#MWC10 Samsung Wave Bada phone with Touch Wiz 3.0. First impressions
So, after a lot of hoopla, Samsung has finally launched its first phone with Bada OS yesterday. And we got our hands on it right away.
My first impressions with Samsung Wave Bada handset are a bit mixed.
I’m really impressed with the hardware. Super 3.3” AMOLED display looks really bright, thanks to Samsung’s own 1GHz processor, the phone is fast and snappy at everything it does, and touchscreen is very responsive. Inbox, that integrates your phonebook and social network contacts is cool, as is the push calendar that integrates with with Google and Yahoo services. And Touchwiz 3.0 UI, with its 10 screens, gives you plenty of space to place all the widgets and shortcuts you want.
On the other hand, Samsung Wave appears to be just a little bit soaped up Samsung Jet. Yes, it’s got a faster processor, but Samsung Jet was already fast enough. Yes the display is brighter, but again, Samsung Jet’s screen was already bright enough.
See what I mean? Through all the demos and hands-on time, I was looking for something that will make Samsung Wave a worthy replacement for Jet. And didn’t find any. Yes, if you are trying to choose between Jet and Wave, and the price is similar, by all means, buy Wave. But, if there’s a steep price difference between them, or if you plan replacing Jet with Wave, well…
It all comes down to the apps, and how successful Samsung will be, in getting developers interested in its Bada platform. At least on paper, Bada SDK allows really deep access to the phone hardware, so cool native apps can be developed for it. And Samsung plans to significantly expand its App store throughout the world this year.
If Samsung succeeds in getting developers write software for Bada OS, tons of apps for Bada phone available through Samsung App store, can make a big difference.