Samsung Wave 3 Review

The latest grandmaster of Samsung’s bada OS dropped by the office to say hi, and the first impression it brought was that of a pretty solid device designwise. Unlike the original Wave, though, which was the first smartphone with Super AMOLED display and Hummingbird processor, the third edition won’t steal the spotlight with anything “first”.

It sports the newest bada 2.0 OS, a single core processor pumped up to 1.4GHz, and a 4” Super AMOLED display. Is it enough to battle today's overcrowded mid-range Android and Windows Phone market? Read on to find our thoughts on the Samsung Wave 3


Overall, we are very satisfied with the outer appearance – the phone is slim at 0.39“ (9.9mm), with reasonable 4.30oz (122g) of heft, despite the largely metal chassis, and has all the curves in the right places that make it comfortable to hold. Both the power/lock key on the right, and the volume rocker left are easy to find and press.

You can compare the Samsung Wave 3 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Moreover, from the looks and materials one can immediately tell they are holding a high-end bada phone, so the Samsung Wave 3 has managed to both be distinctive, and keep the flagship design heritage alive, including using the trademark brushed metal looks. The only gripe is that it is a tad on the wide side, which makes it a bit unwieldy for people with smaller hands.

The 4” Super AMOLED display seems like taken directly from last year's Galaxy S editions. It has the same 480x800 resolution, wide viewing angles, gaudy colors and almost infinite contrast. Unfortunately, it still sports overly cold colors and the PenTile matrix, which places it a level below the Super AMOLED Plus display on the Galaxy S II, for example, and could use a tad more brightness for better use outside.

Half of the solid metal chassis simply slides up on rails when you push a thin button on the back, revealing the battery compartment with the SIM card and microSD slots – enough with ruining your manicure trying to pry open a back cover. You can insert the SIM and the memory card without removing the battery at all.

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1. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

come on...... peter !!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. JayRaj

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

Yeah Peter! We are waiting for you!! :D

3. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

What happened to him? I miss him. I wanna see a very stupid conversation.

4. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

hes on vacation ibet

5. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 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.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Agreed, seems like everything is getting really low scores now.

14. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

The only 9.5 was the atrix. Just sayin.

19. RageQuit

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

What about the Evo 4g?

6. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 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: Sep 20, 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: Sep 20, 2011

Also, the metal chassis should be one of the "pros" because this is very rare for Samsung.

11. abaza121

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 02, 2011

engadget don`t give scores

13. Retro-touch unregistered

They don't anymore probably due to complaints about the scores but they DID

9. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1249; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Wish this phone ran Wp7. Then it'd be sweet.

12. abaza121

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 02, 2011

agree with u

16. winsaki234

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

android will more sweet

20. RageQuit

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

And i think it should run XP.

15. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 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: Oct 20, 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: Dec 06, 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: Jan 31, 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: Jan 23, 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: Feb 22, 2012

Turn your Wave 3 to Pattern Lockscreen, downloaded at

24. abhishek83

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 24, 2012


25. Subudhi

Posts: 3; Member since: May 27, 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: May 27, 2012

Pros: Good display, fast processor at 1.4 ghz Cons: Many; 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: Dec 19, 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: May 27, 2012

Hi Everybody, 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.
Wave 3
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 3.072 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(8.50h talk time)

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