Samsung Wave II Review

Performance and Conclusion:

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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17 Reviews



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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