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Samsung Wave 723 Review

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Samsung Wave 723 Review
This is a global GSM phone, it can be used with AT&T and T-Mobile USA, but without 3G.

Introduction:


The first smartphone with Samsung's proprietary bada mobile OS  –  the Samsung Wave - had a thin aluminum chassis, the world's first Super AMOLED screen, and it was the handset where the 1GHz Hummingbird chipset made its debit. This was a lot of “firsts” to miss out on, be it only of curiosity.

Samsung Wave 723 is the fourth bada phone announced (after the lowly Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro), and it is already coming to market. Now we have our own unit here to examine how bada feels without all the hardware bells and whistles of the original Wave. Samsung Wave 723 does have one unorthodox feature to be distinguished by, a permanently attached leather flap that covers the touchscreen completely, making you feel like you carry a small notepad around. Is this enough to compensate for the lack of a high-end chipset and a brilliant screen, like the ones in the Wave? Read on to find out...


Design:

The Samsung Wave 723 has a streamlined rectangular design with curvy edges, and the back is made of aluminum, like the body of the original Wave. It is smaller than the Wave, but slightly thicker at 4.31 x2.12 x0.46 inches (109.5 x 53.9 x 11.8 mm). The 3.2” capacitive LCD display is of WQVGA (240x400-pixel) resolution, and there are three physical buttons underneath it – menu key in the middle, flanked by the send and end buttons. Being LCD, the screen boasts a pretty decent visibility outdoors, even if you don't crank up the brightness.

The Samsung Wave 723 has a streamlined rectangular design with curvy edges, and the back is made of aluminum - Samsung Wave 723 Review
The Samsung Wave 723 has a streamlined rectangular design with curvy edges, and the back is made of aluminum - Samsung Wave 723 Review
The Samsung Wave 723 has a streamlined rectangular design with curvy edges, and the back is made of aluminum - Samsung Wave 723 Review

The Samsung Wave 723 has a streamlined rectangular design with curvy edges, and the back is made of aluminum


Samsung Wave 723 Review
Samsung Wave 723 Review
Next to Samsung Wave (left) - Samsung Wave 723 Review
  

Next to Samsung Wave (left)


Samsung Wave 723 Review

You can compare the Samsung Wave 723 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The sides of the Samsung Wave 723 host the volume rocker on the left, and the lock/power button, plus the camera shutter key, on the right. The top houses the microUSB port with a sliding cover, and on the back we have the back panel made from light brushed aluminum, which certainly adds to the solid design feel of the phone. The 5MP camera on the back has an LED flash.


Right side - Samsung Wave 723 Review
Left side - Samsung Wave 723 Review

Right side

Left side


The top side - Samsung Wave 723 Review
Samsung Wave 723 Review

The top side

 


One very interesting design decision is to include a leather cover for the touchscreen, and attach it firmly at the bottom of the phone. Thus you need to flip it open every time you want to use the screen, even if only for checking the time. Not that it is extremely inconvenient, but the positioning is not well thought out. We are glad that Samsung has provided the option to remove it completely. It gets in the way annoyingly when talking on the phone, and when trying to type on the virtual keyboard.

The Samsung Wave 723 has a leather cover for the touchscreen - Samsung Wave 723 Review
The Samsung Wave 723 has a leather cover for the touchscreen - Samsung Wave 723 Review

The Samsung Wave 723 has a leather cover for the touchscreen



One thing the contraption did bring, is that we never worried about placing our phone with the screen down, no matter how coarse the surface was. In summary, the Samsung Wave 723 has a classy design with some high-end elements, fits nice in the hand, and feels solid.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. LeoKai (unregistered)


Design = F480 + iPhone

posted on 29 Sep 2010, 04:54

3. MaxABC (unregistered)


The top of the phone look more like star!

posted on 29 Sep 2010, 04:47

2. MaxABC (unregistered)


The screen's resolution is truly low... we can see it's clear pixel...

posted on 29 Sep 2010, 04:58

4. LeoKai (unregistered)


Multi Touch, 5MP Camera, WiFi - Going to be cheaper than the Wave 1, now i am really interested to buy one! .... 240x400 Resolution 3.2 inch Screen? Something must be wrong...

posted on 29 Sep 2010, 12:02

5. fsjon (Posts: 119; Member since: 03 Sep 2009)


Ever thought about flipping the cover all the way to the back so it's not in the way when typing on the landscape keyboard?? Not sure why the review video has to be 16mins long when it can be summed up in 5mins. Bottom line is, Bada is basically Samsung's way of phasing out feature phone os. Review it as you would to a feature phone in the future.

posted on 29 Sep 2010, 13:05

6. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 849; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


Okay, somebody explain to me why the Bada phones all have camera shutter buttons, but their Android phones don't. Wtf Samsung.

posted on 30 Sep 2010, 01:18

7. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)


is that stupid gay little flip over screen cover removeable? i would hope so. i would throw that in the garbage as i walk away from the store after getting the phone..

posted on 08 Oct 2010, 14:49

8. jh (unregistered)


Leather cover is only additional one and you can change it whenever you want with provided(default) normal cover. Would like to recommend you to take a look in the nearest handset store(when it's ready for your region) for actual status.

posted on 23 Nov 2010, 07:56

9. DJ (unregistered)


is there any kind of error??
plz tell me, i really want to buy this handset as soon as possible......

posted on 13 Dec 2010, 11:42

10. gurpreet (unregistered)


hii...i want to buy this phone,plz tell me hw's its performance in touch and in screen resolution ?

posted on 16 Dec 2010, 09:23

11. vasgyuszi (unregistered)


LCD seems to be really bad looking the photos at this review. But, how looks with the video playback frame rates? Okay, the format choice is very very limited (3gp, mp4), but at least 25-30 fps is possible?

THX in advance,
vasgyuszi

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 19:18

12. ayesha (unregistered)


i have this phone , i have a problem that there is no call recording option . IF I AM WRONG PLS TELL ME SOLUTION,

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 02:27

13. azmie (unregistered)


i bought this phone on Dis.2010, i have a problem that can't switch on . but screen display screen saver only.tq

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 12:45

14. amy (unregistered)


i just bought thus yesterday. the problem is my phone always auto-off when it in a stand by mode. can somebody help me. i'm really dont know what to do. everytime i want to use it, i need to move the battery and put it back. and it always auto off. help me please... what is wrong with my phone.. now i really regret to have 1.. i wanted galaxy mini at the 1st place, but atrracted with wave 723 promotion. i thought its better tham galaxy mini. looks like im wrong..

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 05:35

15. sp (unregistered)


i ve bought that phone in january and i haven t noticed any serious problem...it has been very strong allthough i m really torturing it!

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 23:14

16. ali ghavami (unregistered)


zoom of the camera doesnt work good

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Display3.2 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (146 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Size4.31 x 2.12 x 0.46 inches
(109.5 x 53.9 x 11.8 mm)
3.53 oz  (100 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 14.3 hours talk time

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