Samsung Wave 723 review

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

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The Samsung Wave 723 isn't really a media fan's ideal smartphone. You need a screen larger than 3.2 inches to make the most of video playback. Still, there is enough going on here to keep many people quite happy.

We're pleased to see the headphones connector on the top edge of the handset, and while we don't really like the L-shaped connector on Samsung's earphones, the quality of output they produce is acceptable.

The music player itself is easy to navigate and has some nice visualisations. There is an equaliser and a range of effects settings, the latter enabling you to choose options such as Concert Hall or Bass Enhancement to alter listening quality.

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There are three visualisations you can choose from while music is playing.

If you go out to the lock screen while music is playing, you can drag down the CD icon to get to a set of playback controls, and these controls are also available from anywhere you can pull down the notification area.

Samsung wave 723

Samsung wave 723

There is an FM radio too, and you can record from it. Recording is the easiest thing to do – you just call up the menu by pressing the context-sensitive menu button and hit record.

Samsung wave 723

Video playback is somewhat limited with MPEG4, H.263 and H.264 standards supported. Our sample movie trailer would not play, getting an 'unsupported resolution' report. And when we went looking for free movie trailers at Samsung's Wap site – a link that kicks in when you file browse, incidentally – there was none.

The YouTube icon on the main apps menu looks promising, but is nothing more than a link to the mobile YouTube website. It delivers content that you can view in portrait or widescreen, and we found it delivered smooth content to a good quality.

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.