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Samsung Wave review

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Manufacturer: Samsung

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Samsung's first Bada phone has some impressive hardware, but a future of success for Bada phones remains unclear. Here's our hands-on review of the Samsung Wave.

Samsung's first Bada phone has some impressive hardware, but a future of success for Bada phones remains unclear. Here's our hands-on review of the Samsung Wave.

On the eve of Mobile World Congress, Samsung launched its first Bada OS phone, the Samsung Wave, in what can only be described as a splashy event.

Wall-to-wall videos of waves, blue-coloured cocktails and sea creature-liked dancers almost made us forget we were at a phone launch.

Luckily, we had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the Samsung Wave and Bada OS after the event.

Samsung Wave: Light Touch

The Samsung Wave feels great in hand. Its aluminum body feels smooth and ergonomic with curved, soft edges and a seamless design. It is also quite slim, measuring only10mm thick. It is quite light, too, though Samsung didn't disclose the Wave's weight.

The Samsung Wave also showcases Samsung's new Super AMOLED technology, which has touch sensors on the display itself as opposed to creating a separate layer (Samsung's old AMOLED displays had this extra layer). Super AMOLED is fantastic.

Colours burst out of the display and animations appeared lively and smooth. Samsung also says that this design reflects less light and therefore handles better outdoors. Our showroom was quite dark so we couldn't really put this claim to the test.

Samsung Wave: Bada Impressions

We got only a short amount of time playing with Bada OS, but we liked what we saw. It has some features we've seen on other operating systems, such as a unified inbox, integrated contacts from all of your social networks, and a synchronized calendar. It also has a notifications system that was quite reminiscent of webOS. It isn't anything revolutionary, but at least Bada is keeping up with the competition in terms of features.

Aesthetically, the TouchWiz 3.0 user interface is quite clean and didn't feel as muddled and confusing as previous versions. It was also very responsive and quick thanks to the Samsung Wave's 1GHz processor.

From an apps perspective, Bada has some potential. It is an open platform, the UI supports Flash and Samsung already has an app store. Samsung really seems to be reaching out to developers, too. Though there weren't any content partner announcements at the event, Samsung did show a demo of EA's Need for Speed on the Wave as well as a few other popular games. We also spoke to a developer at the event who said he was initially hesitant approaching Bada, but now he's thinking otherwise.

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Samsung Wave Expert Verdict »
Samsung Wave S8500 Scores 8.3 out of 10 based on 521 reviews
2.5G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE): 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G (WCDMA/HSPA): 900/2100MHz
3.3in WVGA (800x480) Super AMOLED with mDNle
5Mp camera with LED flash, AF face/blink detection
Geo tagging
image editor
720p HD video playing and recording
5.1ch mobile theatre
MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, DIVX, XviD video editor
MP3 player, 3.5mm headphone jack
FM radio
TouchWiz 3.0 interface
GPS
SMS/MMS/email
Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0, 802.11b/g/n
2GB/8GB memory + MicroSD (up to 32GB)
118x56x10.9mm
Li-ion, 1,500 mAh

Overall, Samsung really isn't bringing anything new to the table with Bada: Its features are really no different on what you'd find on the iPhone, webOS phones or Android phones. But we suspect that is not Samsung's main focus here. Samsung sees Bada phones as being accessible to everyone, no matter what your income or tech experience may be. It is hard to predict how Bada will compete with the legions of Android phones taking over the mobile world, but phones as nicely designed as the Samsung Wave are hard to ignore.

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