Samsung Wave S8500 Preview
The Samsung Wave S8500 uses TouchWis 3.0, which, of course, looks a lot like what we have previously seen from Samsung's touchscreen devices, bringing some nice visual improvements. However, to start with, we would like to note that the Wave runs perfectly smooth. There's no lag anywhere in the interface, which comes as a surprise from Samsung's TouchWiz UI, as it has been suffering from severe lag from time immemorial. Now, we are not sure if the Wave's flawless performance is due only to the 1GHz processor inside it, or it’s bada that makes things run smooth, but we can tell you that it is way more enjoyable to use the Wave, than any other TouchWiz phone . Using the Samsung Wave S8500 is like using the iPhone 3GS - you get a perfectly smooth experience, which isn't something you see every day.
The changes in TouchWiz 3.0 are mostly visual, but there are still some functional tweaks that we are glad to see. You can now have more than three home screen pages (they should be up to 10), and the widgets are stored in a field at the bottom of the screen. Like before, the main menu consists of several pages and the icons' arrangement can be customized to suit your taste. At the upper end of the interface is a drawer that houses switches for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Silent mode, as well as notifications, similarly to Android.
One functional difference is the phonebook, which now allows you to link your contacts to their IM (you can choose from AIM, Windows Live, Yahoo, Skype, QQ and Google Talk) and social accounts (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter). You can track each contact’s latest online activity through the phonebook application, which is called SNS functionality (from Social Network Service). SNS is also used in various other phones such as the LG GW620, LG Pop and Samsung Lindy. Another neat new feature is the so called “Ultimate Inbox”, which allows you to see all the emails from your separate inboxes in one single inbox. As a whole, working with email on the Wave seems to be a pleasant experience (we couldn’t test it because our prototype has its networking features off, but at least we could create some accounts and play with the interface a little bit). The last heavily stressed on feature is the Push Calendar. Basically, the Wave’s calendar can be synchronized with other calendars like Facebook’s and Google’s, so you’ll be getting live notifications about upcoming events.
Ultimate Inbox is a new feature
The phonebook allows you to link your contacts to their IM and social accounts
We are always glad to see improvements being made to the internet browser. The Samsung Wave S8500 brings a new version of the WebKit-based Dolphin browser – 2.0, which, by the looks of it, is capable enough to offer a decent web browsing experience. We don't want to jump to conclusions just yet, as our unit is far from final, but still - loading and scrolling around a page was adequate. The screen supports multitouch so you can use the pinch-to-zoom gesture, and another thing that made us an impression was that you need to double-tap on a link, in order to activate it. This will positively minimize the chances of accidental link presses.
Now that Samsung has cooked a smart operating system for you, it has also provided a tool for you to track your system resources. For the purpose, you have the System Manager, which presents you with information about the remaining battery life, current CPU usage, detailed memory status, and active applications. Speaking of active applications, you can utilize multitasking for the system apps like the browser, music player, email and so on, but unfortunately you won’t be able to multitask third-party native apps.
Samsung Apps will be the application store found on bada phones. Unfortunately, we didn’t have it on our unit, so we couldn’t check it out and see what the users will benefit from having a bada smartphone. Samsung Apps will be available at the Samsung Wave’s launch and should offer an extensive lineup of applications if the manufacturer wants bada to be competitive on the smartphone market. Its strongest rivals as of now are Apple with the App Store and Google with the Android Market. We have seen videos of graphics-intensive games running on the Wave, so we know this platform has what it takes to offer great entertainment to its users. We also know that Samsung has the resource to support a rich app ecosystem, which means it just needs to play its cards right to become competitive in the short term.
2. jedi2000 posted on 02 Mar 2010, 11:35 0 0
Sweet phone, looks like Samsung is finally kicking it up a notch, BAM!
3. dtn_93 posted on 07 Mar 2010, 05:17 0 0
I might get this i dont really care for iphone or android and the screen and the HD filming sounds awesome
4. syoody posted on 04 May 2010, 12:20 0 0
I will probably buy it unless it's too expensive...
5. skybucks21 posted on 17 May 2010, 03:41 0 0
I'll go for this one than the iphone. Every phone that is coming out right now is better than iphone when it comes to features. The super amoled of Samsung beats the hell out of the iphone screen. Symbian functionality is way preferable. Camera Phones of SE and Samsung both kick the ass of the mediocre snapshots of iphone. The only thing which they cannot beat is THE LARGE LIBRARY OF APPLICATIONS provided BY APPLE ALONE! That sucks!
6. aneesh_1304 posted on 05 Jun 2010, 11:34 0 0
i got this phone today and it is a very gud phone except for the browser(a bit slow) and a main thing it supports flash.........the music nd camera r amazing.......the screen is gorgeous
7. MSK (unregistered) posted on 15 Oct 2010, 04:14 0 0
This phone is unavailable at all stores. Can anyone guide me where to get it at a best proce in Delhi/ NCR. Thanks.