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Samsung Wave 723 Review

Samsung Wave 723

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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 screenMore 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


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


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



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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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
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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