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Samsung U300 Ultra 9.6 Review

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Camera :

The phone packs 3.2-megapixel camera on the top of the front shell, so you can save the memory in a picture with large resolution. The interface is like the one of the U100, but in portrait orientation instead of landscape. We like that one can manually set the ISO, and we chose the minimum value - ISO 100.

Camera interface - Samsung U300 Ultra 9.6 Review
Camera interface - Samsung U300 Ultra 9.6 Review
Camera interface - Samsung U300 Ultra 9.6 Review
Camera interface - Samsung U300 Ultra 9.6 Review
Camera interface - Samsung U300 Ultra 9.6 Review

Camera interface


The images are not a miracle, but could do the job. Best results are obtained outdoors in strong light, but even in this case there are problems with the white balance (the colors often have purple dominating) and noise which greatly reduces the detail quality. The photos are sharp, which helps to easily see some artifacts due to the noise, when you preview them in full size.

Samsung U300 Ultra 9.6 Review
Samsung U300 Ultra 9.6 Review
Samsung U300 Ultra 9.6 Review
Samsung U300 Ultra 9.6 Review
Outdoor images - Samsung U300 Ultra 9.6 Review
Outdoor images - Samsung U300 Ultra 9.6 Review
Outdoor images - Samsung U300 Ultra 9.6 Review
Outdoor images - Samsung U300 Ultra 9.6 Review

Outdoor images

Strong light - Indoor images - Samsung U300 Ultra 9.6 Review
Medium light - Indoor images - Samsung U300 Ultra 9.6 Review
Low light - Indoor images - Samsung U300 Ultra 9.6 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Indoor images


The camcorder is also has the same options as the U100’s, and the biggest resolutions it offers are CIF (352x288) and QVGA (320x240), which is large enough for posting the video on the internet. The time limit is set only by the available memory. Its videos also has problems with the color representation, but are usable on the web.

Samsung U300 sample video at 352x288 pixels resolution
* Note that due to codecs support, you may not be able to play the file.


Music Player:


The music player is another thing, identical to the U100. It is absolutely the same, but this one is in portrait mode, like the U700. Still, there are some minor differences with the U700. One can browse the library filtering by the following criteria: all/recently played/most played/artists/genres/albums/composers/playlists like on most modern advanced music players found on phones and other pocket devices. Creating playlists on the phone itself is easy and it is not a problem to re-arrange the songs in it.

During a playback the interface is almost exactly the same as the on of the U700, but optimised for landscape display. On the top is displayed the album cover and below follow the file name, the Artist, rating, settings , duration and keys function. In the menus you can rate the track, set the repeat/shuffle on or off and use options like Equaliser (Normal/Classical/Jazz/Rock) and 3D sound. The last two are missing in the U700.

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Display240 x 320 pixels TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Size3.93 x 2.00 x 0.37 inches
(100 x 51 x 9.6 mm)
3.28 oz  (93 g)
Battery690 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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