Apple iPhone 4 vs. Samsung Wave S8500 – Review

by Jerry D on June 23, 2010

It’s a match-up that might seem a foregone conclusion. But you’d be surprised. The Samsung Wave just won’t be knocked down by Apple’s next-gen smartphone and this could go all the way to a points decision…


Need go-anywhere wireless? Of course you do. The iPhone 4 turns a few heads with 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. But Samsung hasn’t skimped on the technology in the Wave. Note the 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps) connectivity, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi to match the iPhone, plus Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. (0-0)

Size & Weight:

How do our fighters measure up To each other? The iPhone 4 measures 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm, while the Wave is 118.0 x 56.0 x 10.9mm. The Wave is the lengthier of the two phones by a margin of 2.8mm. If weight is an issue, then the iPhone 4 is 137g, while Wave’s phone is a lightweight 118g. Nice. (0-1)



The iPhone 4′s camera boasts a 5.0 Megapixel resolution. Frills include tap to focus video or still images, LED flash, geo-tagging, VGA and HD video recording (720p) up to 30fps. There’s also a front-facing camera for video calls. Or as Apple is calling it: FaceTime.

Not to be outdone, the Wave also sports a 5.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile/blink detection, image stablilization and HD video recording). A second camera on the front can be used for video calling. (0-1)


The design of Apple’s iPhone 4 features a 3.5-inch touch-sensitive LCD screen, with a resolution of 640 by 960 pixels. In contrast, the 3.3-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED display on Samsung’s phone is smaller. Its 480 x 800 pixel resolution loses out to the iPhone 4′s superior display. (1-1)


On the inside, the Apple iPhone 4 is powered by a Apple A4 processor, clocked at 1GHz. The Wave has a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 chip. The big difference is with the software that runs on the two phones. The iPhone 4 runs iOS4 and has access to thousands upon thousands of downloadable apps via iTunes. The Samsung Wave uses Samsung’s own Bada OS, which is far less established and supported. (2-1)


The iPhone 4 wins the internal storage battle with 32GB, compared to a standard 2GB memory allocation on the Wave. There’s no expansion slot on the iPhone 4, so its base memory can’t be extended. The inclusion of a microSD expansion slot on the Wave can bump up the overall capacity to 32GB. (2-1)

Battery life:

Juiced up to full capacity, the iPhone 4 weighs in with 7.0 hours of talktime; the Wave in comparison boasts 8.5 hours of talktime. In terms of standby times, Apple’s phone can last 300 hours, while Samsung’s model boasts 450 hours. This round goes to the Wave. (2-2)



The iPhone 4 also includes GPS/A-GPS, a digital compass and a new 3-axis gyroscope. The Wave features a stereo FM radio with RDS, FM radio recording, GPS/A-GPS, Samsung Mobile Navigator and a digital compass. (2-2)

It’s a tie!

In pure technology terms, the Samsung Wave gives the iPhone 4 a really close fight, trading equal blows in terms of speed, storage, screen loveliness and camera quality. There’s obviously one big difference – the software. Samsung’s ambitious Bada OS is untried and can’t match the flexibility of the fluid, powerful and massively supported iPhone OS.

Do you agree with the outcome of this fight? Leave us a comment below now…

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