Conclusion: Although the Wave II has a big, colour-rich touchscreen, you can browse the internet, write emails, and play all sorts of media, it doesn’t have the cohesion of a BlackBerry, the customisation and breadth of an Android phone, or the user experience of an iPhone. It’s a smartphone, but it may not be able to do what everyone else’s can.
Summary: The Samsung Wave II is a decent feature phone. Sure, it can't match the best smartphones for apps, but it doesn't try to. If you just want a simple touchscreen handset for texts, calls and browsing the web, the decent screen and battery life make it well worth a look.
Summary: There is no reason why at Â£244 the Samsung Wave II S8530 shouldn't be top contender for your next mid-range smartphone. Yes, it may not have a widely accepted mobile OS and the benefits that come with it but on its own, the Wave II is a very good smartphone. If you are one of the few people out there who don't care about what OS your phone is running and want a phone with great usability and impressive features, you won't go wrong with the Wave II.
Excerpt: Enter the Samsung Wave II, Exit stage right, the Samsung Wave. Spotting the differences between the two devices is not an easy task. Samsung has merely tweaked the Wave ever so slightly and re-launched it, which could be a good thing to some or not, to others. The previous model fared quite well in our tests, but operating systems have evolved considerably since then and Bada is yet to make it to other devices. So far it’s been restricted to just the Wave I and II.
Excerpt: The Samsung Wave II S8530 is one of the best smartphones currently available in terms of hardware and features. It sports the Bada 1.2 OS, which isn't as mature as the Android OS, but is great nevertheless.
Conclusion: That’s not to say the Wave II is not a looker. It still has the same ‘large’ presence in the hands, even more so now, and the brushed aluminum casing continues to add the feeling of strength and durability. It has already taken a few soft drops from the murderous hands of my nephew and it is holding up well. No scratches distributors, I promise!
Summary: Samsung’s first Bada handset, the Samsung Wave was a kind of a trailblazer for the company. The handset allowed the debut of the Super AMOLED screen technology and the Hummingbird processor of 1 GHz. The handset is sure to be a special place in the hearts of the techies. The Android is moving out slowly and the Bada is creeping in to the company’s portfolio. The Wave series of handsets include the popular Wave 525. The company has now released the Wave II.