On 1st October I became a Samsung Mob!ler. In exchange for a cool Samsung Wave, I get to complete 6 mob!ler missions and be in with a shot at winning a trip to Korea!! Woohoo!!
My wave uses an operating system (OS) called bada – which is Korean for ‘Ocean’ and is developed by Samsung!
So, why choose this when the smartphone Market is already saturated with the likes of Android, Symbian, Windows Phone 7, Blackberry OS and the iPhone OS?
Taking it straight out of the box, the Wave is easy to pick up and use making it great for newcomers to the market. The interface is thru the 3.3″ SUPER AMOLED Screen, which allows responsive access to both the widget toolbar and the home app screen.
Incorporated into the bada OS is Touchwiz 3.0 which allows you to manage and customise both the widget toolbar and app home screen thru drag and drop.
The widget toolbar directly affects the phones idle screen. This can accommodate upto 10 pages that you access by swiping either right or left. This gives you plenty of room to customise to your own personal liking!
Customisation is great but with bada itself still in it’s infancy, the Samsung store has fewer apps and widgets on offer – at least not much there to interest me at the moment. I do however expect this to change as the platform grows. Although those after some kind of VOIP like Skype are going to be disappointed as this is apparently not going to be available!
My favourite feature at the moment is the top drop down tray menu. This is where your email / SMS and other notifications are found. It is also where your music controls hide when you are surfing the Internet / using apps and widgets etc. It also provides quick and easy access to the toggle for wi-fi, Bluetooth and silent mode!
Switching between landscape and portrait mode is as easy as tilting your handset. This gives a wider screen for surfing the net, or a more spaced out keyboard for email / SMS messaging! Handy for what I have dubbed fat finger syndrome! For those that like predictive text, that option is still there. I hate it myself and would have preferred some kind of dictionary suggestion option instead, as I have a tendency to hit 1 wrong letter!
Multitasking with bada is easy too – allowing me to quickly and easily switch between twitter, facebook and surfing the net thru the task manager screen by holding down the middle button. Here you can see what is running on your phone, and either switch between them, or close one or all down immediately if you have finished. I would have liked to have seen the ability to close down the apps directly or leave them running when you exit them but this option works. And is made easy with the 1 GHz processor.
Another cool option is the importing of your phone, twitter, facebook and email contacts into one central location. This is both handy and easy to use! Although the linking of various accounts together for 1 contact has to be done manually! From here you can see what your friends are up to, contact them, arrange them into groups, or mark those you contact regularly as a favourite! Sweet!
The inbuilt calendar also incorporates dates and events from facebook, you can also throw in access to your google calendar meaning you’ll never miss an event or birthday again!
For those into music and video, bada pretty much plays whatever you throw at it and it plays them well. Got a few PDF files you want to read on the go? Again not an issue!
Overall I am impressed with the bada operating system of the wave. It has a lot of potential and is very easy to tweak and use! Samsung are expecting more apps and widgets to become available as the year wears on and I cannot wait!