HTC Desire vs. Samsung Wave – Review

by Jerry D on June 22, 2010

HTC has an enviable army of smartphones, including the well-specced Desire. Has the Samsung Wave got enough in its locker to tempt phone-buyers away from Android? Let the mud-flinging begin…

htc desire vs samsung wave HTC Desire vs. Samsung Wave   Review


The Desire includes 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and A2DP. Samsung has shoehorned 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps) connectivity, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP into its handset. (0-0)

Size & Weight:

Obviously, neither of these phones is an unwieldy brick. The Desire measures a slim 119.0 x 60.0 x 11.9mm. In comparison, the Wave is only 118.0 x 56.0 x 10.9mm. It’s the shorter of the two phones by a full 1.0mm. Neither phone could be considered hefty. But the HTC Desire weighs 135g, while the Wave is a mere 118g. (0-1)



HTC has constructed its Desire handset with a 5.0 Megapixel camera that boasts auto-focus, an LED flash, face detection, smile detection, geo-tagging and SD video recording.

Not to be outdone, the Wave also comes equipped with a 5.0 MP camera, plus autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile/blink detection, image stablilization and HD video recording. Another camera located on the front is ideal for video calls. It’s a package that ultimately beats the Desire. (0-2)


As for screen size, the HTC Desire features a 3.7-inch (480 x 800) touch-sensitive AMOLED display. The Wave’s own touch-sensitive AMOLED screen is smaller at 3.3 inches. It boasts the screen resolution too – 480 x 800 pixels. (1-2)


Under the hood, the Desire packs a Snapdragon (QSD8250) chip, rated at 1GHz. The Wave, meanwhile, boasts a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. But pit the Desire’s Android 2.1 (Eclair) software (with Sense UI customisation) against the Wave’s new and relatively untried Bada OS and the Desire grabs the points. (2-2)


Storage-wise, the Desire provides more space out of the box with 4GB. This compares to the Wave’s paltry 2GB. Of course, the Desire also features a microSD slot to boost the storage to a roomier 32GB. The Wave’s overall capacity can also be increased to 32GB with a suitable memory card. (2-2)

Battery life:

Juiced up overnight, the Desire boasts 6.7 hours of talktime according to HTC, while the Wave is rated at 8.5 hours. Standby time is rated at 360 hours and 450 hours respectively. That’s one to the Wave. (2-3)



The Desire also includes downloadable widgets, a screen accelerometer, a digital compass, GPS/A-GPS and an built-in FM radio. The Samsung Wave features its own stereo FM radio (with RDS), plus FM radio recording, GPS/A-GPS, Samsung Mobile Navigator software and its own digital compass. (2-3)

The Samsung Wave wins!

samsung wave s8500 HTC Desire vs. Samsung Wave   ReviewGiven the choice between an HTC Desire and a Samsung Wave, you might opt for the Android phone every time.

Android is a platform that’s on the up and it benefits from wider developer support (so far) and a superior number of downloadable apps. But Samsung has squeezed some good technology into the wave (HD video recording and 802.11n wireless support, for example) and it’s deliciously thin and lightweight.

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