Samsung S8500 Wave Review: Hello, World!: Phonebook, Telephony

By 04:02 Tue, 10 Aug 2021 Comments

Excellent phonebook

Samsung S8500 Wave may utilize a brand recent OS, but it shares identical UI looks with the Android-powered Galaxy S. The phonebook has rich functionality and practically unlimited capacity.

The handset displays the phone memory and SIM-stored contacts in the phonebook. There is a dedicated setting for that, so you really can have all of your contacts gathered in one place.

You can search the entries by either flick-scrolling the list or using the alphabet scroll at the side of the screen. Gradual typing search is also available.

The Wave phonebook

There are many info fields that you can assign to each contact, but it still remains perfectly organized. You have all the types listed (numbers, email addresses, etc) and there's a plus sign on the correct - clicking it adds another item of that type. Pressing the minus sign under it deletes the unneeded field.

Checking out and editing a contact’s details

Samsung have added another cool feature to the phonebook, which is also available in the Android Operating System (OS) on Galaxy S. In the main contact list, a swipe to the correct on a name will dial the contact’s default number, while a swipe to the left will start the New message interface. The side-sweep thing works in other lists too where you have names or numbers.

Swiping on a contact’s name or number in the log will start a call or launch the message composer


The Samsung S8500 Wave caused us no distress during calls. There were no reception problems or in-call voice quality drops.

There is some kind of smart dialing on board but it’s not exactly useful. Once you tap in some digits the Wave shows the contacts in your phonebook whose number contains them. Now, we don’t know if you have the habit of remembering the numbers of your contacts but we certainly don’t.

Smart dialing could have been better

Thanks to the proximity sensor, your classy screen will automatically turn off during a call. The available options during a call include muting, using the keypad, holding the call or adding another call to this conversation.

The in-call screen

The call log can be activated with the call receiver key. It shows all the dialed, received, missed calls or messages in one list, but there are also different tabs for easy sorting the history.

We also ran our traditional loudspeaker test on the S8500 Wave. It snatched a Good score, meaning missed calls are likely in much noisier environments. More info on our loudspeaker test as well as other results can be found here.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOverall score

Samsung I9000 Galaxy S66.6 65.966.6Below Average

Samsung I5700 Galaxy Spica66.6 62.175.7Average

Samsung S8500 Wave69.866.675.5Good

Google Nexus One69.966.679.1Good

HTC Hero76.771.977.7Very Good

HTC Legend78.074.379.7Excellent



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