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Samsung Wave II Review

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Interface and Functionality:

We have previewed the bada operating system of Samsung quite extensively in the original Wave review, as well as with the Samsung Wave 723, so we will just mention here that the Samsung Wave II has the latest 1.2 bada version. It brings over some big fixes, such as being able to operate the phone while connected via USB, but also a couple of new features - Swype-like text input, improved browser, and OpenGL ES implementation for game development.

Bada has all the prerequisites of a modern mobile OS - homescreens with widgets, social networking integration in the phonebook, copy and paste, song recognition, basic image/video editing, as well as excellent stock video and music players with DivX/Xvid and FLAC codec support. The major downside is that it doesn’t have many 3rd party apps yet, with which to fill the 2GB internal memory.

The interface of the Samsung Wave II - Samsung Wave II Review
The interface of the Samsung Wave II - Samsung Wave II Review
The interface of the Samsung Wave II - Samsung Wave II Review
The interface of the Samsung Wave II - Samsung Wave II Review

The interface of the Samsung Wave II


The ones you download from Samsung Apps can’t run simultaneously - multitasking is supported only for the base apps, like Calendar and Email, for instance. True multitasking and Adobe Flash support are coming to the Samsung Wave II with bada 2.0, which will be rolled out in the summer.


Internet, Connectivity and Software:

The WebKit-based Dolphin browser in bada 1.2 has some improvements, mainly in terms of speed, but the basic support of HTML5 and Flash Lite 3.xx stays the same, i.e. some Flash ads and YouTube videos play fine. Flash Lite 4 support should come with the launch of bada 2.0 in the summer, but it's yet uncertain when the OS might get the real deal, which is Flash Player 10.1 support. Also, the browser still doesn’t support text reflow properly, or rather makes everything too small when it tries to fit it in the screen size, so the text is barely readable on the 3.7” Samsung Wave II.

The bada browser uses high compression for web pictures, so as to load the page quickly, but the resulting looks are pretty bad. It also offers some nice perks, like moving you from one drop-down menu to another with a simple press of the “next” button, which speeds up form-filling on websites.

The bada browser of the Samsung Wave II - Samsung Wave II Review
The bada browser of the Samsung Wave II - Samsung Wave II Review
The bada browser of the Samsung Wave II - Samsung Wave II Review
The bada browser of the Samsung Wave II - Samsung Wave II Review

The bada browser of the Samsung Wave II


The Samsung Wave II offers a full set of connectivity options - 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, DLNA for media sharing, as well as FM radio.

As usual, the Microsoft Office and PDF document Picsel viewer is included in the package, along with Samsung LBS - a voice-guided GPS software by Route66, which offers a lifetime license deal for Wave phones for $40. The GPS fix was fairly quick when we were connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot, or the carrier's data network. Locking us in position with only the GPS chip on, however, required several minutes. As usual with bada handsets, Samsung has included music recognition software, as well as basic image and video editors, which are built right into the music player and the gallery themselves.

Music recognition software - Samsung Wave II Review

Music recognition software



Camera and Multimedia:

The 5MP camera with LED flash is of the same resolution we have on the first Samsung Wave, and as a whole we have no complaints towards this. The camera interface is  the tried-and-true Samsung creation, which is very touch friendly, and a pleasure to use, with a number of useful additional settings, preset scenes and shooting modes present out of the box. In addition, firing it up with the dedicated button, and shot-to-shot times, are almost instant.

Camera interface - Samsung Wave II Review
Camera interface - Samsung Wave II Review
Camera interface - Samsung Wave II Review

Camera interface


The outdoor snaps with the Samsung Wave II turned out with correct exposure and color representation, as well as sharp focus, but detail was lacking a bit, probably due to the cloudy skies. The indoor shots are more than adequate for a phone camera, and the LED flash does a much better job at illuminating the scene than your average unit.

Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave II - Samsung Wave II Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave II - Samsung Wave II Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave II - Samsung Wave II Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave II - Samsung Wave II Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave II - Samsung Wave II Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave II - Samsung Wave II Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave II - Samsung Wave II Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave II - Samsung Wave II Review

Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave II


Strong - Indoor shots - Samsung Wave II Review
Medium - Indoor shots - Samsung Wave II Review
Low light - Indoor shots - Samsung Wave II Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor shots - Samsung Wave II Review

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Medium

Low light

Darkness with flash

Indoor shots


Video is captured at 720p HD resolution with the smooth 30fps, and it exhibits the same accurate color representation and exposure already seen in the still pictures.

Samsung Wave II Sample Video




Music playback on the Samsung Wave II is traditionally great, as in most bada devices, as Samsung’s mobile OS supports FLAC, the lossless audio format, as well as 5.1 channel surround sound in headset mode, dubbed DNSe - Digital Natural Sound Engine. The music player’s interface is nice, definitely better than the Froyo one, and it has music recognition software built into the player itself. We could use a better loudspeaker in the phone, though, as the default one sounds quite unnatural.

Music player - Samsung Wave II Review

Music player


The handset plays whatever you throw at it, including DivX/Xvid files up to HD resolutions - great codec support out of the box, as is usually the case with Samsung’s smartphones.

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posted on 12 Jan 2011, 19:12 2

1. hoang (unregistered)


Regardless of all the strong points that Samsung tech can deliver, Wave I and Wave II suck for no huge app store and particularly the cannot-be-uglier design. indeed the design looks real cheap.

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 06:03 3

3. Preetam (unregistered)


Design is cheap?? Every other phone except HTCs and Nokia's and now Arc look like iPhone brothers, and you call the Wave II cheap??

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 19:31 3

4. rocketlog (unregistered)


Quite frankly, if the Samsung Wave II grows a set of physical QWERTY keys, It'd be the perfect phone for me. Not much of an app-whore. So a few functional apps here and there would be sort of a side-bonus for me. I just hope a decent Pro version comes. Not with downgraded specs like the Wave 2 Pro.

posted on 14 Jan 2011, 23:59

6. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


haha app-whore :P ima steal tat ;D

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 20:31 1

5. codymws (Posts: 236; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


The phone itself looks very nice, it's the OS I just can't see myself using. You're limited to what Samsung gives you, since there isn't an app store (yet).

Not that I'd even be able to get it, since I'm on Verizon (CDMA) in the US.

posted on 28 Jan 2011, 04:59

7. srv86 (unregistered)


Wave II is One nice phone. Samsung is offering high end features in such low cost ( About Rs. 18000/-). Only that Bada OS not Mature enough is the main drawback, othrwise its a very good smartphone.

posted on 10 Feb 2011, 15:41

8. Lol (unregistered)


This phone has a camera better than Nokia c7 with 8 m pixel and more video detailed better than Nokia n8 12 m pixel I think wave has the best 5 m pixel camera ever.

posted on 04 Mar 2011, 02:29

9. sunnyyyy (unregistered)


hey;;;;;; r we talkin about phone or we'r talkin about a camera............>>???

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 02:03

19. royal jaat (unregistered)


the camra is a part of a smartphone or a phone.................

posted on 26 Mar 2011, 06:33

10. Pankaj (unregistered)


If i buy Samsung Wave II now with Bada OS 1.2 than will i be able to upgrade it later to Bada OS 2.0?

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 04:32 1

11. JIVRAJ (unregistered)


Pankaj yes u will be able to upgrade it and also wave 2 has an ambient light sensor and a proximity sensor.

posted on 03 May 2011, 14:53

12. Anuj (unregistered)


hello, the price of wave 2 in gujarat is just 14,500 in my city. waiting to go down further so that i can get it ata cheaper rate :)

posted on 10 May 2011, 07:01

13. mob (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


The Samsung Wave II is a phone that I liked.

The screen is great, battery life is good, build quality is great and looks classy.

The user interface is nice and friendly.

