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Samsung Wave 2 review

The Samsung Wave II comes with a new hardware overhaul

Samsung Wave II review: Camera

The five-megapixel camera is not short of shooting options, with a range of scene modes that could grace a mid-range digital camera. There are Landscape, Sports, Portrait, Night, Party/indoor, Beach/snow, Dawn, Fireworks, Sunset, Fall colour, Text, Candlelight and Against light modes.

Testing these we found some worked better than others. Shooting a few photos in a café, the difference between using normal mode and party mode were invisible to the naked eye, for example. But you can't fault Samsung for trying.

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There's nothing so boring as Sepia or Negative mode, but there are Smile shot, Beauty, Continuous, Panorama and Vintage modes to fiddle with, too.

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OUTDOORS: Light capture was pretty good on this dull day and there's none of the blurred images or iffy detail that we see with some phone cameras

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DETAIL: Phone cameras often struggle with this photo. It is in a relatively dark corner, reflects a lot of light and contains a lot of detail. This is a better effort than we've seen from many

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VIGNETTING: One of the many filters is Vintage mode. It's quite effective

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FLASH: Taking photos indoors with the flash was a more rewarding experience than it often is. There's a fair amount of detail in this photo, and the low light levels were dealt with well

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PANORAMA MODE: This stitches four photos together into a single shot that comes out 4131 pixels wide and 919 pixels tall. You tell the camera what direction you are going to move in, and it then takes its photos automatically in sequence as you move the camera along.

The automatic stitching is pretty good, though in the sample panorama you can see that the far right of the image is a little blurred. You need to move the camera fairly slowly for the automatic shooting system to work properly, and we rushed a bit with what was the last photo in our sequence

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourBlack
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
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameS8530 Wave II Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S8530BAAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/