Samsung Wave 723 review

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

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Battery life left us feeling a little disappointed. The 1200mAh battery gave us just over three days on standby with a very small amount of use.

When we were using the Samsung Wave 723 heavily it ran down fairly quickly and we were having to charge it every day to keep it going.

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You might find yourself doing a fair bit of music listening and web surfing with this handset, and if that is the case you ought to budget for a charge every day and maybe even a mid-afternoon boost.

If you are fairly frugal on those scores, then you could get a day and a half or even two days out of the Samsung Wave 723.

Organiser

The Samsung Wave 723 comes with its own calendar app and there's a Home screen widget that shows you what day it is – though nothing useful like upcoming appointments.

To see what you are meant to be doing at any time, you need to tap the widget and open the calendar proper. Now you can flick through the months, see your daily schedule and add new appointments.

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There are other apps to help keep you on the straight and narrow, too. A clock with stopwatch, countdown timer and alarms as well as an array of world clock times you can set ought to sort out your timing issues.

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There's a little memo maker and a task manager, too. Neither has a Home screen widget, which is a bit irritating since it means you have to go into each apps itself to see its contents.

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A calculator rounds things off.

App store

You can take a look in the Samsung app store for more, but this is still woefully under-supported in comparison to other top-grade app stores from Apple and Android.

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Apps are divided into categories but some have very few entries – Social Networking has seven, while Productivity has just 19. There isn't even a separate heading for Widgets so you can boost the fairly small number that are pre-installed.

If it's apps you want, look elsewhere.

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.