Samsung Australia has launched their new Bada OS Wave phone, 24 hours ahead of the Google Android Nexus One phone, which is set to debut on the Vodafone network tomorrow.
The new Samsung Wave, which will retail for $595, is aimed at the youth market and will be carried by Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.
The big question now is whether consumers will take to a brand new OS ahead of Windows Mobile, Android and the iPhone OS from Apple.
The Samsung Wave represents the first Bada OS offering and, while it has all the normal bell and whistles one would expect of a new Smartphone, including a 1ghz processor, 5mp camera with HD video recording and playback, slim build and multi-touch compatibility, it still has to pass the consumer test.
A big standout is the Super AMOLED display screen which is exclusive to Samsung.
A first glance at this phone reveals that first class materials have been used and that Samsung is making a big effort to win consumers over with an array of new software offerings including several new applications.
This is a phone that many people are going to have to get use to, while also justifying whether they should go with Bada over Android and what is on offer from Microsoft and Apple.
Pictures, websites and games are extremely bright and easy on the eyes because of the AMOLED screen Video replays are equally impressive.
Despite the screen and the neat software I kept going back to the HTC Desire as a comparison. I know what I think, but I suggest that you make the comparison prior to buying the Samsung Wave, which comes hot on the heels of the Samsung Galaxy S, the company’s new Android phone which was launched last week in Australia exclusive to Optus.
Right now the phone’s biggest weakness is the Bada OS which, when compared to Google’s Android, still has a long way to go. The phone is fast, due to the 1ghz Hummingbird.