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Samsung Tocco Ultra S8300 - Samsung Tocco Ultra S8300

By Sandra Vogel



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Battery life left me a little underwhelmed. The original Tocco got close to eleven hours of music playback from a full battery charge, then continued to remain alive lasting a total of over 15 and a half hours. The Tocco Ultra didn't get anywhere near that. I got five hours 39 minutes of music playback and a total life of eight hours five minutes. That's disappointing and I found I wanted to top the phone up every day just to be on the safe side.

Also disappointing is the headset connector; it's not 3.5mm. Instead, it shares the main power port. At least the provided headset is two-piece so you can use your own earphones in place of Samsung's in-ear ones. And another plus is that you can record from the FM radio. That's a rare feature indeed, easily accessed from the radio's More softkey.

Memory is limited for such a high-end handset. There is 75MB on board and Samsung chooses to supply just a 1GB microSD card. The slot is under the battery cover and you need to remove the battery to get to it, which isn't exactly convenient.

Other software not already mentioned includes Bluetooth, video recording and editing, voice recorder, timer, stopwatch, RSS reader, Google maps, mobile email, calendar, memo maker, task manager, world clock, calculator, unit converter, (or, as the handset has it, 'convertor'), and alarms.


As the flagship 2009 handset from Samsung, I expected the Tocco Ultra S8300 to be something really special. In some respects, I got it. The superb screen, fine build quality and number-pad/touchscreen combi are all big plus points. But there are a fair few niggles here too, and I expect other handsets to outshine it as the year progresses.

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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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