Samsung Wave 723 review

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

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Samsung has put a lot of effort into its Dolphin web browser, and at first glance it renders pages nicely. Full-screen web pages look good in both wide and tall screen modes.

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Samsung wave 723

You can pinch to zoom in and out of web page, do a nifty double tap to zoom and out, and use a finger to pan around. Rather cleverly, the left side mounted volume rocker doubles up as a scroller, with is nice for one-handed vertical browsing.

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There are some handy features, such as a Google search bar at the top of the screen and the ability to open multiple windows and flick between them.

But the browser did seem a bit slow to respond to finger presses when we wanted to access more advanced features such as multiple windows. Worse, Flash support seems iffy. We were unable to play movies at the BBC News website, for example.

And text reflowing is non-existent, so that you need to do a lot of horizontal swiping to actually read stuff you've zoomed into.

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We really like the ability to send a URL via email or SMS simply by using the context-sensitive menu on the browser page.

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And for really quick access to the web, there are a couple of Home screen widgets on hand – a Google search widget which will search Google maps and take you to your Gmail as well as doing general searches, and a widget that shows your three most frequently visited websites so you can quickly pop back to one of them with a single tap.

Samsung wave 723

The browser is a mixed bag, then, with some nice feature and some annoying ones. Samsung needs to put a bit of effort into tweaking its Dolphin browser if it's to be really useful.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
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
Product NameWave 723 Smartphone
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S7230TAEXEU
Manufacturer Website Address
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.