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Samsung Wave Y S5380 / Samsung Wave538

alaTest has collected and analyzed 230 reviews of Samsung Wave Y S5380 / Samsung Wave538. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviews about the screen and design are overall positive. The usability and performance are also appreciated, but many are negative about the reception and sound.

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sound, reception

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Wave Y S5380 / Samsung Wave538 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung Wave Y S5380 / Samsung Wave538

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Samsung Wave Y S5380 / Samsung Wave538 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the battery and design are overall positive. The reliability and performance also get good views. The reception and sound get less positive reviews.

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sound, reception

75% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Wave 525 S5250 Sim-Free Smart Mobile Phone - BlackSamsung Wave 525 S5250 Sim-Free Smart Mobile Phone - Black

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Samsung Wave Y S5380 / Samsung Wave538

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Samsung Wave Y S5380 / Samsung Wave538 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung S5330 Wave - GSM Quad-Band with 3 MP Camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, MP3 Player, Bluetooth and microSD Slot - Unlocked Phone - US Warranty - BlackSamsung S5330 Wave - GSM Quad-Band with 3 MP Camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, MP3 Player, Bluetooth and microSD Slot - Unlocked Phone - US Warranty - Black

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

First Look: Samsung Wave - Pocket-lint

 

The screen is a triumph and one that, like the Omnia HD, will draw many to the phone. It looks fantastic and seems to be off to a strong start

Screen, screen, screen, social network integration, 720p video capture

We don't really know much about the world of Bada

Samsung is treading a new path with the Wave: the phone showcases the new operating system well, but ultimately, the success of the phone will depend on how well supported it is by Bada developers. If you are locked into an 18- or 24-month contract,...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: Martyn Williams (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Samsung Wave - first look

 

Samsung kicked off this year's Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona on Sunday by unveiling Wave.

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: Josh Halliday (theguardian.com)

Samsung Wave mobile phone

 

Josh Halliday: A crisp, bright screen makes this smartphone appealing – but Samsung's new in-house operating system doesn't

Finally, is it worth it – yes or no? Not at the current price. There are countless devices (and countless yet to be released) doing a better job and with a better operating system. Don't hold out for the Wave 2.

Jul, 2010

Expert review by: (v3.co.uk)

Samsung Wave review

 

Bada handset takes on iPhone and Android devices

The Wave is an excellent addition to the Samsung portfolio and the smartphone market. While it would be ill-advised to suggest it will rival the iPhone or the growing Android smartphone market in the near future, it is a serious contender.

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: Clare Hopping (itpro.co.uk)

Samsung Wave review

 

The Samsung Wave is the first of Samsung's Bada-based smartphones, but is it a real competitor to other platforms on the market? We review it to find out.

The Samsung Wave is just the first device on the Bada platform and it’s a great start for the Korean manufacturer. Although the App Store has to go a little way before it’s even close to becoming a competitor to Android or Apple, we hope it does...

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: Ben Sillis (electricpig.co.uk)

Samsung Wave review: Super AMOLED screen skills

 

The Samsung Wave is a big first for Samsung, but not just because it's the phone that marks the debut of Bada – it's also the first phone on the market to uses Samsung's brand new Super AMOLED screen tech, which promised deep rich colours, and just as...

Beautiful and responsive

Perhaps too small for a modern smarpthone

Super AMOLED has a huge future in phones - and you can have it right now in the Wave

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: Andy Curzon (electricpig.co.uk)

Samsung Wave hands on preview

 

The Samsung Wave is the first Bada-powered handset. It's a high-end phone that goes head-to-head with the HTC Desire and Apple's iPhone in the global conflict we like to call the smartphone war. Will it lop off an Android head or two? We nabbed a...

Super AMOLED screen is bright as the sun, great video codec support

Bada doesn't appear to offer much new or innovative

Bada feels closer to feature phone territory than we'd hoped, but the Wave's great screen and video potential claw back some points

May, 2010

Expert review by: (knowyourmobile.com)

MWC: Samsung Wave video preview

 

The Samsung Wave is the first device to operate using Samsung's own , with a new TouchWiz 3.0 user interface and social networking features.

Expert review by: Laique Khan (techmagnifier.com)

Samsung Wave Y S5380 Review

 

Samsung Wave Y S5380 is a next generation touch based smartphone. Operated on Bada platform, this new mobile phone is a bag full of features. What makes this phone a hit among the consumers is its powerful performance, clean UI and latest version of...

Capacitive touchscreen ; Integrated with Wi-Fi direct, means you can transfer the data much faster now ; Decent build ; All basic apps included ; Excellent battery back-up

The web browser does not support Adobe flash ; Low resolution and no LED flash in the camera ; The low resolution of videos recorded is not suitable for bigger screens ; Loudspeaker is a let down

The Samsung Wave Y S5380 Price in India is around INR 7,200, which is quite affordable. The revamped Bada 2.0 OS, Touchwiz UI, notification on the home screen, dedicated page for widgets are some of the attractions at this new low-end smart phone from...

