HTC Aria vs. Samsung Wave S8500 – Review

by Jerry D on July 20, 2010

Put HTC’s budget Aria handset up against Samsung’s finely engineered Wave S8500 and what do you get? You get a fight of epic proportions, that’s what. But which way is it going to go? Is the re-tooled HTC HD Mini got enough to compete? Or will the Wave simply roll over it? Read on below…


Let’s kick off with all-important connectivity options. The Aria includes 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. As for the Wave, Samsung has specified 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP and a 802.11 Wi-Fi in b, g and n flavours. (0-1)

Size & Weight:

Put the two phones side-by-side and the Aria and the Wave are 104.1 x 58.4 x 11.7mm and 118.0 x 56.0 x 10.9mm respectively. Overall the Wave is the slimmer of the two phone. If weight is an issue, then the Wave is 118g, while HTC’s phone is 115g. There’s really nothing in it. (1-1)



The design of the HTC Aria incorporates a 5.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, geo-tagging, ‘touch focus’ and VGA video recording. It’s not bad for a budget cellphone, but notice the lack of an LED flash…

The Wave’s 5.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile/blink detection, image stablilization and HD video recording) equals the Aria’s for resolution, but exceeds it in advanced features. A second camera on the front can be used for video calling. (1-2)


Display size is key these days and the Aria falls into the ‘mini’ category with a 3.2-inch (320 x 480) touch-sensitive LCD screen. In contrast, the 3.3-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED display on Samsung’s phone is slightly bigger. But its 480 x 800 pixel resolution is a dramatic improvement on the Aria’s display. This is hardly the fairest of fights… (1-3)


How nimble are these two handsets? The HTC Aria features a Qualcomm MSM 7227 chip, ticking along at 600MHz. The Wave, meanwhile, bursts through the speed barrier with a nippy 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. Android 2.1 (Eclair) with HTC Sense UI comes installed on the Aria, differentiating it from the Windows Mobile-powered HTC HD Mini. The Wave uses Samsung’s Bada OS, which shows promise but is still finding its feet. (1-4)

Downloadable apps:


The Wave boasts 2GB compared to the default 384MB capacity of the Aria. Of course, the Aria also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 32GB. And you can also expand the memory of the Wave via its equivalent memory slot. The maximum is 32GB. (1-5)

Battery life:

Fully-charged, HTC says that its Aria can deliver 6.0 hours of talktime, while the Wave is rated at 8.5 hours. Meanwhile, standby time is quoted as 372 hours and 450 hours respectively The Aria loses this round and the Wave runs off with the point. (1-6)



Rounding this fight off, the HTC Aria also includes a stereo FM radio with RDS plus built-in GPS/A-GPS satellite navigation. The Wave also comes packing a stereo FM radio with RDS, but also adds FM radio recording. Its GPS/A-GPS functionality is enhanced with Samsung’s Mobile Navigator software and there’s also a digital compass to help you north. (1-7)

The Samsung Wave wins!

samsung wave s8500 HTC Aria vs. Samsung Wave S8500   ReviewThe Wave holds down the HTC Aria and repeatedly punches it in the face with a great set of specs. The score? A mighty display of 1-7. Thwack! It has the best all-round camera features. Pow! It has the most memory. Thwunk! It features the best, brightest (at least when viewed indoors…) and biggest display. And kerrunch! It’s also the thinnest phone.

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

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