Samsung Wave Y Preview
The Samsung Wave Y is not exactly the most notable handset to celebrate the launch of bada 2.0, as it mimics the lowly specs of previous entry-level bada phones like the Wave 575.
The only tangible thing that seems upped except the version number of the operating system and the NFC chip addition, is the slightly higher screen resolution, but even at 320x480 it is only decent for the 3.2” screen. Moreover, the camera resolution has gone down from 3.2MP on the previous cheaper Waves to 2MP here, making you go “hmm”.
Having “Y” in the title is an indication that the phone is supposed to be priced sub-$200 without a contract, and is geared towards teens and emerging markets. Is the Samsung Wave Y just low-end, or low-end but with a twist that will justify its purchase over some affordable Android handset? Read on our preview to find out...
The Samsung Wave Y is actually a tad thicker and wider than the first batch of entry-level bada phones like the Wave 575, so it won't be winning any design contests in the compact department. The chassis takes a cue from the flagship Wave 3 bada phone with tapered edges and rounded corners, which is apparently the new look of bada phones.
The tapered back battery cover is trying to mimic a brushed metal pattern, but the phone is all-around plastic, and in the uninspiring black/grey combination at that.
The 3.2” display sports 320x480 pixels, which finally puts bada on par with most of the low-end Androids, and the screen actually sports decent viewing angles and sunlight visibility. Small text still looks jagged and letters interrupted with such resolution, though.
Underneath the display we have a large physical home key, flanked by two capacitive buttons that light up, ready for action, which is the only contemporary feature around the phone's design.
Power key and microSD slot on the right
3.5mm jack on top
Volume key on the left
microUSB port on the bottom edge
The sides of the Samsung Wave Y
1. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1044; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
I know this is a preview but bada still doesn't impress me at all.
2. fagpple (unregistered)
peterfromsweden will kill you because of your statement. you're a deadman.
3. toaster (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)
Oh no, an unflattering preview on a Bada phone.
Looks like we're never seeing you-know-who back here again.
6. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)
Looks like a C6-01. I'm not a Samsung hater. In fact, I'm a fan. But this has to stop. They need some originality. ( That was a meant as a constructive criticism)
7. qamz1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
No Skype support, No Google Maps support, No Voice Guided Navigation like Nokia 5230 (for India)
No NFC for India Version Wave Y GT-S5380K
AGPS receiver is inbuilt but not working efficiently and fast as Google maps in Nokia 5230, I have both phone
Loudspeaker volume very low though earpiece vol OK.
Some 3G Network issues, No Network within Coverage, No issues with 2G,
Only Incoming Full Duplex Video Call support,
Apps are limited, Java Google maps not working as fullscreen touch.
Browser doesnt support Full screen like Opera, Crappy thick opaque border of Dolphin3 browser.
Touch Call End not working properly after screen OFF (Because of Proximity sensor) during conversation.
No Good theme available.
No Camera Autofocus