The release of Samsung Wave 578 adds to the list of low end phone running on the bada OS. While many would say the bada OS isn’t exactly going to make them choose this phone over any other phone the Samsung Wave 578 might just have the secret ingredient. The Near Field Communication (NFC) chip that comes with this phone could just be the answer to make heads turn its way.
So Samsung has decided to have only a 3.2 inch LCD screen on the Samsung Wave 578. It would not have been too much of an issue if the resolution was 320 x 480 pixels like most other smartphones with the same screen size, but this screen only has a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels. Piling on to this is the small range of viewing angles. However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel as the screen on the Samsung Wave 578 is bright enough to be seen under bright conditions.
Samsung Wave 578 comes with a 3MP camera in an age where 8MP cameras grace the smartphone industry. Although we stick to our principles that numbers don’t necessarily tell the true story, but this is too vast a difference to keep us from swaying away from that principle. The camera interface does provide some customization for your shooting and scene modes which is definitely welcome. The pictures taken lack details to such an extent that it affects the accurate color representation of the scenery. In the video recording department, the 15fps frame rate coupled with the 240 x 320 resolution isn’t going to get you anywhere either.
Moving on to the email client on this phone, just as the ones found on other bada smartphones, it’s equally great. It allows you to download up to 10MB per message. The browser that comes with the Samsung Wave 578 is the basic Dolphin 2.0. However, we are sad to inform you that it does not support Flash. Nevertheless, it is good at both panning around as well as zooming. The phone supports 3G, Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth 3.0 among other connectivity options. As we had stressed in the beginning, the NFC is the highlight for this phone. As of now, the NFC app in the phone is capable or reading NFC tags that already have stored info in them. The app also allows you to create and exchange NFC tags. However, we are keen to find out what’s in store for the future of this NFC chip.
Speaking of performance, the earpiece on the Samsung Wave 578 is decent with only small issues as you go up to high volumes. It was also great to hear from the other end that they could hear us loud and clear. This phone comes with a 1200mAh battery which is going to do just about enough for a low end phone like this.
Pros and Cons
However, Samsung could have done better with the screen resolution.