Samsung Wave S8530 review
The Samsung Wave S8530 is a reincarnation of the original Wave. It looks very similar, although it's grown in size to accommodate a larger 3.7 inch screen, and it's put on weight as a result, although it's not so heavy that this is a problem. Everything else remains pretty much the same, so you could view this as an addition to the Wave range rather than a direct replacement for the original wave.
As well as increasing the size of the screen from 3.2 inches to 3.7 inches, Samsung have switched technology from Super AMOLED to Super Clear LCD TFT. We've previously described Super AMOLED as the best possible display on a mobile phone, so is this an even greater step forward? Which is the winner in the Super Clear LCD vs Super AMOLED battle? Well, the difference isn't great at all. But place either of these displays next to a conventional TFT display and the difference is so great that both of the new technologies are clear winners.
Apart from the bigger screen and the bigger overall size, the only significant change that will affect users is the increase in internal memory from 1GB to 2GB.
Here's the bottom line: the Samsung Wave S8530 is a flagship phone with cutting edge features and its only shortcoming is the lack of third-party apps for the Bada operating system. But all the basics are here: mapping, social networking, a document viewer, personal organiser functions, integrated contacts. If the downloading culture doesn't appeal to you, then you might as well stick with the Wave 2 and benefit from the cutting edge hardware at a very competitive price. Read our original Samsung Wave review for more.
Samsung Wave S8530 features include:
- 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, flash, face detection, smile shot and 4x digital zoom
- HD video recording (Up to 720p) / video calling
- Display: Super Clear TFT, 16 million colours, 480 x 800 pixels (3.7 inches) touchscreen with auto-rotate
- Music player with 3D sound
- FM radio RDS
- MP3 ringtones
- Integrated handsfree speaker
- AGPS with geo-tagging
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, instant messaging, email
- Personal organiser functions (1,000 phonebook entries)
- Picsel document viewer
- Memory: 2GB plus MicroSD memory card (up to 32GB)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack, TV-Out
- Internet: Dolfin Browser 2.0, GPRS, EDGE, 3G, HSDPA 3.6 Mbps
- Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900), dual band 3G (900/2100)
- Size: 124 x 60 x 11.8 mm
- Weight: 135g
- Battery: 1500 mAh
- Talktime: 13.5 hours
- Battery standby: 600 hours
Samsung S8530 Wave II
Samsung Wave S8530 user reviews
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Average rating from 27 reviews:
Reviewed by firstname.lastname@example.org from Iran:009809133144357-s-ali
mousavi on 12th Aug 2012
Hi dear uncle samsung again!I submited my opinion about defects of my
cellphone though you wouldn,t like it!I am a friend from Asia the same
as you dear hero uncle samsung!I asked about the remedy to cure my phone
but you don,t care and let my phone die second by second unfortunately!I,m
not able to buy a better smart phone like Ga-s3 and here nobody cares
about guarnties and samsung,s obligations or good or bad reputations!?Ofcourse
you do care my dear uncle sam!please show me your careness about good
reputations and I show and prove to the others!for reply with sms or
call my phone:009809367945405 .I am counting on you and waiting for
quick responce from uncle samsnung!!!!?thank you very much...,indeed.
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
13th Aug 2012
Please note that this is not any kind of support website, and Samsung
will never read your comments here.
Reviewed by brian mcgregor from gb on 29th Mar
just had a compulsory upgrade from samsung on my wave 11 my phone is
now a piece of junk.do nt buy this phone
Reviewed by raisa from london on 3rd Mar 2012
don't buy because skype is not working
no video chat,fb no working what is this pho
Reviewed by Laila from UK on 22nd Feb 2012
Very good phone! :)
Reviewed by ANDRE from FRANCE on 4th Feb 2012
I use the Samsung Wave S8530 and I am delighted, it is great, and all
the applications are very interesting, it also has plenty of power thanks
to its service applications (Samsung apps). The quality of the camera
is superb. I would not change it for anything. I hope this will help
anyone who would like to buy it. [Editor's comment: Translated from
the French. Apologies for mistranslations!]
Reviewed by debby antoine from uk on 2nd Feb 2012
hi there I've had this phone for almost a year now . its great I've
had no problems at all. except there's no upgrades for it yet. the camera
is great and the video is great . I've read up on the galaxy ace . well
I'd recommend the Samsung wave 11 to anyone . the wave 11 is far better
than the galaxy ace . anyway who needs android . smart phones are just
as good .
Reviewed by unhappy tricked customer from Samsung Wonderland
on 16th Jan 2012
Yes ...its a nice phone if you want to see only its good parts. One
of the bad parts is that the phone may freeze without any decent reason
just in your hand while you go through its menu. The translation of
the word "scrap" could be "Bada". Do a search on "frozen samsung'' and
you will see... for yourself. Hundreds of phones have to do with this
issue. Samsung specialists play the "I CANT SEE" .. so as usual the
owners get trapped into a jungle of technic issues where the owners
are the ones meant to loose from the start. Unfortunately Samsung plays
the deaf and dumb with this issue.. No one gets any answer. You should
know that when you buy a Samsung wave 2 S8530 even brand new in the
box ,you haven't yet finished paying on it. it seems now that I have
to throw some other money on it again. Negotiable Wave 2 brick for sale...
Reviewed by Kitty from Wales on 14th Jan 2012
Well, i thought this phone was amazing at first, but its not that amazing.
The camera is okay, until you zoom in, the quality is rubbish. The video
recording is excelent HQ, with Amazing sound and graphics! WiFi wont
turn off...rubbish apps...nice design:) very stylish. the facebook app
dosent work proply. (many other wave 2 people aggree) The web browser
is anoying when reading articals, the adress bar gets in the way all
the time. Otherwise good phone.
