Samsung S8500 Wave [Gadget Review]

The Samsung S8500 wave is much awaited phone with new operating system with Korean named “Bada” meaning “Ocean” andhigh specs hardware, especially at the time where other operating system market has everyday versatility and innovation in the pipeline.

The Samsung S8500 is full of features starting from high processing speed like 1GHZ to 720PHD recording and Super AMOLED screen for high bright and vivid colors.

The Samsung S8500 Wave is slim, sleek with the thickness of only 10.9 mm and its shine metallic body is even and dense to handle. Its screen is covered with hardened glass which is coated to avoid staining finger prints. The super AMOLED screen is capable of 480×800 WVGA resolutions and loaded with (mDNIe) Mobile Digital Natural Image enginefor better viewing angles. It also geared with extraordinary brightness, vibrant colors, and especially it also support of readability under sunlight.

Chassis Design View w.r.t LCD:

3.3 inches LCD Bottom:

  • Send Call button
  • Terminate Call Button
  • Menu Button

Right Side of 3.3 inches LCD:

  • Lock/Unlock Key
  • Quick Camera Button

Top of 3.3 inches LCD:

  • 3.5 mm stereo jack
  • micro USB port

Striking Features:

Processor, Sensors, LCD, Memory & Camera:

  • Cortex A8 1GHz
  • Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, Scratch-resistant surface and Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
  • 390 MB user available storage, micro SD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • 5 megapixel auto-focus camera Geo-tagging, face, smile and blink detection, image stabilization, touch focus.
  • Video Recording at [email protected], with LED light.

Connectivity& Location Based Support:

  • GSM 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900.
  • 2G/3G (HSDPA 900/2100)
  • FM radio with RDS and FM recording.
  • WI-FI b/g/n with audio/video streaming support and 3G mobile router App to share 3G connection.
  • Blue tooth 3.0 with A2DP support for Stereo Wireless headphones and headsets
  • Micro USB 2.0 (Modes: USB mass storage , also used with Samsung Kies Software)
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • A-GPS with Digital Compass


  • Touch Wiz 3.0 with more than 3 screen home pages and lot of widgets support.
  • Notification bar at the top of screen for notifications like Android Phones and quick access buttons like WI-FI switch, Bluetooth Switch and profile changer.
  • Phone book integrates with other accounts like Windows Live, Google Talk and social hub contacts.
  • Ultimate Inbox, which enable all of emails to place in single inbox and Limited Exchange push. SNS (Social Network Service)
  • Multi-tasking support by long pressing the menu button
  • Built-in 3 Fonts and Theme
  • Calendar synchronization with online Calendar’s.
  • Web kit Dolphin Browser 2.0 with multi-touch support,multi- touch zooming panning, double tap link.
  • Adobe Flash 9.1 may be disabled by default.
  • Video Streaming Application.
  • Samsung App Store with Limited Apps.
  • Qwerty Keyboard offers T9, Handwriting recognition , auto correct
  • Digital Compass
  • Java MIDP 2.0
  • Samsung Mobile Navigator, May be trailed version only.

Multimedia Support / Formats:

  • Its multimedia supports range like audio format support from – MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player, and thevideo player supports for DivX, Xvid, MP4 and WMV.
  • Sound quality features like Virtual Surround Sound 5.1 .
  • Media Sharing like streaming media from phone to TV or PC.


  • It is available in Ebony Gray.

Bonus Features:

  • 720P HD recording like pocket cam coder.
  • Super AMO LED with Visibility under sunlight.
  • Wi-Fi with 3G Mobile router and Audio / Video Streaming.
  • Virtual 5.1 surround sound delivery.
  • Media Sharing.

What’s in the Box?

  • The Samsung Corby S8500 Wave handset
  • Charger
  • Headset
  • Battery
  • Manuals
  • Micro USB cable
  • Memory Card, its storage and availability depends on seller offer.

*Please be informed, this depends on the seller offer or also check OEM website.

Nutshell/Bottom Line:

Samsung S8500 Wave is phone with high specs like Super AMOLED display and diversity of features like HD recording, Virtual Surround Sound, Media sharing, and list goes on. But still as its operating system is BADA OS 1.0, it may progress in future and newer versions will definitely add more excitement after feedbacks and research from the first version. Samsung also needs to bring wide range of handiness of applications on Samsung Bada App Stores to respond the competitive market.

Availability in Pakistan:

In Pakistan, its price may range from to 56,000 to Rs. 58,000 (as of July 06, 2010)

Please be informed that, you may get/observe price difference while visiting your local market. Please visit market and have detailed research before you buy. (Prices are subjected to change).

Disclaimer: Please be informed that, Websites mentioned in the articles are only for citing references. Author is not responsible for any purchase / sale /exchange/loss/Price Quotation/ decision made; but not limited to, after reading this article.

  • Was supposed to have better os support. Can’t beat nokia symbian phones.

  • This is not a REVIEW!!!!

    It is just more like a PREVIEW + Price might be in Pakistan thing!!

  • I import this phone from HongKong. Its truly amazing phone and a real fun to be used. Screen is awesome and the Bada OS is really fast. Nokia’s symbian phones are nothing in front of this. Not much apps/widgets are available for now as the OS is still new so it will take some time.

    I will highly recommend this phone!!!

  • can anyone tell me where to buy this handset in Pakistan? it’s not listed on MZ or Samsung PK. also, anyone know when the galaxy s i9000 will be available here? i’m interested in purchasing one of these… thanks!

  • Hello,

    M coming to pakistan in next few days, if any of you intrested in any phone which is not available in pakistan can ask me to bring them for u and i will charge 5 thousands ruppes extra of my purchase. like i buyed samsung wave which cost me 345 euro but in pakistan its cost more then 55K hence it still gona be cheap.

  • My friends I must tell you one thing. Samsung gives so much features in its handsets along with high end hardware specifications at a reasonable price that Nokia can not just think of it. Even if we do not consider the price and match the performance of Samsung and Nokia, Nokia stands nowhere near and its way behind Samsung. e.g. Toyota is the largest seller of automobiles but when it comes to comparison with Honda there is no match between them. Honda is Honda (Main te honda e lay san)

  • i think this is a positive step taken by samsung by creating an apps store and allowing users to get full out of their is not having good apps as iphone have so i believe that samsung new bada os apps store is pretty good then nokia and since its new it will get better but apple iphone apps store is far powerful then any phone availible.

  • It could be more powerful but not for the price of Samsung Wave which you can get for cca 200$, not everyone want to spend 500-600$ on mobile device…

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