Samsung Wave 525 Review
Samsung announced the low-range phones to carry its own bada OS back in June, naming them the Samsung Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro. Afterwards the company took care of the mid-range with the Samsung Wave 723, which we reviewed recently. The last news from the bada camp were for a true successor to the first Samsung Wave, called the Samsung Wave II.
To avoid duplicate pronunciations, the low-end members of the bada family are now ready to enter the markets, but with names consisting strictly of numbers. The Samsung Wave 2 is now the Samsung Wave 525 and the Samsung Wave 2 Pro, which simply adds a QWERTY keyboard, is Samsung Wave 533. We have the Samsung Wave 525 of the duo announced in June, and are taking it for a spin to check how bada OS looks and behaves on a rock-bottom hardware...
The Samsung Wave 525 will not win any design awards with its plain black rectangular shape with chrome-like accents, such as a thin rim around the phone. The capacitive touchscreen screen is 3.2" with 240x400 pixels of resolution, which makes the interface and websites look scraggy, and average sunlight visibility. Underneath it is the home button, flanked by send and end keys. There is a volume rocker on the left, microUSB port and 3.5mm audio jack on top, as well as a lock/power button plus a dedicated camera key on the right. Don't ask us why bada phones have a separate shutter key, while their Android brethren by Samsung only have virtual camera buttons, as we can't answer that on behalf of the company.
You can compare the Samsung Wave 525 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.
The back hosts the 3MP camera, and replaces the usual glossy black plastic Samsung is using in most of its handsets of late for a dotted pattern one, which makes the phone less slippery to handle. The phone lies comfortably in the hand, and is fairly thin and light at 4.31 x 2.17 x 0.47” (109.5 x 55 x 11.9 mm), and 3.53 oz (100 g) of weight. The back cover is pretty prone to smudges and visible marks from everyday use, despite that it is not glossy plastic, but a simple wiping takes it all away. The Samsung Wave 525 will be available in three colors - black, white and pink.
1. FrankStraube (unregistered) posted on 01 Nov 2010, 12:41 0
This is not Wave 525, but Wave 575.
Because only Wave 575 has Wifi
2. calamazoo (unregistered) posted on 01 Nov 2010, 15:16 0
actually they all have Wi-Fi, but only Wave 575 has 3G, 525 and 533 are EDGE-only, if that's what you mean...
11. 1989amit (unregistered) posted on 30 Dec 2010, 15:04 0
samsung 525 has wi fi.....better go and check...
40. SOUMITA (unregistered) posted on 24 Aug 2011, 23:52 0
PLEASE SAY THAT HAS WAVE S5253 WI-Fi CONNECTION??
59. babu (unregistered) posted on 17 Sep 2011, 01:42 0
my samsang app is not working what to do
plz tell me
3. Shou Ji (unregistered) posted on 02 Nov 2010, 02:07 0
Wave525 only $160 and Wave 533 only $190 in my country (Indonesia)
4. FrankStraube (unregistered) posted on 02 Nov 2010, 15:53 0
My bad, sorry. You are right ! After double checking, 525 have also Wifi but not 3G. Meaning it is a great phone for little money.
5. eiohb (unregistered) posted on 07 Nov 2010, 02:00 0
how to sign out in facebook on this mobile samsung wave 525? anybody can help me..thanks!
37. sindhug (unregistered) posted on 21 Aug 2011, 05:27 0
On your main menu, look for my accounts. You should see the text social networks, and your facebook account. tap the Facebook account to open it. You should see the delete button on the lower left corner. Once deleted, your account should be logged out.
Hope this helps.
54. balu (unregistered) posted on 12 Sep 2011, 08:19 0
ohh kuchu prblm hai kya off karo bus.
6. João Pessoa (unregistered) posted on 24 Nov 2010, 09:44 0
Can you guys test the GPS?
