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Beautiful Phone, Terrible Apps,
This review is from: Samsung Wave 2 S8530 Sim Free Mobile Smart Phone - Black (Electronics)
Ill keep this short as I tend to ramble on with my reviews:
This phone is beautiful:
-The screen is nice and large and VERY clear
-It feels as if its a good quality phone with a brushed metal casing and a scratch proof AMOLED screen (I actually dropped mine onto the floor, not carpeted, and there wasnt a mark on the screen)
-It runs very smoothly, is very responsive and has no problem with any of the apps or software available for it...
And thats where the problem lies...
THERE ARE NO GOOD APPS FOR THIS PHONE!
If you want a phone simply to call and text and maybe browse the net or play a few games then consider this a 5 star phone. If you want skype, yahoo, google chrome, msn, angry birds or literally ANY of the apps that you have ever heard about then look elsewhere.
Samsung designed their own OS for the Wave and Wave II called Bada. The OS is not necessarily bad but it has no support whatsoever. Companies are not going to design versions of their software for an OS that only exists on 2 phones (Actually now 3 phones but ill get to that in a moment).
To add an extra nail into their coffin they then decided not to allow ANY Voip style software on the Bada system. This instantly rules out pretty much every PC based IM software not to mention the most popular ones for iOS or Android (ie Viber, WhatsApp, GroupMe). (For those who dont know, Voip is Voice Over Internet Protocol. Essentially making calls over the net). Im sure they intended to prevent people from using their phones to get free calls and texts a la Viber but they just shot themselves in the foot.
Apparently Bada 2.0 was meant to resolve all these issues and was to be available once the Wave III was released. MONTHS after the Wave III came out (bundled WITH Bada 2.0 I might add) there was still no sign of the new OS being available for those who owned the Wave or Wave II, despite the fact it clearly existed. Samsung were just too lazy to do the job properly. Essentially once they have your money and youve bought the phone they dont give a crap.
I gave up waiting and sold my Wave II to CEX (for £20 more than I paid for it on eBay actually so a win there for me :D). I now own an iPhone which is responsive, supported by its creators and has pretty much EVERY app under the sun available at the click of a button (or tap of a screen as the case may be).