A bigger and better Wave
Out of the box, the Wave II looks exactly like its predecessor. The screen is slightly bigger (3.7 inches now vs. 3.3 inches on the Wave), but the buttons and menus are almost identical. The phone is solidly built, and its slim body sits comfortably in your hand.
The richness of the S-LCD display and amazing black levels are unbeatable, even by AMOLED screens. The touchscreen works brilliantly.
The bada 1.2 update feels more polished now, and has Samsung’s Touch Wiz user interface. Call quality is absolutely superb, and most ambient disturbances are well filtered out. Battery life is miles ahead of Android based smartphones. The 1500 mAh battery lasted us for 2 days of normal use. The 5MP camera is extremely good when it comes to talking shots during the day, or in brightly lit conditions. In low light conditions pixellation starts to show up. The 720p HD video recording is very smooth, even though we would have liked a bit more colour depth colours seem a bit washed out.
For close to Rs 20,000 (MRP), the Wave II feels like a costlier device, with a great touch experience and a very good display. However, in an increasingly competitive segment, with the likes of Samsung’s own S-LCD Galaxy S and the Nokia C7, the Wave-II definitely has a tougher fight on its hands than its predecessor. The fact tat bada is yet to garner love from app-developers doesn’t help either.
Quad-band GSM smartphone;
2 GB memory (expandable to 32 GB);
Super Clear LCD type;
480×800 pixels resolution;
5 MP camera;
Bada OS 1.2;
1500 mAh battery
Phone: 1800 3000 8282, 1800 266 8282
Price: Rs 20,000