The Samsung Omnia II has just become official. Just like we told you a few days ago, the phone has been properly announced by Verizon Wireless. The Omnia II will be available in stores starting with December 2 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and with a new two-year contract.

Samsung Omnia II is a Windows Mobile 6.5 phone and it will be interesting to see how it will perform especially now when Android phones seem to dominate the end of the year. If you ask me, we need to see more Windows Mobile 6.5 handsets even if Microsoft’s latest mobile OS isn’t as hot as we would like it to be. The Omnia II is probably one of the best Windows Mobile 6.5 phones available right now, and the only phone that can contend that spot at the moment is the HTC HD2.

So let’s officially see what the Omnia II will offer:

* 3.7-inch ultra-brilliant touchscreen; widescreen AMOLED display
* Virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype technology
* Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional
* Samsung’s TouchWiz 2.0 UI
* 3G Support
* Verizon Wireless services: V CAST Music with Rhapsody, V CAST Video on Demand, V CAST Song ID, Visual Voice Mail, VZW Tones, VZ NavigatorSM
* 5.0-megapixel camera with flash, autofocus and video recording
* 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi
* 8GB internal memory
* Up to 16GB microSD memory card
* Bluetooth

There’s no doubt about it, the Omnia II is a great smartphone. Sure it might not be able to fight against the iPhone yet but it can definitely successfully compete against some of the best phones launched so far.

If you’re looking to buy a smartphone right now then you’re facing a very difficult choice. The iPhone 3GS is still selling very well but there are other hot phones to choose from: the Motorola Droid, the Samsung Omnia II, the HTC HD2, the BlackBerry Storm2 and the BlackBerry Bold 9700. What would you rather buy this Christmas?

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