Samsung Wave S8500 vs. HTC Wildfire – Review

by Jerry D on July 4, 2010

The Samsung Wave has the specs to match some of the best smartphones around. But its size is on a par with some of the smaller phones, such as the new breed of ‘Mini’ handsets. The HTC Wildfire is a great little phone. How does it fare against Samsung’s Bada-powered communicator? Game on…


Need go-anywhere wireless? The Wave features 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. The Wildfire features 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. (1-0)

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Size & Weight:

According to the spec sheets, the Wave is slightly skinnier than the Wildfire with a chassis that’s only 10.9mm thick. The Wildfire is wider, measuring 60.4mm to the Wave’s 56.0mm. Both phones tip the scales at 118g. (1-0)



First up, the Wave’s 5.0 Megapixel camera features autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile/blink detection, image stablilization and HD video recording. There’s also a front-facing camera for video calls. The Wildfire’s 5.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, LED flash, amile detection, geo-tagging and video recording) equals the Wave’s. But it can’t match its HD talents or video chat functionality. (2-0)


Headlining the Samsung Wave is a 3.3-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The touch-sensitive LCD screen on the Wildfire is slightly smaller, measuring 3.2 inches. It boasts a poorer screen resolution too – only 240 by 320 pixels. (3-0)


As for the processor and UI, the Samsung Wave features a ARM Cortex A8 chip, racing along at 1GHz. The Wildfire has a slower 528MHz Qualcomm MSM 7225 processor. The Wave is based on Bada OS, the Wildfire uses Android 2.1 (Eclair) with HTC’s Sense UI. (4-0)


In terms of storage capacity, the Wave features 2GB of internal storage, while the Wildfire features 384MB of RAM. Naturally, the Samsung Wave S8500 also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to 32GB. The inclusion of a microSD expansion slot on the Wildfire bumps up the capacity to 32GB. (5-0)

Downloadable apps

Battery life:

Calculating the staying power can be tricky. But the Wave weighs in with 8.5 hours of talktime; the Wildfire in comparison boasts around 8.0 hours of talktime. In terms of standby times, Samsung’s phone can last 450 hours, while HTC’s model boasts 690 hours. Second place for the Wave. (5-1)



The Wave also includes a stereo FM radio with RDS, FM radio recording, GPS/A-GPS, Samsung Mobile Navigator and a digital compass. The Wildfire features a similar stereo FM radio (with RDS), GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass (5-1)

The Samsung Wave wins!

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The Wave emerges as the winner of this fight (5-1).

  • It has the most memory (up to 32GB)
  • It has a larger display (3.3 inches)
  • It has a better display (an AMOLED screen with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution)
  • It’s the thinnest of the two phones

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