Samsung S8600 Wave 3


A new Bada smartphone

Samsung’s family of Bada-driven smartphones has recently welcomed a new member, the S8600 Wave 3 model. The first Wave was the first smartphone to feature both a Super AMOLED display and a Hummingbird chipset. While sticking to the standard slim frame and metal body, this new product offers a unique interface and interesting features. But it doesn’t reach the same level of popularity as the company’s best Android handsets. We tested the smartphone a couple of days ago. Read on to find out what we think about it.

4″ WVGA Super AMOLED display

When we first picked the Samsung S8600 Wave 3 in our hand, we saw it was rather wide, mainly because the smartphone comes with a solid metal chassis. Half of the chassis slid up when we pushed a thin button on the rear of the device and it revealed the battery compartment with the microSD slots and a SIM card. The overall look and feel of the Wave 3 is that of a classy piece of work which makes a very good first impression on anyone who wants to buy it.
What about the display? Well, the smartphone we tested for this review features a 4″ WVGA Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of with 480 x 800 pixels. The display’s glass surface is resistant to scratches, a fact that we very much appreciate. The contrast, colors, sharpness and details were all top-notch; moreover, viewing angles were wide and we could look at it in bright sunlight without feeling frustrated. Unlike its predecessors, the Wave 3 sports capacitive call buttons around the center button an ambient light sensor; but the device lacks a camera shutter key. Typing messages felt great due to the big display and the virtual keyboard with its rounded buttons that offered extra space between them.Samsung-S8600-Wave-3

1.4GHz processor

The Samsung S8600 Wave 3 use the Bada 2.0 OS which has a number of novelties, like new contextual menus, a completely redesigned homescreen and so on. We could easily rearrange widgets and edit panes. The lock screen now shows message notifications and the weather widget. We experienced great multitasking and scrolling through the menu screens.

The latest S8600 Wave 3 uses a 1.4GHz processor. During our tests this translated into an absence of lagging whenever working with the smartphone. The presence of voice recognition is among the device’s best features, especially since it is very responsive; but remember, you have to speak slowly and distinctly to achieve that.

Dolphin 3.0 browser

Of course there’s also a browser and it is called Dolphin 3.0. The number of apps might not be generous, but the pre-installed ones are good enough and you can at any time download more from the app store.

As for camera, the one on the Samsung has 5MP and performance is very good; the photos and videos we took and shot had beautiful colors, as well as plenty of sharpness and clarity.

Technical specifications

FeaturesOSbada OS, v2.0
Processor1.4 GHz processor
First time announcedAug-11
Device statusAvailable. Release date 2011, October
General2G NetworkGSM 850 MHz / 900 MHz / 1800 MHz / 1900 MHz
3G NetworkHSDPA 900 MHz / 2100 MHz
ScreenTypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touch screen, 16M Available Colours
Dimensions480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
Accelerometer Light sensor for UI Auto-rotateYes
Multi-touch input methodYes
TouchWiz UIYes
Handwriting recognitionYes
Gorilla Glass ScreenYes
Proximity Light sensor for auto shut downYes
Smart unlockYes
MemoryPhone bookAvailable, Photocall
Internal4 GB
Call recordsAvailable
Memory card slotmicroSD card, up to 32GB,
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
3GHSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
SoundAlert characteristicsMP3 ringtones, Vibration
3.5mm jackAvailable
DNSe (Digital Natural Sound Engine)
Infrared portNot available
BluetoothAvailable, v3.0 with A2DP
USBAvailable, microUSB v2.0, HS
Camera specificationsPrimary camera5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
VideoAvailable, 1080×720 pixel, [email protected], video light
FeaturesGeo-tagging, face, smile and blink detection, image stablilization, touch focus
SecondaryAvailable, VGA
Internet BrowserWAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
GamesAvailable + downloadable
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
GPSAvailable, with A-GPS support, Samsung Mobile Navigator
MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
Time management organizer
Music recognition
JavaAvailable, MIDP 2.1
Samsung ChatON
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS
Digital compass
MP4/MKV/H.263/H.264/WMV/Xvid/DivX video player
Image editor
Voice memo
BatteryStandard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh
Estimated talk timeUp to 14 h 15 min (2G) / Up to 8 h 40 min (3G)
Stand-by timeUp to 535 h (2G) / Up to 517 h (3G)
Document viewer
Available ColoursBlack
DimensionsExternal dimensions125.9 x 64.2 x 9.9 mm
Total weight122 g