TechPhonesReview of the Samsung Wave II Smartphone

Review of the Samsung Wave II Smartphone


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Samsung were kind enough to loan us a few of their Bada based smartphones for review, and the first one we looked at was the Samsung Wave II (GT-S8530).

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Featuring a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with flash, the new handset benefits from improved social networking integration via Samsung’s Social Hub which means people can sync their phonebook with their social network, Instant Messenger and email accounts.

The Samsung Wave II features a 3.7” Super Clear LCD display which not only offers stunning brightness and improved visibility when outside, it’s also ideal for people who want to use their phone to look at videos and photos or to play games. Running on Samsung’s latest OS Bada 1.2, the new handset also comes with front facing HD video capture and playback which supports multiple platforms for easy viewing of different movie file types.

This combined with its social network integration means it’s never been easier for people to share their photos and video content with their friends and family. And at a super-slim 11.8mm, the Samsung Wave II is the perfect size for them to edit their photos and videos in the palm of their hand.

Who are Samsung?

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 188,000 people in 185 offices across 65 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs.



 HSDPA 3.6Mbps 900/2100

 EDGE 850/900/1800/1900


 3.7” WVGA (480×800) 16M Super Clear LCD

 Anti-scratch, Anti-smudge, Anti-reflective


 5.0 Megapixel AF camera with LED Flash

Image Editor, Face Detection, Smile Shot, Mosaic Shot, Panorama Shot


 1GHz (Cortex A8, Humming Bird)


 HD (1280 x 720 @ 30fps) video playing & recording (5.1ch, mDNIe support)

 DivX, XviD, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, Real, MKV, ASF, Video editor


 Music Player with SoundAlive EQ, Music Recognition, Music Match

3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Recording

Value-added Features

 Open Smartphone Platform ‘bada’

 Multi-touch zoom, QuickType by t9 Trace

 Samsung Apps (*Availability of Samsung Apps differs by country)

 Social Hub

– Integrated Contacts, Integrated Calendar, Widget, Unified Inbox

– Social Hub Premium: SNS push notification, Push Email & Push IM

– Social Hub Basic: POP3/IMAP Email & IM

(* Availability of Social Hub differs by country and mobile operator)

 TouchWiz 3.0

 Dolfin Browser 2.0 (HTML 5.0 partially supported)

 A-GPS, Social Mapping (Geo-tagging), On/Off Board Navigation (3D Map)

 SMS, MMS, IM, Email, Video Messaging, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync

 Accelerator Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass

 Smart Search, Smart Unlock, Multi-task Manager


 Bluetooth technology v 3.0

 USB 2.0 (Full -Speed)

 Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n


 2GB + microSD (up to 32GB)


 123.9 x 59.8 x 11.8 mm, 135g


 1,500 mAh


What’s in the Box?

The box contains the Wave II, a user manual, power supply, connection cable and earphones.

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Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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