Samsung Wave S5250 Review
In a nutshell: The Samsung Wave 525 (or Samsung S5250) is an
entry-level smartphone running Samsung's Bada operating system. Bada
may not have a lot of apps available to download (although it has some
great free games), but it does have a lot of smart features built into
the operating system. The result is a phone that's very much more than
what you'd typically expect at this price point. Key features include
facebook and twitter integration, GPS mapping, camera, music player
and FM radio with track ID and radio recording. Connectivity includes
Wi-Fi and the battery life and memory are excellent too. 3G is missing
and the camera is pretty basic, but the Wave is one of the best phones
for the price. Available in Black and White.
Review: February 2011.
In a move designed to broaden their range of handsets using the Bada
operating system, Samsung have launched the Wave 525 and placed it right
into the bargain £100 price range (or as low as £10 per
month on contract with free line rental thrown in!) Previously Samsung's
Bada operating system had only appeared on high-end handsets. Now, here
it is, bringing smartphone capabilities into the budget sector.
The Wave 525 (or Wave525 or Wave S5250 or Wave 2 as Samsung annoyingly
refer to it sometimes) is a smart-looking smartphone, with an ultraslim
lightweight design, chrome edging and an unusually narrow shape, making
it longer than usual, but great to hold in the hand. The extra length
allows for a longer than normal LCD screen with a generous size of 3.2
inches and a WQVGA resolution of 240 x 400 pixels. The extra screen
space is used to good effect by Samsung's TouchWiz 3.0 user interface,
which works well and lets you customise up to 10 home screens with icons
and shortcuts to good effect. The Bada operating system is easy to use
and intuitive and comes with some nice features, such as good integration
between contacts and facebook and twitter accounts. The virtual keyboards
are easy to use, with generously-sized keys, especially in landscape
mode. While the number of apps available for Bada cannot match the iPhone
or Android, there's plenty of pre-installed features that make it superior
to a standard (non-smart) phone. There are some very good free games
The Wave 525 isn't a 3G phone, which does limit its smartphone aspirations,
and means that there's no secondary camera for video calling. However,
it does have Wi-Fi, so you can get fast internet access if you're in
a Wi-Fi hotspot, and you can use EDGE if not. Web browsing uses Samsung's
Dolphin browser, which does the job but isn't as good as the browser
on Android phones. Apart from the lack of 3G, connectivity is outstanding,
with Bluetooth 3.0 and USB available in addition to Wi-Fi, GPRS and
The Wave 525 has a built-in GPS receiver, with assisted GPS and geo-tagging.
The camera is one area where pennies have been saved. With 3.2 megapixels
with no flash and no autofocus, it can't match the other Samsung phones
in this price range. However, it's easy to use, making good use of the
touchscreen. The video recording is at QVGA resolution with just 15
frames per second, so again is below the average for this type of phone.
On the positive side, Bada does provide you with an image editing app.
The music player is better than the camera, and the phone also has
an FM radio with RDS and the ability to record directly from the radio.
There's a music-recognition app installed too. A 3.5mm headphone socket
is present, and simulated surround sound is available when you plug
in suitable headphones.
The phone's memory is 100MB, which is quite generous for an entry-level
smartphone, and the phone will accept microSD cards up to 16GB as well.
The processor seems to be adequate for the job, although it's not lightning-fast
like the 1GHz CPU used in the high-end Samsung
Galaxy S. The user interface is responsive most of the time, but
hiccups on occasions.
The battery is reasonably high-powered, at 1200mAh, and is more than
sufficient for a phone of this type. Samsung quote an incredible 50
days standby time, which is beyond incredulity, but real-world users
should find that they get several days use between charges.
We're actually very impressed with the Wave 525. iPhone it ain't, but
as a budget smartphone it does a heck of a lot, and does it very nicely
too. Although there aren't too many Bada apps available, there are plenty
of tools built into the OS, and some great games to download. Alternative
smartphones to consider in this price bracket would be the Android-powered
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 or
the Symbian Nokia 5230. We'd go for either
the Wave 525 or the Sony Ericsson.
Features of the Samsung Wave525 include:
- 3.2 megapixel camera with 2x digital zoom
- Video recording (QVGA, 15 frames/sec)
- Display: TFT, 240 x 400 pixels (3.2 inches) capacitive touchscreen
- Music player with Sound Alive 3D sound technology
- FM radio RDS with radio recording
- MP3 ringtones / 64 voice polyphonic ringtones
- Integrated handsfree speaker
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, instant messaging, email
- Personal organiser functions (1,300 phonebook entries)
- Document viewer
- Memory: 100MB plus MicroSD memory card slot (up to 16GB)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack
- Internet: GPRS, EDGE
- Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900)
- Size: 110 x 55 x 11.9 mm
- Weight: 100g
- Battery: 1200 mAh
- Talktime: 14 hours
- Battery standby: 1200 hours
Samsung Wave 525 User Reviews
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Average rating from 18 reviews:
Reviewed by Rochelle from UK on 6th Mar 2012
This is an excellent phone..
Had it for 2 months.
The internet comes really fast when your in a Wi-fi place...
