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Samsung Wave 2 is the next wave of Bada in hands-on photos

The Wave 2 connects to the Web, shoots hi-def video and downloads apps. It's a pretty smart phone, for a phone that isn't a smart phone.

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Richard Trenholm
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Android this, iPhone that... why does mobile-phone news always have to be about smart phones? As high-end features trickle down, even lower-end phones are starting to look like smart phones -- if you squint a bit. Take the Samsung Wave 2 as a f'instance.

The Wave 2 is the sequel to the original Wave. It has a large, 3.7-inch touchscreen. It connects to the Web for browsing, watching videos and sending emails. It has Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. It plays music, takes photos and records high-definition film clips. It even downloads apps.

See? That sounds like a pretty smart phone, for a phone that isn't a smart phone. If you see what we mean.

The camera has a 5-megapixel resolution, and boasts an LED flash and autofocus. It also shoots 720p videos. Inside, the Wave harbours a 1GHz processor. The phone packs 2GB of memory, which is expandable to 32GB with a microSD card.

The original Wave was the first phone to use Samsung's Bada operating system. The Wave 2 also uses the pun-friendly Bada OS.

We played with the Wave 2 at phone fest Mobile World Congress, where we noticed it's a smidgen bigger than its predecessor, but the differences pretty much stop there. We'd go so far as to say that, if you're considering upgrading to the Wave 2 from the original Wave, it's probably not worth it.

If you consider the Wave 2 as a clever phone without a smart-phone price tag, however, you'll find it has plenty to recommend it. Bada may not be as established as Android or Apple's iOS platform, but it's still slick.

The Wave 2 is in shops now. Click through our photo gallery to ride the Wave.

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Here's the 5-megapixel camera.
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Behold the crest of the Wave 2.
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The home button is slightly different to that on the original Wave.
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Here's the unified inbox for emails, texts and other updates.
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Samsung's own apps include Seia, Caster and Tripper.

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