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Samsung Wave 723 Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Samsung's TouchWiz UI rears its head above bada on the Wave 723, and presents you with up to nine  initial homescreens to place your widgets, and three shortcut icons on the dock at the bottom of the screen.  More homescreens are added as you place more widgets. Pressing the end key calls back the homescreen from wherever you are in the menus. The middle button is the only way to enter the main menu from the homescreen, since the dock strip only hosts the messaging, contacts and keypad icons. The main menu spans initially on three pages full of icons, which look consistently the same throughout Samsung's phones with this version of TouchWiz. The Samsung Wave  723 supports multitouch, and UI auto-rotation, thanks to the built-in accelerometer, both of which work quite well.

Samsung's TouchWiz UI rears its head above bada on the Wave 723 - Samsung Wave 723 Review
Samsung's TouchWiz UI rears its head above bada on the Wave 723 - Samsung Wave 723 Review
Samsung's TouchWiz UI rears its head above bada on the Wave 723 - Samsung Wave 723 Review
Samsung's TouchWiz UI rears its head above bada on the Wave 723 - Samsung Wave 723 Review

Samsung's TouchWiz UI rears its head above bada on the Wave 723



The interface looks a bit grainy and washed out, compared to the way it looks on the high-res Super AMOLED screen of the Wave, and the handset clogs at times – kinetic scrolling slowed to a crawl upon initial boot when we had to choose the time zone. After that stage, though, things returned to normalcy. Well, if you want a Hummingbird chipset, you have to pay extra for it. What we really like about TouchWiz 3.0 in Samsung's smartphones is the ability to toggle connectivity and profile options straight from the notification bar at the top, this useful feature is present in the Wave 723 as well.


Comparing the look of the interface betweenSamsung Wave (left) and Wave 723 (right) - Samsung Wave 723 Review

Comparing the look of the interface between
Samsung Wave (left) and Wave 723 (right)



Messaging, Browser and Connectivity:

Text messaging on the Samsung Wave 723 appears in threaded view, is searchable, and you can use the Social Hub to shoot a message via different means – text, email, Facebook. Email allows for an easy setup of most popular web services, and you can download your messages for offline viewing in full HTML up to 10MB of size, one of the great features in bada. Email, similar to text messaging, is searchable.

Samsung Wave 723 Review
Samsung Wave 723 Review
Samsung Wave 723 Review
Samsung Wave 723 Review

The text input options  - Samsung Wave 723 Review
The text input options  - Samsung Wave 723 Review

The text input options



Samsung's Dolphin 2.0 browser is fairly quick and minimalistic, but at this resolution, websites look scraggy. Also, Adobe Flash is not properly supported, so embedded videos sometimes don't show up at all. Samsung has included in the Wave 723 all kinds of connectivity options such as 3G, A-GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Samsung's Dolphin 2.0 browser - Samsung Wave 723 Review
Samsung's Dolphin 2.0 browser - Samsung Wave 723 Review
Samsung's Dolphin 2.0 browser - Samsung Wave 723 Review
Samsung's Dolphin 2.0 browser - Samsung Wave 723 Review

Samsung's Dolphin 2.0 browser




Software:

Now here's an important part where bada is concerned, since there aren't so many applications for this mobile OS yet. The Samsung Wave 723 runs the newest version, and the bada SDK 1.1, which was outed together with the handset, allows for easy porting of existing Wave-only applications over to the lower resolution of the Wave 723. The phone comes with fairly well-executed options for the everyday tasks already built in the platform. Messaging, multimedia and productivity apps like calendar, document viewing, and multimedia editing, are fairly well taken care of out of the box, without the need to install 3rd party apps.

Samsung Apps - Samsung Wave 723 Review
Samsung Apps - Samsung Wave 723 Review
Samsung Apps - Samsung Wave 723 Review

Samsung Apps



One of the biggest issues with bada is the lack of choice for the GPS software. Only a handful of companies have ported their software over to bada, so that leaves you stuck with whatever countries Route 66 is covering on the Wave 723, in particular. If you want offline GPS, you will be paying additionally for the program. Upon initial cold-starting of the GPS, it located us in about four minutes, then locked signal within seconds subsequently, especially if there was Wi-Fi nearby to download location data.

Samsung Wave 723 Review
Samsung Wave 723 Review


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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: 847; 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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