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Samsung Wave 525 Review

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Interface, Messaging, Software and Functionality:

The phone runs bada 1.1 underneath Samsung's TouchWiz 3.0 user interface. We extensively reviewed the combo when we talked about the Samsung Wave 723, and we didn't notice anything different, but the lack of some apps in the menu, chief of them being the gallery. There are 100MB of memory, which seem enough for the low-footprint mobile OS, although we did notice a split second lag here and there, especially in scrolling. 

The interface of the Samsung Wave 525 - Samsung Wave 525 Review
The interface of the Samsung Wave 525 - Samsung Wave 525 Review
The interface of the Samsung Wave 525 - Samsung Wave 525 Review
The interface of the Samsung Wave 525 - Samsung Wave 525 Review

The interface of the Samsung Wave 525


The phone doesn’t have a front-facing camera, so it lacks the video calling button in the dialpad and contacts app. Speaking of contacts, there is social networking integration in your phonebook, which brings in your Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and even Exchange contacts, but if we didn’t setup our network data services (and we didn’t), it wouldn’t load them via Wi-Fi.

The text messaging and email applications possess all the basic functionalities a modern smartphone OS offers, even text body search. Typing on the virtual keyboard is easy, and the keys positions are well chosen in both landscape and portrait modes

Email and messaging - Samsung Wave 525 Review
Email and messaging - Samsung Wave 525 Review

Email and messaging

QWERTY keyboard - Samsung Wave 525 Review
QWERTY keyboard - Samsung Wave 525 Review

QWERTY keyboard


Right now a few decent games, such as Assassin’s Creed II and some applications are free for the latest bada phones, so you can enrich your collection until Samsung decides to pull the plug on the freebies.


Internet and Connectivity:

The Dolphin 2.0 browser is fairly decent, but lacks proper Flash support and polished interface. Samsung Wave 525 has EDGE connectivity, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 and FM radio. The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity can be easily turned on and off from the switches in the notification bar.

The Dolphin 2.0 browser - Samsung Wave 525 Review
The Dolphin 2.0 browser - Samsung Wave 525 Review
The Dolphin 2.0 browser - Samsung Wave 525 Review

The Dolphin 2.0 browser



Camera and Multimedia:

The 3MP shooter in the Samsung Wave 525 has the typical TouchWiz 3.0 camera interface, which is very touch-optimized and easy to use with a lot of functionalities. The pictures themselves turned out with a decent amount of detail and accurate color representation, but exposure compensation was hit and miss for bright objects. Indoors  in low light the shots were quite noisy. The phone shoots QVGA video at 15fps, which is good only for viewing on the handset's screen.

We mentioned the lack of a dedicated gallery app icon in the main menu, but it can be accessed through the camera interface, and has photo editing options built-in, for basic alterations to your photos on the handset.

Camera interface - Samsung Wave 525 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Wave 525 Review

Camera interface


The gallery app has photo editing options built-in - Samsung Wave 525 Review
The gallery app has photo editing options built-in - Samsung Wave 525 Review
The gallery app has photo editing options built-in - Samsung Wave 525 Review

The gallery app has photo editing options built-in


Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Wave 525 - Samsung Wave 525 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Wave 525 - Samsung Wave 525 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Wave 525 - Samsung Wave 525 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Wave 525 - Samsung Wave 525 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Wave 525 - Samsung Wave 525 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Wave 525 - Samsung Wave 525 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Wave 525 - Samsung Wave 525 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Wave 525 - Samsung Wave 525 Review

Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Wave 525


Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Wave 525 Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Wave 525 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Wave 525 Review

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Medium

Low light

Indoor samples



Samsung Wave 525 Sample Video:




The music player is pretty decent with a lot of sorting options for your tracks, a music recognition service that you can fire straight from the app, and mock 5.1 channel SRS sound in headset mode. The loudspeaker is of decent volume but with the ubiquitous “tinny” effect when listening to tunes.

Music player - Samsung Wave 525 Review
Music player - Samsung Wave 525 Review

Music player


Video playing is not up to par with Samsung’s traditionally excellent codec support, as it lacks DivX/Xvid capabilities, and only plays clips up to the screen’s resolution.

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posted on 01 Nov 2010, 12:41

1. FrankStraube (unregistered)


This is not Wave 525, but Wave 575.
Because only Wave 575 has Wifi

posted on 01 Nov 2010, 15:16

2. calamazoo (unregistered)


actually they all have Wi-Fi, but only Wave 575 has 3G, 525 and 533 are EDGE-only, if that's what you mean...

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 15:04

11. 1989amit (unregistered)


samsung 525 has wi fi.....better go and check...

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 23:52

40. SOUMITA (unregistered)


PLEASE SAY THAT HAS WAVE S5253 WI-Fi CONNECTION??

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 01:42

59. babu (unregistered)


my samsang app is not working what to do
plz tell me

posted on 02 Nov 2010, 02:07

3. Shou Ji (unregistered)


Wave525 only $160 and Wave 533 only $190 in my country (Indonesia)

posted on 02 Nov 2010, 15:53

4. FrankStraube (unregistered)


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.

posted on 07 Nov 2010, 02:00

5. eiohb (unregistered)


how to sign out in facebook on this mobile samsung wave 525? anybody can help me..thanks!