7. loacker (unregistered) posted on 11 Dec 2010, 23:42 0
why does my phone automatically restarts when i press edit at the menu when i want to organise the applications? can someone please tell me whats happening ):
8. alecsa (unregistered) posted on 13 Dec 2010, 15:59 0
helooo!!! samsung wave 525 can read documents such as word for example?thx
10. ques (unregistered) posted on 27 Dec 2010, 14:01 0
does it have pdf file readers?
12. Tresna (unregistered) posted on 03 Jan 2011, 20:15 0
This phone supports all documents format such as doc, docx, ppt, pptx, xls, xlsx, and pdf. Please check the phone manual(pdf) at samsung mobile website for sure :)
13. nags (unregistered) posted on 09 Jan 2011, 23:48 0
samsung 525 support pdf files too am using it.
77. mammamaa (unregistered) posted on 16 Oct 2011, 05:02 0
14. anakngtokwaka (unregistered) posted on 15 Jan 2011, 07:57 0
does anyone can buy me that phone????
I'm serious and desperate
15. OBAID (unregistered) posted on 23 Jan 2011, 09:59 0
does wave 525 have music recognition application?
16. sid4443 (unregistered) posted on 25 Jan 2011, 06:42 0
can i use 3G service on my wave 525?
17. amber (unregistered) posted on 08 Feb 2011, 07:03 0
no sid u cant use 3g service on wave 525
74. Ismail (unregistered) posted on 11 Oct 2011, 12:07 0
3months old Samsung wave 525 for sale with good condition with all accessories (Bill box everything) purchased for 7300, sale for 6000. If interested call on: 7795246765 (Bangalore)
18. MIHIRR posted on 28 Feb 2011, 06:13 0
The Wave 525, 533 and the wave 575 are quite similar phones with some differences while the 3 phones have wifi connectivity in them the wave 533 has a qwerty keypad and the wave 575 has a higher camera power and also 3G connectivity with wifi as well
19. mak (unregistered) posted on 24 Mar 2011, 09:00 0
hi guys i hav been luking 4 dis phone ,,,with considering all specification sugest me should i go 4 dis and it has 3G
26. cpraveen (unregistered) posted on 30 May 2011, 06:36 0
it has no 3G network...........
20. arvind (unregistered) posted on 18 Apr 2011, 06:53 0
can i make video call using this mobile
21. g10000 (unregistered) posted on 25 Apr 2011, 04:14 0
does 525 accept third party apps???
22. Renata (unregistered) posted on 29 Apr 2011, 20:19 0
with this phone can I acess internet without memory problems? I have been reading about Samsung Star II and it seems that it has this kind of problems...
24. avinash19kausik (unregistered) posted on 11 May 2011, 05:12 0
hey frnds is that the sound clarity and quality is better then nokia 5233.
and is it easy to type text messages??
25. Dpk (unregistered) posted on 14 May 2011, 21:27 0
if this phone supports Picture ID..??
27. aakif (unregistered) posted on 12 Jun 2011, 14:51 0
can u tell how to download e buddy for this phone
28. Aliz (unregistered) posted on 21 Jun 2011, 15:39 0
hey guys, I'm using Wave 525 for last couple of days and I say, it is good for money..
29. vijayksuthar (unregistered) posted on 14 Jul 2011, 09:39 0
hey guys....which is better wave 525 or nokia 5233....if u hv experienced both then pls give me suggestions...
30. rahul joshi (unregistered) posted on 18 Jul 2011, 11:43 0
please tell me the edge spped of samsung wave 525 also tell me how can ichat with my friends on facebook using wave 525....
31. viveksindhu (unregistered) posted on 30 Jul 2011, 02:25 0
does it support mp4 and live tv?
32. Zab (unregistered) posted on 01 Aug 2011, 05:50 0
How much is this phone is Malaysia? can someone help me..I cant find it. And also if you can please tell me how much is a Samsung Wave 533 in Malaysia too
33. ELANTA (unregistered) posted on 02 Aug 2011, 20:15 0
how do u sign out of facebook on samsung 3g?!?!?!!!
