Samsung Wave was launched in 2010 with the SuperAMOLED screen, 1GHz processor and Samsung’s own Bada OS. While Bada OS isn’t as famous or as successful as iOS or Android, it shouldn’t deter you from giving this phone its due recognition. Priced at around RM1400 during its initial launch, this phone is a cheaper alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy S which features Android OS and a bigger screen.
This phone is the successor to Jet and sports many brilliant features under its hood. Plus, its slim metallic body doesn’t look or feel cheap either. Some features worth a mention are its HD video capable camera, its ability to play most video files out of the box and its WiFi capability which supports 802.11 b/g/n standard.
However this phone is not without its faults. Its main letdown is the fact that the microSD memory card is not hotswapable as it is placed under the battery. Also, the fact that Bada OS is Samsung’s own OS and enjoys less exposure means that there is (and most likely will continue to be) less apps or download from the Samsung app store. Along the way, Samsung realized that both the Galaxy S and Wave were such popular devices that their AMOLED factory could not cope with the demand. Thus, Wave was sacrificed in favor of the more popular and more expensive (therefore more profitable) Galaxy S. Wave II with a SuperClearLCD screen replacing the SuperAMOLED was born as a direct result of this.
After using Wave for a few weeks, here is my review of it.
Fisrtly, let me say that the Samsung Wave is a well built phone and I have had no major compliants about it. Its 1GHz processor results in very smooth touch response most of the time and the screen is definitely a joy to behold. Its HD video recording capability is impressive and records beautiful and clear videos. Connectivity is a strong point of most, if not all, smart phones and Wave is no exception. Bluetooth, WiFi, 3G and even Mobile AP all are working as expected.
Controls do take some getting used to as I was switching from a non-touchscreen to a touchscreen. But the learning curve is not steep. Once you get used to the controls, you will be amazed at how some things are done, like left swiping on a name to start a call or right swiping to start typing an SMS. Typing on the on screen keyboard isn’t too bad an experience though initially you will tend to hit the wrong keys. However, this will improve over time. Typing in landscape is definitely easier than typing in portrait mode but the latter is not impossible either. I find that I seldom use the T9 on Wave as compared to my earlier phones where T9 is an absolute must. I think that it is easier for me to type the whole word rather than to search through their list for the word I want to use. It could be that as I’m used to typing on keyboards, it feels more natural and faster to type out the whole word. Swype has yet to make it to Wave (it should be available once Bada 1.2 is released for Wave) and I may give that a try. However, after reading DamnYouAutoCorrect.com, I am having second thoughts about relying on Swype as well. Lol.
Under a normal usage for calls and SMS, the battery life of Wave is quite good and can last a few days. Do keep in mind that using Wave to access the internet, play games or watch movies will drain your battery that much faster. Email sync is one of those things which will drain battery. With its micro USB connection though, it is relatively simple to charge it from a wall outlet or from your PC. I have also managed to charge it in my car without any issue. However, I have noticed that while charging, the response of the phone seems to be slowed down. I’m not sure if this is a bug on my phone, a bug in the software in general or simply Samsung’s method of reducing power consumption to speed charging. Anyone else with Wave that experienced this effect?
The Dolfin browser is a pretty good browser except that it doesn’t support text reflow. There’s an unofficial Opera mini browser that works with Wave which supports text reflow and you can always opt for that I suppose. I’ve been using the Wave to check news, view pictures, go on Facebook and of course, I have also tried to blog with it. There is a WordPress application available for download from the Samsung Apps store. The application does work, however I’ve had some issues signing in at times which could be due to poor connection from the network provider and also I’ve found that the application has a limit on the number of characters that you can type in a blog post. For instance, this blog post could not be fully typed from the Wave’s WordPress application (tried to, but it stopped letting me type up to about halfway). Still, it is a useful application for doing short posts while I’m away from the PC.
Well, to round it up, I’d say that the Wave is a value buy phone. It is feature rich and has a beautiful screen. A full charge of the battery lasts me about 1-3 days depending on usage (or how much I game and go online). I like this phone and the screen beautiful to look at. I have tried playing movies from my collection (avi, mp4, mkv all works as advertised) and I am quite impressed with the quality.
I have to mention here that I have seen a message telling me that there is not enough free resources from time to time. This can be fixed with a reboot of the phone and it may well be due to the nature of certain applications which is causing a memory leak to happen or the OS itself. I am unable to confirm this as there are no diagnostic tools available to me at the moment. If you have some knowledge of this, I’d like to hear from you.
With that being said, I will give the Samsung Wave a 8/10 rating. It would have gotten higher if not for the memory leak which requires a reboot every now and then.
If you have any questions regarding the Samsung Wave or the Bada OS, feel free to contact me and I will try my best to help you out.