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Samsung Wave : An Overview

By Mark Walters

Android-powered phones currently litter the cellular market. In an attempt to distance itself from the masses, Samsung has created its own operating system known as the Bada. The vehicle chosen to present this new OS to the world is the Samsung S8500, aka the Samsung Wave. It provides an experience not quite like any other phone.

The Wave is a mid-range phone, meaning that it falls somewhere above basic model devices and won’t fall outside the reach of too many budgets. Regardless of price, it is an incredibly fast performer, operating on a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, which is a Samsung original like Bada and the Wave. This allows for almost unmatched connectivity and comes packaged in a sleek, attractive unit. The Wave measures only 108.9mm x 53.5mm x 10.9mm. It won’t feel as though you are wearing a weight set, as it is very light at 118g.

The Wave’s Super Amoled screen instantly grabs the eye as it dominates the front of the phone. It’s most distinctive feature, the Wave’s screen spans a whopping 3.3 inches, which is reportedly the largest screen of its kind. Even more impressive than the size is the 800 x 480 pixel resolution and the amazing 16 million colors it supports. Efficiency is the name of the game for the front design, as it contains only three buttons in addition to the screen, which is the point.

The TouchWiz overlay is the user’s method of navigating the touch screen which will please those that have prior experience with Samsung products. Some new users may have some catching up to do when learning the TouchWiz, but it is fairly intuitive and doesn’t take long to learn. Accuracy is obviously important on a touch screen, but some phones’ screens are too sensitive. The Wave’s is not, and maintains an accuracy not found in other mid-range models.

Smartphones must of course offer applications, and the Wave is no different. Though the app store’s supply is currently relatively small, there are thousands in the approval process. This is not unusual for an operating system that is new to the scene. More apps will become available as more Bada-powered models are released. Facebook and Twitter apps are available, so there is no need to worry about staying connected to your social networks while other apps are approved.

The Wave offers two different home screen modes that offer access to the features found on the Wave. One mode contains five home screens capable of supporting many widgets. The other mode is similar to a menu and provides three more screens featuring Twitter, Facebook, email, and others.

The Wave is a quite capable introduction and marketing tool of Samsung’s new Bada OS. Complete with so many fundamental features of smartphones and affordably priced, the Wave is sure to please any number of customers. It perfectly achieves all of the goals it sets.

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