Samsung Wave II vs. Samsung Wave – Review

by Jerry D on February 8, 2011

It’s new Samsung Wave vs. old Samsung Wave. What exactly has Samsung added to this Wave sequel? And is there enough cool technology here to compensate for the fact it still runs the Bada OS? We give both phones a fully loaded Colt .45, tell them to walk 10 paces, turn and fire…

Samsung Wave II versus graphic Samsung Wave II vs. Samsung Wave   Review Samsung Wave


Let’s talk wireless connectivity. The Wave II includes 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. It’s exactly the same specification as the original Wave, so this first round ends in a tie. (1-1)

Size & Weight:

Pocketability is crucial. The Wave II is slightly fatter than the Wave with dimensions of 11.8mm versus 10.9mm. The Wave II is also slightly broader, measuring 59.8mm to the Wave’s 56.0mm. We can put this down to the bigger screen. Similarly, drop the two handsets on the scales and the Samsung Wave II weighs 135g, while the Wave is 118g. (1-2)



The Wave II’s 5.0 Megapixel camera features a full resolution of 2592 x 1944 plus autofocus and touch focus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, face, smile and blink detection, image stablilization and 720p video capture. For video calls, there’s also a front-facing camera.

The two phones match each other for megapixels – the Wave also packs a 5.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile/blink detection, image stablilization and HD video recording. Another camera located on the front is ideal for video calls. (1-2)


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 touch-sensitive Super AMOLED screen on the Wave is slightly smaller, measuring 3.3 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 282.727. (1-3)


Performance-wise, the Wave II’s processor is the same 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor (Hummingbird) and PowerVR SGX540 GPU chip that appeared in the original Wave. (1-3)


The Wave II runs Bada OS 1.2 with TouchWiz 3.0 and HTML 5-friendly Dolfin web browser. The Samsung Wave should also be able to enjoy the 1.2 upgrade this year too, wiping out the Wave II’s advantage. (1-3)


The Wave II matches Samsung’s phone by including 2GB of internal storage space. The Wave II also features a microSD slot to boost the storage to a roomier 34GB. The 2GB storage capacity on Samsung’s phone can be expanded to 34GB via the microSD slot. Again, no difference in the specification. (1-3)

Battery life:

As for staying power… the Wave II boasts 6.0 hours of talktime according to Samsung, while the Wave is rated at 7 hours. Standby time is rated at 500 hours and 450 hours respectively. The original Wave steals the round. (1-4)


Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.


The Wave II also includes GPS/A-GPS with Samsung Mobile Navigator, a digital compass, TV-out plus a built-in stereo FM radio with RDS and FM radio recording. The original Wave features the same stereo FM radio with RDS, FM radio recording, TV-out, GPS/A-GPS, Samsung Mobile Navigator and a digital compass. (2-3)

The Samsung Wave wins!

samsung wave s8500 Samsung Wave II vs. Samsung Wave   ReviewNo, this isn’t a mistake. As far as we’re concerned, the original Samsung Wave S8500 beats the new (and supposedly improved) Samsung Wave II S8530. So it’s not much of an upgrade.

While Samsung has increased the screen size, a shortage of S-AMOLED panels has meant that the Wave II makes do with an S-LCD instead. Given the choice, we’ll for an LED-based screen every time. Choosing S-LCD also has the side-effect of decreasing battery life… In this case, the sequel is worse than the original. Think of it as a Starship Troopers 2.

See if these two phones make our Top 10 Best Smartphones list…

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