Jun, 2012

Expert review by: Techtree (techtree.com)

Review: Samsung Wave Y

 

Multitasking support; Wi-Fi connectivity; Decent sound quality

Uninspiring design; Lacklustre UI; Bad camera; Weak ecosystem

Apr, 2012

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:1200
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Standby time (2G):1000 / 1090 / 1200 / 570 / 610 / 670 / 700 / 760
Standby time (3G):440 / 450 / 660
Talk time (2G):13 / 13.1 / 13.17 / 14 / 14.1 / 14.3 / 14.6 / 6.4 / 9.6
Talk time (3G):5 / 5.3 / 5.33 / 6
Video call time:2.5 / 2.8

Call management

Auto-redialing: Yes
Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating Alert:Y / Yes

Camera

Auto Focus:No / Yes
Built-in Camera:Y / Yes
Built-in Flash:No / Yes
Camera resolution:2048 x 1536 / 2560 x 1920
Digital Zoom:1.4 / 2
Front Camera: No
Main camera resolution (numeric):2
Maximum frame rate:15
Night mode:Y / Yes
Photo effects:black&white, Negative film, Sepia / Mosaic, Negative film, Neutral, Sepia / Mosaic, Negative film, Sepia / Mosaic, Neutral / Negative film, Sepia
Rear Camera Resolution:2048 x 1536 / 2560 x 1920
Rear camera resolution (numeric):2
Second Camera: No
Self-timer: Yes
Smile detection: Yes
Video capture resolution (max):320 x 240
Video recording: Yes
White Balance:Auto / auto, Cloudy, custom modes, daylight, Fluorescent, Tungsten / auto, Cloudy, daylight, Fluorescent / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Lamp / auto, Cloudy, daylight, Fluorescent, Tungsten / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Incandescent
Zoom capability:X2 / Yes

Certificates

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified: Yes
Specific absorption rate (SAR) value (EU):0.542 / 0.797

Design

Colour of product:Black / Pink / Red / Silver / White
Form factor:Bar / Slider

Display

Display diagonal:8.13 / 81.3
Display number of colours:0.265000 / 16.78 million colours / 262144 colours
Display Resolution:240 x 400 / 320 x 480 / 480 x 320
Display Type:TFT
External display: No
Orientation sensor: Yes
Touch screen:Y
Touch technology:Dual-touch
Touchscreen: Yes

Keyboard

Keyboard layout:QWERTY

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes
Text prediction system:T9
Text-to-speech message reader: Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC, eAAC+, FLAC, M4A, MP3, OGG, WMA / AAC, eAAC+, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WMA / AAC, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WAV, WMA / AAC, MP3, WAV / AAC, MP3, WMA / MP3
FM radio:Y / Yes
Image formats supported:JPG
Radio Data System (RDS): Yes
RSS reader: Yes
Speakers:Mono
Video formats supported:3GP, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV / H.263, H.264, MPEG4 / H.263, MPEG4, WMV
Voice codecs:AMR

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
GPS:N / Yes
GPS (satellite):No / Yes
Position location: Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS / EDGE, GPRS, GSM / EDGE, GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:800,2100 / 900,2100
3G standards:HSDPA
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVRCP
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR / 3.0 / 3.0+HS
Data network:3.5G, 3G / 3G
EDGE multislot class:12
GPRS multislot class:12
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MiniSIM
WAP:2.0 / Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other features

Active toolbar: Yes
EDGE:No / Yes
GPRS: Yes
Java technology:Y / Yes
Music player:Y / Yes
Polyphonic ring: Yes
Ringer type:MP3 / Polyphonic
Rotating: Yes
Video Playback: Yes
Voice Recording:Y / Yes
Volume Control:Digital

Packaging Content

Cables included:USB
Headset included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

Direct printing: Yes
Flight mode:Y / Yes
Operating system installed:Bada
Operating System Version:2.0
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, Countdown timer, Stopwatch, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, Events reminder, Notes, Recorder, Stopwatch / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, Games, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Countdown timer, Events reminder, Notes, Stopwatch, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Countdown timer, Notes, Stopwatch, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Themes, Widgets / Icons, Menu, Widgets
Push-to-Talk (PTT): No
SyncML: Yes
Video call:No / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
TV-Out : Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB version:2.0

Processor

Processor frequency:0.832 / 0.834

Software

Operating system installed:Bada
Operating System Version:2.0
SyncML: Yes

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / microSDHC
Included memory card size:2
Internal Memory:100 / 103 / 140 / 150 / 160 / 200 / 80
Maximum memory card size:16 / 32
USB mass storage: Yes

Video

Video call:No / Y / Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.19 / 1.23 / 1.52 / 10.9 / 11 / 15.2 / 5.4 / 5.5
Height :1.18 / 1.19 / 1.23 / 10.9 / 109.5 / 11
Weight:100 / 102.4 / 103.8 / 104 / 105 / 117 / 118
Width:1.17 / 11 / 5.5 / 5.79 / 5.8 / 5.82 / 55