Reviewed by Kumar Mylavarapu from India on 31st
Using this phone since a month. Good and satisfactory. One feature seems
missing - recording facility of a call (while talking). Hope Samsung
provides upgrades to Bada 2.0. Price wise this is a good phone compared
to other high end smart phones. Overall satisfactory.
Reviewed by luke from liverpool on 25th Dec 2011
Reviewed by dan from london on 19th Dec 2011
Reviewed by Jacqueline from Malta on 16th Dec
Brilliant phone! Had it for over a month now. I found the apps that
I require from samsung kies. Screen is cristal clear and good response
touch. For all those complaining about poor battery life switch to 2g,
and it lasts longer. Very stable fast OS that is why I choose this rather
than android. Recommended!
Reviewed by Terry from UK on 23rd Nov 2011
Easily the best mobile I have ever had & at the price, on Pay & Go was
only £99 + £10top up fee.This must be the cheapest 3G phone around.Very
good camera & video, free mapping,browsing & emailing excellent.love
all the bells & whistles.If you like apps there's not a great deal of
choice but that doesn't bother me. On a negative note I would say the
battery isn't the best I have had, but there is a more powerful one
you can purchase. This must be the cheapest 3G mobile around, really
Reply by steve from uk on 16th Jun
battery on mine lasts 2 WEEKS on standby- when i first got it, i charged
it & deliberately left it on standby, to test the battery. on the morning
of the 14th day, it died & needed recharching. even with occasional
use (i'm not a heavy phone user) i get a week out of it.
Reviewed by Mohamed Haris from India on 23rd Nov
I love my wave2 mobile phone.. Its excellent performance..
Reviewed by Lawrence from Essex on 10th Nov 2011
If you don't mind the idea of using a phone with Samsung's own Bada
OS, which has a limited supply of apps available, everything else about
it is of real quality - superb camera, sound and screen and a responsive
capacitative touch system. However, the Dolphin browser (which you're
really stuck with) is very irritating to use and texting isn't easy
for someone with clumsy fingers (like me). Battery is very good for
a smart phone, although some say because it's not an Android or Apple
phone it's not really that smart. But it is cheap, really cheap by comparison
with the other high quality phones it's up against, and it's very solidly
Reviewed by kev from london on 6th Nov 2011
Reviewed by sam from LIVERPOOL on 2nd Nov 2011
Reviewed by zhao luo from london on 16th Oct 2011
i had this phone for 2 weeks now and i love it
Reviewed by Sarah from Norfolk on 10th Oct 2011
I do like this phone eveything apart from the app service I can't get
any apps that I would partially like for e.g what's app is not available
and sky news. If samsung could update the bada service then the phone
would be even better just a shame as the phone is off very high quality
Reviewed by ian from Scotland on 29th Sep 2011
Brilliant phone, excellent value at under a hundred pounds, changed
iphone 3 for this and glad i did, loads of features, love the media
streaming capability, beat that apple!!
Reply by arve from IRAN on 12th Apr
lol i know that phone is good but its not better than an iphone!!!!!
Reviewed by jim from uk on 20th Aug 2011
I have now had this phone for about 9 months and is okay, but I think
the Bluetooth is rubbish it will pair to the car but sometimes will
not put in contacts very annoying as you have to put in the phone number
manually, i would not recommend this phone NOW because there are better
options like an htc wildfire or desire s but otherwise works perfectly
Reviewed by lissy from UK on 18th Jun 2011
Reviewed by Paul M from U.K on 13th Jun 2011
After 5 phones from Orange I have finally persuaded them yjat I don
want a replacement..each one OI had weems to develop faults.... Screen
blocks, and unable to charge from my boat or car charger, dialing numbers
that were never requested ( favourite habbit dialing my girl friend
at 3 am when I was asleep ) No thanks .. no more .. rather have a long
piece of string and two tin cans!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Kabvuto from Zambia on 23rd Apr 2011
Superb phone - I simply enjoy it's clear lcd screen and it's fast connections
to the internet websites. It's a world class smart phone except that
I have not succeded in installing applications such as Opera mini where
I've always gotten an error message: "certificate error". Don't know
how to correct that error.
Reviewed by steve from essex, uk on 26th Feb 2011
got one of these last week on orange PAYG from the carphone warehouse-
ace phone! HD quality screen, sensitive touchscreen, loud ringtones.
& best of all, no network logo across the middle of the screen to obscure
your wallpaper. shoots HD video too.
Reviewed by James from Thailand on 21st Feb 2011
I traded in my Wave for the Wave II and have not been disappointed.
I see no difference between one screen and another except that the Wave
II provides a bigger screen for watching movies on. Of course, we all
want different things on a mobile and no mobile can be all things to
all people. Still, I can highly recommend this phone. It's packed with
useful features and a real value.
Reviewed by Dan from UK on 12th Feb 2011
Owners of the original wave will find this a familiar experience, its
identical in virtually everyway to the wave. The biggest difference,
obviously being the screen, is something i'm still not sure about. yes
its much bigger and yes the SLCD technology certainly is a step above
the usual smart phone screen, but is it as good as SAMOLED? certainly
not! I miss the oversaturation of the original compared to the wave
2 and i have to say the resolution, though the same as the wave, does'nt
look as sharp on the bigger wave 2 screen. It is nice though seeing
your content on a bigger screen. i have to say i think the battery life
is better on the wave 2 which is certainly welcome on such an awesome
media device. I think the choice of retailing the unit at the same price
as the original wave was also a smart move. Ultimately though if you
have the original wave you should really think hard about whether the
upgrade is worthwhile, yes i love the phone, but does it have enough
to edge out the original?? hmmm. For those looking for another option
to the control freaks apple! I think the bada platform has matured enough
for this to be a competent choice.