Galaxy Ace-Wave II-Wildfire S : Face Off

A friend of mine recently enquire with me about the mobile he should buy. He had a fixed a budget and had shortlisted two mobiles. I wondered how he left out one more mobile which has become a rage in India at this moment. Then it to struck me that people are less informed about new products most of the time. So I decided to pick up his budget and his requirement and create a one on one comparison between three opponents. It is not a first-hand-experience review. I have used two out of this three phones but not for a long period. Hence I picked up the available specifications from gsmarena.com and compared as below. Note that I have left out lots of small features which have become standard in all mobiles(like radio, GPS, music players etc.) of this price range.
Feature/Specifications :
Item Wave II Galaxy Ace HTC Wildfire S
Processor 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, Hummingbird chipset 800 MHz ARM 11 processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset 600 MHz processor
OS Bada OS, v1.2(Upgradable to BADA 2.0) Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo), upgradable to v2.3 Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
RAM 512 MB No Mention 512 MB
3G HSDPA 3.6 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 384 Kbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot(DLNA not mentioned, but available) Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Screen Type Super Clear LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Screen Size 3.7 inches 3.5 inches 3.2 inches
Screen Resolution 480 x 800 pixels 320 x 480 pixels 320 x 480 pixels
Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP v2.1 with A2DP v3.0 with A2DP, EDR
Camera(Still) 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash 5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Camera(Video) Yes, 720p@30fps, video light Yes, QVGA@15fps Yes, VGA@24fps
Video Playback MP4/MKV/H.263/ H.264/ WMV/ Xvid/ DivX video player MP4/H.264/H.263 player Xvid/MP4/H.264 player
Application Availability Picsel document viewer(Few inbuilt applications. App store is just building up. Good number of apps, great 3D games, but nowhere compared to Android in terms of App quantity.) Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration/More available in Android Market
Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa integration/More available in Android Market
Battery Life Up to 13 h (2G) / Up to 6 h (3G) Up to 11 h (2G) / Up to 6 h 30 min (3G) Up to 7 h 10 min (2G) / Up to 5 h 50 min (3G)
Built Quality Lots of Metal Plastic Plastic

Data from http://gsmarena.com

I have allocatedĀ  them points based on my experience with the wave and the importance of these features/Specifications. I might have taken certain liberties while allotting the points. But then, this is my blog.

Points Table(points out of 5):

Item Wave II Galaxy Ace HTC Wildfire S
Processor 5 4 3
OS 2 4 5
RAM 5 3.5 5
3G 5 4 4
WLAN 5 5 4
Screen Type 5 4 2
Screen Size 5 4 3.5
Screen Resolution 5 4 4
Bluetooth 4 3 5
Camera(Still) 5 5 5
Camera(Video) 5 2.5 3
Video Playback 5 3 3
Application Availability 1 5 5
Battery Life 5 4 3
Built Quality 5 3 3
Total 67 58 57.5

As per the hardware specification, Samsung Wave II wins outright and the other two have a great contest amongst themselves. But then, before you decide on buying Wave II, think about your requirement. Are you going to install lots of applications? Are you app savvy? If yes, give a pass to Wave II. Now BADA is a great OS in terms of ease of use and speed. But without the required apps, the smartphone tends to be dumb.If I had been the buyer at this moment, I would have an inclination towards Galaxy Ace, mostly due to its large application base.

But then BADA 2.0 is coming out soon and you never know what it packs.

So think SMART when you buy the mobiles.

These mobiles are available in India between a price range of 13500-15000.

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