Samsung Wave S8500 Hands On Detailed Review [ Software, Hardware, Apps, Design Reviewed ]

by Abhishek on August 8, 2010

Its been some time we have been trying our hands on with samsung wave we got for review, about 1 month before at Samsung Bloggers Meet happened on 10th June 2010. Since the day we have been playing with samsung wave and posted various samsung wave tips 


[ Samsung Wave Box Contents Shown In The Image Above ]

Now, its time for a detailed review of the device, we are going to give our views on the aspects of the phone including hardware and software, design and all other phone components.


Lets start with the design, Samsung wave is very nicely designed keeping all the things in mind, it has a sleek body design with rounded corners which makes it very easy to slide it in your jean pocket, the super amoled screen makes it more brighter and still less power consuming. The 5 mega pixel camera with single led flash is positioned at the back for easy picture taking.


It has got once of the finest hardware among all the smartphones available in the market, with super amoled screen, 3.3 inch WVGA display [ 800 x 480 ], with accelerometer sensor, geomagnetic sensor, li ion battery 1500 mAh battery which gives good backup time, powered with 1 GHz ARM Cortex A-8 CPU which makes it more speedy and fast in response time.

Phone OS

It has samsung bada OS, which is designed by samsung only. Samsung announced bada as an open mobile platform back in December of 2009. It’s designed to provide a stable OS for Samsung’s smartphones and for developers who can bring their applications to the platform. It has its own UI, though from an end-user standpoint, it doesn’t look too different from the interface you will see on Samsung’s TouchWiz-enhanced Android phones.

The phone interface is easy to understand and use, the touch is so cool as it feels like you are using an iphone, you can add different widget all ready in the phone to your home screens, which can be 10 maximum, these widgets include calendar, daily news briefing, weather and to do etc. The only things which was not that was the small samsung own app store, with very less number of apps, hopefully they will be increased with more developers making apps for samsung bada os.

Apps – Social Hub

Social hub is one of the most useful app built in the phone which allows you to add different social networks accounts and several other mail accounts together. You can add accounts for gmail, facebook, twitter, yahoo mail, hotmail and even a any other pop3 account also.

It also includes some other apps like calendar, tasks, memo, mini dairy, calculator, voice recorder and clock which looks like the iphone clock.

Email – After we added the accounts, it took a some time to fetch the mails around 30 seconds but it downloaded only the header, when we tried to download the rest of the message for several mails it took a good amount of time and took ages, sometimes we just gave up waiting but some times it download the remaining message after 1 minute or more.


The default maps application on wave is not that good, it does not even tracked the actual location when we tried to find our position. It does not the assisted gps receiver inside, but it does not worked well at the times in getting the data fast.

Youtube App

The phone has a default app with which you can watch youtube video on wifi, it does played many video quite smoothly and the app works well even with intermediate wifi speeds.

Media Gallery  

The media gallery looks very much like iphone, it shows all the photos, videos in the form of a grid with small thumbnail of each photo or video aligned together to form a matrix.

Daily Briefing Widget

The daily briefing widget seems to be nice, it does seemed to be very configurable – it displays world time, weather, stock prices and news. The world clock widget only has two cities (not all world cities are included) listed; if you need more you will need to launch the Clock application. The rest of the info comes through the Daily Briefing app. It’s a composite of local weather from AccuWeather, stock quotes from Yahoo! Finance and news from AP Mobile


It has a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus with good LED flash, however sometimes we had issues with focussing the objects, but in all the color balance in the images was very good and they look great on the phone screen, which is so sharp and clear. The camera software offers a full set of shooting modes including panorama, Smile, Face/Blink detection and Geo-tagging we used some of the features and also posted in the samsung wave tips section.


The browser seems to be very basic and with a small working area, still it worked well with almost the pages we tried to load. It has samsung Dolphin Browser v2.0 web kit based web browser. It has very good speed via Wi-Fi, and supports the accelerometer and pinch zoom smoothly, it offers an option to run Flash too.


It has a 1500 mAh battery which gives a good amount of backup, to make phone calls, do social networking over the wifi, listen to music and use camera to take some great picture or do high definition video recording.

Final Conclusion & Price

It come with a price tag of approx 18000 INR with all the features it has it is worth the price for it is being sold as per our opinion.

Pictures – See all the high resolution pictures we took of samsung wave S8500 here 

Small Overview Over Samsung Wave Specs [ S8500 ]

  • General:GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS 1900/2100 MHz, EDGE class 10, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA 2 Mbps
  • Form factor:Touchscreen bar
  • Dimensions:10.9 mm thin
  • Display:3.3" 16M-color Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, scratch-resistant glass surface
  • Platform: Bada OS
  • CPU: 1 GHz processor
  • Memory: 2GB internal memory, microSD card slot
  • Camera: 5-megapixels auto-focus camera, 720p video recording
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with WPS support, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, standard microUSB port, GPS receiver with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Misc: Accelerometer for screen auto rotate, proximity sensor for screen auto-turn-off, ambient light sensor, FM radio with RDS, DivX/XviD support, multi-touch input and pinch-zooming gestures
  • Battery: 1500 mAh battery

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