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Samsung Wave II Review

Samsung Wave II

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Performance and Conclusion:

Samsung Wave II Review
As for the calling capabilities, the Samsung Wave II performs very well. It doesn’t have dual mics for noise cancellation, but the single one does a commendable job at filtering out the background noise coming from around you. The earspeaker is loud enough, and the caller’s voice sounds natural, without any notable distortion. The loudspeaker is a bit on the weak and tinny side, which was explicable in a thin handset such as the first Samsung Wave, but here Sammy could have placed a punchier unit.

Battery life from the 1500mAh unit is rated at 6 hours of talk time with 3G turned on, and 20 days of standby.

Overall, the Samsung Wave II makes a very good impression as the younger, hulkier brother of the original. It has grown in size, thanks to the inclusion of a larger 3.7” screen, making it feel more solid and comfortable to operate. It’s somewhat disappointing that the screen is not Super AMOLED, as that would really make the handset stand out - currently we would say the Samsung Wave is still the flagship handset of the Wave family, thanks to its vibrant display and up-to-date hardware.

Other than that, the Wave II exhibits the same sweet characteristics we’ve come to expect from Samsung’s high-end smartphones lately - powerful 1GHz Hummingbird chipset, wide codec support both for audio and video, and excellent camera module. The bada OS has a lot of features for which, with other mobile operating systems, you need 3rd party apps, but the Samsung Apps store has to catch up significantly with the sheer number of applications available for the most popular platforms. One of the biggest software drawbacks is the browser with its high compression rates and lack of true Adobe Flash Player 10.1 support, which is not coming any time soon. If you can live past these though, the Wave II is a pretty nicely-balanced performer.

If you are looking for alternatives to the Samsung Wave II, and you don’t have big hands, you could opt for the original Wave, which is basically the same handset, but smaller, slimmer, and with a Super AMOLED screen. The also-metallic Nokia N8 will offer an amazing 12MP camera, and Android lovers might prefer the HTC Desire Z, which has a sliding keyboard.

Samsung Wave II Video Review:


  • Very good camera
  • Solid metal construction
  • Rich support of video and audio codecs


  • No ambient light sensor for automatic adjustment of screen brightness
  • bada 1.2 browser still doesn't support Adobe Flash 10.1
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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: 237; 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....!!!

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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) Super Clear LCD
Camera5 megapixels
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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