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Not wanting to be tied into a long, extortionate phone contract and but still wanting a stylish desirable smart phone, my boyfriend settled on the Samsung Wave II. It is quite refreshing seeing a phone on the market that doesn't look like it is trying to be the iphone. I already own the iphone 4 and I was curious to see what this alternative smart phone has to offer, seen as it costs only a fraction of the iphone 4's price.
It is slim and only weighs 139 grams, perfect for slipping in his back pocket. It is lighter and slimmer than the iphone yet it has a bigger screen. I was quite impressed by the quality of the super clear 3.7 inches LED screen. It has 480 x 800 pixels making it one of the best on the market. We prefer to take photographs using the Wave rather than the iphone because they look much clearer. The Wave has face, smile and blink recognition which is a great tool. Another advantage is that it is easy to file the photographs into albums making images easier to find. The flash on the camera is excellent and have taken some excellent pictures using it. It has auto focus and an auto flash setting, making taking quick snaps simple and fun.
It is easy to send text messages and shows messages in a conversation thread, a feature not developed in previous Samsung phones. Picture messaging is available but it is cheaper (free) to send pictures over Bluetooth; another great feature of this phone. My boyfriend has set up his hotmail account to his phone, if you set it on push then you get alerted as soon as you get an email and they come through instantly; you don't have to keep logging on to retrieve them.
As for the browser... connecting to the internet is slow. 3G runs at only 3.6 Megabites per second compared with the iphone that runs at 7.2 MBPS. This is noticeable and you can be left staring at the phone for a good 40 seconds before pages fully load. Wifi is much quicker and runs really well in the home. It has struggled to connect to wifi when it is not that strong a signal.
The phone runs on BADA OS. Samsung are still trying to make themselves different to the other smart phones around. Most are using one version of Android or another. What does this mean? It means that the Wave can only run apps that are designed for BADA. There is a very limited choice and especially a limited number of free ones. After seeing the apps the iphone offers my boyfriend was a little disappointed with the selection on offer. There are a few free games which are fun but basic in nature. BBC has an app on BADA for example, but the scope is limited. Whether others will take the jump and make more apps for BADA I'm not sure when Android and Apple are dominating the market. If apps are something you are interested then avoid this phone because you will be disappointed. They also take a while to download.
The phone does have a gprs sat nav on it but we have not managed to get this to load and as it's not something we would use we have not persevered with it. Other features such as calculator and organiser are bog standard but useful. However, most phones have these sorts of features now as standard.
The battery should last a long time, 600hrs in standby and 13 hrs of talk time, however it lasts less than a day and he often has to take his charger to work to charge it up during the day. Another problem we have noticed is that the back of the phone where the battery is gets quite warm when using the phone for a long period of time. This is probably a fault with our phone but something to watch out for.
Overall I like this phone. For the price I think it is worth the money. I like all the features and find it reliable. BADA OS lets the phone down though and think it may be time Samsung gave up and followed the rest of the crowd, making the phone more desirable to the masses. The slow 3G is also another problem if this is something you will use regularly; it does quite frustrating. The phone only has 2GB of storage space; ample because there is a lack of apps to download. If you did want more space you can buy an extra card to stick in to bump it up. I don't think many will but it's nice to have the option.
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My husband and I both got this phone with our most recent upgrade. We have had the phones now for 6months and i have to admit i wish i had gone for a different phone.
I believe the main issue with the wave is it runs on BADA which is very new unlike android it doesnt seem to have been very well developed. On the wave you cannot get chat on facebook or chat on any Instant messenger. The phone has an app for IM but i have never managed to get it to work. I have come across several forums where people have had the same issues. There are admittedly still some useful apps. The ones i find most useful is the notepad, calculator, calendar.
I personally find the phone really slow at navigating and texting is a nightmare. The phone being touch screen and very sensitive with a qwerty keypad means the keys are tiny and you end up hitting a wrong key. I used to be constantly texting now i hate it on this fone!
The screen on my phone is cracked and my husband has a deep scratch in. I have never had a phone screen crack on me and i am very clumsy with phones but this is the first to do.
In my opinion this is certainly not the best phone samsung have made. The bada system makes it much worse i think.
I got a gift from my Asian friend a Samsung mobile phone last month. This phone brings touchscreen candybar design, like a smartphone with mostly premium OS. With dimensions of 123.9 x 59.8 x 11.8 mm, it appears elongated. At the bottom of the screen, I found three buttons, each Call, Menu and End buttons. On the right there is screen lock button and the camera shutter. Being on the left side there are volume control buttons.Gate micro USB, audio 3.5 mm and external speakers can be found at the top of the phone.
When paired with its predecessor, the Samsung S8500 Wave, both smartphone looks almost identical. The distinguishes of those two are only the size of Wave II is slightly larger and the design of the three buttons below the screen.
I love the candybar design touchscreen and the body dominated by scratch-resistant metal material that looks masculine but still elegant. This material choices may cause this phone has a stable weight in hand, 135 grams.
With larger dimensions, of course Samsung Wave II also brought a wider screen. This is the first phone screen brings latest technology to Samsung, Super Clear LCD. Advantages of this screen is used DNIe (digital natural image engine) is usually embedded in high-end Samsung television. The screen displays images with amazing contrast and awesome color saturation level.
If you ever use the Samsung Android smartphone, you'll have no trouble operating the Wave II. Because, there are many similarities between the Bada and Android especially those embedded in mobile phones are made by Korean vendors. The key similarity lies in the TouchWiz UI is pinned on both.
Accessing the main menu by pressing the menu button, you can access the various applications installed in the phone. The gridnya looks alike Samsung's Android which also mimics the iPhone's main menu. To change the position of the icon, press the virtual button labeled Edit which is located to replace the widget. Although relatively new, OS Bada was able to do multitasking, which means you can run multiple applications simultaneously. In addition, for easy management of running applications, Bada is also equipped with features such a task manager which can be accessed by pressing the menu button for a few seconds.
Wave II default browser fairly comfortable to to use to access the virtual world. Moreover, this browser already supports pinch-zoom, flash, multiple windows and quick translate. To use the quick translate, press and hold down on certain words in the text, it will appear translate option, when you select it, you will directed to Google translate and the results of translation of the word you choose is displayed immediately. Moreover, as Android Froyo, Bada has been equipped with Mobile AP features. Thus you can make the Wave II, a kind of portable wi-fi hotspots. This feature can be activated by accessing:
Settings -- Connectivity -- Mobile AP.
What I like the most is the 5-megapixels resolution camera on it seems more than adequate to meet my needs in capturing the image. Especially, the six shooting options available including singles, beauty, smile shot, continuous, panoramic and vintage. In addition there are 14 scene mode options so we can adjust the lighting conditions for maximum result. The camera also supports touch focus, so that we can determine area of focus with ease. Video recorder is considered special too. Why? Because this phone has a capability to recording moving images in high definition format of 480x720 pixels (HD 720p).
I replaced my Blackberry Curve 8900 with the Samsung Wave in July 2010. I have found that this is an easy touchscreen phone to use (even with chubby fingers)
The phone comes with a number of useful apps, for example a memo pad, facebook, twitter and a film maker. I have created films out of slide shows of my photos and with the video camera on the phone. There are also a number of useful widgets, for example the daily news, calender and i player (only from certain networks).
You can opt to have multiple home pages, which you can scroll through and fill with as many widgets as you can.
The music quality is good and it looks great.
I have found on a couple of occasions that when in my pocket, the phone unlocks itself, so having a phone pouch would be a useful additon to the phone!
I love mine, so would recomment to anybody. You can get it on contract now for approx £20 per month on 24 month contract.