Samsung Wave S8500 vs. Motorola Droid X – Review

by Jerry D on July 2, 2010

Samsung’s Wave S8500 packs enough cutting-edge technology to give any of its rival smartphones a good fight. But does its untried Bada OS let it down against the Android army? Let’s find out…

samsung wave vs droid x Samsung Wave S8500 vs. Motorola Droid X   Review


The wireless options on the Wave include 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. As for the Droid X, Verizon’s network demands specified CDMA 800/1900, EVDO rev. A. Other connectivity doodads include Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi as standard. (1-1)

Size & Weight:

Browse the specs (see graph) and you’ll see that the Wave is the slimmer of the two phones with a depth of only 9.9mm. The Droid X is noticeably wider, measuring 65.5mm to the Wave’s 56.0mm. As for weightiness, the Droid X is heavier than the Wave, tipping the scales at 155g, compared to the Wave’s slimline 118g. (2-1)



The design of the Samsung Wave incorporates a 5.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile/blink detection, image stablilization and HD video recording. The setup is further enhanced by an additional, front-facing camera.

The 8.0 Megapixel camera on the Droid X outclasses Samsung’s technology and also includes autofocus, a dual LED flash, a mechanical shutter (1/1000 speed), image stablization, 16:9 image capture plus 720p HD video recording. Very nice. (2-2)


Display size is key and this is an interesting match-up. The Wave features a 3.3-inch (480 x 800) touch-sensitive AMOLED screen. Droid X’s touch-sensitive LCD screen is just a smidgeon crisper (480 x 854 pixels) and a whole inch bigger (4.3 inches). Is it too big? That’s only a call that you can make. (2-3)


In terms of processor speed, the Samsung Wave is built around a speedy ARM Cortex A8 chip, clocked at 1GHz. The Droid X has a OMAP 1GHz processor. The Wave runs the Bada OS, which looks good and has some promise. The Motorola Droid X uses Android 2.1 and is upgradeable to Froyo 2.2 (and quite possibly beyond). It also features Motorola’s social networking grease, MotoBlur. (2-4)

Downloadable apps


While the Wave only boasts 2GB out of the box, the Droid X comes with a better 16GB capacity. The Wave also features a microSD slot to boost the storage to a roomier 32GB. The microSD slot on the Droid X further boosts the overall memory on Motorola’s phone to 40GB. The Wave loses this one. (2-5)

Battery life:

Calculating battery life is tricky. Samsung’s spec sheet lists 8.5 hours of talktime for its phone, compared to 8.0 hours for the Motorola Droid X. As for standby time, the phones can last for 450 hours and 220 hours respectively. The Droid X loses this one. But it seems to have the battle won… (3-5)



The Samsung Wave also includes Stereo FM radio with RDS, FM radio recording, GPS/A-GPS, Samsung Mobile Navigator, digital compass. The Droid X features GPS/A-GPS, 3-microphone multi-directional audio, HDMI microconnector (for HD video out) and an LED spotlight. (3-6)

The Motorola Droid X wins!

motorola droid x Samsung Wave S8500 vs. Motorola Droid X   ReviewDespite a spirited start by the Wave, the Droid X lands some big tech-punches to come out as the winner of this smackdown (3-6). It has the most versatile OS (and Android is improving all the time), the highest-spec camera, the most memory and, despite the Droid’s size, it’s also the thinnest of the two phone. The Droid X is a fabulous all-round phone and it will undoubtedly take another leap in mobile design to beat it.

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

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