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Samsung Wave review

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Overall rating 8.5/10
Slim and compact
Good screen clarity from Super AMOLED
Intuitive user interface
Limited 3.3-inch screen size
Battery life could have been better


The Metal Sea

The Wave left a deep impression on us when we laid our eyes on it for the very first time. Or to be more accurate, when we held it in our hands and embraced the cold metal body. There wasn't much plastic used on the Wave's chassis, hence giving the Wave a more solid and heavy build. While we were pleased with the additional weight and overall balance for easy handling, it might be a little too heavy for some people's liking.

From the front, you'll be looking at Samsung's Super AMOLED display that's also seen on the Samsung Galaxy S. But the differences are apparent in its physical size, with the Wave measuring in at a smaller 3.3 inches. Fortunately, it retains the same WVGA resolution of 800 x 480 pixels on the screen. The placement of its physical buttons is generally accessible. This includes the volume button on the left, which is slightly off the middle strip and thus easy for the thumb to stretch and adjust the volume accordingly. Its right profile holds the lock and camera button, which are quite self-explanatory in their functionality. The final physical keys would be the call/end buttons surrounding the menu button. The latter is also the search and multi-task button, activated when you either double tap or hold the menu button respectively.

The crown of the device houses the 3.5mm audio port and a microUSB port. The latter utilizes a slider to cover the microUSB port, which keeps the device neat and tidy instead of a plastic cover that's both hard to grip, remove, and unsightly when opened. At the rear, we have the usual 5-megapixel camera, and an accompanying LED flash for both still and moving image recording. To remind us that the Wave isn't a shoddy product, the removable back is also of metallic material, and underneath it are the SIM and microSD card slots.