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Samsung Tocco Ultra S8300 - Samsung Tocco Ultra S8300

By Sandra Vogel



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The screen is another high point. Measuring 2.8in diagonally, it delivers 240 x 400 pixels. It is exceptionally sharp and bright, and that is in no small part due to its AMOLED technology, which really helps when viewing it outdoors and with colour contrast.

The automatic screen reorientation is a real plus point and something you'd expect as standard on a high-end phone like this. You would also expect there to be Wi-Fi but sadly, it is absent. You do get GPS and this is a 3G handset with HSDPA to 7.2Mbps. There is a front camera for two-way video calling.

I found the touchscreen interface a little dodgy. There were times when it simply didn't like my finger presses and I had to make several taps in order for it to respond. This was most irritating when doing things like entering text and setting up the camera.

You might expect some sort of multi-touch support, but it isn't here. I found its absence most annoying when zooming web pages. You have to call up a zoom bar and use that which requires a few too many screen presses. At least you can finger-pan. Ed also has some interesting points to make on the user interface in the video review. There is also a lock button on the side of the phone that helps prevent accidental key presses when the handset is pocketed.

The widgets I mentioned earlier are easily dragged onto the main screen from a sidebar. There are lots of them, many connected. A Google search bar, AccuWeather, Facebook, MySpace, clock and calendar, shortcuts to music playback controls and the FM radio, to contacts and games. There is a birthdays reminder and even a download panel so you can get more widgets as time goes by.

One of the highlights of the Tocco Ultra S8300 is its 8-megapixel main camera. The lens hides under the slide until needed and is accompanied by a double LED flash and self-portrait mirror.

There was some shutter lag, which meant that images could easily be blurred if you move the camera while taking a photo, and it made framing action shots a little trickier too.

The camera does have some nice features, though. Geotagging, anti-shake control and blink detection are present. And the macro mode is superb. The flowers were photographed at a distance of about 10cm and colour reproduction and detailing are both excellent. The chair has a good level of detail and the coloured dish, photographed indoors under normal household lights, has good colour reproduction.

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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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