Samsung WAVE ReviewSubmited By Faris Hussain
Samsung unveiled the Wave at Mobile World Congress ‘10 and it is the first phone to run Samsung’s Bada mobile OS. In Korean language, Bada means ocean which must be meant to represent the “limitless variety” of the platform. As such, many of the features are same on Bada as on other platforms, e.g, a single in-box, a push calendar, and focus on social networking. In addition, Samsung now offers its own App Store.
Design: The smart phone’s body is made up of Aluminum and its dimensions are 4.6 inches tall x 2.2 inches wide x 0.4 inch thick. Though Samsung Wave might not have larger displays like Motorola’s Droid X or HTC Evo 4G, the Super AMOLED touch screen is compact at 3.3 inches and supports 16m colors at a WVGA resolution. The display is viewable in sunlight, has improved responsiveness and gives wider viewing angle. It has pinch-to-zoom support, the built-in accelerometer responds very accurately to the movement in orientation. The virtual keyboard becomes a bit annoying and is better in landscape mode.
Below the display, the non-touch buttons include a Menu, Talk and End/Power keys. On the left side of the phone, there’s a volume rocker and on the right, there’s a lock button with a camera button. There is an extra front-facing camera for video calls. On the top, the Micro-USB port (protected by a sliding cover) and a 3.5mm headphone jack are present.
Packaging: Samsung Wave comes with a travel charger, USB cable, wired stereo headset, a 1GB microSD card, and reference guides. It is available unlocked for approx. $370 to $400. http://rodingo.com