Lost amongst the flood of HTC releases, Samsung quietly released the Omnia II last year in the United States with Verizon Wireless. (See Phil's hands-on at CES with the European version.) The Omnia II sports a 3.7inch, 480x800 AMOLED screen, 800MHz processor, 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, Windows Mobile 6.5, and 8 gigabytes of on-board storage (plus a MicroSD expansion slot).

Samsung has done a good bit of customization with the Omnia II, including adding its TouchWiz user interface, customizing the Start Menu, as well as a few design features you don't see every day.

The Omnia II feels solidly built and slightly wider than the HTC Touch Diamond II.  My first impressions of the Omnia II are good.  The screen has a bit of "pop" to it, and the 800MHz processor moves along nicely. But, like Phil, I have my reservations many of the software customizations.

We'll put the Omnia II through the ropes over the next few days..