Samsung Wave is a great opener for the Bada platform, but lacks competitive vigor to take on the big guns.
The Samsung Wave features a 3.3” WVGA resolution Super AMOLED screen – and what a stunning display it is! It’s like looking into a pretty girl’s eyes, it’s mesmerizing!
Although it’s no match – in terms of size – for the 4” delight of the Samsung Galaxy S, it uses the same tech and is equally good looking. The Super AMOLED screen, being superior to its LCD brethren, does well in the scorching sun of the UAE even with the brightness turned up only halfway through. With superior colors and contrast, the Super AMOLED screen is great to watch videos and pictures on, though however, it may falsely represent the quality of still images than what they really are.
The Bada OS
Samsung’s new operating system is like a mix-mash of the best of its TouchWiz UI and the Android OS. It has familiar layout reminiscent of models like the Samsung Jet with a lot of little ‘inspirations’ taken from Google’s mobile OS. In short, it feels like an ‘upgraded’ version of TouchWiz with the direction to appeal to smartphone users. It’s fresh however, but not wholly original or different.
The left-side widget panel is gone (for good!), replaced with a pop-in bottom tray solution. Widgets can be added to as many as 10 homescreens (4 at default). There are widgets for Google search/map/mail, calendar, email sync, Samsung app store, social sites feeds and other useless stuff like help, birthday, ‘days’, etc. Each homescreen moves like a part of a single panoramic desktop, like the Android OS.
At the top of the screen is the notification area that displays signal strength, Bluetooth & wifi icons, time, battery, etc. This can be pull down to reveal a control panel a la Android. Along with displaying ongoing processes and unchecked notifications, the pull down control panel also features 3 handy function buttons for turning WiFi, Bluetooth or silent profile on and off. It also works as a mini music player.
Coming to the menu screen, it’s a layout like most smartphones. Icons are spread out in 3×4 grid in 3 menu screens. Like with the homescreens, menu screens can be added by tilting the device into landscape while in edit menu mode. Icons can be rearranged along the screens as per your liking.
Running through the menus and applications was swift and smooth. The 1GHz Hummingbird processor provides enough juice to ensure than most applications launch instantaneously. The capacitive touchscreen worked well and was tactile enough for frustrate- free browsing. However, it can be a bit too sensitive – I can swear it registered a click even when my thumb was just hovering over the option! Also, I noticed that often times not, the screen would become unresponsive for a second or two while shifting from one menu screen to another. It’s not a major disaster but it’s noticeable and it is annoying.
The Samsung Wave behaved well during voice calls with no reception issue whatsoever. The volume through the call-speaker was loud and clear even when used in busy streets. The only complain I have is with the loudspeaker – it’s very soft. Though fairly okay for use in private, it could be a little louder.