When Samsung announced that they would drop the Symbian platform last year, opting instead to create their own called bada, it was met with a lot of skepticism on the ability of this new OS.
Now at last the Wave, the Korean manufacturer's first bada driven smartphone, has arrived on our shores. And although it lacks in the apps department, the Wave looks very comfortable in its skin.
Compared to others in the market (the iPhone 3GS has a 480 x 320 resolution on a 3.5” screen, the Motorola Milestone does 480 x 854 on a 3.7” screen) it’s in a class of its own, with the nearest competitor most probably being the upcoming iPhone 4.
These widgets are relics of Samsung's older TouchWiz interface found on phones such as the Genoa and frankly don't belong near the Wave (widgets and apps is to be honest one and the same thing and should be integrated).
That said we would have loved better integration with Facebook and Twitter, since your phonebook contacts cannot sync with your Facebook contacts (Sony Ericsson's Timescape functionality does a much better job).
Their apps home, Samsung Apps, is not well populated, with Samsung even bungling non-English apps in there. The quality of available apps is also a hit-or-miss affair, similiar to the first apps available for Android and BlackBerry. At least the market was easy to navigate and looked good.
We seriously doubt if Samsung will catch up with the amount of apps available on the Android Market, never mind even coming close to Apple's App Store.
Even after downloading Kies we just couldn't manage to install it. Nokia’s solution, where their PC Suite is installed directly off the phone, works a lot better.