Samsung Wave M Preview
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.