Design and handling Unusually for a recent touchscreen phone, this isn't a run-of-the-mill iPhone-alike design. Google Maps isn't as good as you'll find on other phones, as it was slow, sluggish and devoid of haptic feedback, meaning it was hard to know if you'd pressed something. The radio is well implemented too, and unusually for a phone, you can record straight from it to play back later - a nice touch. Buyers looking for -style customisation may also prefer something with more application-upgrade flexibility. As usual on Samsung's handsets, Google Maps, Mail and Search is built right in, although the Mail option only takes you to the mobile site. The 30 fps video recording captures video without a blur and even of fast moving objects.
It's easy to do see our related article here for more details. The length of the phone measures 139 mm with the slide-keyboard open, and only 110 mm with it closed. We'd have liked to have seen this high-speed connectivity present, as is the case on other high-end touchscreen models, particularly as the Tocco Ultra Edition has a decent amount of connected apps and links to online services which could benefit from alternative connectivity. Once there, you can use the key functions quickly and easily any time you want from standby with a tap of your finger. In reality with our typical usage we got a couple of days use with moderate feature playing. Samsung has gradually been improving its touchscreen interface, and this version of TouchWiz works effectively in most cases, offering functional - and sensible - ways to do the business in the menu system. Downloading the client wasn't too hard, and was easily accessible through the widget screen, as well as being able to run in the background to check for mail updates, so the Tocco Ultra Edition got a big tick for that category.
The user interface is fine, not tricksy but attractive enough, and functional with touch controls and timeline dragging options. The Tocco Ultra Edition supports an upgraded version of Widgets on the home screen - mini apps that can be used to open a bunch of onboard functions plus a selection of neat web-based applications. This phone has a battery life up to four hours and around 350 hours standby. The concept is a breeze to operate and works effectively enough for users to experiment comfortably with it; changes can be made quickly and easily with a couple of finger taps in an intuitive, uncomplicated way. The longer battery life lets you connected even when your battery is low. Its 8-megapixel camera beefs up the photo firepower from the Tocco's 5-megapixel shooter, with a hefty bunch of shooting features for both stills and video imaging. If you have this phone, you will no longer be confronted with signals of low battery every time you make that long call.
This can be easily uploaded too. Engaging a Smile Shot option sets the camera to capture images only when a smile is detected, while Blink Detection option helps avoid shut eyes in snaps. Overall though, the touchsreen control experience is good and very usable. The software is quite neatly configured for this handset, providing the usual Google Maps services - mapping, satellite imaging, route finding, address look up plus searching for businesses, places of interest, services, and so on. Type in the search word and press the magnifying glass. Crank that feature-playing up, and you may be reaching for the charger every day. Search results appear, which you can scroll through using the arrows as before Figure 8.
Nonetheless, Samsung has produced a very attractive touchscreen phone that's high on tap-control usability and good on gadgetry - not least with its high quality camera. It also has a built in microphone and loud speaker. You can scroll up or down this list by pressing the arrowed up or down keys at the bottom of the More Widget panel Figure 6. Take a look at our photos to see if you think hooded ruffians would consider the Tocco Ultra worth nicking. The silder numberpad comes into its own when texting. Music player Tune playing is another area where the Tocco Ultra Edition puts in a strong showing. It makes it more of a conventional phone experience, whereas for plenty of touchscreen phones messaging has been a problematic experience.
Basically you record a message to yourself, and by holding the down key in standby mode the phone would call you and play back the message. When you move onto the camera functions of the Samsung Tocco Ultra Edition the device really starts showing off what it does better than pretty much any other cameraphone on the market. We found our reference Sennheisers gave sound quality another boost. Software The software itself has been given a massive overhaul, and looks and works fabulously. You can also swipe crossways to pull up the menu and favourite contacts. Image quality is top-class for a mobile, with excellent detail and precision in shots, plus vibrant but natural colour rendition.
The camera supports auto focusing, along with face detection, which for a long time, was limited only to being present in high end digital cameras. If you carry a Samsung S8300 Ultra Tocco you will never miss a shot, never let a precious moment go by. Stereo is supported for wireless earphones or speakers, and there is the obligatory speakerphone playback, too, though the latter is a typically low-grade listening option. The pay monthly Samsung S8300 Tocco Ultra is the first Samsung phone to feature both a slide mechanism as well as a classic 4 x 3 button keypad, the overall external design is similar to the Samsung U600 and U700 with slim dimensions and the touch screen facility mirrors that of the Samsung Pixon phone. Despite the slider numberpad, there are a few issues about texting controls we'd like to see improved, and we'd have liked to have seen Wi-Fi in this Tocco upgrade.
Among the organiser applications and other tools is Samsung's novel Fake Call. But it also hits the mark with great sound quality. The Red edition Samsung Tocco Ultra difefres nly fro the Blue edition in the colouring of its slide out keypad and the slim accents that run around the exterior brushed metal effect surface of the exterior housing of the phone. Modem One of the best features is it allows your Samsung to work as a mobile modem, something that your network might not be too happy with but it should be fine if you keep nice and quiet. When you answer, the message plays to create the illusion that someone knows where you are. So, if you are thinking to grab one, you are thinking right! Tapping the icons pulls the icons on to the main screen, where they remain until you drag them back into the toolbar. This will allow you to keep all the albums and documents stored in it, without compromising on the running speed of the phone.