Samsung Wave 3 Review
Bada OS 2.0 is standing loud and proud in front of you past the active lockscreen of the Samsung Wave 3, and there is a difference in visual candy compared to the previous iteration. The TouchWiz interface is very similar to the one found on the Android Galaxy S II, down to the default wallpaper and the grid that shows you where you can place each widget on the homescreen, and how much cells it will take.
The lock screen now shows the weather widget and message notifications. On the farthest left homescreen you can place widgets in a scrollable list, called Live Panel, with the only locked one being the widget for your favorite contacts.Bada 2.0 looks way more polished in terms of iconography and fonts than its predecessor, too, as it should be. Transitional animations and transparency are ubiquitous now, bringing more pleasant looks to Samsung's homemade mobile OS. Almost every menu has been updated for better visuals, from the sliding switches that turn on/off different functions, to the rounded buttons within the apps, and a new, contrasting color scheme has taken over.
Bada OS 2.0 is standing loud and proud in front of you past the active lockscreen of the Samsung Wave 3
The eye candy draws well without hiccups, as should be the norm on a 1.4GHz processor. We have to also note that the touchscreen was very responsive with no lag following your finger movement, and kinetic scrolling feels like it has been given a nitro booster.
A major addition to the interface in bada 2.0 is voice recognition, which pops up often, inviting you to say a command or phrase. We found it to be pretty accurate, provided that you speak slowly and distinctly.
There is multitasking also – hold down the home key, and you get a list of the running apps (including 3rd party), between which you can toggle, or kill them altogether at once. In short, TouchWiz over bada 2.0 now gets to look a lot like the one on Android, sans the live wallpapers.
The messaging app has a helpful contacts bar under the recipient field, from where you can quickly choose a number from the call log, for instance, and a quick way to attach an image, video or sound file to your outgoing message is at a touch distance.
The email app supports automatic configuration for the most popular online services, and you can adjust a lot of font options, like size, shape and even color. Typing messages is very comfortable on the large 4” display, in both landscape and portrait modes. The virtual keyboard employs more rounded buttons with extra space between them now, which eases the process of typing correctly.
Internet and Connectivity:
Unfortunately, bada 2.0 doesn't support desktop Adobe Flash. The Dolphin 3.0 browser of Samsung, however, has a more polished UI now plus a new download manager, so it's a change for the better. Text reflow, panning and zooming also work flawlessly, so the only thing you are likely to miss is full Flash support at places.
The Samsun'g Wave 3 supports a full set of connectivity options – 14.4Mbps HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, DLNA and FM radio. As with most high-end Samsung handsets of late, we have Wi-Fi Direct as well, so their owners can exchange big files quickly without the need of an access point. Of note is that the GPS chip locked position pretty quick on cold start – for about 20 seconds, and it also supports the Russian satellite system Glonass.
3. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
What happened to him? I miss him. I wanna see a very stupid conversation.
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.
10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Agreed, seems like everything is getting really low scores now.
14. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
The only 9.5 was the atrix. Just sayin.
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 ...
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.
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.
13. Retro-touch (Posts: 248; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
They don't anymore probably due to complaints about the scores but they DID
9. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1046; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Wish this phone ran Wp7. Then it'd be sweet.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
23. bantilan (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
Turn your Wave 3 to Pattern Lockscreen, downloaded at SamsungApps.com
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
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.
26. Subudhi (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 May 2012)
Pros: Good display, fast processor at 1.4 ghz
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?
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
28. Subudhi (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 May 2012)
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.