Slashgear got a Samsung Wave S8500 Bada OS phone recently and reviewed it, for us all to see and analyse. This is the very first Samsung Bada OS phone, so it’s very important to see what impression it makes specially because it debuts a fresh software platform.
The device measures 10.9mm, so it’s pretty slim and it comes with a 3.3 inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, brighter than a regular AMOLED screen. There’s also a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus on board, also supporting 720p HD Video recording, while Wave’s specs list also includes WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0.
Samsung Wave S8500 uses A-GPS, a 3.5mm audio jack, a microSD card slot and supports quadband GSM/EDGE and dualband HSPA. Beneath the shell of the smartphone you’ll find Samsung’s 1GHz Hummingbird processor, that handles all tasks perfectly. Slashgear mentions that they were impressed by the Super AMOLED’s outdoor visibility and although you can’t use the phone in direct sunlight, it’s still better than the Nexus One, for example.
TouchWiz 3.0 UI is another bonus, although combining it with Bada OS results in a hybrid that reminds us a bit of Android. It’s an attempt towards widgets, but you’ll still use a fixed row of icons running along the bottom of the screen. You also get to use a friend stream of sorts, that shows Twitter and Facebook updates, just like the HTC Friend Stream feature.
Learn more about the first Bada OS phone in the full review here.