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Samsung Wave S8500 Review

Samsung Wave

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Performance and Conclusion:

Samsung Wave S8500 Review
Using the Samsung Wave S8500 to place and receive phone calls is a terrific experience! Voices are almost crystal clear, while the loudness hits just the sweet spot. And this goes for both ends of the line. If we have to rate the phone quality of the Wave, we would give it a 9.5/10. Great job, indeed.

According to the manufacturer, the Samsung Wave S8500's 1500mAh Li-Ion battery is capable of delivering up to 15 hours of talk time in 2G, and 25 days of stand-by. Not bad, Samsung, not bad at all.

Samsung's first bada phone is a remarkable achievement, in terms of design and technology. It looks great and feels awesome in the hand. The 3.3-inch screen is incredibly bright and vivid, with some pretty nice detail to it. Although not as spectacular in the photo department, the 5MP camera shoots awesome 720p video, and when you throw the Wave's prowess at playing back high-resolution video in various formats, we really have a true multimedia powerhouse at our hands. Finally, the Samsung Wave S8500 is super fast, making everything happen almost instantaneously.

Now for the bad. The bada operating system is far from being perfect right now. It does make things work really smooth, but still has quite a few kinks to get worked out. Most importantly, the small annoying details in the interface that kind of hamper the overall user experience. The other deal breaker here might be the very poor application catalog in Samsung Apps right now. With under 100 apps that you can choose from right now, bada is miles away from Android, and light years away from iPhone OS, in terms of diversity, quality and entertainment options. That said, it appears that the Android-based Samsung Galaxy S for example is a much more delicious piece of technology right now, with the 50,000 apps available in Android Market. However, we don't see why Samsung wouldn't continue to invest in its operating system, because obviously it does have the guts to compete with the big boys out there on the market. Moreover, this will provide more competition, thus more innovation and more options for the end user.

So let us summarize all this in just a few words: the Samsung Wave S8500 is an incredibly appealing smartphone, with an operating system that still has a lot of room for improvement. And we mean all that in the big way.

Samsung Wave S8500 Video Review:


  • Incredibly vivid Super AMOLED screen
  • Superb build quality
  • Fast overall performance
  • Beautiful HD video recording
  • Plays DivX and Xvid at high resolutions
  • Great call quality


  • Not very intuitive interface
  • bada OS needs more improvement and fine tuning
  • Samsung Apps has a very poor catalog
  • Heavy 3D games might overwhelm the 1GHz CPU
  • Photos of the 5MP camera are not good enough
  • Dolfin 2.0 browser is not really mature for this
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Display3.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (283 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
1000 MHz
Size4.65 x 2.20 x 0.43 inches
(118 x 56 x 10.9 mm)
4.09 oz  (116 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 15 hours talk time

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