The display is one of Samsung’s new Super AMOLED screens; a long, thin 3.3 inches diagonally, which is
a brilliant display to look at. The screen is also among the most responsive touchscreens we’ve seen in
recent times, making use of capacitive touch technology. Most of the Wave’s menu navigation uses
familiar on?screen gestures (swiping, scrolling, pinch?to?zoom, etc) and the Wave handles all of these
effortlessly thanks to a 1GHz processor under the hood.
On the back of the Wave you’ll find a 5?megapixel camera and an LED flash, and on the top you’ll find a
3.5mm headphone socket and a micro USB charging port. Every part of the Wave feels deliberate and
considered, and apart from placing the microSD card slot under the battery, we agree with every
element of Samsung’s approach.
Samsung has invested heavily in creating an entirely new operating system. Those familiar with the
Google Android system will see the similarities immediately. Both Bada and Android are based on Linux,
but they share more than just digital DNA. Samsung has given Bada a very similar layout to the thin layer
it skinned Android with on the Galaxy S. Bada has six user customisable home screens to play with; a
pull?down notifications panel, where messages and missed calls can be viewed; and applications are
displayed in a menu window, laid out in pages of colourful apps on a black background — you know, like
that other phone everyone keeps talking about.
The new Samsung Apps storefront is your one?stop shop for new tricks and toys for Bada and, according
to Samsung, it already has several hundred apps available (though we couldn’t find any appealing ones).
Samsung pre?installs more of the important apps, like Facebook, Twitter and a cross?platform IM client,
so you needn’t worry too much about the availability of core apps on the store.
Samsung Wave lives in a space usually populated with plastic handsets and terrible touchscreens, and
stands out as being completely the opposite. The hardware is absolutely top notch, the metal chassis
feels great and the Super AMOLED screen stands head and shoulders above phones almost twice the
price. The Bada operating system definitely needs a few refinements, but is still better than the vast
majority of proprietary systems used by LG, Sony Ericsson and Samsung on previous products.