Engadget: Samsung Wave S8500

Samsung’s Wave S8500 is a Bada smartphone. Bada is Samsung’s smartphone OS much like Android is Google’s. The Wave S8500 sports a 3.3-inch “800×480” PenTile Matrix Super AMOLED display. Engadget:

The front is made of glass with subtly concave top and bottom edges, covering a 3.3-inch 800 x 480 pixel Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen which looks absolutely gorgeous and remains visible in direct sunlight.

The Bada smartphone features a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, macro and a LED flash. You can capture 720/30p HD video but it doesn’t autofocus while in video mode, something most smartphones lack right now.

Shots contain sufficient detail and exhibit accurate color balance and exposure. Low-light performance is surprisingly good, and noise is kept under control. Video recording is silky smooth (30fps sustained), with few compression artifacts and great audio.

And what about Bada?

The Wave is a lot like a baby Galaxy S. What you lose in screen size and performance, you gain with better materials, build quality, battery life, and camera features (namely an LED flash and a dedicated 2-stage camera button). Bada, surprisingly, behaves a lot like a baby Android. It arguably provides the best feature phone experience currently available, but still leaves us craving for more.

Baby Galaxy S? Baby Android? Sounds good.