Samsung Wave review

Samsung offers its most powerful phone yet

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Like the other high end smartphones on offer, the Samsung Wave offers a pretty nifty internet experience, with full HTML browsing offered.

The large and expansive screen is great for viewing full web pages, and the Wi-Fi and 3G both offer a very speedy experience when looking at mobile or lower-complexity pages.

Samsung wave

The Samsung Wave apparently supports Flash video, although attempts to play any video usually end in failure or at best a very choppy video, which also makes heavier web pages stumble quite comprehensively on the Wave.

There's none of the instant access element we've grown used to with the better smartphones on the market, meaning we're often left waiting for too long to simply check a simple news story.

Search is built right into the Samsung Wave, with not only a Google widget on offer for the home screen, but also the aforementioned 'double tap' search screen available too.

Not only can your scroll through Google from here, but also Bing and Twitter too, making it a pretty comprehensive search facility indeed.

While on the pre-production model, the Samsung Wave would always convert the page into a 'mobile-optimised' version - thankfully that's gone from this sample.

Samsung wave

A real plus point should also be the ability to pinch and zoom into web pages... none of this 'one finger zoom' nonsense Samsung threw at us with the Jet.

But there's no text reflow on offer here, meaning once you've zoomed in a bit the text stays in the same illegible columns unless you zoom in and constantly swipe the screen left and right to discover new columns.

Samsung wave

The poor Flash experience notwithstanding (after all, the iPhone manages just fine) we're only mildly impressed with the internet on the Samsung Wave. With so many people after a phone for 'good internet' these days, the experience should be top notch.

We've no doubt that Samsung will improve it in the near future, but with such a strong processor on board we frankly expected more than a slightly improved internet experience from a feature phone.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory2 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemBada OS
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time15 Hour
Product ModelGT-S8500
Screen Size8.4 cm (3.3")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Weight (Approximate)118 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height118 mm
Width56 mm
Depth10.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time600 Hour
Product NameGT-S8500 Wave Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeDigital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S8500BAAXEU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationThe Samsung Wave is the world's first SUPER AMOLED mobile phone and will have you seeing images in a whole new light. With super fast navigation and internet browsing, the Wave is truly light years ahead of other mobile phones.
Package Contents
  • GT-S8500 Wave Smartphone
  • Battery
  • Travel adapter (charger)
  • Quick start guide