Samsung Wave review

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Samsung has had a good think about what a smartphone should have in terms of messaging options with the Samsung Wave, and come up trumps with a plethora of options.

Not only is there the usual SMS/MMS option here, but you can also link into multiple webmail accounts (we tested Ymail!, Hotmail and Googlemail without problem), Exchange email and IM too – all together nicely in the Social Hub section of the Samsung Wave.

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You also get Facebook and Twitter integration baked right in to the phone as well – along with the ability to comment on people's statuses from the contact book, you can also interact with messages and tweets too.

Admittedly, it is annoying to have to open up a dedicated application every time you want to use the latter two functions, as it takes about ten seconds to boot it up each time.

However, you are offered a potted down version of each to play with, with the Facebook option giving you a fairly wide range of functionality.

There are also IM clients on offer too, such as Google Talk and Windows Live Messenger as well, meaning you're almost spoilt for choice on the ways you can communicate with your buddies.

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The keyboard on the Samsung Wave is pretty good too, although not in the same league as the likes of the iPhone 3GS or the HTC Desire in terms of usability.

The accuracy isn't too bad in terms of registering keystrokes, but the autocorrect is so abysmal that we simply had to turn it off - the keyboard isn't multi-touch either meaning it's hard to type at a swift speed.

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Not only does it force you to open drop down menu every time you spell a word wrong, it also won't let you write the word you wanted if it's not in the dictionary – you have to go through the laborious process of adding it in.

If you like to type in landscape mode, this is a great device for that as the slim dimensions help it to sit nicely in the hand and also packs a nice amount of contextual keys. For instance, should you be entering an email address the space and comma keys are replaced by the @ symbol and .com options.

It's elements like this that make the Samsung Wave part of the new generation of smartphones – there's still a way to go before it's rivalling the big boys, but this is a massive step in the right direction.

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