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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:



Pros

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

Cons

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

PhoneArena Rating:

7.5

User Rating:

8.9
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