Samsung Wave 2 review

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Samsung Wave II review: Contacts and calling

No smartphone can really carry the moniker these days without paying adequate homage to social networking, and for most of us that means Twitter and Facebook. The Wave II handles these with aplomb, as well as MySpace, and it can bring in contacts over Exchange ActiveSync.

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Once you've signed into your accounts, you can simply pull in all your contacts in one fell swoop.

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Sounds great, but there are some irritations. When it comes to linking, the Wave II makes no attempt to take an educated guess at who you might want to link with whom. If you've a lot of contacts, you need to be prepared to spend quite a bit of time connecting.

But achieve that and you can see Twitter and Facebook updates in one place, as well as SMS and voice contacts, and seeing Facebook pictures all of which is rather nice.

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When it comes to manually dialling contacts, the dialpad is very well thought through. It is large and you've no chance of hitting the wrong numbers.

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We complained that the original Wave lacked smart dialling and sadly Samsung has not sorted that out with Bada 1.2. You can start to dial a number and the phone will make a matching selection from the contacts book, but it still won't use the letters to let you dial a person by name. Basic omission, Samsung.

And there's only room to show one match. You can tap the screen to see more matches, but with these multiple taps being required you aren't saved a lot of time.

With a front-facing VGA camera, you can make video calls should you want to do so, and when in a call – of either voice or video nature – we found calls were clear both for us and the caller. The Wave II seemed to maintain signal strength well too, so we've no complaints on that front.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory1.50 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SAR Value0.63 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemBada OS
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time3.80 Hour
Product ModelS8530 Wave II
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Weight (Approximate)135 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height123.9 mm
Width59.8 mm
Depth11.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time620 Hour
Product NameS8530 Wave II Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S8530BAAXEU
Manufacturer Website Address