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Samsung Wave Y Preview

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Our Samsung Wave Y Review is now published - click here to read it.

Samsung Wave Y Preview
Introduction:

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...


Design:

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 Samsung Wave Y is a tad thicker and wider than the first batch of entry-level bada phones - Samsung Wave Y Preview
The Samsung Wave Y is a tad thicker and wider than the first batch of entry-level bada phones - Samsung Wave Y Preview
The Samsung Wave Y is a tad thicker and wider than the first batch of entry-level bada phones - Samsung Wave Y Preview

The Samsung Wave Y is a tad thicker and wider than the first batch of entry-level 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.

Front side - Samsung Wave Y Preview
Keys below the display - Samsung Wave Y Preview

Front side

Keys below the display


Power key and microSD slot on the right - The sides of the Samsung Wave Y - Samsung Wave Y Preview
3.5mm jack on top - The sides of the Samsung Wave Y - Samsung Wave Y Preview
Volume key on the left - The sides of the Samsung Wave Y - Samsung Wave Y Preview
microUSB port on the bottom edge - The sides of the Samsung Wave Y - Samsung Wave Y Preview

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


There is no LED flash for the 2MP camera on the back, just a speaker grill next to it, but we like that the microSD card slot is taken out of the battery compartment, and placed on the right side for easier access.

Back - Samsung Wave Y Preview
Camera - Samsung Wave Y Preview
Battery compartment - Samsung Wave Y Preview

Back

Camera

Battery compartment


Overall, our prototype Samsung Wave Y unit looks and feels like a cheap smartphone, which we suppose would be surprising if it didn't.

Samsung Wave Y 360-degrees View:



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posted on 27 Sep 2011, 13:00

1. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1044; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


I know this is a preview but bada still doesn't impress me at all.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 15:15

2. fagpple (unregistered)


peterfromsweden will kill you because of your statement. you're a deadman.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 20:30

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.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 22:34

4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Bad....a

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 20:39

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)

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 05:26

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

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Display3.2 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (180 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 832 MHz
Size4.33 x 2.29 x 0.48 inches
(110 x 58.2 x 12.3 mm)
3.61 oz  (102 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 6.7 hours talk time

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