Samsung Wave 2 review

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Samsung Wave II review: Battery life

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We weren't expecting great things from the Samsung Wave II's battery. It packs a 1500mAh cell, which is top end, but the battery has a lot to do. It has to keep that 3.7-inch 800 x 480 pixel screen going for a start, and it has to power the 1GHz processor that's at the heart of things.

But we were really impressed. After one six-hour stint of fairly punishing media playback, Wi-Fi, web use and HSDPA bashing, a full battery had only lost one of its five bars in the monitor. It started to fall more quickly after that, but life was still pretty good.

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We reckon that Bada has something to do with this and that it has been tightly put together to minimise battery drain. Whatever the reason, this ought to be a two day smartphone for many users, and that's not something we say very often.

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We temper that with the fact that if you are a heavy music listener, 3G data, Wi-Fi or GPS basher, you should realistically still be thinking in terms of daily charges.

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