From the signs looming over Mobile World Congress we knew that Samsung was going to "unpack" a new phone in Barcelona. And the night before the show began the company did just that with the Samsung Wave, the first handset to run on Sammy's new Bada operating system.
Also called the S8500, the Wave's slim (4.64 inches long by 2.2 inches wide by 0.42 inch deep) candy bar design resembles previous Samsung touch-screen handsets like the Omnia II. The 3.3-inch AMOLED (800x480 pixels) display supports TouchWiz 3.0, which features quick access to apps, integration with social-networking services, and user customization of the home screen. You'll also find Social Hub, which promises combined delivery of e-mail, text messages, and calendar events.
The bigger story, however, is inside. As mentioned, the Wave is the debut device for Bada. Though Samsung rolled out the new OS in November, this is our first chance to check it out and see what it offers. We know that the open OS will have access to Samsung's new application store, but we can't say yet how Bada will compare with Google Android and what it will do for Samsung. Once we get the chance to play with the Wave and Bada, we'll tell you more.… Read more