Wave723 is a lower end version of the phenomenal Samsung Wave GT-S8500.
Key differences between the 2 Waves:
480×800 Super AMOLED vs 240×400 TFT
720p@30 fps HD video recording vs QVGA@15 fps video recording
2 Cameras vs 1 Camera
1GHz processor vs 666/800MHz processor (unconfirmed)
1500 mAh battery vs 1200 mAh battery
Very capable video player vs low end video player
RM1200-1300 vs RM600-700
The rest of the specs are not too much different actually. So basically, I would categorize Wave S8500 as the phone for those who like to capture and play video while the Wave723 is a much cheaper phone for those who don’t need the video capability of Wave S8500.
The Wave723 comes with Bada OS as well, which gives it access to Samsung’s App store. But be warned that this App store is not on par with the 2 biggest App stores, Apple and Android’s. It has a number of free apps, free games and the like but it pales in comparison with the 2 giants.
Wave723 does come with a leather-like protective cover for the screen which gives it added protection against scratches. Some may not like this and can opt to go without it. If you have not seen a Super AMOLED screen before, the Wave723’s screen would not look bad. But coming from the Super AMOLED experience of Wave S8500, the screen of Wave723 does not look attractive enough to me. However, since it is not meant for much video viewing, I would say that it is still acceptable for regular use.
The processor specs are not listed but I have seen on forums that it is a 666/800 MHz part. During regular usage, the processor feels speedy enough that I don’t experience much lag when navigating through the menu. I have not been doing much intensive gaming with this Wave723 and so I cannot comment. However, some regular gaming felt fine on this device.
Bada OS does seem to have memory leak even in the Wave S8500 and the Wave723 is no different. After prolonged usage or keeping applications opened for a prolonged period of time, you may get “Not enough memory” errors when you try to launch a new application. This can easily be resolved by a reboot but I hope that Samsung can fix this in a future Bada update. I personally never liked rebooting my phone. =)
The usual features from Wave S8500 are also present in Wave723, the left/right swiping of a contact to launch call or message, the notification bar on top of the screen, the 3 ever present short cut keys at the bottom of the screen (changeable with any other application in the menu) and many others. Those who have used a Samsung Bada OS before would not notice much (if any) differences.
One major point of note is the cost. At about half the price of a Wave S8500 or Wave S8530, this phone is ideal for newcomers to Samsung or touchscreen phones who are wary of splashing too much for a touchscreen phone. The WiFi works great and the performance of the phone is pretty good. Having an App store with plentiful of free applications, themes and games is a bonus.
It uses microUSB port for charging and data transfer and can be linked with any PC in Mass Storage mode, therefore not needing the PC to have Samsung’s drivers or software installed in advance. Bada’s user interface is pretty user friendly and should allow new users of touchscreen phones to get used to the touchscreen experience.
All in all, this is a good phone with only video capabilities (both playing and capturing) being its weakness. Aside from that, its 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash and dedicated camera button is good for a sub 1k phone. It also came bundled with a 4GB microSD card which should be enough for daily use. I can recommend this phone to anyone looking to purchase a sub 1k phone and does not have high demands on video capabilities.