Samsung Wave Y Preview

Interface and Functionality:

The new bada 2.0 TouchWiz UI brings additional eye-candy like transparent widgets and transitional animations, and on our preview unit's 832MHz processor they run fairly well, but not in full bloom as on the 1.4GHz Wave 3 prototype we handled recently, of course.

The small text, like news or social network updates inside the widgets looks jagged, and is thus hard to read without straining your eyes, which we can blame the screen resolution for. Still, the TouchWiz UI here introduces notifications on the lock screen, a dedicated homescreen for widgets, which you can scroll up and down, instead of swiping between homescreens, redrawn icons, and cool radio buttons, so no complaints about added visuals and functionality.



Messaging, Internet and Connectivity:

Typing on the 3.2” screen is not a seamless experience, as we often grabbed two or more letters at once with our meaty digits, but the keys on the virtual keyboard are otherwise spaced out enough to do the job in landscape mode.

The updated Dolphin browser of Samsung also has a redesigned interface, but our prototype unit was stuttering in scrolling and all other actions we attempted to undertake. The browser doesn't support desktop Adobe Flash, just the latest version of Flash Lite, but content display is decent, with usable text reflow to fit the reading material better to the screen's real estate.

As far as connectivity goes, however, the Samsung Wave Y is thoroughly equipped, and has 7.2 HSDPA radio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM Radio. We also have an NFC chip inside the phone, which sports its own application, allowing you to receive and create NFC tags.



Camera and Multimedia:

The 2MP shooter on the back of the Samsung Wave Y is without a flash companion, and video capture is done at 640x480 resolution with 30fps, making it smooth, but with too small of a definition to be comfortably watched on a bigger screen than the phone itself.



Samsung Wave Y Sample Video:




MPEG-4 videos played nicely up to the screen's resolution and even slightly above, but there is no DivX/Xvid support by default.

The music player can categorize by artists, albums and playlists, and also sports a 5.1 channel button in its interface for faux-surround sound in headset mode.



Expectations:

The Samsung Wave Y is quite the unimpressive handset in terms of design and specs, and bada 2.0 is a fairly marginal improvement over its preceding versions in terms of eye-candy. The TouchWiz UI here, however, introduces notifications on the lock screen, a dedicated homescreen for widgets, which you can scroll up and down, instead of swiping between homescreens, redrawn icons, and the new radio buttons, so the interface is passable.

What we didn't quite like is that the Wave Y is only a slight improvement over the previous generation of entry-level bada phones, upping the screen resolution a bit. At the same time it is thicker and with a lower-resolution 2MP camera. Thus it would be hard to fend off the Android onslaught in the low-end, unless Samsung outs the Wave Y at really rock-bottom prices.

Samsung Wave Y Video Preview:



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6 Comments

1. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

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

2. fagpple unregistered

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

3. toaster

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

Oh no, an unflattering preview on a Bada phone. Looks like we're never seeing you-know-who back here again.

4. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Bad....a

6. Eingild

Posts: 203; Member since: Apr 19, 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)

7. qamz1

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 27, 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
Wave Y
  • Display 3.2" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Storage 0.15 GB
  • Battery 1200 mAh(6.70h talk time)

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