Samsung Wave Black Review
Another popular handset released by Samsung the Wave s8500 is released with Samsung’s own operating system.
What no Android, ios or Windows phone 7?
Yes Samsung have released the Wave with Bada there in house mobile operating system. The name Bada apparently means wave in Korea? Just FYI!
Bada has a host of similarities to certain named other O/S’s to name some: -
• Calendar with built in push
• Social network integration
• Samsung Apps store
• Etc etc.
I personally don’t know what Samsung are thinking as the mobile operating systems market is very competitive at the moment and there are some excellent OS out there which Samsung are partnered with such as Android which has more user and more importantly developer support, but good luck to them! Bada is open source also so maybe some other manufacturers will take it up.
It’s a bada idea excuse the pun.
One thing I liked about the Samsung Wave:- BBC iPlayer integrated automatically which is pretty cool, I wonder if your not a licence payer if this might get you in trouble?
Much like other popular mobile OS the user interface is easy to get used to and if you have used an Android, iPhone or similar enabled device setup and configuration will be a breeze
The Samsung Wave comes in at 1180mm x 560mm x 190mm making it slightly smaller than the HTC Desire but with a smaller screen just 3.3inches compared to the Desires 3.7 inches. The phone is pocket sized when compared to other market leading phones such as the new iphone4 and Samsung Galaxy i9000 but feels like a substantial phone at the same time. The touch screen is capacitive AMOLED like the Galaxy i9000 and is particularly bright capable of displaying 16 million colours more than the human eye can distinguish between.
The Samsung Wave Black comes with a 5 megapixel camera supporting both still and video photography. Standard features include: Auto focus, Smile detection, Geo location tagging via GPS and LED Flash. Personally not a fan of LED flash, its particularly useless for night time shots, if like me you want to capture some decent night images it might be worth considering the Motorola Milestone XT720 which has a Xeon flash.
The on board media centre plays a host of video formats including MPEG4, divx and xvid covering the majority of popular formats amongst others. For those planning to use the Wave for gaming, you will be pleased to know it supports Java and the market place has a range of games available for download.
Browsing the Internet with the wave is a pleasure, much like other large touch screen phones it supports multi touch which makes zooming and other operations easy.
The Samsung Wave s8500 black supports the usual connectivity options: GPS, Bluetooth, 3g and WiFi.
In conclusion this phone is an entry level touchscreen smartphone, perhaps for those wanting to experience a Smartphone without spending too much. Samsung have plenty of apps available but you are limited because the user base and developer base is not as vast as that of Blackberry, Apple or Android platforms. Should the platform take off you can expect more rapid development.
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A cheap mobile phone on both UK Contract and UK Pay As You Go available on all the major networks.
High Definition HD video review of the Samsung s8500 Wave from Youtube’s phone arena
Samsung Wave e500 Specifications
* General:GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS 1900/2100 MHz, EDGE class 10, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA 2 Mbps
* Dimensions:10.9 mm thin
* Display:3.3″ 16M-color Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 480 x 800 resolution with scratch resistant glass
* O/S: Bada OS
* CPU: 1 GHz snapdragon processor
* Memory: 2GB internal memory, microSD card slot
* Camera: 5-megapixels, auto-focus, 720p video recording
* Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with WPS support, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, standard microUSB port, GPS, 3.5mm audio jack
* Misc: Acceleromete, proximity sensor (auto-turn-off), ambient light sensor, FM radio, XviD video support, multi-touch input (pinch n zoom)
* Battery: 1500 mAh battery
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