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.

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


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