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Samsung Wave 533 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 how this combination looks like on a 240x400 pixel resolution, when we talked about the Samsung Wave 723, and we didn't notice many differences, but the lack of some apps in the menu, chief of them being a dedicated gallery icon. There are 100MB of memory, which seem enough for the low-footprint mobile OS.

The interface of the Samsung Wave 533 - Samsung Wave 533 Review
The interface of the Samsung Wave 533 - Samsung Wave 533 Review
The interface of the Samsung Wave 533 - Samsung Wave 533 Review

The interface of the Samsung Wave 533


There is social networking integration in the contacts app, which brings in your Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and even Exchange contacts. 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. Of note is the almost instant change of orientation, there isn’t the lag we are used to see on so many low and mid-range handsets.

Dialer - Social networking integration - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Social networking integration - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Social networking integration - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Social networking integration - Samsung Wave 533 Review

Dialer

   

Social networking integration


Email - Typing on the virtual keyboard is easy - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Typing on the virtual keyboard is easy - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Typing on the virtual keyboard is easy - Samsung Wave 533 Review

Email

  

Typing on the virtual keyboard is easy


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.


Browser and Connectivity:

Samsung's Dolphin 2.0 browser is fairly decent, but lacks proper Flash support and the interface looks unpolished at this resolution. Samsung Wave 533 has EDGE connectivity, Wi-Fi, A-GPS (which takes 3-4 minutes to lock position when cold-started, or mere seconds if there is Internet connection present), Bluetooth 3.0 and FM radio. The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios can be easily turned on and off from the switches in the notification bar.

Dolphin 2.0 browser - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Dolphin 2.0 browser - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Dolphin 2.0 browser - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Dolphin 2.0 browser - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Dolphin 2.0 browser - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Dolphin 2.0 browser - Samsung Wave 533 Review

Dolphin 2.0 browser



Camera and Multimedia:

The 3MP shooter in the Samsung Wave 533 has the typical TouchWiz 3.0 camera interface, which is well-optimized for finger usage, and with a lot of functionalities. The pictures themselves turned out with a decent amount of detail and pretty accurate color representation, but exposure compensation was hit-and-miss, especially when there were bright objects present. Indoors in low light the shots were rather noisy, but passable if there was a lot of light around. The phone shoots QVGA video at 15fps, which is good only for viewing on the handset's screen.

Camera interface - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Wave 533 Review

Camera interface

Gallery - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Gallery - Samsung Wave 533 Review

Gallery


Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave 533 - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave 533 - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave 533 - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave 533 - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave 533 - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave 533 - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave 533 - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave 533 - Samsung Wave 533 Review

Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung Wave 533


Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Wave 533 Review

Strong

Medium

Low light

Indoor samples


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.

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 faux 5.1 channel SRS sound in headset mode. The loudspeaker is above average, both in terms of output volume and distortion.

Music player - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Music player - Samsung Wave 533 Review
Music player - Samsung Wave 533 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 21 Dec 2010, 07:38

1. VJWave (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


While in-call, how do I lookup for a contact so that I can read it for the person on phone? Whenever I select a contact, it just places a call to that contact. Any idea how do I do it?

posted on 24 Dec 2010, 04:14

2. mayank nayak (unregistered)


hey !!!!!!!!!!!!!! i like ths handset n 4ward to buy ths handset [s533] bt dnt hav any idea bat BADA os.can it support 3rd party software.

posted on 08 Jan 2011, 06:02

3. Em (unregistered)


thank you for the great review!
These wave533 pages really help me alot^^ so, thx again :D

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 04:19

4. Annspaces (unregistered)


thanks for the reviews posted. It was a quick help with a good demo video around.
Stil, what about 3G capability? whether it is 3G capable or not is not clear. Help from anyone will be well appreciated.

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 03:53

5. Shaunak (unregistered)


Nope..it doesn't have 3G features.

posted on 18 Feb 2011, 01:15

6. Vishesh (unregistered)


folks, if you can help me - i'm planning to buy this phone. only need to know,
does it have loudspeaker?
can we attach photo to conatcts so that when someone calls, there photo is displayed alongwith number?

appreciate if someone who has/used this phone can update me. thanks a lot

posted on 20 Feb 2011, 13:45

7. anky (unregistered)


Vishesh u can buy this phone.....I am using it,u can attach photo to contact in this phone.......

posted on 20 Mar 2011, 12:02

8. lynn (unregistered)


Samsung wave or i550? Which is better?

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 07:20

9. gskraju4u (unregistered)


Iam not able to get mail box as message box on the top of the screen when i receive mail.Please let me know.

posted on 31 May 2011, 15:10

10. life4you (unregistered)


How do I get access to the gps?

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 02:41

11. Fakiha (unregistered)


This phone totally sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111 8 months ago i bought this darn phone n its been wth me only for 2 months............. its always at d service centre.. battry probs, board probs, display probs,, u name it , it has probs!!!!

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 00:49

12. Satish Kumar.Upadrasta (unregistered)


Is there an option of changing song from headset in Samsung Wave 533 mobile ? if yes how can it be done........

posted on 02 Oct 2011, 06:12

13. saron (unregistered)


myree phone ...poi kutheee.....

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 06:24

14. asadraza (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


does this phone have adobe pdf reader,i'm looking for a phone within 200 dollors that have wifi,email,camera,and document reader,need these neccessities in my phone becoz i have many pdf relatd emails!

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Display3.2 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (146 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size4.31 x 2.17 x 0.59 inches
(109.5 x 55 x 15.1 mm)
4.09 oz  (116 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 14 hours talk time

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