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Samsung Wave M Preview

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Our Samsung Wave M Review is now published - click here to read it.

Samsung Wave M Preview
Introduction:

On our own count, the Samsung Wave M is not supposed to replace the Wave 723, which was a midrange bada alternative with some clever design tricks to make it stand out. It is introducing a lower- midrange category in the bada lineup, as it sports a 5MP camera and a larger screen than the entry level Wave Y, but keeps the same resolution and processor.

With this filing issue out of the way, let's examine what will make the Samsung Wave M stand out in comparison with its low-ranked Wave Y brethren and the plethora of Android handsets with similar specs out there.


Design:

Patterned battery cover doesn't really count for exclusive design, but it does a serve a nice purpose in keeping the phone gripped to your palm. Not that you will be dropping down the Samsung Wave M very often, as it is a pretty bulky piece for its screen size. It is light, but comparatively thick, and this chubbiness, coupled with the signature tapered back of the new bada handsets make it easy to hold. The three-tone chassis sports grey with dark grey and black, which is not exactly an inspiring combination.

Samsung Wave M is a pretty bulky piece for its screen size - Samsung Wave M Preview
Samsung Wave M is a pretty bulky piece for its screen size - Samsung Wave M Preview
Samsung Wave M is a pretty bulky piece for its screen size - Samsung Wave M Preview

Samsung Wave M is a pretty bulky piece for its screen size



Samsung Wave M Preview

You can compare the Samsung Wave M with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The 3.65” display sports the same 320x480 resolution we find on the lowly Wave Y, which means here the pixel density is a tad worse than the average for this category - the interface looks a bit granular throughout, and the small text in the Live Panel transparent widgets is barely readable.

The 3.65” display sports a 320x480 resolution - Samsung Wave M Preview
The 3.65” display sports a 320x480 resolution - Samsung Wave M Preview
The 3.65” display sports a 320x480 resolution - Samsung Wave M Preview

The 3.65” display sports a 320x480 resolution


Our early prototype unit doesn't have an LED flash on the back, but Samsung confirmed for us that the final version will sport one next to the 5MP camera on the back, which is good news for future owners.

5MP camera on the back - Samsung Wave M Preview
Volume rocker on the left - Samsung Wave M Preview
Power button on the right - Samsung Wave M Preview

5MP camera on the back

Volume rocker on the left

Power button on the right

3.5mm jack on the top edge - Samsung Wave M Preview
microUSB port on the bottom - Samsung Wave M Preview
Under the battery cover - Samsung Wave M Preview

3.5mm jack on the top edge

microUSB port on the bottom

Under the battery cover


The addition of a front-facing cam compared to the Wave Y is a nice touch, and one more way for the phone to deserve its place in the upper M category of Samsung's new naming scheme. Overall, the Samsung Wave M sports an OK design, without any bells and whistles, but it feels sturdy, and is comfortable to grab and hold, albeit bulky.

The front facing camera - Samsung Wave M Preview
Buttons on the front - Samsung Wave M Preview

The front facing camera

Buttons on the front




Samsung Wave M 360-degrees View:



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posted on 01 Oct 2011, 13:07

1. wakingup (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Aug 2011)


eugh...nothing different, but i am interested in its live panel UI

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Display3.6 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (158 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 832 MHz
Size4.48 x 2.49 x 0.48 inches
(113.8 x 63.3 x 12.2 mm)
4.27 oz  (121 g)
Battery1350 mAh, 6.5 hours talk time

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