The New Samsung Wave

All cell phone users are not created equal. Some people seek out phones that can do everything but wash the windows, while others simply wish to talk on them with a few conveniences thrown in. The Samsung Wave is phone that meets consumers halfway. It is a mid range model that finds a comfortable balance between being a smartphone and a phone that focuses on practicality.

All phones have one major requirement, whether they are emailing, direction getting wonders or simply act as a telephone: A readout that you don’t need a magnifying glass to read. The Wave is head and shoulders above almost all phones in any price range with its striking display. The screen is rather large, coming in at a healthy 3.3 inches and provides 480 x 800 pixel resolution. A mind-boggling 16 million colors are supported by the display, and the touch screen is quite accurate, a problem known only to well to previous Samsung models. Not many phones produced can match the Wave’s screen.

Web pages jump out from the screen with such beautiful resolution, a clarity only computer monitors and televisions could previously provide. Pictures to view on the phone are taken with a 5-megapixel camera. It may not be the most megapixels around, features such as touch to focus, Geo-tagging, and face and smile detection make up for any perceived inadequacies. The video camera shoots film in 720p at 30 frames per second. Many other phones are hard pressed to keep up with the Wave’s video abilities, regardless of price. Samsung even threw in a front facing camera to round out the package.

Remember those web pages that will sparkle on the Wave’s impressive display? The user can access them with the phone’s remarkable connectivity. Facebooking, tweeting, getting directions, and reading the latest news is delivered at lightning speed with the availability of 3G, EDGE, GPRS, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n networks. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and volume settings are all easily accessed with a drop-down notification bar. This bar provides email and other notifications.

Since Samsung has only just now launched the Bada OS, the corresponding application store is still being stocked. The store is also Samsung’s creation, and detractors point to the fact that only 150 apps currently exist for the phone; however, thousands more are currently awaiting approval. As more Bada-powered models are released, the more apps will become available, rendering the currently low number of apps a thing of the past.

The Samsung Wave is the company’s first step toward establishing themselves as a unique smartphone technology entity. The purpose of the phone is not to dominate the market but to provide users with a pleasant experience that combines the comfort and familiarity of past models with the advancements of the latest. Rising to the top will come with time.

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