Samsung Wave 533 Review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
3. Em (unregistered)
thank you for the great review!
These wave533 pages really help me alot^^ so, thx again :D
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.
5. Shaunak (unregistered)
Nope..it doesn't have 3G features.
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
7. anky (unregistered)
Vishesh u can buy this phone.....I am using it,u can attach photo to contact in this phone.......
8. lynn (unregistered)
Samsung wave or i550? Which is better?
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.
10. life4you (unregistered)
How do I get access to the gps?
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!!!!
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........
13. saron (unregistered)
myree phone ...poi kutheee.....
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!