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Samsung Wave Y Review

Samsung Wave Y

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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

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

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


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 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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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
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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