Review by Michael Oryl on Wednesday June 23, 2010.
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The Samsung S8500 Wave is the first bada OS powered smartphone to hit the market. It takes Samsung's TouchWiz user interface and slaps it on a new, more open version of Samsung's phone platform. And it does this on some of the hottest hardware to come out of South Korea ever.
The Wave has one of the best displays on the planet, and its user interface is far nicer than what we have come to expect from any TouchWiz branded device. Add to this a great 720p HD video capable camera and a very capable browser, and you can start to see why I am smitten with the Wave.
But the Wave certainly has its issues. As a 1.0 OS, you somewhat expect things to require more polish, but some of the memory snafus I've seen on the phone have wiped the configuration of my customized home screen, and that's downright dastardly. There's also the relative lack of applications in the Samsung Apps store. But in the end, I can forgive the Wave because it is so personable otherwise.
You'll find two videos of the Samsung S8500 Wave after the Table of Contents, below.