34. dips... (unregistered) posted on 15 Aug 2011, 10:27 0
does the gps function work in samsung wave 525??even the seller of the samsung wave 525 says that the gps does not work in the phone as he himself is using the same phone bt the other features r ok.
35. Sona (unregistered) posted on 20 Aug 2011, 05:01 0
How can I reamove installed application like any game or theme in wave 525?? Please help me..
36. kabroncito (unregistered) posted on 21 Aug 2011, 02:27 0
Is the worth phone out there. My wave 525 touch screen JUST STOPPED working/
Service can not fixsamsung just give customer the same song and dance,but will not exchange.What are customers to do?
44. kamal1989dude posted on 27 Aug 2011, 02:44 0
Hi Kabro kamal here, have ou bought the mobile uh.... could u share the resources of battrey,touch sense
thanks a lot...
38. Mohitertrtry (unregistered) posted on 22 Aug 2011, 10:12 0
which one is best samsung wave 525or 575.pleaseeeeee reply
39. ENRICO BENDO (unregistered) posted on 23 Aug 2011, 00:44 0
how to log out to facebook? can you tell me how?
41. benz (unregistered) posted on 25 Aug 2011, 06:22 0
this phone have flash on camera?
42. haiiiiiiiiii (unregistered) posted on 26 Aug 2011, 09:00 0
is it a nice phone for handiling???????? Any body help me pls............
43. kamal1989dude posted on 27 Aug 2011, 02:34 0
Hi this is kamal i had a problem as well confusion on buying the product called samsung wave 525 series mobile. i need a details of battery backup, touch sensitve, Bada os capabilty strength & etc...
pls help me to find the good thing or bad one when compared to others mobiles on same ranges prices...
45. jex123 posted on 28 Aug 2011, 20:40 0
is it okay to change my new phone (samsumg wave 525) from white to a black one ?? pls reply :)
46. vikas pandey (unregistered) posted on 30 Aug 2011, 02:07 0
i tried to download mp4 files from intenet but when click on any link, phone displays "unsupported content". i got a video of mp4 format and i exchanged it through laptop. but again phone was unable to play it. please tell me that is it possible to play an mp4 format video on this device. (samsung wave 525 gt-s5253)
47. vikas pandey (unregistered) posted on 30 Aug 2011, 02:11 0
is samsung wave 525 gt-s5253 upgradable to bad 2.0
48. jagadeesh (unregistered) posted on 03 Sep 2011, 22:44 0
does the samsung wave 525 have GPS feature
49. krishnendu (unregistered) posted on 06 Sep 2011, 02:27 0
its a very good phone with excellent touch. having thousands of good applications. must buy it or .....
50. harjinder (unregistered) posted on 07 Sep 2011, 13:10 0
hii frndz can u plz tell me wht type of video format use in wave 525 is it 3gp or mp4
51. SOAN (unregistered) posted on 10 Sep 2011, 02:48 0
yes wawe has gps wifi but no 3g,,low cost nice phone
52. SOAN (unregistered) posted on 10 Sep 2011, 02:53 0
u can convert ur video in 3gp suport thats work
53. BIVASH SAHA (unregistered) posted on 10 Sep 2011, 23:28 0
I had a problem with samsung wave 525, sometimes the TIME get automatically fast and slow
55. Rehan (unregistered) posted on 12 Sep 2011, 13:20 0
is it possible to play videos from youtube in wave 525 ???
70. suarshana (unregistered) posted on 05 Oct 2011, 02:42 0
yes u can play any video
56. ryan (unregistered) posted on 14 Sep 2011, 03:22 0
is it considered as a android phone or not? im confuse.thanks!
71. suarshana (unregistered) posted on 05 Oct 2011, 02:43 0
its bada os....similiar to android device...but not up to android