Verizon announces Samsung Omnia for $249.99

If it’s a 5-megapixel cameraphone you’re looking for, there are decidedly cheaper entries on the market — but if only a 5-megapixel WinMo Professional set will do, the Omnia’s just about the best (read: only) deal you’ll find on an American carrier these days. The CDMA translation of the smartphone that Samsung’s been selling in other parts of the world for much of 2008 in GSM form carries over most of its key features, namely Windows Mobile 6.1 with TouchWiz, WiFi, DivX certification, the love-it-or-hate-it optical directional pad, and that beefy cam with flash and autofocus. It also nabs VZ Navigator support, stereo Bluetooth, a 3.2-inch 400 x 240 display, and 8GB of internal memory. Gives pause to that imminent Touch Pro purchase, doesn’t it? Look for it to be available for order this week — a full retail launch is expected come December 8 — for $249.99 after rebate on a two-year contract.


    BlackBerry Storm now available on Verizon

    by Thomas Ricker,

    You’ve read the review, now Verizon’s BlackBerry Storm is available for purchase for $200 on two-year contract. Really, what’s left to say — you’re either ready to pull the trigger or not.


    iPhone 2.2 firmware update available now

    It’s here. Google Street View and over the air Podcast downloads from
    iTunes. Yup, public transit and walking directions too and the ability
    to share your location via email. Bug fixes, Safari enhancements, the
    ability to toggle auto-text correction, and plenty more… just like we
    heard in the pre-rumor run-up. Now get outta here, your iTunes update awaits.

    Update: Added some screenshots of the most notable new
    features after the break. The Street View implementation seems solid
    though we miss the compass feature found on T-Mobile’s G1. Also, the
    real-estate saved by moving the Google search field next to the URL
    field in Mobile Safari is a welcome and obvious change. As to
    auto-correction, well, that’s personal taste.

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