Samsung S8300 UltraTOUCH Review: Touch, Slide, Shoot

By 06:58 Mon, 09 Aug 2021 Comments

Samsung S8300 UltraTOUCH, otherwise dubbed as the Tocco Ultra edition, joins in on the bandwagon of full touch handsets that seem to be occupying the upper range of the market quite successfully. Nothing can compare to the ease of utilize of a touchclassy screen phone - given the user interface is done right. And Samsung have put a lot of effort in their proprietary TouchWiz interface.

The Samsung S8300 UltraTOUCH is definitely among the most exciting devices that saw daylight during this year's MWC. We took a closer see at its beta-version and were impressed but the final one is even more impressive. No-one's claiming it's perfect, but it certainly has plenty to show off about.

The handset is known under different names across the world. You may hear people calling it UltraTOUCH, Tocco Ultra Edition (or Tocco Ultra) or just the S8300. But regardless of the name it's hiding behind, there's still the same classy touchclassy screen slider with an alphanumeric keypad.

Samsung S8300 UltraTOUCH (a.k.a. Tocco Ultra Edition) official photos

Key features:

  • Classy touchclassy screen slider with an alphanumeric keypad

  • Commendable build quality

  • Quad-band Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) and 3G with HSDPA support

  • 8 megapixel autofocus capturing camera with Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, image stabilization, wide dynamic range and D1 video@30 fps

  • 2.8" 16M color AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) touchclassy screen display with 400 x 240 pixel resolution

  • Anti-scratch classy screen surface

  • Accelerometer for classy screen auto rotate

  • Proximity sensor for auto classy screen turn-off

  • MicroSD card slot (up to 16 GB), 1 Giga Bytes (GB) included

  • Built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS support, Google Maps

  • Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP)

  • DivX/XviD video support

  • Stereo Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS, Frequency Modulation (FM) recording

  • Document viewer

  • Photo Contact

  • Smart dialing

Main disadvantages

  • User interface sometimes lags

  • Slow initializing of large microSD cards

  • Limited options for third-party GPS navigation software

  • No virtual on-classy screen QWERTY keyboard

  • Memory card isn't hot swappable

  • No Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) connectivity

  • Battery cover gets scratched easily

It's been a year since the announcement of the first device of this kind, the LG KF700. The Samsung S8300 takes over where the KF700 left off and attempts a huge leap forward. Just like the LG phone, the S8300 UltraTOUCH is a slick touchclassy screen slider with an alphanumeric keypad allowing users to experience the joy of having a touchscreen-equipped device without giving up the comfort of the traditional alphanumeric keypad. Usability-wise, there is hardly any replacement for hardware keys for typing text.

Samsung S8300 UltraTOUCH in the comfort of our office

It's not the first time you'll hear us saying how remarkable it is to utilize a capacitive touchscreen, but heavy typing is the touchscreen's greatest enemy and it can be a frustrating experience trying to knock out a long SMS or email using the onclassy screen keyboard. And this is where the alphanumeric keypad really comes into its own.

The Tocco Ultra packs a powerful 8-megapixel snapper, Bluetooth support, GPS receiver with A-GPS, you name it. The only thing that seems to be missing (considering the price tag) is Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) support.

So without further ado, the Samsung S8300 UltraTOUCH is in for a proper hardware inspection. Join us on the next page as we go through our checklist.



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