Samsung Wave Y review: Young blood

GSMArena team, 05 March 2012.
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The Android-ish gallery

Another thing that got redesigned under Bada 2.0 is the gallery, which - to no one's surprise - takes after Android. It's fluid and efficient, and prettier than in previous versions.

The different albums and folders appear as piles of photos, which fall in neat grids once selected. If you have online albums over at Picasa those show up as separate stacks as well.

The gallery supports kinetic scrolling or panning so you can skip images without having to return to the default view. Just swipe to the left or right when viewing a photo in fullscreen mode and the previous/next image will appear.

Pinch zooming is also available but you can also double tap on the screen to zoom in and out.

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The media gallery

The Wave Y gallery shows the pictures in full resolution unlike most Android handsets, so zooming in on a picture will reveal much greater detail. Like the Android galleries, the Wave Y offers rotate and crop tools too.

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Viewing a single image in the gallery

Functional video player

The interface of the video player is quite simple.

The Wave Y supports MP4/H.264/MKV files, but it does not include support for AVI files, regardless of format. Subtitles were not recognized either.

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Video player is good • settings

The capable music player

Just like the gallery, the Bada 2.0 music player is designed to look like the one in TouchWiz-skinned droids. The interface is laid out in four tabs for the available sorting options: all artists, all tracks, playlists and albums.

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Eye-catching music player • now playing

The user interface looks even better when you use the music player in landscape mode. Browsing albums or tracks is pretty standard in portrait mode: you get a list of all songs or albums, each with a small thumb. The list is smoothly scrollable with impressive kinetic effects.

If you're browsing in landscape mode you'll be getting an album art reel of virtual CDs. Tapping on a CD will expand it to show all the tracks within the selected album.

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The landscape mode looks great

Alternatively, sweeping down across the screen (from the arrow above the central CD) will display a virtual dial to let you search the albums or tracks alphabetically.

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The alphabetical search wheel

FM Radio

The Samsung S5380 Wave Y is equipped with an FM radio with RDS. You can navigate to different stations by dragging across the dial on the top, or using the arrow keys below. You can also save up to 8 radio station presets. The interface is slightly different than the one found on the Wave 3, mostly due to the fact that it does not feature FM audio recording.

You can also listen to the FM radio on the loudspeaker, but the headset is still needed to serve as an antenna.

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The FM radio app • settings

Very good audio quality somewhat spoilt by stereo crosstalk

The Samsung Wave Y S5380 did fairly well in our audio quality test. It's not the best we have seen, but it certainly does better than its price tag suggests.

When connected to an external amplifier, the smartphone got impressive scores all over the field, with the average volume levels the only thing that could possibly be improved.

When headphones are connected, there is plenty of degradation in terms of stereo crosstalk. It gets pretty high, but that's about the only score to take a notable hit, so it's not too bad overall.

And here come the full results so you can see for yourselves:

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Samsung Wave Y S5380+0.04, -0.22-87.787.60.00350.047-87.0
Samsung Wave Y S5380 (headphones attached)+0.04, -0.22-83.988.60.00650.099-35.7
Samsung Galaxy Y S5360+0.03, -0.32-87.086.80.00420.064-76.9
Samsung Galaxy Y S5360 (headphones attached)+0.21, -0.08-85.385.80.0130.238-44.2
Samsung Galaxy Fit S5670+0.08, -0.28-82.784.80.0210.083-81.9
Samsung Galaxy Fit S5670 (headphones attached)+0.21, -0.16-82.084.70.0220.374-46.5
Samsung Galaxy Gio S5660+0.11, -0.46-83.785.60.0180.091-82.2
Samsung Galaxy Gio S5660 (headphones attached)+0.28, -0.16-83.685.60.0170.387-39.0
Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570+0.11, -0.45-83.085.30.0220.077-80.6
Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 (headphones attached)+0.88, -0.24-82.484.70.0230.427-43.7

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Samsung Wave Y S5380 frequency response

You can learn more about the whole testing process here.

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