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Samsung SGH-F480 Review

Samsung SGH-F480

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Samsung SGH-F480 Review
This is an unlocked GSM phone which can operate in the
 US on AT&T (without 3G) and T-Mobile (without 3G).

Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review

The first Samsung non-smart phones with a large touch screen were based on the Croix interface. It had a ton of drawbacks – monochrome, ugly and not very user-friendly.

Apparently, the manufacturer has decided to fix that and has developed new software, called TouchWiz. Its debut was in the F480, which is the subject of our review. This is a high-end device with a very attractive appearance, equipped with a 2.8” display, a 5-megapixel camera and HDSPA 7.2Mbps support.

The package contains:
  • Samsung SGH-F480
  • Metal lid
  • Leather lid, covering the front
  • 2 user’s manuals, brochure
  • Warrant
  • CD with software
  • Handsfree
  • Data cable
  • Charger

There are two options for the battery lid – with and without a leather protector for the front side. Thanks to it you can avoid scratching and contaminating the screen, but at the same time, it will prevent you from using the phone with ease (especially when making calls). We are not happy that a stylish case is not included in the package, since we think it would have done a better job and could have been made to fit the design of the device.

Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review

In some parts of Europe the phone is known as Tocco (means “touch” in Italian), but since this alias is not used around the World, we won’t emphasize on it in our review.


At first sight, the most impressive features Samsung F480 has are its compact size (3.9 x 2.2 x 0.5 inches (98 x 55 x 11.5 mm)) and the brushed metal, covering most of its body. The weight of 3.5 oz (101 g) is justified by the materials, which adds a nice feeling for solidness and dependability.

Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review

Samsung SGH-F480 Review

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Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Most of the front is taken by the 2.8” touch display, supporting a resolution of 240х320 pixels and 262k colors. It reacts only when touched by fingers (every touch can be accompanied by a sound and/or vibration), which is inconvenient when wearing gloves. Luckily, it has a great sensitivity, although a step behind the leader in this aspect – iPhone. The screen offers quite good colors, but there’s more to ask detail-wise. The same goes for using the phone in direct sunlight; it is usable, but the mirror-like effect prevents the user from seeing clearly.

Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Over the display, we have the video calling camera and the speaker, and under it are located the reject/accept buttons and one, activating the shortcut menu. They are all very user-friendly with the only thing being problematic is the lack of a clearly felt stroke when pressed.

There are only three more buttons to be found on the body – the volume rocker, for locking and the camera dedicated one. They are located respectively on the left (next to the microSD card slot), upper and right side (where is the charger/data cable/handsfree connector). The “hold” button is the only problematic one, assigned to lock/unlock the device. The trouble comes from its small size and the unpleasant pressing experience.

Left Side - Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Upper Side - Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Right Side - Samsung SGH-F480 Review

Left Side

Upper Side

Right Side

Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review
On the back of the phone is located the 5-megapixel camera with LED flash. As we’ve already mentioned, there are two options for the battery lid, but the metal one fits the overall look of the phone much better. Unfortunately, it will not protect the F480 from dust and fingerprints.

As a whole, Samsung F480 is one very attractive phone and it will surely draw people’s attention. Its clear design resembles the top fashion models – PRADA and Giorgio Armani.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. (unregistered)

"Overall, the phone is suitable for watching quality videos, which is totally unacceptable for such a high-end device." "Unsuitable" I guess =) Great review though, thanks.

posted on 25 Jun 2008, 14:25

3. (unregistered)

Lol I was just about to ask about this.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 01:11

8. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)

Thank you!

posted on 25 Jun 2008, 13:51

2. (unregistered)

Wow, thankyou, first review that has actually looked at all the features and weighed up properly the pros and cons, will not be getting this phone now on the back of this review :)

posted on 25 Jun 2008, 14:26

4. (unregistered)

As, this phone is quite dissapointing. I expected a lot but...... I guess for now, LG still makes better touchscreen phones?

posted on 25 Jun 2008, 17:33

5. (unregistered)

this reviewer seems to be some samsung hater. he got the price wrong. it costs around 550-600, NOT 900USD. dunno where you buy your phones from. both mobile-review and gsmarena gave the phone favorable reviews.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 02:25

9. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)

Prices are decreasing by the minute; we've updated the review to match the current one, yet this is a high price tag for such a phone.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 07:08

12. (unregistered)

no..it was like this price for about a week and a half. you guys need to spend more time on your reviews. it started around 880.00USD when it first released in beginning of june.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 08:50

14. (unregistered)

Well that is still basically 900 dollars, the starting price is also important as it is what the manufacturer thinks of what is needs to be priced at, or what it's originally worth.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 10:28

16. (unregistered)

let me rephrase that. it started around 880.00USD on EBAY. price was made by the seller, not the manufacturer.

posted on 27 Jun 2008, 11:39

23. (unregistered)

oh.... that makes a huge difference, then

posted on 25 Jun 2008, 19:06

6. (unregistered)

lol they give armani phone 9 and this 6.5. and f480 is everything better than armani. totally do not comprehend phonearena's rating system.

posted on 25 Jun 2008, 21:15

7. (unregistered)

Ya, I thought that the Armani got it's high rating because it is a fashin phone, but so is the F480 so I don't get how they rated these?

