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 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!
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Great hardware, Surprisingly smartphone-like functionality, Solid camera
Cons: Not a smartphone, Built-in apps not great, No North American 3G
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.
Conclusion: The construction quality of the Samsung Wave is top-notch with an elegant brushed aluminum finish that looks and feels great in the palm. The not-so-light-yet-not-so-heavy weight of the device makes it feel all the more sturdy though I’m not sure if it can take some abuse.
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.