Samsung Wave S8500 vs. Google Nexus One – Review

by Jerry D on July 6, 2010

The Wave is a great example of Samsung’s prowess in the smartphone market. Unleashed against the Nexus One, it faces a Google-powered, but HTC-built handset. HTC can seemingly do no wrong at the moment. So which phone has the technological edge? Time for a big phone fight…


In terms of wireless connectivity, the Wave includes 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. Google has stuffed its debut phone with 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

Get the spec sheets out and the Wave is the thinner of the two, measuring 10.9mm to the Nexus One’s 11.5mm. As for weight, the Samsung Wave weighs a mere 118g, while the Nexus One is 130g. For the full dimensions, see the graph below. (2-0)



The Wave’s camera boasts a 5.0 Megapixel resolution. Frills include autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile/blink detection and image stablilization. It also boasts HD video recording and has a front-facing camera for video calls.

The Google Nexus One matches its opponent for imaging tech with a 5.0 Megapixel camera of its own. There’s also autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging and HD video recording (720×480 pixels). No second camera though. Shame. (3-0)


The design of Samsung’s Wave features a 3.3-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED screen, with a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. The 3.7-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED screen on the Nexus One is bigger and more usable. The screen resolution is the same. (3-1)


In terms of usability, the Nexus One uses a Snapdragon (QSD8250) processor, rated at 1GHz. The Wave’s core is a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 chip. The Samsung Wave uses the Bada OS, which still has some work to do to establish itself. The Nexus One runs a pure version of Android 2.1 and is typically the first to handset to receive new Android updates. (3-2)

Downloadable apps


The Nexus One wins the internal storage battle with 4GB, compared to 2GB on the Wave. Of course, the Wave also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to 32GB. The 4GB storage capacity on Google’s phone can be expanded to 32GB via its microSD slot. (3-3)

Battery life:

Charged to the max, Samsung claims 8.5 hours of talktime for the Wave, compared to 7.0 hours for the Nexus One. Standby times are 450 hours and 250 hours respectively. No points for the Nexus One in this round. (4-3)



The Wave also includes a stereo FM radio with RDS, FM radio recording, GPS/A-GPS, Samsung Mobile Navigator and a digital compass. The Nexus One lacks an FM radio, but features GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass. (5-3)

The Samsung Wave wins!

samsung wave s8500 Samsung Wave S8500 vs. Google Nexus One   Review On purely technical terms the Samsung Wave just comes out on top in this fight (5-3). But that doesn’t tell the whole story… The Samsung Wave’s glass jaw is undoubtedly its software. Android is currently far more flexible and powerful than Samsung’s embryonic Bada OS and that will appeal to some users. The Nexus One also boasts a bigger screen and more memory than the Wave.

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

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