Samsung Wave S8500: Specs, Features, Camera and Review

By Jamie Pert - Jun 5, 2010

There seems to be a lot of interest regarding the Samsung Wave S8500, therefore we are glad to report that we have come across the bada OS-based handset’s review, however it is not all perfect, we will highlight some of the main points raised in this article, however we recommend checking out SlashGear’s fully detailed article.

Hardware-wise the handset is impressive, it features a beautiful 3.3 inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, a 5 megapixel camera (capable of recording video at 720p), WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, a 3.5 mm headphone hack and a microSD memory card slot, all of this is combined with a 1GHz Hummingbird processor.

As you can see this handset’s hardware is better than the average smartphone, however the real question is whether Samsung’s bada operating system can deliver an environment which allows this hardware to perform.

In terms of build quality the Wave S8500 is said to be pretty flawless, with it’s metallic chassis and relatively small form-factor the handset has a very desirable look and feel.

The OS is said to feel a little lackluster, however there is a nice customizable home screen, here users can choose Twitter and Facebook widgets etc.

All in all the handset is pretty good all-round, however the software is what really holds it back, apparently the web browser is nothing special and lacks Flash support, the performance is low despite a 1GHz processor, also there is a bug which makes video recording a bit of a nightmare (the battery needs to be pulled after recording).

It is thought that the Save S8500 SlashGear reviewed was running production firmware, if Samsung can iron out a few of these issues with a firmware update the handset could be successful, without a firmware update the handset will probably frustrate consumers.

Source: SlashGear

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Also See: Samsung Wave S8500: Specs and Vodafone UK Release Date

  • Thanks for the awesome article, so I have been a samsung person for about 5 years now, and I recently upgraded from a samsung omnia i910 to the Samsung Wave and thus far I’m loving it! (I do miss a few options of my omnia regardless that) I am from Halifax Nova Scotia in Canada, I was originaly going to wait it out for the galaxy s to reach at the bell network but decided to buy the wave as an alternative and shop myself $400.

  • angel

    It is actually a very good smartphone that can rival nexus one,desire and milestone.

  • Neil

    see the mobileburn.com indepth videos,
    browser has flash support but has to be turned on the first time
    also, they shot HD video during the review; then saved and played it back without any battery issues… all at one sitting…

    The problems you faced are due to it not being final firmware I think…