Conclusion: For a Samsung phone, this one is excellent. It's worlds apart from the deluge of mediocre mid-range handsets we've seen from them of late. The Samsung Wave's screen is wonderful, we can't praise it enough so if you spend a lot of time watching videos and using media functions, then we'd definitely recommend you consider it. But if apps are important to you, we'd steer clear for now.
Excerpt: The Wave is the first handset that’s loaded with Samsung’s new Bada OS. The quest of the Bada (meaning Ocean in Korean) platform is to provide faster and cheaper smartphones to the mobile community. Technically Bada has been around for awhile, it’s the name for Samsung’s proprietary OS that runs most of their smartphones. Of course now it’s gotten a bit more sophisticated. So here’s a closer look at the S8500 Bada powered handset, better known as the Samsung Wave.
Excerpt: The Samsung Wave is a phone of firsts. It’s the first device to utilize a Super AMOLED screen, and also the first device to come loaded with Samsung’s proprietary Bada operating system. After spending some time with it, we have both some good and bad to report about the Wave. In this review, we’ll go through all of the important bits. Read on!
Summary: For international markets, the Samsung Wave is a nice, budget-friendly foray into the world of smartphones, but there are more affordable and more full-featured options for the U.S.
Pros: The Samsung Wave has a gorgeous, crystal-clear Super AMOLED touch screen. The 1GHz processor keeps the phone running smoothly, and the Wave has great call quality. The Wave also has a 5-megapixel camera and can capture HD video.
Cons: Samsung's TouchWiz 3.0 user interface is much improved over its previous versions; however, it is not as intuitive as others are, particularly as you get deeper into apps. It doesn't merge contact information from various accounts together and the Samsung App store is not available in U.S.
Summary: The Samsung Wave S8500 is a powerful smartphone along with new technology.One of the leading mobile phone providers, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, is coming with company’s newly launched open mobile platform for providing cellphone for every lifestyle.The 118×56×10.9mm with the new touchWiz 3.0 interface Wave handset obviously looks like Samsung feature mob.
Summary: The closest competition that the Samsung Wave has is from Nokia's N97 mini, another touchscreen phone with good multimedia features. However, irrespective of a hardware QWERTY keyboard and a more mature OS with app support to match, I would pick the Wave for its great screen, excellent touch UI and top-notch multimedia performance.
Excerpt: The Good High build quality. Outstanding Super AMOLED display. Good camera for photos and videos. Bada has good UI, multi-touch and web. Fast processor. Cheap with at least some carriers. Fairly long battery life. The Bad Very limited app and widget selection. Poor built-in Facebook, media, navigation and Twitter apps. Little reason to buy over Samsung's own Android phones. No text auto-correction.
Pros: High build quality., Outstanding Super AMOLED display., Good camera for photos and videos., Bada has good UI, multi-touch and web., Fast processor., Cheap with at least some carriers., Fairly long battery life.
Cons: Very limited app and widget selection., Poor built-in Facebook, media, navigation and Twitter apps., Little reason to buy over Samsung's own Android phones., No text auto-correction.
Summary: I have no complaints to the connection quality, ringtones sound loudly, while the vibro is not always felt. The location of the loudspeaker at the top creates advantages in the pocket, but at times there is a downside: if you put it upside down the sound will be faded. The same happens when you hold it in your hands as you often block the loudspeaker by chance. It irritates only when you play games.