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 05:27

37. sindhug (unregistered)


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.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 08:19

54. balu (unregistered)


ohh kuchu prblm hai kya off karo bus.

posted on 24 Nov 2010, 09:44

6. João Pessoa (unregistered)


Can you guys test the GPS?

posted on 11 Dec 2010, 23:42

7. loacker (unregistered)


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 ):

posted on 11 Dec 2011, 21:00

81. hello2me (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)


mine does that too, i wonder why ...

posted on 13 Dec 2010, 15:59

8. alecsa (unregistered)


helooo!!! samsung wave 525 can read documents such as word for example?thx

posted on 27 Dec 2010, 14:01

10. ques (unregistered)


does it have pdf file readers?

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 20:15

12. Tresna (unregistered)


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 :)

posted on 09 Jan 2011, 23:48

13. nags (unregistered)


samsung 525 support pdf files too am using it.

its good

posted on 16 Oct 2011, 05:02

77. mammamaa (unregistered)


wingscn

posted on 15 Jan 2011, 07:57

14. anakngtokwaka (unregistered)


does anyone can buy me that phone????




I'm serious and desperate

posted on 23 Jan 2011, 09:59

15. OBAID (unregistered)


does wave 525 have music recognition application?

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 06:42

16. sid4443 (unregistered)


can i use 3G service on my wave 525?

posted on 08 Feb 2011, 07:03

17. amber (unregistered)


no sid u cant use 3g service on wave 525

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 12:07

74. Ismail (unregistered)


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)

posted on 28 Feb 2011, 06:13

18. MIHIRR (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Feb 2011)


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

posted on 24 Mar 2011, 09:00

19. mak (unregistered)


hi guys i hav been luking 4 dis phone ,,,with considering all specification sugest me should i go 4 dis and it has 3G

posted on 30 May 2011, 06:36

26. cpraveen (unregistered)


it has no 3G network...........

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 06:53

20. arvind (unregistered)


can i make video call using this mobile

posted on 25 Apr 2011, 04:14

21. g10000 (unregistered)


does 525 accept third party apps???

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 20:19

22. Renata (unregistered)


Hey,
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...

posted on 11 May 2011, 05:12

24. avinash19kausik (unregistered)


hey frnds is that the sound clarity and quality is better then nokia 5233.
and is it easy to type text messages??

posted on 14 May 2011, 21:27

25. Dpk (unregistered)


if this phone supports Picture ID..??
Please reply....

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 14:51

27. aakif (unregistered)


can u tell how to download e buddy for this phone

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 15:39

28. Aliz (unregistered)


hey guys, I'm using Wave 525 for last couple of days and I say, it is good for money..

posted on 14 Jul 2011, 09:39

29. vijayksuthar (unregistered)


hey guys....which is better wave 525 or nokia 5233....if u hv experienced both then pls give me suggestions...

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 11:43

30. rahul joshi (unregistered)


please tell me the edge spped of samsung wave 525 also tell me how can ichat with my friends on facebook using wave 525....

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 02:25

31. viveksindhu (unregistered)


does it support mp4 and live tv?

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 05:50

32. Zab (unregistered)


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

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 20:15

33. ELANTA (unregistered)


how do u sign out of facebook on samsung 3g?!?!?!!!

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 10:27

34. dips... (unregistered)


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.

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 05:01

35. Sona (unregistered)


How can I reamove installed application like any game or theme in wave 525?? Please help me..

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 02:27

36. kabroncito (unregistered)


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?

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 02:44

44. kamal1989dude (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


Hi Kabro kamal here, have ou bought the mobile uh.... could u share the resources of battrey,touch sense

thanks a lot...

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 10:12

38. Mohitertrtry (unregistered)


which one is best samsung wave 525or 575.pleaseeeeee reply

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 00:44

39. ENRICO BENDO (unregistered)


how to log out to facebook? can you tell me how?

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 06:22

41. benz (unregistered)


this phone have flash on camera?

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 09:00

42. haiiiiiiiiii (unregistered)


is it a nice phone for handiling???????? Any body help me pls............

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 02:34

43. kamal1989dude (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


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...

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 20:40

45. jex123 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Aug 2011)


is it okay to change my new phone (samsumg wave 525) from white to a black one ?? pls reply :)

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 02:07

46. vikas pandey (unregistered)


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)

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 02:11

47. vikas pandey (unregistered)


is samsung wave 525 gt-s5253 upgradable to bad 2.0

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 22:44

48. jagadeesh (unregistered)


does the samsung wave 525 have GPS feature

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 02:27

49. krishnendu (unregistered)


its a very good phone with excellent touch. having thousands of good applications. must buy it or .....

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 13:10

50. harjinder (unregistered)


hii frndz can u plz tell me wht type of video format use in wave 525 is it 3gp or mp4

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 02:48

51. SOAN (unregistered)


yes wawe has gps wifi but no 3g,,low cost nice phone

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 02:53

52. SOAN (unregistered)


u can convert ur video in 3gp suport thats work

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 23:28

53. BIVASH SAHA (unregistered)


I had a problem with samsung wave 525, sometimes the TIME get automatically fast and slow

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 13:20

55. Rehan (unregistered)


is it possible to play videos from youtube in wave 525 ???

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 02:42

70. suarshana (unregistered)


yes u can play any video

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 03:22

56. ryan (unregistered)


is it considered as a android phone or not? im confuse.thanks!

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 02:43

71. suarshana (unregistered)


its bada os....similiar to android device...but not up to android

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Display3.2 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (146 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size4.31 x 2.17 x 0.47 inches
(109.5 x 55 x 11.9 mm)
3.53 oz  (100 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 14.6 hours talk time

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