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Samsung Wave II GT-S8530

alaTest has collected and analyzed 494 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and usability. The screen and design also get good opinions. There are some mixed reviews about the GPS navigation, and the reliability and features get less positive reviews.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Wave II GT-S8530 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Review Samsung Wave II GT-S8530 Smartphone

 

The perfect wave? The successor of the S8500, the Wave II GT-S853

Outstanding workmanship; Above average equipment; Convincing value for money ratio

Almost the same hardware as its predecessor; Small app availability and thus limited expandability; Partly mulish browser

If you don't care much for an over average camera, the equally affordable Motorola Defy might be of interest for you. There is a vast amount of apps available for the dust and splash-water proof smartphone thanks to the pre-installed Android 2.1....

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Samsung Wave II Review

 

Bada is slowly creeping into the company's portfolio, and the Wave family is now big and happy. Thus we were really curious what surprises Sammy had in store for us, when it announced the Samsung Wave II. Will it live up to the popularity of the...

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Samsung Wave II Review

 

Like a true Hollywood sequel.

Great built, Super LCD is pretty decent, 5MP camera, 3.7" screen, T9 Trace (swype)

its the same OS without any noticeable changes, clunky UI, Apps Store is still crap, Browser is terrible, loudspeaker is soft

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...

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Samsung Wave 2 review

 

Outstanding battery and a great screen, but poor browsing experience

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Samsung Wave II review

 

Samsung's original Wave from last year was an attempt at a high-functioning smart phone at a lower than usual price, thanks to Samsung's Bada OS, which is supposed to be cheaper to implement than the likes of Android. It did a pretty good job too, and...

Sharp Super-clear LCD screen, Social Hub and social networking widgets, HD video

Can’t add shortcuts to home screens, not much of an advance on the original

A solidly decent smart phone though it’s not necessarily much cheaper than comparable Androids

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Samsung Wave II Review

 

The sequel to last year's Samsung Wave, it has a bright 3.7-inch display, and is powered by Samsung's own Bada interface.

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...

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Samsung Wave II review

 

We review the Wave II, a Samsung smartphone that features the Bada operating system

Excellent build quality, clear display

Bada feels dated, lacks support of Android, pricey

The Samsung Wave II feels great in the hand, but it's not enough to stop it from feeling a little dated in a world filled with cheaper Android handsets that offer more functionality

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Samsung Wave II

 

Nearly every recent touchscreen handset that we've seen has featured Android, so the affordable Samsung Wave II makes a pleasant change. This device runs Samsung's own Bada operating system – read on to find out if it has what it takes to beat more...

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...

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Samsung Wave II

 

Nearly every recent touchscreen handset that we've seen has featured Android, so the affordable Samsung Wave II makes a pleasant change. This device runs Samsung's own Bada operating system – read on to find out if it has what it takes to beat more...

Despite being affordable, the most impressive thing about the Samsung Wave II is its screen. Measuring in at 3.7 inches, it boasts a pin-sharp resolution of 480 x 800 pixels – easily enough to match or better most high-end smartphones

Although the integrated approach of the Bada operating system will please those looking for something a little more simple, it's also the Wave II's downfall. Granted, the majority of apps available for Android or Apple handsets are trivial and...

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...

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Samsung Wave 2 Review

 

This is quite a rarity these days, a Samsung phone that doesn't have the Galaxy brand name. The Samsung Wave 2 is the successor to the relatively popular Wave from last year. It has a few really nice improvements that are evident from the...

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