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Samsung Wave review

Samsung offers its most powerful phone yet

Our Verdict

A phone that's full of style but backed up with a large amount of substance, this could be a real winner for those looking to take their first steps into the smartphone world.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 2 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 15 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 800

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For

  • Superb screen
  • Sleek design
  • Fast operation
  • Huge number of home screens
  • top end camera
  • Long battery life

Against

  • Poor navigation experience
  • HD video recording slightly grainy
  • On-board keyboard a little slow
  • Poor predictive text
  • Lightweight internet experience

We've finally managed to get our hands on a final release unit of the Samsung Wave - and the good news is it's a darn sight better than the pre-production version we tested a few weeks ago, so read on to see the updated and final Samsung Wave review.

The Korean firm has made the somewhat leftfield decision to launch its own OS and with the new Samsung Wave it gets a phone with top-notch hardware to debut it on.

Samsung wave

This isn't just another 'and me' Samsung phone – it's crammed to the hilt with high end features, such as HD video recording, a 1GHz Samsung-own Hummingbird processor, a super-slim chassis, the latest Super AMOLED screen and multi-touch support right out of the box.

Samsung wave

However, it's still rocking Samsung's TouchWiz overlay, which is great if you like Samsung phones, but a very different experience for those joining the Korean giant for the first time.

Samsung wave

So is this another middling handset from the firm that brought us more phones than we could shake a stick at last year, or is the Samsung Wave the first phone of a radical new dynasty?

The first two things to note about the Samsung Wave are obvious: the build quality and the screen just cram style into your eyeballs.

Samsung wave

The phone is very slim at less than 11mm thick and the metallic build quality is apparent the second you hold it in your hand. Given a startling number of purchases are made in store based on how a phone feels this will be head and shoulders above the rest to that demographic.

Samsung wave

The front is sparse in terms of buttons, with call, terminate and menu keys the only things apparent other than the 3.3-inch capacitive screen. The menu key is sculpted and nicely tactile, although perhaps a little large.

Samsung wave

The rest of the phone is pretty simple: volume up/down keys on the left-hand side, lock and camera shutter keys on the right-hand side and the top sees a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microUSB connector with sliding cover.

Samsung wave

Other than that, there's only the diamond-shaped 5MP camera on the back with accompanying LED flash, which all together gives the Wave a very refined look indeed.

And if you're impressed by the chassis, then you'll be amazed by the SuperAMOLED screen, with its high-res 480x800 WVGA screen with great viewing angles and jaw dropping contrast.

Samsung wave

It zips along under the finger too, and allows you to see a huge amount of information, be it widgets on your home screen or a full internet page.

In short, the Samsung Wave looks the business, but while it's nice to get a phone out in the pub to impress your mates once in a while, you've still got to live with it day to day, so let's dive under the hood to see how it works.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory2 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemBada OS
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time15 Hour
Product ModelGT-S8500
Screen Size8.4 cm (3.3")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Weight (Approximate)118 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Processor ManufacturerARM
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Call Timer, Caller ID, Conference Call
Height118 mm
Width56 mm
Depth10.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameGT-S8500 Wave Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeDigital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S8500BAAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationThe Samsung Wave is the world's first SUPER AMOLED mobile phone and will have you seeing images in a whole new light. With super fast navigation and internet browsing, the Wave is truly light years ahead of other mobile phones.
Package Contents
  • GT-S8500 Wave Smartphone
  • Battery
  • Travel adapter (charger)
  • Quick start guide