Reviewed by raja from india on 27th Feb 2012
samsung 525 is good mobile
Reviewed by Jordan from INDIA on 31st Jan 2012
as it is not smart in its layout
Reviewed by judo from uk on 25th Jan 2012
I've had this phone for a year now without one single problem from it.
the touch screen works very soothly and browsing works great too. the
battery life is great and the built in email sync is great and very
simple to work. I got this phone by mistake but now with no regrets.
personally I think its a great phone that does everything you need it
to do. great phone for the price.. . thumbs up from me :-)
Reviewed by Jamie from UK on 5th Jan 2012
Broke within one week, does not turn on at all. Battery charged, tried
everything. Complete waste of money. Poor selection of apps, poor speed
of loading pre-loaded apps. Camera was OK but not great. The only reasonably
good thing about the phone itself. DO NOT BUY. Very disappointing from
Samsung after my previous phone built by the same people lasted ages
and was a better phone that this.
Reviewed by siddharth kamble from India on 23rd
mobile is best but battery is not best
Reviewed by ajay bhagat from india on 17th Oct
i bought the phone last 1 month ago .this is a great phone smooth touch
screen great music player with 3D sound .3.2 mp camera good clarity
with zooming, 1wifi is beautyful working and internet surfing is makhan
solid samsung but agar ise front camera diya hota to great yaar
Reviewed by jerwenjay from philippines on 21st
i love this phone.. i bought it just two days ago for only 5250php and
i can saythat it is worth buying. for me this is better than galaxy
mini except for the OS. EXCELLENT Samsung! :)
Reviewed by shampi dodo from india on 19th Sep
very good phone.
Reviewed by vikas from india on 5th Aug 2011
an average phone in this range because of it slowness in working.
Reviewed by amish from india on 29th Jun 2011
it is the best mobile phone in its price range even monte is not that
much but it lack in front camera only but that dos not matters
Reviewed by Neil Danks from UK on 11th Jun 2011
Felt it was good value for money for what I am paying, odd thing happened
today though, I plugged in the earphones and about 10mins later as I
was listening to the radio, it unexpectedly called someone on my contact
list, turned it off tried again only to see it call someone else on
my contact list. anyone experience this or any ideas . Many thanks Neilsaway@sky.com
Reply by abc from india on 24th Aug
same happened wid me also and i think buying this phone is totally waste
Reviewed by Kath from England on 29th May 2011
Easy to use phone. The screen is sensitive, and the menus intuitive.
Setting up my email account was easy. The music player is great. The
camera is very good, especially when used outdoors. It has some superb
features. I would've happily given it 5 stars, but the only area that
lets it down is texting (specifically replying to a text). The screen
displays the received message above, and the QWERTY keyboard below,
leaving only a single-line space to write in. Text moves out to the
side as you write. Hence, you cannot see the whole message that you've
just written. What a shame Samsung!! The phone is otherwise excellent!
Reviewed by sam from england on 23rd May 2011
I like this phone.. it is easy to use as the layout is simple, not a
lot of apps but then again its not an android. Overall impressed with
the phone :)
Reviewed by anonymous from england on 5th Apr
worst phone youll ever find, i have and most certainly regret a 2 year
contract with this poorly made hand held device; everything is just
so slow and 'laggy', sometimes it doesnt even read that your pressing
it, it is discoordinated, the app store is pathetic theres no point
in even having it, the camera is o.k but its a phone and it seems they
have overworked it but failed to meet any good quality, the GPS Mapping
system only tells you your current location, everythings a fuss to get
sourted out but then doesnt even meet your requirments such as the sim
traking device-it tells you it will send a messeage to those you want
if you take out your sim card but obviously that doesnt work
Reviewed by Ed from UK on 25th Mar 2011
1st entry into the touchscreen market & I have to say I am fairly impressed,
although not 100% perfect with the odd slow movement or mis-tap, but
some of this could be me, not precise enough with my fingers. Only having
budget phones before (blackberry curve 8520 about the best) I was impressed
with the screen, very bright & clear. As the main review say’s
the camera is a bit ordinary, but I have a DSLR so I only use it for
point & shoot & still manage to get some good pics. The reception on
the radio is poor, crackles & breaks up a lot, so much so, I turn it
off quite often. The music player is reasonable but nothing special,
not anywhere in the same class as an ipod. Internet browsing is pretty
good without being super-fast, still a lot faster than the blackberry.
Quality & feel is good, smart looks, easy to use, good battery life
& quick to charge. With the BADA OS it hasn’t got all the apps
of the other OS’s but it does still have quite a lot including
quite a few games (a lot free), Tiger Woods is very good. So over all
it’s a very decent phone for the price, I would recommend it for
someone like me, a 1st time touch phone user.
Reviewed by sam from uk on 12th Mar 2011
Surely you knew before you bought it that it had no 3G - if you want
3G get a phone that has it!
Reply by Terry from E.U.S.S.R on 28th
If you had read my post correctly you would have noticed the words "work
phone" this denotes that the phone was not chosen by me, it was chosen
for me by my firm.
Reviewed by Terry from E.U.S.S.R. on 13th Mar
Had it a week, work phone. No 3G+lack of apps=load of toot.