I forgot to add that yesterday, during our meeting with Globe and Samsung, I was also able to play with another handset which features the new Bada OS — the Samsung S8500 Wave.
Again, sorry for not being able to take photos but I wasn’t allowed to take one.
But let me share with you some of my thoughts after tinkering around with it.
- The phone is pretty solid and has a bit of heft due to that metal construction. It’s slim and sleek with a brushed-metal finish.
- This full touch screen phone has some pretty impressive specs like the Galaxy S — 1GHz, 3G/HSDPA, WiFi 802.11n, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, FM radio, 2GB & 8GB internal plus 32GB via microSD, 5MP AF camera with 720p video recording.
- The Bada OS, Samsung open platform looks nice and reminds me of TouchWiz UI but a much more refined one (update: the UI is actually TouchWiz UI 3.0). The 5 panels resembles that of the Android UI and LG’s S-Class UI.
- The Samsung Wave will be released soon and will have a price in the range of Php20,000 and above.
Samsung reps told me their efforts in the high-end and smartphone line will be two-thirds more on Android and the rest with the Bada OS. You will see more of the Bada OS in mid to low-end handsets.