Samsung's first Bada phone has some impressive hardware, but a future of success for Bada phones remains unclear.
Overall, Samsung really isn't bringing anything new to the table with Bada: Its features are really no different on what you'd find on the iPhone, webOS phones or Android phones. But we suspect that is not Samsung's main focus here. Samsung sees Bada phones as being accessible to everyone, no matter what your income or tech experience may be.
The hardware is impressive and we love the feel and the look of the Samsung Wave.
It is worth remembering that this is a first generation phone on this platform and once it gets the sort of intensive testing that real customers put on it, Samsung will probably better identify and iron out some of the quirks we found. We said at the beginning of this review that it was on the long side - even so, there are some elements we haven't mentioned, like the nice swipe lock screen which gives you a jigsaw-style alert for missed calls and messages or the drop-down Android-esque...
At AU$29 per month, the Samsung Wave lives in a space usually populated with plastic handsets and terrible touchscreens, and stands out as being completely the opposite.
Bolstered by excellent hardware and performance, the Samsung Wave outshines most phones at a similar price and showcases the promise of the Bada OS. Bolstered by excellent hardware and performance, the Samsung Wave outshines most phones at a similar price and showcases the promise of the Bada OS.Bolstered by excellent hardware and performance, the Samsung Wave outshines most phones at a similar price and showcases the promise of the Bada OS.
It is beautifully smooth and sits well in the hand.
Overall I really liked the Samsung Wave but I must admit that it was the Super AMOLED screen that did it for me. The whole BADA experience was quite good. Nothing revolutionary. Kind of a mixture of previous Samsung feature phones and a bit Android like.
Superb audio quality.
With a price tag of Rs. 17,200 (MOP) the Wave is a superb multimedia handset even if the camera didn't perform as well as I'd hoped. It's a well designed handset with quite a lot to offer users from all segments. Having said that, Bada is still a work in progress and does still require a few minor tweaks, but the Wave is still a handset that can compete with the best smartphones out there and if you're looking for multimedia handset with all the trimmings, the Wave is definitely a top notch...
The Wave itself is a sleek phone with the right mixture of glass, matte metal and glossy plastic.
The closest competition that the Samsung Wave has is from Nokia's N97 mini, another touchscreen phone with good multimedia features. However, irrespective of a hardware QWERTY keyboard and a more mature OS with app support to match, I would pick the Wave for its great screen, excellent touch UI and top-notch multimedia performance.
surprisingly loud speaker
The Wave is a lot like a baby Galaxy S. What you lose in screen size and performance, you gain with better materials, build quality, battery life, and camera features (namely an LED flash and a dedicated 2-stage camera button). Bada, surprisingly, behaves a lot like a baby Android. It arguably provides the best feature phone experience currently available, but still leaves us craving for more.
good call quality
The Samsung Mythic SGH-A897 is a lightweight and slim multimedia phone with the additional feature of AT&T's Mobile TV. Even though the Mythic's Web browser and video streaming needs improvement, still it is a good performing phone and a great buy for $199 with a two year contract after rebates. Overall, AT&T's Samsung Mythic touchscreen mobile phone deserves a good score.
I tested the Samsung Mythic in the Charlotte area, and call quality was good.
While the Samsung Mythic is a nice improvement to TouchWiz devices of the past, the device isn't exactly "jaw dropping." That being said, it's a welcome addition to the featurephone lineup, and is a device that I can see several individuals carrying - particularly those that don't want to go with a smartphone. Expect the battery life to be less than desirable, but beyond that, it's a reasonably well-equipped device.
good quality pictures and records video
The Mythic SGH-A897 is a good choice for those who want all the conveniences of home entertainment available on the go. While some may see the inclusion of live TV service as overkill, others may see it as a luxury worth having. Entertainment features aside, the Samsung Mythic provides an attractive design, plenty of practical features, and a solid touch-screen that should satisfy those with the need for something extra out of their cell phone.
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