Samsung Wave 533 Review


The voices in the earpiece sounded loud and clear, while people were able to hear us well. Samsung Wave 533 has a 1200mAh battery with no official talk time specs yet, but we achieved about two days of using the handset, so we are at least positive that it hits the average mark.


The Samsung Wave 533 is the first bada OS phone with a physical keyboard, and it is a good one – with ample space between keys, and enough travel to them. The handset has most daily tasks covered, and integrates some extra functionalities, such as image editing or music recognition. Last time we checked, there were over 500 applications on Samsung Apps for the handset, some being pretty useful, but as a whole Samsung's application store needs to catch up in variety. The QWERTY-laden bada handset has all the prerequisites to make a good messaging phone for those of us who do a lot of typing, and won't break your budget.

As alternatives we would guide you to the Android-powered Samsung i5510, which has a very similar keyboard, and adds the flexibility of the Android Market plus 3G connectivity to the mix. If typing is not your thing, but you like what bada OS is offering, the Samsung Wave 525, which has identical specs, might be for you.

If you don't mind some Symbian alternatives, the Nokia 5250 is a basic smartphone with EDGE-only connectivity. Provided that you need the keyboard, you can step it up with the Nokia C6, which, however, might be priced higher.

Samsung Wave 533 Video Review:


  • Well-spaced keyboard
  • Surround sound in headset mode
  • Decent loudspeaker and earpiece


  • Screen resolution is too low
  • Lack of DivX/Xvid support
  • No dedicated gallery app

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