Samsung Wave review

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If you've ever met a Samsung phone, you'll know that one of its defining characteristics (especially at the higher end) is a tip-top camera: the Samsung Tocco Ultra Edition, the Samsung i8910HD, the Samsung Pixon 12 are all examples of how the Koreans know how to give a phone a decent eye.

And that trend is continued on the high end Samsung Wave, despite 'only' having a 5MP camera.

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The addition of an LED flash helps matters too, but overall the quality of the pictures is generally very good, with a decent level of detail along with a fast shutter speed.

There are a huge number of shooting modes on offer as well, such as panorama, continuous and 'vintage', as well as the option to adjust the scene being shot, automatically sorting settings to work against bright light, shooting sports or taking pics of fireworks. Which we clearly all do on a regular basis.

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PLAY UP: The Wave is great at capturing a large amount of detail from multiple sources

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WIDE VIEW: The Wave handles large landscapes with ease in a dedicated infinite focus view

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PIGEON WITH A MOHICAN: Quick snaps are easy with the fast shutter speed

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BEAUTIFUL VISTA: Capturing panoramic views is a gimmick, but it works well here with the accelerometer telling you where you need to go


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While the camera on the Samsung Wave is something to crow about, the addition of the HD video recorder is even more so.

It's a great addition to the line up, and works surprisingly well given the Wave's dinky dimensions.

There's the option for slow motion capture as well, meaning you can work on your golf swing etc (we've reviewed phones with slow motion on so many times, and we've yet to see anyone use the mode for anything but dancing like a rabid dog on heat and watching it back slowly).

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Exposure, colour, contrast and brightness can all be tinkered with, but ultimately it's just a rather good video recorder with some nice extra touches and decent sound recording too.


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As you can see the captured video shows off motion well - it might not look as slick as other HD recordings but it's certainly better quality than most.

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