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Samsung Wave 533 Review

Samsung Wave 533

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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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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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