Conclusion: For a Samsung phone, this one is excellent. It's worlds apart from the deluge of mediocre mid-range handsets we've seen from them of late. The Samsung Wave's screen is wonderful, we can't praise it enough so if you spend a lot of time watching videos and using media functions, then we'd definitely recommend you consider it. But if apps are important to you, we'd steer clear for now.
Excerpt: The Wave is the first handset that’s loaded with Samsung’s new Bada OS. The quest of the Bada (meaning Ocean in Korean) platform is to provide faster and cheaper smartphones to the mobile community. Technically Bada has been around for awhile, it’s the name for Samsung’s proprietary OS that runs most of their smartphones. Of course now it’s gotten a bit more sophisticated. So here’s a closer look at the S8500 Bada powered handset, better known as the Samsung Wave.
Summary: Smartphones have become commonplace these days thanks to the uptake of various mobile platforms over the years - starting from the mature Symbian and Microsoft Windows Mobile OS, to the current Apple iOS and Google Android. The relationship between the smartphone and its accompanying mobile platform is a closely knit one. Close, to the point that if one doesn't live up to its end of the bargain, the other suffers for it.
Pros: Slim and compact, Good screen clarity from Super AMOLED, Intuitive user interface
Cons: Limited 3.3-inch screen size, Battery life could have been better
Excerpt: The Good High build quality. Outstanding Super AMOLED display. Good camera for photos and videos. Bada has good UI, multi-touch and web. Fast processor. Cheap with at least some carriers. Fairly long battery life. The Bad Very limited app and widget selection. Poor built-in Facebook, media, navigation and Twitter apps. Little reason to buy over Samsung's own Android phones. No text auto-correction.
Pros: High build quality., Outstanding Super AMOLED display., Good camera for photos and videos., Bada has good UI, multi-touch and web., Fast processor., Cheap with at least some carriers., Fairly long battery life.
Cons: Very limited app and widget selection., Poor built-in Facebook, media, navigation and Twitter apps., Little reason to buy over Samsung's own Android phones., No text auto-correction.
Excerpt: Samsung's first bada phone - the Samsung Wave S8500 - is finally here. A few months ago we reviewed a prototype unit, which left us with rather high expectations for the final product. Now that it's here, we are ready to see what Samsung's latest and greatest creation has to offer. Being a full-featured mobile platform however, bada will inevitably face some pretty strong competition in the form of BlackBerry, webOS, Android and iPhone OS. Or will it?
Pros: Incredibly vivid Super AMOLED screen, Superb build quality, Fast overall performance, Beautiful HD video recording, Plays DivX and Xvid at high resolutions, Great call quality
Cons: Not very intuitive interface, bada OS needs more improvement and fine tuning, Samsung Apps has a very poor catalog, Heavy 3D games might overwhelm the 1GHz CPU, Photos of the 5MP camera are not good enough, Dolfin 2.0 browser is not really mature for this
Summary: S amsung makes a daring move with the Samsung Bada operating system, considering the already established operating systems. It could be a smart move that they have their own system next to the other famous systems. With a good Internet browser, the Internet can easily be used on the go, although we do miss Flash support. Diverse applications are included for social networks.
The Samsung Wave is a great debut for the Bada OS, although only a limited number of apps are currently available
Good Gear Guide.au
10 January 2011
Summary: The Samsung Wave morphs a mid-range feature phone into fully fledged smartphone thanks to the new open-source Bada OS. The Wave possesses excellent build quality, an outstanding display, great multimedia capabilities and impressive performance - all wrapped up in a slick, easy to use interface that will only get better.
Excerpt: With the Samsung Wave, the Korean consumer electronics giant brings to the smartphone market something everyone agrees we don’t really need -- a device running Samsung’s own smartphone OS -- Bada . This means that with Samsung using Android on all its other smartphone, it’s in the curious position of competing with itself. The Wave, then, has a lot to do to justify its existence.