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 02:40

10. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)

When you get an Armani, it's almost all about the look. When you get a phone called "SGH-F480", you expect it to perform as well as the touch-screen competition. When it sounds bad and doesn't have good features (except the camera), it is not a 9/10 device.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 07:07

11. (unregistered)

LOL. "all about the look." because of name branding. hilarious...so as long as there's a fancy name slapped to it, you don't mind the sucky croix UI, heavily underpowered, ridiculously overpriced, no 3g, complete mess of a phone? LOL. try again. pathetic guys. just pathetic.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 07:14

13. (unregistered)

Yea. I agree to this. The F480 boasts so much more features (3g, 5mp camera, larger screen, a true web browser, larger battery, complete overhaul of touch interface, FM radio, etc) compared to the Armani phone, and it still has an amazing "look." A total upgrade in all senses. This review was only good for the pictures... no joke.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 08:52

15. (unregistered)

The F480 still has a name.... or rather a couple. What happened to "Tocco" and "TouchWiz"?

posted on 12 May 2009, 08:40

33. radystar (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 May 2009)

you are a total liers.....i have this phone for about 4 months and ANYTHING what you written about this phone isn't true....the sound is great....the camera is much better...there is no lag while scrolling throw the menus...one thing is true..the poor flash...i don't trust you anymore....very bad site.....you are very pathetic....and WHAT??????????? the TOUCH WIZ is not very conmfortable to use???????????????????????????/ you're mental.........

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 12:29

17. damo110011 (unregistered)

I have a tocco I love the phone but I admit camera is awfull on it waiting for i900 looks superb

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 16:03

18. (unregistered)

Average Joe: "To expensive and inconvenient for me." Average Joe needs to learn how to spell. lol. It's really interesting how much reviews can differ. Other sites said the sound quality was AT LEAST decent and not horrible. Furthermore, the I don't recall other sites saying the interface was buggy. Hopefully it's just the unit that Phonearena reviewed. And also, the phone price is starting to fall to $5xx now right?

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 21:44

19. (unregistered)

yes. and ~550 is a VERY good price for the phone.

posted on 27 Jun 2008, 01:35

20. (unregistered)

yeah after 1 year the price will be ~300... and THAT's A VERY GOOD price for the phone

posted on 27 Jun 2008, 08:11

21. (unregistered)

lol after one year..i'm sure theres gonna be a lot of other phones released

posted on 27 Jun 2008, 11:37

22. (unregistered)

Yeah, and also the iPhone and Touch Diamond are around the same price, if not more expensive yet they both got very high for the Average Joe rating??

posted on 28 Jun 2008, 01:39

24. (unregistered)

that was sarcasm

posted on 28 Jun 2008, 12:19

25. (unregistered)

I was just making a comment that prices are starting to fall. It's about 495 on plemix, I believe. By American standards yes it is quite expensive. But people got to remember that without provider's subsidy on the phone, even average basic phone costs around 2xx already no? If Average Joe just have enough buying sense, instead of signing up for a contract for 2 years and get some shitty phones, they can go to independent sellers and get better phones at a reduced price as well. I'm just saying that there is more than ONE way to purchase a phone. PLUS my only real comment was that they misspelled AND 550 IS NOT expensive for a touted FASHION phone. Yes, it doesn't have the "Armani" branding attached to it, but using that definition Nokia "7xxx" series are not fashion devices either, and so aren't "8xxx" series.

posted on 05 Jul 2008, 15:31

26. (unregistered)

7xxx is fashion device and 8xxx is luxury series

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 09:35

27. Vuja021 (unregistered)

Hi .. You talk to much! Phone is GREAT... If you wont great pictures by cam! It is a only phone! You answer , you call ... send sms mms ... do you need more ..Great looking.. thats all I need.. touchscreen not great but its work when you using more time

posted on 01 Aug 2008, 13:42

28. (unregistered)

I'm curious who sponsores this site: Nokia...or Apple?....the review is so much anti-Samsung oriented...much more than needed, so it sucks!!

posted on 12 May 2009, 08:43

34. radystar (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 May 2009)

yeah you're right...the only phones that have good reviews are the nokia and the apple...and the rest....

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PhoneArena rating:
Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Size3.85 x 2.16 x 0.45 inches
(98 x 55 x 11.5 mm)
3.54 oz  (101 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 3 hours talk time

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