type.  With the Sky Drive program Microsoft has planned for these bad boys, it would seem doing this won’t really set you back in terms of restoring all your original settings.  Check out WP7 secrets for more details and let us know what you think in the comments.

While the Omnia 7 has an microSD slot, it isn’t your run of the mill one.  The microSD card that comes with the device is essentially locked to the device.  If you remove the card, it will make the phone inoperable.  I did read a tip that this may change later on, or if you swap cards and reformat then you have to suffer with losing your data, but that hasn’t been officially verified yet.  Also someone will probably figure out a hack or way to copy the formatting scheme over to a new card to avoid losing your data, so don’t fret too much about this.  Official statement from Microsoft below:

You should not remove the SD card in your phone or replace it with a new one because your Windows Phone won’t work properly. Existing data on the phone may be lost, and that SD card can’t be used in other devices or Windows Phones.

(source :http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/howto/wp7/basics/sd-cards-and-my-phone.aspx)

2. There is physical camera button enabling to launch camera app instantly. (Red box)

  • WP7 has an enhanced camera experience with simple & quick photo sharing to multiple Social Networking sites.

3. The bottom is made out of plastic to avoid any connection issues (like the infamous antennagate). The WiFi, broad band antenna, etc are in there. (Green box)

4. The phone doesn’t have a front camera, but contains proximity and light sensors near the earpiece instead.

5.  There is a WP7 feature called Now Hub that Samung has pre-loaded on the device which provides weather, stock, and news information.

6.  A total of 250 tiles can be placed on the home screen.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKvRNcYyx1E&feature=player_embedded

7.  Sharepint & Office 2010 intergration will be very useful for document collaborating and other projects.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OHVIc1Hgqc&feature=player_embedded

8. Its prediction keyboard is apparently very nice.

Let’s just put this up front: the keyboard in Windows Phone 7 is really, really good. We’re talking nearly as good as the iPhone keyboard, and definitely better than the stock Android option. It’s one of the best and most accurate virtual keyboards we’ve used on any platform.

(source : Engadget.com)

9.  Whenever you take a picture, it is automatically saved to Skydrive which is a 25GB cloud storage service provided free by MS.

10. “Copy and paste ” feature is missing on the initial release version, but MS has announced that it will come in early 2011.

-Cnet-

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9 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Raj November 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm -

    Unfortunately memory cannot be extended as Samsung embeded the chip in the phone circuit board. Dissapointing… this would be one of the best phone if memory could be expanded.. hope they give the option in the next one.

  2. davide October 28, 2010 at 2:59 am -

    any news on wether the OMNIA 7 (UK) has an SD slot or not yet? we know you say it does, but theres no pictures and i dont fancy voiding my waranty to discover there in fact isnt one present. We know the Focus does, but if there is one in the omnia 7 then is it hidden like the HD7?? http://wmpoweruser.com/htc-hd7-microsd-slot-exposed/

  3. Dario October 25, 2010 at 4:17 am -

    i agree with finarne, i didn’t see the SD card slot. i understand the swapping step, but i would like to know if i can replace the sd card.

    Regards
    Dario

  4. finarne October 20, 2010 at 2:58 pm -

    Hi there,

    Can you confirm that the Samsung Omnia 7 does have a micro sd card slot – I am aware of the caveats with swapping out a card but I want to know if I can physically put in another micro sd card (then of course do a hard reset).

    I am basing my buying decision on whether or not I can expand the available memory, if the Omnia 7 doesn’t have a micro sd card slot then I’ll be looking elsewhere.

    TIA

    Colin

  5. P.Schmitz October 19, 2010 at 2:37 pm -

    Dear rtimi and Dario,

    I just updated the guide with new information regarding the microSD card. The WP7 phone will format the card in a manner that is unrecognizable by another other device (at the moment). YOU CAN however swap sd cards if you want to expand your onboard storage, you just need to perform a hard reset after doing so. Since the device has Skydrive and keeps track of your paid apps, the conversion between sd cards shouldn’t be too rough in terms of restoring all your information. We’ll post more to careace.net as soon as we find out more/test a device for ourselves. Thanks for the questions and have a great day.

  6. Dario October 16, 2010 at 9:50 am -

    does the Samsung Omnia 7 have a micro SD card slot under the battery cover?
    if i want to change it, i can change with 32gb microSD?
    after this i need to perfmorm an reset, rights?

    regards

    Dario

  7. hansoo October 14, 2010 at 5:14 pm -

    @ritmi, yeah, that is definitely another workaround but some people want to move, for example, music or movie file between PC and phone with SD card without Network use since it is fast and cheap.

    Another note regarding SD card,
    Microsoft says Windows Phone devices will have special SD cards that offer high performance — and which are recognized by the phone as internal storage. Say your phone comes with 8GB of flash storage and a 8GB SD card. Basically the device will think there’s 16GB of internal storage. If you remove the SD card it might not be readable in other devices — and if you try to insert a new SD card your phone might not recognize it — or work properly, since important files and settings may have already been written to the original SD card.

  8. rtimi October 14, 2010 at 4:14 pm -

    I know some phones will have micro sd internal slot. My question is why should people complain when practically everything important gets saved to skydrive and also those that paid for apps would be able to reinstall. This is if they want to increase their storage space.

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