The phone is quick. The touch screen response is good but not as good sure as that
of the iphone.

What I miss is speed dial which I realy need. Also there are some things I dont like. The Bada does not support VOIP, and does not offer good apps (also apps are very limited ).

The drop down notification panel drops during a call due to slight toutch of the ear and sometimes activats silent mode and causes phone to vibrate during call (main thing that annoys me). The speaker is somehow weak.

Other than that the phone is very good.

Mohib Haddad

posted on 15 May 2011, 03:26

14. mayank (unregistered)


is wave 2 also heat like wave........?

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 00:18

15. tayohgao (unregistered)


Do you think which phone is better if you have a mid-range to moderately high budget?Samsung galaxy ace or samsung wave ll?

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 06:34

16. Khushi (unregistered)


Wave II is a better option for u tayohgao

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 06:46

17. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


"bada 1.2 browser still doesn't support Adobe Flash 10.1"
And the iphone, does that support flash iphonearena...???

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 08:36

18. madhan12 (unregistered)


it is not supporting skype

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 23:21

20. Arun Kumar (unregistered)


Hi Friend,

can any one of you please tell me is there black color available in samsung wave 2 or only one color i.e Ebony Gray.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 23:22

21. Arun Kumar (unregistered)


Hi Friends,
Can any one tell me is there a black color available in samsung wave 2.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 23:23

22. Arun Kumar (unregistered)


Hi Friends,
Can any one tell me is there a black color available in samsung wave 2.

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 08:29

23. nobin, 9605816110 (unregistered)


I love wave 2. Wave2 camara is best.

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 11:42

24. deepa s (unregistered)


frnds can i use dictionary in dis phone?????

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 11:43

25. deepa s (unregistered)


whch one s better???? galaxy ace or wave 2????

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 10:12

26. farook (unregistered)


yes arun it is available..........

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 21:37

27. samuel (unregistered)


wat abt white colour ???? is there any ???

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 03:06 1

28. dave (unregistered)


worst phone ever It caused nothing but trouble since i got approx 6 months ago
it keeps shuting down by itself

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 17:06

29. caza96 (unregistered)


I love my Samsung wave 11, it has been the best phone I have ever owned........but I now have a huge problem and no phone outlet can help me.....I was at Auckland Airport using their I thought free WiFi while is was registering my email and name a request for my MasterCard came up so I opted out and shut down the tabs and turned the phone off so I could catch the plane....... now my phone will not turn on it only gets to Baba and stops. it does not go to my screen saver of to anything just to the symbol Baba......can any one help I need to get to my contacts asap as I am traveling around the world and I bought the phone in Hong Kong and have been using different Sim cards in each country as the phone is unlocked.......Thank you Caza

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 23:07

30. akhilprasobhan (unregistered)


awsome phone

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 23:03

31. sunil kohli (unregistered)


really amazzinnnnnnnngggggggg phone dear....!!!

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 10:38

32. Yerdeniz (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


The phone is sufficiently nice, I do own a Samsung Wave II, but I think Samsung will disappoint us... Again...

With the emergence of Wave III and bada 2.0, the support will be cut of gradually, and I humbly think that elder brothers of Wave III will not easily carry off the stable weight of the new OS, 2.0. I heartily hope that I will be proved wrong...

bada is a young OS, hence it is agreeable within the circle of not having much apps or stability of the UI. In my opinion, it will not be like Android nor iOS, because Samsung has other flagship devices in it's pouch. (Galaxy Series) It is merely an experimental OS for now, thus confiding faith in the OS in this interval of time will be an odious mistake.

I, therefore, humbly think that we are in an interim. I can merely be expectant about the coming version of bada 2.0, and I do hope the bada shall prevail upon the dangerous waters.

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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) Super Clear LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Samsung Exynos 3, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A8 processor
Size4.88 x 2.35 x 0.46 inches
(123.9 x 59.8 x 11.8 mm)
4.76 oz  (135 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 13.83 hours talk time

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