Samsung U300 Ultra 9.6 ReviewSamsung SGH-U300 Ultra 9.6 6.9
The Software found on the U300 is also very similar to the other models, of course coming with its personalizations. The home screen houses the standard information, and the only thing worth mentioning is the animated background that can be applied using the preloaded theme. The main menu is visualized as either 3x4 grid of list, in either black or white colors. As on the U100 and U700, it remembers the lastly used options and points it when it is opened. The same goes for the sub-menus, which are displayed as list with sub-lists when there are options.
The Phonebook holds up to 1000 contacts and we are not happy that this phone uses the system like the U100 and not like the U700. Each contact can have 5 (predefined) types of numbers, personal ringer, image and note. In the U700 you can add additional fields, like in Symbian S60 operating system, which is way better. Browsing the saved contacts is done in vertical lists and the search is limited to by the first name only.
The organizer is exactly the same as the one of the U100. The calendar can be displayed in month/week/day view, you can set the start day of the week and the default view mode. With a few steps one can add an appointment/anniversary or task to a day. The Tasks are not a separate item in the Applications menu on this phone. Here like in the U700, you can find the World Clock, Calculator (but without scientific options), Unit Converter, Timer, Stopwatch and Memos. The latter don't have stupid limit of 100 characters as it is with the U700, but 10 times more - 1000.
voice recorder which can record notes up to 1 hour. We played the test memo immediately and noticed that the voices are very quiet even from minimal distance, which makes the recorder not good. The most interesting applications in this menu the ones we will explain below:
Smart Search is application that can search through: the whole phone/menu/my files/messages/calendar/games/phonebook/log/. This reminds us of the search application found in Nokia's Enterprise phones (E-series) and on Windows Mobile Pocket PC phones. Unfortunately it doesn't search through the messages' text.
The Image Editor has color effects, filters, and other tools to manipulate an image directly on the phone.
Image Stamp should be able to put logo over your images - puts the one image as a stamp to the other.
The slim phone comes with a few megabytes of built in memory, which is the main limitation for using it as a music player. The 70MBs built-in memory is shared between images, files, videos and songs, so you won't be able to store a whole album even in MP3 format, if you have some videos or images saved. It is strange that microSD slot for memory expansion is lacking. We may look the other way if the phone has 512MB or more, as the new Motorola RAZR2 V8, but that is not the case with the U300.
Samsung U300 Ultra 9.6 Review - Interface, Phonebook, Organizer