Samsung Wave 578 Review
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Samsung Wave 578 Sample Video:
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.
Video clips in MPEG-4 format can be played up to the screen's resolution (400x240), but DivX and Xvid support is lacking.
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 ...
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.
8. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2962; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Thats because Android is better. Way more apps, better user interface, much more customization, etc etc.
4. IfromEarth (unregistered)
Bada UI sucks..
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.