Samsung Wave 533 Review

Samsung Wave 533 Review
This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with AT&T and T-Mobile USA.


After reviewing our first low-range bada OS handset in the form of the Samsung Wave 525, now time has come to take a closer look at its version with a physical keyboard – the Samsung Wave 533. It is the first handset with Samsung's own mobile OS to sport a slide-out QWERTY.

Thus, we will keep most of the software part, which duplicates what we found on the Samsung Wave 525, and focus on the design differences and keyboard performance instead, so read on to find out what they are...


The Samsung Wave 533 is a plain looking all-plastic handset, with a chrome-like rim around it, which marks the separation of the screen and keyboard halves. The 3.2" capacitive touchscreen has the lowly 240x400 pixels of resolution, which makes everything on the display look jagged. The viewing angles are decent, though, and it has average sunlight visibility on full brightness. Below the screen is the  menu button, as well as send and end keys, in a typical bada OS handset fashion.

You can compare the Samsung Wave 533 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The rest of the buttons are found on the keyboard half. There is a volume rocker on the left side, protected microUSB port and 3.5mm audio jack on top, as well as a lock/power button and a dedicated camera key on the right. Every button is easy to find and press, with the exception of the rather smallish lock/power key.

The back is flat, with a 3MP camera centered in its upper part, and the speaker grill down right. The usual piano black plastic Samsung is using in most of its handsets of late, is replaced for a battery cover with dotted pattern, which makes the phone easier to grip and hold. The 0.59” (15.1 mm) thickness is average for a phone with a physical keyboard, and adds to the easy grip feeling. At 4.09 oz (116 g), it is a heavier than the 3.53 oz (100 g) Samsung Wave 525, but not by much, and feels pretty light in the hand. Similar to the other two basic bada phones, the Samsung Wave 533 will be available in three colors - black, white and pink.

The physical keyboard is what makes the phone stand out in the tsunami of bada handsets, so let’s slide the screen half away open and check how are the keys' spacing and tactile feedback. The keyboard  is pushed out with a rather tight and controlled movement, revealing four rows of keys, which light up in white when used. The additional symbols, including the number row on top, are colored in yellow, and the mode switch is down left, colored the same.

Samsung has included four grey dedicated cursor arrow keys, which we pencil as one of the advantages of physical keyboards over virtual ones, together with the fact that the whole screen remains visible when typing. Each individual key is placed in a frame independently, with enough space in between, and the key travel has reasonable depth. Long-pressing the spacebar mutes the phone. The screen slides back over the keyboard with a significant push, making the spring mechanism feel rather solid. Overall, we were quite satisfied with the physical keyboard, and feel it can be a major selling point for the Samsung Wave 533.

Samsung Wave 533 360-degree View:



14. asadraza

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 03, 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!

13. saron unregistered

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

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........

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!!!!

10. life4you unregistered

How do I get access to the gps?

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.

8. lynn unregistered

Samsung wave or i550? Which is better?

7. anky unregistered

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

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

5. Shaunak unregistered doesn't have 3G features.

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.

3. Em unregistered

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

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.

1. VJWave

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 21, 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?
Wave 533
  • Display 3.2 inches
    400 x 240 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP (Single camera)
  • Storage 0.1GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1200 mAh
  • OS bada 1.1

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