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Samsung Wave 3 Review

Samsung Wave 3

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The 5MP shooter has some tricks up its camera interface sleeve like a Panorama mode and smile recognition, sprinkling the experience with a couple of effects you can apply to your photos and videos.

Outside the pictures turned out fine, with decent amount of detail, proper exposure and credible color representation, while the phone showed good dynamic range outlining the boundaries between light and dark places well. The photos could be a tad sharper, though.

Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave 3 - Samsung Wave 3 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave 3 - Samsung Wave 3 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave 3 - Samsung Wave 3 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave 3 - Samsung Wave 3 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave 3 - Samsung Wave 3 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave 3 - Samsung Wave 3 Review

Inside, however, the automatic white balance couldn't lock the colors properly, casting cold, greenish hues over the pictures. Noise was kept in check but for the sake of blurred details, and the flash did an average job for illuminating the scene at six feet distance.

Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Wave 3 Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Wave 3 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Wave 3 Review
Darkness - Indoor samples - Samsung Wave 3 Review

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With the daylight videos we also didn't encounter any major issues – the 720p HD clips were captured with consistent 30fps and enough detail, there was no botched color balance, and the Wave 3 was quick to adjust exposure while we were panning around with it. Indoors, however, we came across very grainy video capture, which got significantly worse when the light started to go down.

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Multimedia:

The Gallery app UI has been redesigned completely, with cool page-turning effect when you switch on the slideshow function and so on. There is, however, no pictures or video editors embedded in the gallery, only a few basics like crop and rotate.The music player has also received an eye-candy boost, and it sports embedded song recognition functionality, as well as equalizer presets.

The Gallery app - Samsung Wave 3 Review
The Gallery app - Samsung Wave 3 Review
The Gallery app - Samsung Wave 3 Review
The Gallery app - Samsung Wave 3 Review

The music player of the Samsung Wave 3 - Samsung Wave 3 Review
The music player of the Samsung Wave 3 - Samsung Wave 3 Review
The music player of the Samsung Wave 3 - Samsung Wave 3 Review

The video player has gotten a nice visual upgrade, too, with a transparent interface, and now carries the ability to display subtitles. It also played most formats we threw at it, including DivX/Xvid out of the box, up to 720p.

The video player has gotten a nice visual upgrade - Samsung Wave 3 Review
The video player has gotten a nice visual upgrade - Samsung Wave 3 Review
The video player has gotten a nice visual upgrade - Samsung Wave 3 Review


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PhoneArena rating:
6.5Good
Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1400 MHz, Scorpion processor
Size4.96 x 2.53 x 0.39 inches
(126 x 64.2 x 9.9 mm)
4.30 oz  (122 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 8.5 hours talk time

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