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Samsung Wave 3 Review

Samsung Wave 3

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Bada OS 2.0 is standing loud and proud in front of you past the active lockscreen of the Samsung Wave 3, and there is a difference in visual candy compared to the previous iteration.  The  TouchWiz interface is very similar to the one found on the Android Galaxy S II, down to the default wallpaper and the grid that shows you where you can place each widget on the homescreen, and how much cells it will take.

The lock screen now shows the weather widget and message notifications. On the farthest left homescreen you can place widgets in a scrollable list, called Live Panel, with the only locked  one being the widget for your favorite contacts.Bada 2.0 looks way more polished in terms of iconography and fonts than its predecessor, too, as it should be. Transitional animations and transparency are ubiquitous now, bringing more pleasant looks to Samsung's homemade mobile OS. Almost every menu has been updated for better visuals, from the sliding switches that turn on/off different functions, to the rounded buttons within the apps, and a new, contrasting color scheme has taken over.

Bada OS 2.0 is standing loud and proud in front of you past the active lockscreen of the Samsung Wave 3 - Samsung Wave 3 Review
Bada OS 2.0 is standing loud and proud in front of you past the active lockscreen of the Samsung Wave 3 - Samsung Wave 3 Review
Bada OS 2.0 is standing loud and proud in front of you past the active lockscreen of the Samsung Wave 3 - Samsung Wave 3 Review
Bada OS 2.0 is standing loud and proud in front of you past the active lockscreen of the Samsung Wave 3 - Samsung Wave 3 Review

The eye candy draws well without hiccups, as should be the norm on a 1.4GHz processor. We have to also note that the touchscreen was very responsive with no lag following your finger movement, and kinetic scrolling feels like it has been given a nitro booster.

A major addition to the interface in bada 2.0 is voice recognition, which pops up often, inviting you to say a command or phrase. We found it to be pretty accurate, provided that you speak slowly and distinctly.

Voice recognition - Samsung Wave 3 Review
Voice recognition - Samsung Wave 3 Review

There is multitasking also – hold down the home key, and you get a list of the running apps (including 3rd party), between which you can toggle, or kill them altogether at once. In short, TouchWiz over bada 2.0 now gets to look a lot like the one on Android, sans the live wallpapers.

The messaging app has a helpful contacts bar under the recipient field, from where you can quickly choose a number from the call log, for instance, and a quick way to attach an image, video or sound file to your outgoing message is at a touch distance.

The email app supports automatic configuration for the most popular online services, and you can adjust a lot of font options, like size, shape and even color. Typing messages is very comfortable on the large 4” display, in both landscape and portrait modes. The virtual keyboard employs more rounded buttons with extra space between them now, which eases the process of typing correctly.

Messaging - Samsung Wave 3 Review
Samsung Wave 3 Review
Email - Samsung Wave 3 Review

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Internet and Connectivity:


Unfortunately, bada 2.0 doesn't support desktop Adobe Flash. The Dolphin 3.0 browser of Samsung, however, has a more polished UI now plus a new download manager, so it's a change for the better. Text reflow, panning and zooming also work flawlessly, so the only thing you are likely to miss is full Flash support at places.

Web browser - Samsung Wave 3 Review
Web browser - Samsung Wave 3 Review
Web browser - Samsung Wave 3 Review

The Samsun'g Wave 3 supports a full set of connectivity options – 14.4Mbps HSDPA,  Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, DLNA and FM radio. As with most high-end Samsung handsets of late, we have Wi-Fi Direct as well, so their owners can exchange big files quickly without the need of an access point. Of note is that the GPS chip locked position pretty quick on cold start – for about 20 seconds, and it also supports the Russian satellite system Glonass.

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PhoneArena rating:
6.5Good
Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1400 MHz, Scorpion processor
Size4.96 x 2.53 x 0.39 inches
(126 x 64.2 x 9.9 mm)
4.30 oz  (122 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 8.5 hours talk time

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