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Samsung Wave 3 Review

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Samsung Wave 3 Review
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Samsung Wave 3 Review
Samsung Wave 3 Review
The latest grandmaster of Samsung’s bada OS dropped by the office to say hi, and the first impression it brought was that of a pretty solid device designwise. Unlike the original Wave, though, which was the first smartphone with Super AMOLED display and Hummingbird processor, the third edition won’t steal the spotlight with anything “first”.

It sports the newest bada 2.0 OS, a single core processor pumped up to 1.4GHz, and a 4” Super AMOLED display. Is it enough to battle today's overcrowded mid-range Android and Windows Phone market? Read on to find our thoughts on the Samsung Wave 3


Design:

Overall, we are very satisfied with the outer appearance – the phone is slim at 0.39“ (9.9mm), with reasonable 4.30oz (122g) of heft, despite the largely metal chassis, and has all the curves in the right places that make it comfortable to hold. Both the power/lock key on the right, and the volume rocker left are easy to find and press.
Samsung Wave 3 Review
Samsung Wave 3 Review
Samsung Wave 3 Review

Samsung Wave 3 Review

You can compare the Samsung Wave 3 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Moreover, from the looks and materials one can immediately tell they are holding a high-end bada phone, so the Samsung Wave 3 has managed to both be distinctive, and keep the flagship design heritage alive, including using the trademark brushed metal looks. The only gripe is that it is a tad on the wide side, which makes it a bit unwieldy for people with smaller hands.

Volume rocker on the left - Samsung Wave 3 Review
Power/lock key on the right - Samsung Wave 3 Review
microUSB port and 3.5mm jack on top - Samsung Wave 3 Review

Volume rocker on the left

Power/lock key on the right

microUSB port and 3.5mm jack on top


The 4” Super AMOLED display seems like taken directly from last year's Galaxy S editions. It has the same 480x800 resolution, wide viewing angles, gaudy colors and almost infinite contrast. Unfortunately, it still sports overly cold colors and the PenTile matrix, which places it a level below the Super AMOLED Plus display on the Galaxy S II, for example, and could use a tad more brightness for better use outside.

Samsung Wave 3 has a 4” Super AMOLED display - Samsung Wave 3 Review
Samsung Wave 3 has a 4” Super AMOLED display - Samsung Wave 3 Review
Samsung Wave 3 has a 4” Super AMOLED display - Samsung Wave 3 Review

Samsung Wave 3 has a 4” Super AMOLED display


Half of the solid metal chassis simply slides up on rails when you push a thin button on the back, revealing the battery compartment with the SIM card and microSD slots – enough with ruining your manicure trying to pry open a back cover. You can insert the SIM and the memory card without removing the battery at all.

Back - Samsung Wave 3 Review
Camera - Samsung Wave 3 Review
Battery compartment - Samsung Wave 3 Review

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Battery compartment



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posted on 25 Nov 2011, 06:41 3

1. sarb009 (Posts: 294; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


come on...... peter !!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 07:14 3

2. JayRaj (Posts: 54; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)


Yeah Peter! We are waiting for you!! :D

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 07:37 8

3. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


What happened to him? I miss him. I wanna see a very stupid conversation.

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 07:57

4. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


hes on vacation ibet

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 10:08 4

5. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


I was wondering where this went...

Ohh Peter if only you could be here to see this.

Phonearena is just getting ruthlesser and ruthlesser every review.

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 14:53 4

10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Agreed, seems like everything is getting really low scores now.

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 04:15 2

14. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


The only 9.5 was the atrix. Just sayin.

posted on 18 Dec 2011, 19:54

19. RageQuit (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)


What about the Evo 4g?

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 11:15

6. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Don't want a bada phone again ...

Its a great OS ... But only if Samsung shows some importance in it .. These wave phones have great hardware ... And a good software .. but they forget the old models once after they release .. And apps !!!! no comments ...

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 12:19 1

7. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


PhoneArena is now as ruthless as Engadget in it's reviews when giving a phone it's final score.

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 12:29 5

8. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Also, the metal chassis should be one of the "pros" because this is very rare for Samsung.

