Samsung’s top Bada phone has reached the third iteration – the S8600 Wave 3 maintains the slim, metal body tradition of its predecessors and goes back to SuperAMOLED (four whole inches of it). Bada OS itself has made the jump to a new major version and now offers an interface that holds its own even against high-end Androids.

Samsung Wave 3 official photos

The screen felt instantly familiar when we picked up the Samsung Wave 3 – no surprise, since it’s the 4″ WVGA SuperAMOLED of the I9000 Galaxy S, one of our all-time favorites. It beats the smaller SAMOLED of the first one and the SC-LCD screen of the second one too – score one for Wave 3.

Tapping on the metal back of the Wave 3 also made us realize what the Galaxy S and S II missed out on – it’s possible to be both thin and all-metal.

The Samsung Wave 3 borrows more than the screen from the Galaxy S, here’s the spec overview:

Samsung S8600 Wave 3 at a glance

  • General: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS 900/2100 MHz, EDGE, HSDPA 14.4 Mbps and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
  • Form factor: Touchscreen bar
  • Dimensions: 125.9 x 64.2 x 9.9mm, 122g
  • Display: 4″ 16M-color SuperAMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, scratch-resistant glass surface
  • Platform: Bada OS 2.0
  • CPU: 1.4 GHz processor
  • Memory: 2GB user accessible internal memory, microSD card slot
  • Camera: 5-megapixels auto-focus camera with LED flash, 720p video recording @30fps; VGA video-call camera
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with WPS support and Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, standard microUSB port, GPS receiver with A-GPS, Glonass (region specific), 3.5mm audio jack
  • Misc: NFC support, accelerometer for screen auto rotate and motion controls, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, FM radio with RDS, DivX/XviD support, multi-touch input and pinch-zooming gestures
  • Battery: 1500 mAh battery

The S8600 Wave 3 bets on proven specs and stylish looks – not a bad strategy, we think. As good as the I9000 Galaxy S was, it did lose points on being all-plastic.

The Wave 3 has solid multitasking chops and the Bada app store has been building up content. The 1.4GHz CPU will deliver top-notch performance if the Galaxy S Plus is any indication.

Samsung S8600 Wave 3
Samsung S8600 Wave 3
Samsung S8600 Wave 3

Samsung S8600 Wave 3 in our office

So, can the Samsung S8600 Wave 3 pull you away from the clutches of Android? Maybe if we stare at its hardware for a while we’ll get an answer – and if not, we’ll look at Bada OS 2.0 too. So, it’s off to the next page.

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