Samsung GT-S8530 Wave 2

  • Samsung GT-S8530 Wave 2
77
Based on 45 scores, 61 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    7
  • Good:
    24
  • Average:
    9
  • Bad:
    5

Pros:

  • Good Looking Sharp Screen, Very Good Audio Playback, Solid Build & Great Looks, Super Responsive Touchscreen, Easy to Use UI.
  • Great audio quality, good camera performance.
  • Affordable; great auto correct when typing; Social Hub simplifies ­communications.

Cons:

  • Not Enough Apps, Choppy Video Playback, Dull Looking Photos.
  • Poor choice of third party applications, no ambient light sensor, memory card under the battery, choppy video playback, minor annoyances in web browser persist.

Expert reviews and ratings

By 5FWD on 80

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...

By BrightHub on 80

My final verdict on reviewing the Samsung Wave II S8530 is that it's an excellent smartphone. I don't see any reason not to buy it. If you don't mind not getting an Android phone, the Wave II S8530 is the way to go. It is the perfect...

By Tracy and Matt's Blog on

Here we are at the end of another review. I have enjoyed most of my time with the Samsung Wave 2 and I hope I have explained well enough what my experiences were like as I really do think BADA as a smartphone operating system has some potential. But...

By NotebookCheck on 84

After the predecessor had set the expectations quite high, the Wave II GT-S8530 brings them back down to earth. Beside the larger screen and a new version of Samsung's own operating system, the successor hardly has anything new to offer. Alike its...

By Trusted Reviews on 60

For those looking for a simple, high-quality touchscreen phone, the Samsung Wave II will do the trick, and has excellent video skills plus a good camera at the price. If you're looking to embrace the smartphone revolution though, look elsewhere....

By Tech2 on 75

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...

By PC Advisor on 80

There is no reason why at £244 the Samsung Wave II S8530 shouldn't be top contender for your next mid-range smartphone. Yes, it may not have a widely accepted mobile OS and the benefits that come with it but on its own, the Wave II is a very...

By PCWorld India on 84

The Samsung S8530 Wave II is a Bada OS smartphone with a 3.7-inch SLCD and a 5MP camera....

By CNET UK on 60

The Samsung Wave 2 covers the basics well and looks good doing it. Its software needs some polish, but it's suitable for anyone who prefers to keep their phone simple. Still, a similarly priced Android smart phone will serve many people...

By TechTree on 70

The Samsung S8530 Wave II is priced at Rs. 16,499. For that price, the phone is very good value for money. It looks great, has very good build quality, the display is excellent and the phone is packed with features. Unfortunately, as a smartphone, the...

By TechCentral on 70

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. But then again, there's power in numbers and this new imagining of the Wave is a shrewd...

By CIOL on

The Samsung Wave was the first smartphone to feature the Bada OS and it was a very impressive device. Post that, a couple of entry level Bada phones were launched with good hardware but smaller displays that did not stand in front of the package that...

By IT Reviews on

The Samsung Wave II is well made, and has a large, impressive screen. But we aren't fans of Bada. The user interface has its good and bad points, and these largely balance each other out. But smartphones need a strong library of third-party software...

By Tbreak.com on 50

Samsung Wave II gets nothing but a shrug from me. It is only slightly better than the first one, barely has new features, has a larger yet inferior display, and performs similarly as well. As a stand-alone product, the Wave II is a great device that...

By HardwareZone.com on

The Samsung S8530 Wave II might not be the cream of its crop, but it stands out for its multimedia prowess. We would also like to add that its battery life is also very decent, and it can easily last up till two days with light usage and 3G enabled....

By 3G UK on 80

At the end of the day, we'd say that the shortage of apps in the Samsung App Store would be the main deterrent for anyone thinking of buying the Samsung Wave II, and which might push them towards an Android handset. The Samsung Wave II is a very...

By Pocket-lint on 70

A solidly decent smart phone though it’s not necessarily much cheaper than comparable Androids Key specs3.5mm jack, 5 megapixels, Bluetooth, FM radio, Li-ion battery, microSD, MP3 player, Touchscreen,...

By Mobile Choice on 80

While Samsung’s perseverance with Bada is admirable, we can’t see the Wave II outselling Samsung’s Android-powered smartphones...

By RegHardware on 75

The Samsung Wave II updates the popular original with a bigger screen and improved video camera. If you have the original this is more of a tweak than an overhaul, though if the HD video means a lot to you it’s worth considering. For the rest of...

By T3 Magazine on 60

At around £270 sim-free, the Wave 2 is strictly in the mid-tier of smartphones - a good £100 cheaper than its stablemate the Samsung Galaxy S, while on paper offering many a similar camera and interface. Running Samsung’s own Bada...