Samsung Wave 723 review

Samsung's second Bada handset demonstrates that less is definitely less

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Messaging is something the Samsung Wave 723 does very well, at least in terms of the variety of options on offer. Of course, voice mail and SMS are here. You've also got the Facebook and Twitter we've already covered.

But that's only the start. In the main menu, you'll find an app called My Accounts. Pop that open and you can set up a range of other accounts for email. Those who use a corporate system will find the Exchange ActiveSync setting useful, but you can also set up Google mail, Yahoo, Windows Live and other accounts that you may have. The social networking quota is bumped up with MySpace, too.

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The process of creating messages is straightforward thanks to a responsive screen and well-designed keyboard. The capacitive touchscreen is very responsive to screen presses, and the keyboard has separate keys for the @ symbol and for '.com'.

Samsung wave 723

Sitting above the keyboard is a row of three menu buttons, which you can use to quickly add a recipient or group of recipients to a message. We really like the Recent button, which we found we used most often.

When you're typing a message, the word prediction box appears and offers you alternative words if you pull it down by clicking the arrow to the right of the box.

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The keyboard is a little small in tall mode for all but the tiniest of hands, though. Switch out to wide mode and you've got more space, with the same word prediction box to help you out.

Samsung wave 723

Samsung wave 723

We found typing at a reasonable speed was no problem – except when we wanted to enter words that aren't in the built-in dictionary. Just as with the original Samsung Wave, you can only enter a word that's not in the dictionary if you enter it into the dictionary first. You'll spend a lot of time entering your chums' oddly spelt names into the dictionary unless you turn it off.

One of the things we really like about Samsung's Bada operating system, though, comes into its own with messaging. Many screens have a small icon with three dots on it at the bottom of the screen. If you tap this you get a context-sensitive menu.

In the case of messaging it lets you easily perform actions such as adding multimedia and attachments to messages.

Samsung wave 723

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory103 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SAR Value0.97 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemBada OS
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time15 Hour
Product ModelWave 723
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)99.5 g
Maximum Video Resolution320 x 240
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height109.5 mm
Width53.9 mm
Depth11.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time923 Hour
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameWave 723 Smartphone
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S7230TAEXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Bada platform

Samsung's bada OS makes your mobile even smarter with a whole range of applications

Rich Applications

Mobile offers easy and direct access to the Samsung Apps store for browsing, purchasing and downloading of free and premium apps

Life-assistant service

Apps offer services that support your daily needs and enhance life (e.g. AP News, Booking services, Health & Life) Localized applications will offer great convenience and enhanced service

Quick access / easy download

Easy, simplified downloading process gets apps to your phone faster than ever, especially with the Wi-Fi connection The latest Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) helps users download data at a much faster speed and get access from a much wider range.