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The Samsung Wave 723 uses a 240 x 400 pixel, 3.2in display. Viewing angles are excellent, with no contrast shift, but the pixel count leaves text and icons looking blocky. Next to the 320 x 480 pixel display of the HTC Legend, which also uses a 3.2in unit, the Wave 723’s screen looks unrefined and dated in an age where the iPhone 4 packs in more than six times the number of pixels in an only slightly larger display.

It’s getting a little late to keep claiming that these cut-price features are entirely necessary at the price point too, when the Orange San Francisco retails for around the same price but uses a higher-fidelity 480 x 800 pixel display.

Thankfully Samsung hasn’t let the touchscreen of the Wave 723 date in the same way. It uses a finger-friendly capacitive layer rather than the resistive kind, still used in some budget smartphones.

The screen is responsive, but is let down a little by the phone’s software. The built-in keyboard doesn’t make best use of the limited screen space on offer in the Wave 723, which becomes an issue when typing in portrait mode. Although we’re used to typing away on sub-3.5in touchscreens, we were left trotting-out more typos than normal owing to the un-optimised layout of this most crucial of touchscreen elements. Switch to landscape mode and these problems melt away, though.

The touchscreen is multitouch capable, and the built-in browser uses the intuitive pinch-to-zoom method for zooming in and out of pages. Text rescales very quickly when flicking around web pages, and tabbed browsing plus a full bookmarking system are included. The UI of the bundled browser isn’t all that attractive but the Wave 723’s web-browsing skills aren’t far off those of the top smartphone platforms.

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