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Samsung UltraTOUCH Preview

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Our Samsung UltraTOUCH S8300 Review is now published - click here to read it.

Home screen - Samsung UltraTOUCH Preview
Main menu - Samsung UltraTOUCH Preview

Home screen

Main menu

Interface, Phonebook and Organizer:

The UltraTOUCH uses the latest version of Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, coming together with a widget sidebar, but more on the drag-and-drop mini-apps later. Directly from the home screen you can call up the phonebook, as well as the main menu through the icons in the lower end, but keep in mind that the main menu can also be accessed by sliding a finger to the left. Sliding a finger to the right will take you to the photo contacts screen, which allows you to store shortcuts to your favorite ones.

The phonebook of the UltraTOUCH, features a drop-down menu with three options: Contacts, Groups and Favorites. Below the drop-down menu you’ll find a search field which, if the phone is closed, will bring up the on-screen numeric keypad, the keys of which are big enough and easy to use. The manufacturer has also provided the phone with one really smart feature – fake call. To some of you, this may seem like something useless, but it might actually prove invaluable  in case you want to avoid a boring conversation or the presence of someone you do not like. Just hold the volume down button and your phone will simulate an incoming call.


Samsung UltraTOUCH Preview
Fake call - Samsung UltraTOUCH Preview
Samsung UltraTOUCH Preview
Organiser - Samsung UltraTOUCH Preview
 

Fake call

 

Organiser


In order to gain access to the organizer tools we have to navigate to the main menu. Do not expect something truly exciting here; as usual Samsung has taken care to include everything that may eventually come in handy: a calendar, memos, tasks, world clock, calculator and a unit convertor. Apart from these, in the applications menu you will also find a voice recorder, timer and stopwatch.


Widgets and Entertainment:

Enough of the boring stuff, let’s take a quick look through what Samsung’s finest has to offer in this aspect. Everyone knows that widgets are cool, but in most cases there are just a few of them. It looks like the Korean manufacturer has done its best and we cannot complain of a lack here.  Most of them aren’t very original and are actually shortcuts to different functions of the phone, but this applies only to the preloaded ones.   We now have a special new widget, the purpose of which is to allow you to download more widgets! We truly hope that by the time of UltraTOUCH’s release we will already have a rich catalogue of widgets (preferably free ones).


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Widgets - Samsung UltraTOUCH Preview
Music player - Samsung UltraTOUCH Preview
FM radio - Samsung UltraTOUCH Preview
 

Widgets

Music player

FM radio


In terms of entertainment, the new handset offers the standard stuff. Its music player makes a good use of the touchscreen. Being fully optimized for use with fingers, it has large, easy to press buttons and an equalizer with quite a few presets.  In case you’re tired of listening to the same old song, you can rely on the FM radio, which also looks really nice and fresh, or you can even watch full-length movies thanks to the DivX and Xvid support.

Camera and GPS:

We have already mentioned that this headline phone is a real camera powerhouse, utilizing an 8-megapixel sensor with autofocus. The goodies for the photographers, however, do not end here, as the UltraTOUCH’s camera interface also has some advanced options, including exposure control, white balance, effects, ISO, Anti-Shake function and Wide Dynamic Range. Video recording is also present at a maximum of VGA resolution, not HD one as in the new OMNIA.  

Samsung UltraTOUCH Preview
Samsung UltraTOUCH Preview
Camera interface - Samsung UltraTOUCH Preview
Camera interface - Samsung UltraTOUCH Preview

Camera interface


Google Maps - Samsung UltraTOUCH Preview
Google Maps - Samsung UltraTOUCH Preview

Google Maps

The UltraTOUCH will come in two versions: with GPS and non-GPS package. The former will include a GPS license and a special GPS interface submenu, along with a Route66 PC Sync CD, 1GB microSD card, preloaded with maps, and a Navigation Quick Start Guide. On the other hand, the non-GPS package will not include a license, but will have a Google Maps submenu.


Expectations:

As a whole, we enjoyed our experience with the UltraTOUCH. No matter how functional a phone is, appearance is what always counts, and in this aspect, the UltraTOUCH scores high. However, we aren’t fully convinced that the slider is handy enough to use, since it lacks a protruding edge (unlike the Soul), which usually allows you to move it upwards and downwards more easily. On the other hand, the device has been designed for a touchscreen use, so you won’t need to open it too often. Using the touchscreen is fairly pleasant. It has a nice vibration feedback, but the interface is still quite buggy at this point and we certainly hope that everything will be fixed by the time of its release.




Our Samsung UltraTOUCH S8300 Review is now published - click here to read it.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Dadler22 (Posts: 161; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


I was excited about this, but without US 3G bands its not of my interest. to bad because it looks like a sweet phone, all touch screens need some buttons, its just common sense. damn iphone

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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (167 ppi) AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Size4.33 x 2.03 x 0.50 inches
(110 x 51.5 x 12.7 mm)
4.16 oz  (118 g)
Battery880 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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