Samsung Wave II vs. Google Nexus S – Review

by Jerry D on March 18, 2011

Once again the Samsung Wave II takes to the ring, only to find the Google Nexus S waiting for it, armed with Near Field Communications, Android 2.3 and a Super AMOLED display. “Oh no…” says the Wave II…

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Stat-fight: Samsung Wave II vs. Google Nexus S

Samsung Wave II VS Google Nexus S
Display 3.7-inch Super Clear LCD 4.0-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels 480 x 800 pixels
Processor 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor (Hummingbird) with PowerVR SGX540 GPU 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 ‘Hummingbird’
Software Bada OS 1.2 with TouchWiz 3.0 and HTML 5-friendly Dolfin web browser Pure Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) build
Storage Up to 34GB Up to 16GB
Rear camera 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus and touch focus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, face, smile and blink detection, image stablilization and 720p video capture. 5.0 Megapixels with Autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus and 720p video recording
Front camera Yes Yes
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA (3.6 Mbps) 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 2.1 with EDR
Size 59.8 x 123.9 x 11.8mm 63.0 x 123.9 x 10.88mm
Weight 135g 129g
Talktime 6.0 hours 6.7 hours
Standby 500 hours 427 hours

Analysis: Samsung Wave II vs. Google Nexus S

The Wave II features a 3.7-inch touch-sensitive Super Clear LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The screen has 384000 pixels in total, giving it a rating of 252.162 pixels per inch.

The Nexus S’s touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display is roomier at 4.0 inches. The screen resolution matches that of the Wave II. Do the math again and the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is 233.25.

The spec sheet reveals that the Wave II measures 123.9 x 59.8 x 11.8mm, while the pure-blooded Nexus S is 123.9 x 63.0 x 10.88mm in comparison. The Nexus S is the bigger of the two phones. But the Wave II is heavier than its rival, tipping the scales at 135g. The Nexus S, meanwhile, weighs 129g.


Verdict: The Google Nexus S wins!

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