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Samsung Wave Y Review

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Interface and functionality:

As mentioned above, the screen resolution on this size is very positive for the initial impression from the TouchWiz UI over bada 2.0 in the Samsung Wave Y. The eye-candy introduced by the widgets on the home screens is pretty detailed, and text is legible.

The Samsung Wave Y has TouchWiz UI over bada 2.0 - Samsung Wave Y Review
The Samsung Wave Y has TouchWiz UI over bada 2.0 - Samsung Wave Y Review
The Samsung Wave Y has TouchWiz UI over bada 2.0 - Samsung Wave Y Review
The Samsung Wave Y has TouchWiz UI over bada 2.0 - Samsung Wave Y Review

The Samsung Wave Y has TouchWiz UI over bada 2.0


TouchWiz UI in bada 2.0 introduces notifications on the lock screen, and a dedicated homescreen for cool weather, news, etc. widgets with transparent backgrounds, which you can scroll up and down, instead of swiping, called Live Panel. The UI also sports revamped icons and folders, as well as green radio buttons for turning different functions on and off.

Notifications on the lock screen - Samsung Wave Y Review
Notifications on the lock screen - Samsung Wave Y Review
Notifications on the lock screen - Samsung Wave Y Review

Notifications on the lock screen


You can read a more detailed review of bada 2.0 in our Wave 3 piece here, and about the only thing missing from the Wave Y are some transparencies, as the processor is not as powerful. Still, the 832MHz CPU runs things very smooth and zippy, without major interface jams.

The 3.2” display size makes it uncomfortable to type on the virtual keyboard, especially in portrait mode, although bada OS 2.0 has this pretty well-spaced keyboard layout we've come to appreciate. Communicating via the new ChatON messaging service, or using the Social Hub that aggregates your social networking and messaging services in one place will thus not be you primary pastime with such a cramped on-screen keyboard, but it’ll suffice for the occasional text message.

Virtual keyboard - Samsung Wave Y Review
Virtual keyboard - Samsung Wave Y Review
Virtual keyboard - Samsung Wave Y Review

Virtual keyboard



Internet and Connectivity:

Samsung's new version of bada's Dolphin browser in bada 2.0 adds a download manager and prettier interface compared to the previous version, but still doesn't support desktop Adobe Flash, and even Flash Lite seems to be missing, as we couldn't see Flash ads, or embedded YouTube videos. Text reflow, pinching and scrolling are executed fine, and reading text is a pretty decent experience thanks to the good pixel density.

The browser of the Samsung Wave Y - Samsung Wave Y Review
The browser of the Samsung Wave Y - Samsung Wave Y Review
The browser of the Samsung Wave Y - Samsung Wave Y Review
The browser of the Samsung Wave Y - Samsung Wave Y Review

The browser of the Samsung Wave Y


The Samsung Wave Y sports a fairly standard suite of connectivity options – 7.2Mbps HSDPA, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct, as well as Bluetooth, A-GPS, DLNA with the AllShare app, FM Radio and even NFC, which has its own app for making and receiving NFC tags.

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posted on 16 Mar 2012, 10:22 4

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


Looks are better than the Galaxy Y but the Galaxy Y is better soley because of Android.

posted on 17 Mar 2012, 06:41

2. mercorp (Posts: 967; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


great phone.i will take this over the galaxy y any day.

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 09:37

5. chirag01 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


which is better samsung galaxy y or wave y

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 11:59

6. devark (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


i was checking the same and wave y is better than galaxy y
http://www.smartprix.com/compare.php?ids=1783,118,2002
see the above 5 points win by wave y

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 05:32 5

7. ruchi (Posts: 8; Member since: 17 Apr 2012)


Samsung wave Y is definitely better than galaxy Y but too bad it doesn't have android. Here is the comparison between the two:
http://www.smartprix.com/mobiles/samsung_wave_y_s5380_vs_samsung_galaxy_y_s5360-c2002_1783.php

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 00:50

8. mvmnrao (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


I don't know about the galaxy Y much, so I couldn't compare these two.
But after I have gone through few reviews I bought Samsung Wave Y and I am very dissatisfied with this phone.
Apart from the disadvantage that, it doesn’t support more apps because of it bada operating system, I is not working in lots of situations as a simple phone.
I couldn’t answer the phone some time, the green bar get strucked; I had to restart the phone.
The micro speaker gives very bad quality in sound.
The signal goes off suddenly and after some time when I noticed that I am not getting call what I am expecting, then I used to realize that the phone is not taking the signal and I had to restart.
When I select network automatic mode, it can’t switch between GSM and UMTS (3G) properly, instead I goes to emergency calls only mode.
And I am not sure about the reason but I couldn’t open my office web mail in the browser in this phone, may be the browser is not sending a secured request (but I used to check my companies web mail in my last phone and the major reason I went for this smart phone is to access companies web mail which I am not able to do now.)
So like this I have faced issues with this phone, so guys please take a while before you buy this phone.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 03:53

10. navedahmed (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Never buy Samsung wave Y.. i m fadup with this smartphone, it hangs often and it is not supporting apps like whatsapp Wechat which is using by whole world, but i dont have it.. in few days i will buy another one but wont buy any samsung smart phone.. bye bye wave Y.. i have wasted my money on you..

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 22:21

9. spark00 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


A good phone and it's worth the money....

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 03:54

11. navedahmed (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Never buy Samsung wave Y.. i m fadup with this smartphone, it hangs often and it is not supporting apps like whatsapp Wechat which is using by whole world, but i dont have it.. in few days i will buy another one but wont buy any samsung smart phone.. bye bye wave Y.. i have wasted my money on you..

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 00:20

12. Price-Hunt (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Nov 2013)


the mobile is gud, its resolution, front camera n a gud camera for this price. bada 2.0 is better than android phone and its peer Galaxy Y. superb touch. u must buy this mobile

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 00:23

13. Price-Hunt (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Nov 2013)


Best mobile wave y n excellent touch better then galaxy y. Video calling is possible in this phone. front camera (Secondary) is available in this phone.
Cons: Camera only 2MP, dual sim is not here.

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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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