The Samsung Wave, which is the first outing for Samsung’s very own Bada OS, features some impressive specs – a super AMOLED screen, 1GHz processor and a slim design – but is it actually any good and, more importantly, does it have what it substance to take on the likes of mid-range Android, RIM and Symbian devices?
On first inspection, the Samsung Wave is clearly of the highest quality. It’s slim, light in the hand and has a beautiful super AMOLED screen, which even looks impressive when the device is switched off. In addition to this, the Samsung Wave feels sturdy in the hand and really looks the part with its polished metallic body – basically, the Samsung Wave is quite a looker.
And once you power it up, that Super AMOLED screen jumps to life – and, believe us, it is quite a sight to behold. The Wave’s 3.3-inch 480 x 800 pixel touchscreen is both crisp and vibrant displaying colours and details in the highest quality. So much so, in fact, that the Wave could easily give some high-end devices – such as the Nexus One – a serious run for their money.
As we all know, a lot of mid-range touchscreen devices lack the tactility of their higher-end counterparts – and, as a rule, Samsung is usually no exception to this law.
Fortunately, with the Wave, it really is a different story.
Samsung has really out done itself with regards to the touchscreen interface on the Wave – it’s responsive, tactile and seemingly flawless. For instance, if you compared it to the touchscreen fluidity of a device like the HTC Hero, there really is no comparison – and the Hero, in many respects, is generally considered a better device.
However, the Samsung Wave is not perfect. For starters, it is very difficult to get your head around how it actually works at first and, while the UI might be reasonably tight, there’s no video introduction like the one you get on HTC devices and you’re pretty much left to figure it out for yourself.
There are some very cool aspects to the Wave though. For example, there are two home screen modes: The first, features five home screens where live widgets, such as the FT and The Register can be stored. The second is similar to a generic menu, but just laid out over an additional three home screens and features things like Twitter, Facebook, Address Book, Email and Settings etc.Switching between the two “screen modes” is very simple, you simply press the Wave’s main button, which is located in between the Call and End-Call button.
We did like this feature of the Wave, but, again, it did take us quite some time to figure it out, which was quite annoying – so, if you’re thinking of getting this device, it might be worth checking out our user guides for the Samsung Wave first, which will be on the site prior to the device's launch.