Samsung Wave 2 review

The Samsung Wave II comes with a new hardware overhaul

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Samsung Wave II review: Verdict

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The Samsung Wave II builds on what was quite a strong early pedigree. We liked the physical design of the original Samsung Wave, the responsive touchscreen and the clever ideas behind Bada.

But there were some crucial points we didn't like, and frankly we don't think Bada has moved on far enough in its 1.2 incarnation to keep us really interested.

We liked

The handset design is lovely. Samsung has barely changed the physical design of the original Wave, though the Wave II is larger to accommodate its bigger screen. It feels like quality in the hands.

The screen is sharp, bright, clear and responsive to the finger. It is up there with the very best of the competition in this respect.

Battery life is good and we can see some people sneaking past the two day marker if they are averagely careful users.

T9 Tracer is a nice Swype-style text input system that really works well, and the error correction in text entry is efficient, too.

We disliked

Bada 2.1 just doesn't offer that many improvements over its predecessor. There are things we really wanted to see in the Wave II that are not here. Why can't we put app links on a Home screen? Why can't we change the order of apps in the main apps list? Why isn't there smart dialling? Why doesn't the handset try to guess which Twitter and Facebook contacts we might want to link together?

The app store has grown in terms of sheer number of apps available, but it is still not a patch on Android or iPhone. And the number of free apps is woefully small. If you want apps, one of those two other platforms is a better choice.

We really aren't happy about the idea of paying for navigation when it is available for free so readily elsewhere, and the poor map design in comparison to Google Maps adds insult to injury.

Samsung hasn't upped the ante much by offering a vastly improved set of specifications in comparison with the original Wave. Admittedly, though, the original Wave did have a lot of goodies built in.


The general specifications of the Wave II don't advance things a lot further than the original Samsung Wave. And generally the things we really liked and disliked about that handset remain the same here.

Considering that we've found the Wave II online SIM free for £319 and the original Wave from the same seller for the same price that's probably not such a big point. The larger screen (from 3.3 inches to 3.7 inches) and increased internal memory (from 1GB to 2GB) are the main upgrades and both are welcome.

Still, we'd have liked to see Samsung push the boat out with the Wave II. Perhaps they are concentrating their efforts on growing the app store. We hope so.

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