Samsung Wave S8500 vs. HTC Droid Incredible – Review

by Jerry D on July 15, 2010

The Samsung Wave combines the power of a much bigger smartphone with the easy pocketability of a ‘mini’ handset. It shouldn’t fare well against the popular, HTC-built Incredible cellphone. But Samsung is full of surprises these days. Seconds out, round one…

samsung wave vs incredible Samsung Wave S8500 vs. HTC Droid Incredible   Review


As far as wireless technology goes, the Wave comes with 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), a triple hit of 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. HTC has crammed its handset with chipsets that support CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEVDO/1xEVDO rev. A, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

Get the tape measure out and the Droid Incredible is the wider of the two phones, measuring 58.5mm to the Wave’s 56.0mm. The Wave is the taller handset (but only just), measuring 118.0mm to the Droid Incredible’s 117.5mm. Checking on weight, the Wave weighs 118g, while the HTC Droid Incredible is 130g. (2-0)



Samsung has built the Wave with a 5.0 Megapixel camera that boasts extras such as: autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile/blink detection, image stablilization and HD video recording. For video calls, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera.

The 8.0 Megapixel camera on the Droid Incredible is an obvious improvement on the Wave’s lens. The handset also includes autofocus, a dual LED flash, geo-tagging and video capture. The Wave grabs the points here and is building up a good lead. (3-0)


As for screen size, the Samsung Wave features a 3.3-inch (480 x 800) touch-sensitive AMOLED display. In contrast, the 3.7-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED display on HTC’s phone is bigger. The resolution is also identical. (3-1)


As for overall usability and performance, the Wave’s core uses a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 chip, while the Droid Incredible uses a Snapdragon (QSD8650) processor, rated at 1GHz. The Wave runs the new Bada OS, while the Droid Incredible uses Android 2.1 (Eclair) with HTC’s Sense UI. The power and flexibility of Android is the bigger draw. (3-2)

Downloadable apps


Storage-wise, the Droid Incredible provides more space out of the box with 8GB. This compares to the Wave’s 2GB. Plug a bigger memory card into the Wave’s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity rises to 32GB. You can also expand the memory of the Droid Incredible via the microSD slot. But the maximum is 40GB. (3-3)

Battery life:

Measuring battery life isn’t an exact science. But Samsung boasts 8.5 hours of talktime for its Wave, versus 5.2 hours for the Droid Incredible. The standby times are 450 hours for the Wave and 146 hours for the Droid Incredible. Zero points for the Droid Incredible in this penultimate 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 Droid Incredible features GPS/A-GPS, FM radio tuner and a digital compass, so there’s not much between them. (4-3)

The Samsung Wave wins!

samsung wave s8500 Samsung Wave S8500 vs. HTC Droid Incredible   ReviewThis was a close fight. The Samsung Wave took an early lead and just held off a spirited fightback by the HTC Droid Incredible. The final score? 4-3 in the Wave’s favour thanks to its slimmer, lighter build; superb battery life; and a more versatile camera.

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

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