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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.

Interface and functionality:

As mentioned above, the screen resolution on this size is detrimental to the initial impression from the TouchWiz UI over bada 2.0. Whatever eye-candy the interface overlay adds, the pixel density takes a bit away from, but, as with anything else, you get used to it with time spent with the handset.

The TouchWiz UI here, however, introduces notifications on the lock screen, a dedicated homescreen for cool widgets with transparent backgrounds, called Live Panel, which you can scroll up and down, instead of swiping between homescreens. The UI also sports redrawn icons, folders, and the new radio buttons for turning different functions on and off. All this fine and dandy, we just wish for a tad higher screen resolution, but that would have put the phone in the upper W category probably, according to Samsung's new naming logic.

Samsung Wave M runs TouchWiz UI over bada 2.0 - Samsung Wave M Preview
Samsung Wave M runs TouchWiz UI over bada 2.0 - Samsung Wave M Preview
Samsung Wave M runs TouchWiz UI over bada 2.0 - Samsung Wave M Preview
Samsung Wave M runs TouchWiz UI over bada 2.0 - Samsung Wave M Preview

Samsung Wave M runs TouchWiz UI over bada 2.0



Messaging, Internet and Connectivity:

The 3.65” display size makes it comfortable to type on the virtual keyboard and bada OS 2.0 has a pretty well-spaced layout we've come to appreciate, so communicating via the new ChatON messaging service, or using the Social Hub that aggregates your social networking and messaging services in one place should be fairly easy.

The 3.65” display size makes it comfortable to type on the virtual keyboard - Samsung Wave M Preview
The 3.65” display size makes it comfortable to type on the virtual keyboard - Samsung Wave M Preview
The 3.65” display size makes it comfortable to type on the virtual keyboard - Samsung Wave M Preview

The 3.65” display size makes it comfortable to type on the virtual keyboard



The Dolphin browser adds a download manager and prettier interface compared to the previous versios of bada, but still doesn't support desktop Adobe Flash, only Flash Lite. Text reflow, pinching and scrolling are executed fine, but while reading text we again get unpleasantly close with the pixel density, which makes letters look a tad jagged.

The Samsung Wave M sports a full set of connectivity options – 7.2Mbps HSDPA, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct, as well as Bluetooth, A-GPS, FM Radio and even NFC, which has its own app for making and receiving NFC tags.


Camera:

The 5MP camera didn't have a flash on our preview unit, but will in the final one, and we won't comment on the picture quality before we get a finalized unit. You can see for yourself below that even now the shots come out pretty decent.

Camera samples taken with Samsung Wave M - Samsung Wave M Preview
Camera samples taken with Samsung Wave M - Samsung Wave M Preview
Camera samples taken with Samsung Wave M - Samsung Wave M Preview
Camera samples taken with Samsung Wave M - Samsung Wave M Preview

Camera samples taken with Samsung Wave M



The Samsung Wave M records 640x480 video with 30fps, which should make for a watchable experience, but can't be compared to the latest HD 720p and 1080p video capture phones, of course.

Samsung Wave M Sample Video:



Mulimedia:

The Wave M has a pretty decent music player, which supports albums, artists and playlists, but is nothing visually spectacular. The 5.1 channel mock surround sound is present here in headset mode as well.

The music player interface - Samsung Wave M Preview
The music player interface - Samsung Wave M Preview
The music player interface - Samsung Wave M Preview

The music player interface



The handset played MPEG-4 and DivX videos up to VGA resolution with no issues, and the experience is fine on the average screen size.


Samsung Wave M Preview
Expectations:


While nothing spectacular, the Samsung Wave M does introduce a new lower-midrange niche in the bada handset lineup with its 3.65” screen, 5MP camera and a front-facing shooter. It also has an NFC chip inside for those rare occasions when you would need one.

We have a bit lower than usual pixel density for the category, which sometimes makes text appear jagged, and the TouchWiz interface a bit granular. The chassis is fairly bulky as well, and the looks are nothing to write home about.

We did appreciate the decent pictures from the 5MP shooter, though, and hope they will stay like that or even get better in the final unit. The Wave M doesn't stand much chance against a decent Android midrange phone with the hundreds of thousands of apps backing it up, but it is a decent addition to the bada lineup nonetheless. As usual, much depends on the pricing scheme.


Samsung Wave M Video Preview:


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

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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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