Excerpt: 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.
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 perfect wave? The successor of the S8500, the Wave II GT-S8530, has been available since the beginning of the year. However, there aren't many novelties apart from a larger display and an upgraded operating system. Is that enough to meet the high expectations set by the predecessor?
Pros: Outstanding workmanship, Above average equipment, Convincing value for money ratio, The Wave II GT-S8530 offers a complete package at a convincing value for money ratio.
Cons: Almost the same hardware as its predecessor, Small app availability and thus limited expandability, Partly mulish browser, The lack of apps will likely not only deter power users from buying it.
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.
Samsung S8530 Wave-II smartphone - The bigger and better wave
2 March 2011
Summary: For close to Rs. 20,000 (MRP), the Wave-2 feels like a costlier device, with a great touch experience and a very good display. A good camera and battery life rounds off, what is an appealing package. However, in an increasingly competitive segment, with the likes of Samsungï¿½s own S-LCD Galaxy S (priced at 20K or so) and the Nokia C7 (Symbian 3), the Wave-2 definitely has a tougher way ahead than its predecessor did, especially given that the platform (Bada OS) is yet...
Pros: Excellent performance, Superb display, Great battery life
Cons: App ecosystem nowhere close to Android, A question mark still hangs over the future of Bada OS, Similarity of Badaï¿½s interface with Android may not be liked by all
Summary: Amidst the heated competition between mobile OS heavyweights like Google's Android and Apple's iOS last year, Samsung introduced a new mobile OS, bada, to much fanfare and excitement on the aptly named S8500 Wave. In fact, we gave it a favorable review , deeming it a smartphone that showed much promise and decent specs. The Samsung S8530 Wave II is an update to its predecessor and the latest addition to the fledgling stable of bada phones.