Samsung Wave S8500 vs. Dell Streak – Review

by Jerry D on July 8, 2010

What makes a good smartphone? Is it screen-size? Is it the ability to customise it with downloadable apps? The Samsung Wave S8500 and the Dell Streak are two very different beasts. Which one do we prefer? Let’s put them in a cage, order up a mojito and watch them fight it out…


As for wireless connectivity, the Samsung Wave includes 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (note tyhe 802.11n option) and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. The Streak, meanwhile, boasts 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

According to the tape measure, the Wave is slightly fatter than the Streak with dimensions of 10.9mm versus a slim 9.98mm. The Streak is obviously broader, measuring 79.1mm to the Wave’s compact 56.0mm.

Tipping the scales at an eye-widening 220g, the Streak is also far weightier than its opponent. The Wave weighs 118g, a difference of 102 grams. To put that in perspective, the Sony Xperia X8 weighs 104g. (2-0)



Swinging the first hopeful punch, the Wave’s 5.0 Megapixel camera features autofocus, an LED flash and geo-tagging. It also includes advanced camera features such as face/smile/blink detection and image stablilization. The HD video recording is a highlight, while for video calls, there’s also a front-facing camera.

The Streak also sports a 5.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, dual LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection) , so there’s no real difference in basic camera quality. It can only muster VGA video capture, however. Like the Wave, an extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. (2-0)


The Wave features a 3.3-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED display with a good resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The Streak’s touch-sensitive LCD display is far roomier at 5.0 inches. But should a smartphone screen really be this large? The 480 by 800 resolution matches that of the Wave. (3-0)


As for processor power and user interface, the Samsung Wave is powered by an ARM Cortex A8 processor, tripping along at 1GHz. The Streak has a similarly powerful 1GHz Snapdragon (QSD8250) chip. There’s a significant different in terms of UI, however. Samsung’s handset is based on the fledgeling Bada OS, while Dell’s phone uses the tried (and mostly trusted) Android OS (version 1.6) with an enhanced Dell UI. (3-1)

Downloadable apps


With 16GB of internal storage, the Streak has more space out of the box. The Wave features a lowly 2GB in comparison. Of course, the Wave also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 32GB. More than enough room for video, audio, downloadable apps and photos. The Streak’s overall capacity can also be boosted to 32GB via its microSD memory card slot. (3-2)


The Wave also includes a stereo FM radio with RDS, FM radio recording, GPS/A-GPS, Samsung Mobile Navigator and a digital compass. The Streak features GPS/A-GPS, a digital compass and Microsoft Exchange integration. (4-2)

The Samsung Wave S8500 wins!

samsung wave s8500 Samsung Wave S8500 vs. Dell Streak   Review The referee gives this fight to the Wave with the points going 4-2 in Samsung’s favour. But there’s actually not much between the two handsets.

The Streak’s 5.0-inch display will be a selling point for some and a stumbling block for others. It’s hardly as pocketable as the Wave, which impresses with a thin, lightweight chassis and a crisp AMOLED screen. The Jury is still out on the Bada OS. Android certainly has the edge and enjoys wider developer support.

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

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