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Is The Samsung Wave Better Than HTC Desire?

The Wave is Samsung's high end smartphone model that is introducing the Bada OS platform, the Korean chaebol's own proprietary mobile environment, to the UK market.

The phone comes with some rather interesting features that puts it right on the level of the HTC Desire, arguably the most popular smartphone on the market. Like the later, the Wave comes with a 1Ghz Qualcomm processor, a 5-megapixel camera and a WVGA screen resolution.

It does however have a smaller screen (3.3-inch vs 3.7-inch), albeit one that uses Super AMOLED technology rather than the HTC Desire's mere inferior AMOLED-only.

Wave has a slightly more powerful battery compared to the HTC Desire (1.5Ah vs 1.4Ah) and the Samsung Wave comes with 2GB internal memory while the HTC Desire has only 512MB internal ROM.

The Wave finally beats HTC's smartphone, as far as hardware is concerned, by offering HD recording and playback, 5.1 Surround audio, Wi-Fi 802.11n and support for DiVX format all in a slightly smaller form factor.

On the other side, the HTC Desire comes with pinch-to-zoom and built in tethering. Then there's the fac that the HTC Desire comes with the more widely supported Android rather than Samsung's proprietary Bada OS.

Lambdatek (opens in new tab) is selling the Samsung Wave S8500 for only £301 while Vodafone will sell the device with 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB data for £25 per month.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.