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 15:00 1

11. abaza121 (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Oct 2011)


engadget don`t give scores

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 00:58 2

13. Retro-touch (Posts: 264; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


They don't anymore probably due to complaints about the scores but they DID

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 14:29 5

9. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1053; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Wish this phone ran Wp7. Then it'd be sweet.

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 15:01 3

12. abaza121 (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Oct 2011)


agree with u

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 20:09 2

16. winsaki234 (Posts: 63; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


android will more sweet

posted on 18 Dec 2011, 19:55

20. RageQuit (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)


And i think it should run XP.

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 05:56 3

15. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


maybe sammy will learn something and next S II will have alu body like this wave.
Looks much better than their flagship.
But this one is not good...first wave looks better...and is practically identical

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 15:49 4

17. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


How can PA even give this 6.5 Totally bias score.
7.5 would have been fair IMO

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 20:57

18. rajeev_118 (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Does this phone have sound profiles. Unlike Samsung Wave AKA S8500 the sound profiles were present in menu-.settings->sound->profile. There were sound profiles which could be modified.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 04:35

21. technot (Posts: 7; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


If only SGS11 had Samsung wave 3's design, it would be my dream phone. But you cant really have it all.

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 22:27 1

22. BioTek (Posts: 53; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


I would expect Samsung to put more effort into the flagship series of the OS the company developed.

posted on 22 Feb 2012, 09:07

23. bantilan (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


Turn your Wave 3 to Pattern Lockscreen, downloaded at SamsungApps.com

http://www.samsungapps.com/topApps/topAppsDetail.as?productId=G00004028678

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 10:14

24. abhishek83 (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Mar 2012)


samsyng wave3 have trobles:(
ITS RESTART RENDAMLY AND WHEN I USE ITS GOING RESTART :'-C
PLEASE SOLVE THIS

posted on 27 May 2012, 15:01

25. Subudhi (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Samsung Wave 3 GT-S8600 with all the hype is a disaster. I purchased one about a week ago and now I am repenting.
1. Bada is an outdated OS and there is no assurance from Samsung if there will be any improvement.
2.You can not play flash video in this phone, where as my old Nokia 5230 plays most flv files.
3. The date separator is not customisable. You have to be satisfied with '/'. You can not have '. 'or '- '.
4. There is no sound profile, such as Loud, General, Meeting or Silent. You have to configure the sound and vibrations individually.
5. Screen brightness and contrast are not customisable.
6. Touch-sensitivity is not customisable.
7. Its 5 mp camera produces worse photographs than my 2 mp Nokia 5230. Let the Samsung people come forward and prove me false.

Even smaller and cheaper phones come with all these features. THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU GO FOR THIS PHONE.

posted on 28 May 2012, 13:09

26. Subudhi (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Pros: Good display, fast processor at 1.4 ghz
Cons: Many;
Touch extra sensitive (some times incoming calls get rejected due to this.), Can't customise the sensitivity.
Can't customise home screen
Can't customise display brightness
Can't remove or create shortcuts
No predefined sound profile
5 MP camera, but contrast is too low, contrast or brightness of camera not customisable
Flash video files not supported
Can't select multiple contacts
In fact 'options' in menus is completely missing in this phone.
All-in-all, this is a pricey phone with very few features. The BADA programmers in Samsung need to look at a few more Symbian phones and improve upon the features. Is Samsung listening?

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 07:13

27. elyblor (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)


The worst thing in this @#%cking fone is that you can't even play your fuc@#%*ing memory sd card. That's why I hate SameSong, Nokia will always be the best, I confess

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 02:11

28. Subudhi (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Hi Everybody,

Just discovered another negative of Samsung wave 3, GTS 8600. You can't send a contact via sms as a business card, i.e as a vcf file, which is a very common feature available in all mobiles, even very cheap phones. You have to send it via MMS only, an option which requires a lot of configuration settings and large network resources. And Samsung cares two hoots.

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1400 MHz, Scorpion processor
Size4.96 x 2.53 x 0.39 inches
(126 x 64.2 x 9.9 mm)
4.30 oz  (122 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 8.5 hours talk time

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