Samsung Wave II Review

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 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 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.



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.


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.



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.


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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31 Comments

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.

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??

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.

6. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

haha app-whore :P ima steal tat ;D

5. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

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.

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.

9. sunnyyyy unregistered

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

19. royal jaat unregistered

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

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?

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.

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 :)

13. mob

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 15, 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

14. mayank unregistered

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

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?

16. Khushi unregistered

Wave II is a better option for u tayohgao

17. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

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

18. madhan12 unregistered

it is not supporting skype

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.

21. Arun Kumar unregistered

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

22. Arun Kumar unregistered

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

23. nobin, 9605816110 unregistered

I love wave 2. Wave2 camara is best.

24. deepa s unregistered

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

25. deepa s unregistered

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

26. farook unregistered

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

27. samuel unregistered

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

28. dave unregistered

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

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

30. akhilprasobhan unregistered

awsome phone

31. sunil kohli unregistered

really amazzinnnnnnnngggggggg phone dear....!!!
Wave II
  • Display 3.7" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 3, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Battery 1500 mAh(6.83h 3G talk time)

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