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Samsung Wave II GT-S8530

alaTest has collected and analyzed 942 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the battery and usability are on the whole positive. The screen and design also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the reliability and GPS navigation.

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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 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung Wave II GT-S8530

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 13 user reviews of Samsung Wave II GT-S8530 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Mobile Phones on Amazon.co.uk.

85% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Wave 2 S8530 Sim Free Mobile Smart Phone - Black Samsung Wave 2 S8530 Sim Free Mobile Smart Phone - Black SAMSUNG Wave II - ebony grey

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Amazon.com review summary for Samsung Wave II GT-S8530

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Samsung Wave II GT-S8530 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Samsung S8530 WAVE II Unlocked QuadBand GSM SmartPhone with 5 MP Camera, GPS, and MicroSD Slot - No Warranty - Ebony Gray

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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 S8530 Wave II - Bada All The Way

 

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...

Sure for the price of Rs. 15,400 (best price, MOP) you could get an Android device or a Symbian smartphone, but for you could do no wrong whatsoever with the Wave II. It’s an excellent multimedia handset that delivers on all those fronts. From music to...

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Samsung S8530 Wave II review: Riding the wave

 

They shall come in wave upon wave. Or so it seemed in the beginning. Samsung certainly wanted a strong start for their own Bada OS and they had it. It is usual for sequels to be questioned and belittled. That's one thing the Wave II doesn't have to...

3.7" 16M-color Super Clear LCD capacitive touchscreen, WVGA (480 x 800 pixels), multi-touch input, scratch-resistant glass surface ; Slim and solid metal body ; Bada OS 1.2 with Samsung Apps ; ARM Cortex A8 based 1GHz CPU ; Quad-band GSM support with...

Limited number of available applications ; Super Clear LCD can’t match SuperAMOLED ; Card slot under the battery ; No lens protection ; SatNav software only a 30-day trial ; No ambient light sensor to adjust screen brightness automatically ; Poor...

If you have the feeling the Wave II came out of nowhere you’re not alone. This is not your usual upgrade – it’s an emergency response to what might one day be known as the 2010 SuperAMOLED crisis. Just kidding really, but we guess it always helps to...

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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 S8530 Wave II

 

Samsung S8530 Wave II, the successor to the original Wave running Bada 1.2. Wave II sports virtually all of the same specs as the original, but features a larger 3.7-inch display with Super Clear LCD technology.

Affordable; great auto correct when typing; Social Hub simplifies communications

Bada OS has some way to go; market-place lacks apps

In this age of instant gratification, frustration with the lack of options remains the biggest hesitation for anyone thinking of jumping on board the Bada OS.

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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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First Looks: Samsung S8530 Wave II

 

Yet another Android phone? Not this time. Check this space out as we take a look at the new Samsung bada-equipped smartphone, the S8530 Wave II.

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Samsung Wave II S8530

 

Now featuring a 3.7" 480 x 800 pixel enhanced LCD screen, rather than the 3.3" AMOLED panel found in the original, the Wave II now comes with a display as large as most of the top-end competition. This new LCD screen (sometimes called "Super LCD" or...

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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

Product Specifications

Camera

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera:Double Camera
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:HD720p

Configuration

Audio Formats : Yes
Audio Playback: Yes
Dual SIM Card: No
GPS Receiver:Built-in
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes

Connectivity

A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

EDGE: Yes
GPRS: Yes
HSCSD: No
HSDPA: Yes
Technology:WCDMA (UMTS)

Display

Display Technology:SUPER-LCD
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions / 16 Mio
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Design:Bar
EASY USE PHONE: No
Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:Bada
Operator:3 / EE / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Tesco MB / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free

Messaging

E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes
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