The Samsung Tocco Ultra and the Samsung Omnia HD are the latest entrants in Samsung’s line up of touch screen smart phones.
The Tocco Ultra also known as the S8300 has a lot of panache and slickness. Tantalizingly slim, the sturdy red and silver chassis of the phone is eye-catching and gives a nice solid feel. The Samsung Omnia HD on the other hand is more prosaic in its silky black encasing with an aerodynamic appearance and curved ends.
The Samsung Tocco Ultra is a slider phone with a slide in keypad. The i8910 Omnia HD is candy bar shaped tablet phone. Unlike the Tocco Ultra which has both a virtual key pad enabled touch screen and a physical input keypad, the i8910 HD proffers only tactile input. The Samsung S8300 is more petite than the Samsung Omnia HD and fits into the palm more comfortably.
The Samsung Tocco Ultra uses the TouchWiz interface which has fascinating animations and vibrantly colorful icons. The interface supports a widgets screen that can display up to 7 widgets at a time. However the interface at times becomes sluggish. The Omnia HD uses a Symbian S60 software coalesced with Samsung’s Touch Wiz interface and widgets. Its touch screen uses capacitive technology and is more responsive than the screen of the Tocco Ultra.
The Samsung Omnia HD has better multimedia capabilities than the S8300. The Tocco Ultra has an 8 Mega pixel camera with auto focus, face and smile detection features and an LED photo flash. The Samsung i8910 has an 8 Mega pixel camera, located in the rear, enabled with auto focus and face detection, smile detection feature and a single LED flash. In addition it has the business card recognition and geo tagging attributes.
The Samsung Omnia HD can record 720p HD video at a speed of 24 frames per second. The Tocco Ultra has an ordinary video recording capability. Both phones have secondary video call cameras.
The Samsung i8910’s audio player supports audio file formats like MP3. The music player in the S8300 supports audio formats like AAC and WMA apart from MP3. However one of the prominent failings of the Samsung Tocco Ultra is that it is devoid of the 3.5mm audio jack for headphones. You will have to use the bundled adapter for mini USB instead. The 3.5mm audio jack is present in the Omnia HD. Both phones have Bluetooth connectivity.
The Samsung i8910 also has superior internet browsing mettle. Armed with a 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, a 5.6Mbps HSUPA, Wi Fi technology, a congenial browser and wide 3.7 inch screen the phone provides propitious internet experience. On the other hand the S8300 browser struggles to make web pages readable on its small 2.7 inch screen as it does not have a zoom aspect.