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Samsung Wave GT-S8500

Samsung Wave GT-S8500
alaScore 88

2145 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2145 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the camera and usability. The screen and design are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the features. Opinions about the GPS navigation and apps are mixed.

responsiveness, design, screen, usability, camera


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Wave GT-S8500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Samsung Wave GT-S8500


alaTest has collected and analysed 61 user reviews of Samsung Wave GT-S8500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Mobile Phones on

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82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Samsung Wave GT-S8500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Samsung Wave GT-S8500 from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on

value for money, screen, apps

78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Samsung Wave S8500 Mobile Phone


The Wave is the first handset that's loaded with Samsung's new Bada OS. The quest of the Bada (meaning Ocean in Korean) platform is to provide faster and cheaper smartphones to the mobile community. Technically Bada has been around for awhile, it's the...

With a price tag of Rs. 17,200 (MOP) the Wave is a superb multimedia handset even if the camera didn’t perform as well as I’d hoped. It’s a well designed handset with quite a lot to offer users from all segments. Having said that, Bada is still a work...


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Samsung Wave GT-S8500 (black)


Samsung unveiled the Wave at Mobile World Congress 2010 and it is the first phone to run Samsung's Bada mobile operating system. Samsung didn't design the OS to compete with Apple's iOS and Google's Android, but to bring the smartphone experience,...

The Samsung Wave has a gorgeous, crystal-clear Super AMOLED touch screen. The 1GHz processor keeps the phone running smoothly, and the Wave has great call quality. The Wave also has a 5-megapixel camera and can capture HD video

Samsung's TouchWiz 3.0 user interface is much improved over its previous versions; however, it is not as intuitive as others are, particularly as you get deeper into apps. It doesn't merge contact information from various accounts together and the...

For international markets, the Samsung Wave is a nice, budget-friendly foray into the world of smartphones, but there are more affordable and more full-featured options for the U.S.

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Samsung Wave S8500 Review


From its confusing launch back in December 2009, to its feature-packed handset debut at Mobile World Congress and then all the way to the SlashGear test bench today, Samsung's bada OS has had a rocky journey. Showing up for the first time on the...

We described this as a double review, but in the end there’s only one question: would we recommend the Samsung Wave S8500? There’s no doubting that it’s a handsome, well made and attractive device, with a spec sheet that could overshadow some...

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Samsung S8500 Wave review: Hello, world!


Smartphone for the masses or feature phone of the future? Samsung would gladly have it either way. The question rather is, will the Bada OS keep up the pace of its debut device. We've been following the new smart platform since its first...

3.3" 16M-color Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, WVGA (480 x 800 pixels), multi-touch input support, scratch-resistant glass surface ; Solid 10.9mm-thin metal body ; Bada OS with Samsung Apps ; ARM Cortex A8 based 1GHz CPU ; Quad-band GSM support...

Limited number of available applications ; No lens cover ; Card slot under the battery ; Inbuilt SatNav software has only a 30-day navigation license ; No ambient light sensor to change screen brightness dynamically

It will certainly take more – and equally convincing – devices for Bada to do as well as Samsung want it to. Proper developer support and a fast growing app store will be a must too. So, it’ll take hard work but there's something to be optimistic about...

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Samsung Wave S8500 Review


Samsung's first bada phone - the Samsung Wave S8500 - is finally here. A few months ago we reviewed a prototype unit, which left us with rather high expectations for the final product. Now that it's here, we are ready to see what Samsung's latest and...

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Samsung Wave S8500 Preview


Life has come from the water. That's where everything has begun for us, so water seems to be a pretty natural place for Samsung to start a new beginning. Samsung has created a new mobile operating system to compete with the other big players on the...

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Samsung Wave Review: First Impressions


This week, we've gotten our hands on the Samsung Wave GT-S8500. We have been playing with the Wave for a short while now, and we're happy to say that, for the...

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Samsung Wave S8500 - An Ocean of Possibilities


Taking its first step to fully utilize the mobile ecosystem, the Samsung Wave and its accompanying bada OS is the company's answer to the rise of Google's Android and Apple's iOS. Here's our findings on the potential from this new kid on the block.

Slim and compactGood screen clarity from Super AMOLEDIntuitive user interface

Limited 3.3-inch screen sizeBattery life could have been better

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Samsung Wave Review


Samsung Wave is a great opener for the Bada platform, but lacks competitive vigor to take on the big guns.

The construction quality of the Samsung Wave is top-notch with an elegant brushed aluminum finish that looks and feels great in the palm. The not-so-light-yet-not-so-heavy weight of the device makes it feel all the more sturdy though I’m not sure if it...

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Samsung Wave S8500 - A Wave of Possibilities


Just like a wave that stirs the calmness of the sea, the Samsung Wave S8500 creates a huge current in the mobile phone market with three of its key features: Super AMOLED display, affordable pricing, and the most important – Samsung's very own...

Responsive Super AMOLED screen, excellent overall build ; and design

Bada OS is on its early stage, only has a few offerings

Having said what I did about the Bada OS’s need for further development and establishment, it’s safe to say that it is not really a good idea to go out and grab a unit of the Samsung Wave S8500. The Bada OS’s better years are still ahead of it, and...

Product Specifications

Samsung Wave, a bold new adventure in the history of mobile innovation. Complete with the astonishingly vivid SUPER AMOLED display. Wave delivers an unmatched visual experience of pure delight. Wave also comes with Samsung Apps so you can download countless games, e-books, utility applications and more. Wave seamlessly organizes and integrates all your information – SNS, IM, email, and calendar accounts- to give you the perfect social hub. And Wave’s HD video player and recorder let you enjoy hour after of crystal-clear video. Rounding out the mix, Wave’s premium Dolfin Web browser offers superior, smooth web browsing and flash video compatibility that lets you more easily enjoy online videos.