Samsung S8500 Wave Review: Hello, World!

By 03:58 Tue, 10 Aug 2021 Comments


Smartphone for the masses or feature phone of the future? Samsung would gladly have it either way. The question rather is, will the Bada Operating System (OS) haged up the pace of its debut device. We’ve been following the recent smart platform since its first public appearance. It’s not a particularly hard one to follow anyway, with a single phone announced so far and potential successors of the Samsung S8500 Wave only a whisper of a rumor.

It will certainly hold more – and equally convincing – devices for Bada to do as well as Samsung want it to. Proper developer support and a quick growing app store will be a must too. So, it’ll hold hard work but there’s something to be optimistic about – the firstborn is promising. OK, cautiously optimistic is more like it with Android, Windows Phone 7 or Symbian ^3 predators lurking around.

We’re about to see what the Samsung S8500 Wave is really capable of. We’re getting ready to like it. The S8500 Wave did well in our preview and - fingers crossed - unpleasant surprises are not on today’s menu. The Operating System (OS) is trying to combine feature-phone ease of utilize with the versatility of smartphones. The Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) touchclassy screen is the envy of the industry, with image quality that no other phone display could match.

Samsung S8500 Wave official photos

Being the first of a kind has its implications. Some may be willing to forgive a few flaws but a brand recent Operating System (OS) needs a flagship capable of facing up to the competition. The S8500 Wave fits the bill. Tradeimprint Samsung exterior and premium build are inviting enough to encourage exploring a wealth of features.

Key features

  • 3.3" 16M-color Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) capacitive touchscreen, WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) (480 x 800 pixels), multi-touch input support, scratch-resistant glass surface
  • Solid 10.9mm-thin metal body

  • Bada Operating System (OS) with Samsung Apps
  • ARM Cortex A8 based 1Giga Hertz (GHz) CPU
  • Quad-band Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) support with dual-band 3.6Mbps HSDPA, 2Mbps HSUPA
  • Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) 802.11b/g/n connectivity with WPS support, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) tethering app
  • Built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS support, digital compass, Samsung Mobile Navigator
  • 5 MegaPixel (MP) autofocus capturing camera with touch focus, geo-tagging, face, smile and blink detection and Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash
  • 720p video recording at 30fps
  • 390Mega Bytes (MB) user available memory, 1GB Bada apps storage and 550Mega Bytes (MB) messaging storage

  • microSDHC card slot
  • Standard microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port and Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP
  • Standard 3.5mm audio jack, TV out
  • Stereo Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS, Frequency Modulation (FM) recording
  • Webkit-based Samsung Dolphin Browser 2.0 with full Flash support
  • YouTube client, Facebook and Twitter integration
  • DivX/XviD video support
  • Impressive audio quality

Main disadvantages

  • Limited number of available applications
  • No lens cover
  • Card slot under the battery
  • Inbuilt SatNav software has only a 30-day navigation license
  • No ambient light sensor to change classy screen brightness dynamically

The S8500 Wave tries to give it all and hopes the Samsung app store will eventually catch up. As fine as this phone looks and feels, and for all the technology it holds inside, its success or failure hinges on the developer support it will get. The Apple app store took a year to open after the launch of iPhone but see at it now.

Anyway, there just aren’t enough Bada Operating System (OS) compatible applications yet so there’s small incompatibility (beyond hardware) between the Samsung S8500 Wave and a Samsung S8000 Jet. Although it excels in user-friendliness, the Samsung Wave doesn’t quite feel like a smartpone just yet due to the limited third-party software.

Samsung S8500 Wave live shots

As for the other features, the S8500 Wave is powered by a Samsung-made 1Giga Hertz (GHz) processor and has a remarkable connectivity package. You acquire both HSDPA and HSUPA support, as well as Bluetooth v3.0 and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) with WPS and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) tethering. There’s a 5-megapixel capturing camera with 720p video recording at 30fps, and an inbuilt GPS receiver.

Update, 28.07.11: We've added an overview of Samsung Dive.

That’s on the inside though. Now, jump to the next page for a closer see at the Wave’s exterior and ergonomics.



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