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Jul 3, 2010
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Just when we were just about ready to snatch up that 60,000-peso iPhone 4 lurking around in Greenhills (what, we’re impulsive like that), Samsung intercepts us and gives us a whiff of their awesome new phone, the Samsung Wave. [firstpara]And what a whiff it was. For a phone that costs 19,000 pesos, the Wave boasts a lot of features that make it feel a lot more expensive than that. Hands-down, it’s one of the best phones released this year.

The Wave is Samsung’s first phone that features the Bada OS, which is Samsung’s newest OS, and is designed to compete with the iPhone OS and Google's Android, among others.

The OS is young, but clearly has a lot of potential to be a serious challenger in the market. The Touchwiz user interface feels intuitive to use too, with its drop-down notification bar, which displays emails, updates as well as  quick access points to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Volume Settings. The phone’s 1GHz processor ensures a smooth hitch-free experience as well.

The most amazing feature of the Wave, by far, is its super AMOLED screen. The 3.3-inch 480x800 pixel touchscreen just looks superb. The colors look extremely vibrant and the details are all in high quality.

The screen really puts the iPhone 3GS’ to shame, and looks beautiful even with other high-end competitors such as Google’s Nexus One and HTC’s offerings.

Just as noteworthy is the Wave’s touchscreen performance. The Samsung Wave’s touchscreen is surprisingly, very tactile and responsive.

Techie.com.ph says it themselves that the Wave’s “touch-screen performance is comparable to the iPhone/iPod touch  and is much more responsive compared to Android devices such as the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and the (ugh) HTC Magic.” Yup, they hate the HTC Magic over there.

Another great thing about the Wave is its multimedia capabilities. Its video recording function is one of the best in its class right now allowing you to shoot videos in HD—720p quality to be exact at 30 fps.

The 5-megapixel camera impresses as well, and is quite packed with features including touch-to-focus controls, Geo-tagging, face, smile and blink detection, as well as image stabilization. Apple, you should be ashamed.

And while the iPhone 4 seems to be having reception issues, it’s always a clear, sunny day for the Samsung Wave with its 3G, EDGE, GPRS and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity options.

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Looks-wise, it’s just elegant. It’s sturdy to hold, but not heavy, it’s classy and expensive-looking but not boring. Just the way we like our phones. So to sum it all up, we could agree that yes, we love the phone.  

WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES

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