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Samsung Tocco Ultra S8300
  • Samsung Tocco Ultra S8300
  • Samsung Tocco Ultra S8300
  • Samsung Tocco Ultra S8300
  • Samsung Tocco Ultra S8300
  • Samsung Tocco Ultra S8300
  • Samsung Tocco Ultra S8300
  • Samsung Tocco Ultra S8300
  • Samsung Tocco Ultra S8300
  • Samsung Tocco Ultra S8300
  • Samsung Tocco Ultra S8300
  • Samsung Tocco Ultra S8300
  • Samsung Tocco Ultra S8300


Our Score:


Samsung's Tocco did quite well in my hands last July. The full frontal touchscreen was really gaining momentum and Samsung managed to differentiate itself by coming up with the idea of widgets for you to pull onto the screen from a sidebar. This allowed you to personalise the phone but let Samsung retain control of how.

The Widgets remain in the Tocco's follow-up, the Tocco Ultra S8300, but much else has changed. The Tocco Ultra is Samsung's flagship handset for 2009 so I expected great things from it.

Every major operator has this handset free on various contracts. Vodafone is doing it free on £20 plans, for example. You can get it from around £350 on Pay As You Go.

When you first pick up the phone, it looks like a standard touchscreened slab. Mine had a thin frame of red down its vertical front edges and around the bottom of the screen. The red really comes into play when you expose something the original Tocco didn't have - the numeric keypad.

Yup, this is a slider phone and the concept of adding in a numeric keypad is a good one. It caters for those who want a touchscreen but aren't sure they can cope with using it for on-screen text entry.

The red - actually a vivid, vibrant pinky crimson - also shows up on the back panel section that's exposed when the slide is up. O2 has a blue version that looks just as in-your-face vibrant.

The slide adds a bit of height to the handset, which increases the height to a shade over 135mm. Closed it measures 110mm x 51.5mm x 12.7mm and weighs 122g. This makes it taller, thicker and heavier than the original Tocco but a little narrower (The Tocco comes in at 98.4mm x 55mm x 11.6mm and weighs 106g).

Build quality is superb. This mobile feels very solid and durable. The flat numberpad is easy to use at speed. Its keys are large and I had no trouble entering text at a fair old lick. The screen and frame are scratch resistant, and the slide mechanism is smooth. It delivers a very reassuring thunk when you open and close it. However, I did find that I had to press on the touchscreen to open and close the phone, and this sometimes meant I made selections when I didn't really mean to.

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May 1, 2009, 3:19 pm

@sandra - what satnav software came with the phone you tested? Some ISP's are supplying a special version of Route66 LBS for the Tocca Ultra, but trying to get a copy / get info is proving impossible for me.

Samsung are bringing out new phones with GPS (The S8300 you tested plus the newer S7350 Classico {which I have}) & expect you to use Google maps with the device! Just crazy!

Thanks for the review.


May 23, 2009, 3:03 am

I just bought this phone in the US for only $360. All i did was look for another store that sells it at the cheapest price possible and showed it to cellswholesale.com the have this 120% price matching promotion going on.

Ron Pearcy

August 10, 2009, 8:14 am

Have recently purchased S8300. Cannot find the menu to allow text size to be increased .. I am barely able to read due to VERY small font size .. can anyone please point me to where the menu is hidden? Thanks Ron

Ian Porter

August 24, 2009, 2:21 am

@ Sandy

With due respect Sandy, you are commenting on a British website which lists this phone in Pounds Sterling(£), not US Dollars($). It is not usually convenient for us to pop over to the USA to buy a phone.

Having said the above, I just won this Samsung S8300 brand new on eBay from a UK seller for £128.74, which is approximately $212, so I think I can safely say that "I got you beat"!

Note: This was three months after your comment so the phone is probably cheaper in the US by now.


August 29, 2009, 3:08 pm

Ron, to increase the text size while you are reading a text you can press the volume button on the side.


September 9, 2009, 1:33 pm

I've just got the Tocco Ultra and when using the radio and music player the the stop start function appears on the wallpaper and I can't figure out how to remove it any suggestions?


September 29, 2009, 4:58 pm

Hi I just bought the Samsung S8300. Is it possible to set up contacts on speed dial ??? I would appreciat any advice on this matter . Thank you


November 25, 2009, 11:49 pm

Anyone suggest a good site for widgets and useful (or useless but cool looking) apps or games that use the accelerometer function? Cheers.

@Bev: Sounds like it may be a widget in the background you need to move back by dragging it with your finger to the sidebar.


October 7, 2010, 3:21 am

its a worst cell phone it doesnt worth its cost.1)it has same port for charging,music& data tranfer. u cannot njoy music while charging 2) the battery is so small it discharges easily after taking some pics. 3)the kepad is so stiky,u cannot get a querty keypad on touch screen like in nokia, 4) the 8 mp doesnt worth tat much quality.5)sound quality is poor ,there is no seperate speaker for music like in corby.6)there is no wi-fi.


June 10, 2011, 12:47 am

Help my Samsung Tocco Ultra s8300 seems go on mute when I am speaking to somone maybe a bit sensitve I have had the microphone replaced and software replaced still no joy any ideas?



September 24, 2014, 12:14 am

lost vision on the screen and some of the buttons don't work any ideas what is wrong it has been well looked after and never had a fall

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