Samsung S300 Review
Review: July 2003. Updated February 2005.
The Samsung S300 is one of the smallest, lightest, clamshell design
phones ever. Yet its sleek, stylish design comes with an big array of
- 40 voice polyphonic ringtones for high quality sound.
- Dual colour displays, inside and outside, a first from Samsung Mobile.
The internal display has 65,000 colours with crystal clear picture
- Downloadable Java games, making full use of the S300's colour display,
40-voice audio and vibrate feature.
- Tri-band capability, making the Samsung S300 a world phone, usable
Samsung excelled themselves with the S300, packing in every imaginable
feature into a great design. Of course, its an old phone now. Check
out the Samsung X460 for a newer option.
The key features of the Samsung S300 are:
- 65000 internal colour screen (128 x 128 pixels)
- 256 colour external screen for instant call identification
- 40 voice polyphonic ringtones for the highest quality polyphonic
sound yet (45 ringtones supplied with phone)
- Capacity for 30 additional downloadable ringtones
- Stylish folder design with dual screen technology
- Exciting games in colour with vibrate and 40 bit polyphonic sound
- Downloadable Java games & applications
- WAP 1.2
- Personal organiser
- Caller display
- Predictive text
- Picture messaging
- Can receive MMS messages
- Voice dialling
- Voice memo
- Tri-band (900/1800/1900)
- Size: 80 x 40 x 20 mm
- Weight: 70g
- Battery standby: 300 hours
- Battery talktime: 4 hours
- Vibration alert
- Tri band
Samsung S300 User Reviews
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Average rating from 101 reviews:
Reviewed by Stacey from USA on 21st Apr 2013
the 2 screens are very nice, great little phone, shocked about the phone
now having snake on it, I have never seen these two new games but they
are really fun!
Reviewed by Amy from UK on 13th Jan 2005
very nice to use, tidy little phone, great if thats all you're after,
texting is easy once you get used to it.
Reviewed by Amy from UK on 5th Jan 2005
it's very small, easy to use and looks good, as far as texting goes
it was a nightmare at first but is sweet now im used to it, if you want
a no frills dinky phone this is great. Fat fingers need not apply!
Reviewed by Jenna from UK on 14th Dec 2004
This phone overall ain't bad, however on full volume, I can't even hear
it ring, so I end up getting more missed calls than recieved ones. If
Samsung improved something as little as the volume of the ringtones,
I would give the phone 4/5 star rating
Reviewed by MANS from SINGAPORE on 8th Dec 2004
This was the worst phone. I have to give it a thumps up for its sleak
design. But the flaws can easily overwrite this.I don know who was the
genious who came up with that awful T9 function. The polyphonic ringtones
are hardly audible. No camera, no FM, no bluetooth. Yet it cost a bomb.
Reviewed by JAREK from ENGLAND on 5th Dec 2004
IT IS A VERY GOOD PHONE PROBEBLY THE BEST IN THE WORLD AND I WOULD RECOMEND
IT TO ANYBODY ITS A REALY COOL PHONE
Reviewed by Carla from England on 17th Nov 2004
This fone is great! i have had no problems wiv it. ive had it a year
n never had a problem its the best fone by far that ive eva had! im
gettin the new samsung p510 next week! hopefully it will be as good
as this 1!!!
Reviewed by syed from uk on 30th Oct 2004
if you seen the t100 this is nearly the same. if you own a t100 DO NOT
BUY. it has dual colour screen poly ringtones and java games. but no
camera. get yourself a camera phone instead of this.
Reviewed by Andy from Scotland on 23rd Oct 2004
i don't know what all of you are talking about. i have had my phone
for a year and it has been the best phone i have ever had in my life..
Txting is very easy((t9)) the ringtones are great.. And my phone has
never Froze,, Turned off or deleted my messages are you sure its the
S300 you are all rating.. I agree that it should have a camera for the
price of it but its still a very good phone., If any of you people are
looking for a small brilliant looking phone the samsung S300 is the
phone for you.. you are right the phone should have bluetooth©
but apart from that the phone is great.....
Reviewed by - from UK on 2nd Oct 2004
its a nice phone but can be anoying somtimes!!! if u like the look of
this phone i think u should get the new Samsung E600 as its like this
phone but it has built in camra!!! and its really small !! som1 once
said 2 me its like a s300 on stariods lol
Reviewed by Wayne Davison from UK on 1st Oct 2004
Worst phone I've ever had . Looks good , is small and fits happily anywhere
- especially the repair shop where it's spent 6 months of my 12 month
contract . Samsung aren't interested so customer service is poor . Would
give it 0 stars but this site won't let me .
