Samsung Wave Y Review – Bada OS Alternative Mobile

Samsung Wave Y Review: Released in 2011, the Wave family of handsets in the Samsung family had become pretty distinctive. Before Android came onto the scene, manufacturers had to make their own operating systems. Widespread adoption of the Android system did not mean everything else was halted overnight. For a time Samsung ran three different systems – its own (codenamed Bada by this point), but also offering Windows and Android.

With Android becoming very successful, it was clear that the open-source advantages it offered quickly outperformed most of the other proprietary systems. But Samsung were not giving it up without a fight, and the Wave family of handsets were high-end devices – often equal in terms of specifications to the leading Galaxy S Android models.

However, the 2011 releases were slightly different as several models were released. The S6800 Wave 3 was the top-end model and the successor to the Wave and Wave 2. But two cheaper devices were released: the Wave M S7250 had a smaller 3.65 inch screen and a slimmed down spec with weaker processor. The Wave Y featured an even smaller screen at 3.2 inches and further concessions were made such as the removal of the front camera. This was very similar to the later Galaxy Y Duos, however that operating system was Android based.

Full specifications here.

It was clear that time was almost up for the Bada OS. Many people owning the Wave handsets sought out ways to install Android on their phones. While the propreitary system lived on for a while in the non-touch phones, Android won the battle and was the base for the future Samsung touchscreen handsets. Bada would be discontinued after a year.

Samsung Wave Y Review Pros:

  • The phone featured a nice design – being solid and compact. The screen resolution of 320 x 480 was the same as the Galaxy Wave M but put into a smaller screen size, giving a better effective dots per inch.
  • Media is well-catered for on the phone with a microSD card slot and Bluetooth with audio support.
  • The OS had a number of apps built in such as Youtube. Crucially it matches the Android handsets with Wi-Fi support to make the most of it.
  • NFC was supported on this device which would come in handy for the new apps which were coming out.

Samsung Wave Y Review Cons:

  • The operating system was a downside for those previous Android users, which featured only a limited amount of applications.
  • Imaging was also weak on the handset, with a 2MP camera and no flash. There was also no front-facing camera, although this was a common omission in budget phones.
  • Battery capacity was smaller in this handset due to physical constraints, leading to smaller standby and talk times.
  • Value proposition was poor relative to other models in the Android stable, for example the original Samsung Galaxy Ace.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects:

Physically it is quite difficult to tell the Wave handsets apart from their Android equivalents. This being said there was nothing remarkable about this handset, and much like a similar basic Android model is unlikely to be catching any premium pricing.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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