The Samsung Bada range is group of phones that run on Samsung’s own operating system. We know them as the Wave series, and while they offer something to those who are looking for something other than android, windows, or iOS they are far less popular. If you buy any of the wave phones then you will get access to Samsung Apps, but their catalogue isn’t as large as Apple’s, or Android’s. The Samsung product page lists the features of the Samsung Wave 578, and of course there are a few terms that require further explanation. This article aims to give that explanation to you, so that you can make a better informed decision when considering Samsung.
Samsung Apps has been going in some form or another since 2006, and it has grown steadily in that time. The apps on the store are mainly for the Bada, or Wave models, but there are some that are aimed at Samsung’s Windows and Android handsets. The Android Market is more expensive, but it offers a few things that Samsung Apps doesn’t; first is the wide range of customer support. Android Market is well backed, and so there is plenty of help if you need it. Secondly if you buy an app from the Android Market, and then change your handset to a different android you can take your paid for apps with you. With Samsung Apps you can’t. If you change Samsung handsets then you have buy the apps again.
The Rich Communication Service is still named the Rich Communication Suite on the Samsung product page. The name is really not that much of an issue unless you are looking to explore the history, or the future of the concept. What is means is that your Samsung has a vast multimedia functionality that is able to communicate with just about any other device built by just about any other manufacturer on just about any network. You’re probably thinking that your phone can do that already, and you’d probably be right. Companies all over the mobile phone industry have signed up to the Rich Communication Suite, and so what Samsung are using as a marketing point is really a standard feature of most phones out there. Jargon busted.
So far you might be thinking that the Samsung Wave doesn’t really have anything worth bragging about, but it does. The phone includes the new NFC Lifestyle. What that means is Near Field Communication; a clever way of quickly sending data over short distances. The applications of this new technology are quite exciting because you can now use your phone to pay for things, get vouchers, and send files to your mates. If you live in a city where you need to use a mass transport system then you could already be able to use your phone instead of your oyster or octopus. Near Field Communication is a bit bulky for a smooth marketing term. Contactless Payment is already being used to describe one of the features of NFC, but there is quite a bit more to it than that.
The Samsung Wave 578 is a cheaper smartphone option, and while the low price tag might entice some buyer to the phone, its functionality isn’t quite as good as other phones in the same price bracket. Samsung have done well in thinking of flashy titles in order to promote some of their features, but a lot of them are just simple things that we already expect to see on phones already.
The author of this article Jane Hill is going to buy herself the Samsung Wave 578 mobile phone.