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Samsung Wave 578 Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Samsung hasn't differentiated the Wave 578 here from any other bada OS handset. It is running bada 1.1, which we have reviewed extensively in our piece about the Samsung Wave 723, complete with a video. The handset's interface has all the basic phoning functions covered well, and also offers easy to use calendar and other apps to stay organized. An office document viewer and file browser are supplied out of the box.

Bada is a decent mobile operating system, and the TouchWiz UI over it sports its helpful connectivity toggles in the pull-down notification bar, but it is lacking the amount of apps and developer focus that the other mobile operating systems have.

The Samsung Wave 578 sports TouchWiz UI over bada 1.1 - Samsung Wave 578 Review
The Samsung Wave 578 sports TouchWiz UI over bada 1.1 - Samsung Wave 578 Review
The Samsung Wave 578 sports TouchWiz UI over bada 1.1 - Samsung Wave 578 Review
The Samsung Wave 578 sports TouchWiz UI over bada 1.1 - Samsung Wave 578 Review

The Samsung Wave 578 sports TouchWiz UI over bada 1.1



Messaging, browser and connectivity:

We liked the virtual keyboard, which turned out quite comfortable to type on, despite the 3.2” screen size, so messaging on this screen won't be an issue as with some other smallish displays we've encountered.

The virtual keyboard - Samsung Wave 578 Review
The virtual keyboard - Samsung Wave 578 Review

The virtual keyboard


The email client on bada handsets is solid, allowing you to download up to 10MB per message with various attachments.

The basic Dolphin 2.0 browser (not to be confused with Dolphin for Android) doesn't support desktop Adobe Flash, does well in panning around and zooming, but doesn't do text reflow..

The Dolphin 2.0 browser - Samsung Wave 578 Review
The Dolphin 2.0 browser - Samsung Wave 578 Review
The Dolphin 2.0 browser - Samsung Wave 578 Review

The Dolphin 2.0 browser


The Samsung Wave 578 sports 3G, Wi-Fi, NFC, A-GPS, and Bluetooth 3.0, which is becoming a norm for the company's handsets. The most interesting thing here is NFC, of course, and we will have to see what apps and partnerships are in store to utilize the chip's capabilities by Samsung. For now we only have an NFC app in the phone, which allows you to read NFC tags with stored info, but also create and exchange ones yourself.

NFC app - Samsung Wave 578 Review
NFC app - Samsung Wave 578 Review

NFC app



Camera:

The 3MP camera on the Samsung Wave 578 is nothing to write home about in terms of stills and video quality, but the interface does offer several shooting and scene modes, and the camera is launched and operated with a dedicated button on the right.

Camera interface - Samsung Wave 578 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Wave 578 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Wave 578 Review

Camera interface


The pictures are lacking sharpness and detail to an extent that overbears the accurate color representation. The 240x320 video at 15fps won't let you present it as evidence in court.

Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Wave 578 - Samsung Wave 578 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Wave 578 - Samsung Wave 578 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Wave 578 - Samsung Wave 578 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Wave 578 - Samsung Wave 578 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Wave 578 - Samsung Wave 578 Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Wave 578 - Samsung Wave 578 Review

Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Wave 578


Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Wave 578 Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Wave 578 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Wave 578 Review

Strong

Medium

Low light

Indoor samples



Samsung Wave 578 Sample Video:




Multimedia:

A pretty decent music player comes with the Wave 578, with a number of functions, including a built-in song recognition feature that can be fired directly from the player's interface. The loudspeaker's volume is strong enough, but the sound quality is average, lacking substance and bass.

A pretty decent music player comes with the Samsung Wave 578 - Samsung Wave 578 Review
A pretty decent music player comes with the Samsung Wave 578 - Samsung Wave 578 Review
Song recognition feature - A pretty decent music player comes with the Samsung Wave 578 - Samsung Wave 578 Review
  

Song recognition feature

A pretty decent music player comes with the Samsung Wave 578


Video clips in MPEG-4 format can be played up to the screen's resolution (400x240), but DivX and Xvid support is lacking.

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posted on 30 Aug 2011, 03:18 1

1. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


biased rewiew from phonearena...

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 04:13 2

2. GJanee (Posts: 211; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


why exactly is it biased?

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 04:59 2

3. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)


Because if you are fen of something that is crap ... and somebody tells you it is a crap ... you will troll because you are probably the only person who thinks that is the future or whatever ...

P.S. IT IS CRAP ... so the review is not biased ...

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 04:47 1

6. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


It is not crap, it is an entry level phone. Phonearena gives it a lower rating than it deserves, just because it has bada. Had this phone been running android it would likely have gotten a better rating.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 22:00 1

8. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Thats because Android is better. Way more apps, better user interface, much more customization, etc etc.

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 05:23 2

4. IfromEarth (unregistered)


Bada UI sucks..

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 11:54

5. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


sorry but bada just not good to us

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 04:48

7. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


maybe it is because you in the US think all american OSes are the best ???
IOS, Android and WP7 is what you like. Symbian and bada you don't like, even though they are just as good if not better than those american OSes.

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Display3.2 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (146 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core
Size4.25 x 2.16 x 0.49 inches
(107.9 x 54.9 x 12.5 mm)
3.52 oz  (100 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 12.5 hours talk time

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