Reviewed by Andrew from United Kingdom on 18th
I have now had my samsung S300 for nearly a year now and i can say it
has been one of the best phones ive ever hard. The Buttons are easy
to use there are amazsing games and excellent ringtones,, Unfortunately
the problem with my phone is that sometimes it crashes out for like
a few seconds. but then its cool again.. The T9 on the TXT is amazing
it knows everything. Well i am getting the new Samsung E820 soon but
if you are thinking of getting the samsung s300 i totally reccomend
it .. It has been a pleasure having it for the past year
Reviewed by Henk from the Netherlands on 10th
I've been using mine for 14 months. It's broken now (of course the warranty
period just passed); It resets at unpredictable moments. I don't know
the cause; It didn't fall, and it didn't get wet or anything. I love
the small size and the color displays, but I hate the non-intuitive
user interface. My next one will probably be a Nokia again. Drawbacks:
1. Mine broke down after 14 months without a clear reason. 2. SMS Text
typing is horrible because T9 uses uppercase characters only, and because
switching between T9/A/a/digits/symbols takes many keypresses. Also,
it seems to me that there are some other strange upper/lowercase bugs
in the software here. 3. Pressing a wrong key during text typing can
accidentally discard your typed message or send your (incomplete) message
(in case of writing an SMS reply) without any form of confirmation.
4. When browsing the phonelist and pressing 'dial' it sometimes diales
the last called number instead of the selected number. Maybe a software
bug?!? Dunno. 5. Only 1 or 2 of the default ringtones also use the vibration/trill
function. The others don't. 6. Polyphone tunes can be set very loud,
however don't expect that the same goes for the voice-volume during
a call. (But ok, it's loud enough for most situations.)
Reviewed by Amanda from Trinidad on 8th Sep 2004
This Samsung s300 is driving me nuts...I am not going to keep it.What's
with that t9!? Carefull your hand slips when writing a text message
or you'll lose everything...argh!Why,why,why did I buy this phone???
Reviewed by Earathien Lopez from Malaysia on 21st
i switched from samsung c100 to this s300 2 days ago.a little different
from c100, but still happy with it but i want to know how can i download
java games because when i go to menu funbox > downloads,only sounds
and pictures available.no games.unlike c100, there were preloaded games
bowling and midpman and i have no problem downloading any java games
i want.but this s300, no java games preloaded.i think thats the only
turn off about it.the rest-ringtone,appearance,texting,reception are
superb!if there is anyone knows how to solve my problem, hope can email
me at email@example.com .thanx!
Reviewed by sam from england on 17th Aug 2004
i want 2 buy this phone but can u turn off the t9 because i hate that
Reviewed by Laura from England on 29th Jul 2004
I thought this phone was pretty good! Too bad I lost mine though. It's
small so it can fit anywhere, but it has a lot more downsides than upsides.
Texting is really annoying takes you ages and you can't add new words.
The signal strengh is also poor. It doesn't have an FM radio either
and it cost like £270 and it doesn't even have a camera. Had to give
it three stars though cos I think it's a really cute and small looking
Reviewed by Kat from Wales on 21st Jul 2004
If you are looking for an uncomplicated stylish mobile then you should
definitely grab this. It doesn't boast a camera, FM radio or bluetooth
but is great if you just love to talk and text. Texting is simple, no
fiddling around. The buttons are smooth and easy. There are not too
many features, just the good basics with added style that you need.
I think the best feature about it is its appeal, it will fit anywhere
and feels like your baby! Its such a shame I lost mine :(
Reviewed by vikki from Collins on 19th Jul 2004
nice little phone that is easy on the eye however the looks are deceiving
as the faults way out the good points. 1.When I delete my msgs they
get sent back to me hours/days later. 2.Can rarely get a signal and
so can't hear my friends talking to me and vice versa. 3.predictive
text is rubbish, you can't even add new words! 4. Turns itself off on
regular intervals. 5. Battery runs low really quickly. Overall when
the negatives way out the positives the phone is not worth purchasing
unless you wish to be dissapointed. Buy the new E600 instead if u like
this it looks the same only it has a camera too!
Reviewed by Sophie from UK on 14th Jul 2004
HIya.. i think this phone is one of the best ones ive ever had, i mean
its small which fits anywhere, and everything on it that you will need!
Yeah u dnt get signal all the time.. but on other phones such as nokia's
they dont either, and what phone has great tunes on? You have to download
them an on this tiny phone you are able to do so. Messaging is really
easy to use and with the shortcut buttons even easier! Overall just
a great Phone!
Reviewed by charlie from uk on 9th Jul 2004
I have had this phone for nearly a year now and I have to agree with
a lot of the other reviewers. The phone looks great, is tiny so fits
anywhere but on the down side it was almost impossible to get assessories
for it back in Aug '03. No cases available, Samsung did not do a personal
handfree kit or in-car charger. The phone itself does have really bad
signal pick-up. I drive 20 miles to work between to major cities and
for 13 of those mile I cannot use the phone. I am just about to buy
a Motorola V600 but there are no reviews on it yet and you cannot believe
the hype put out buy the manufacturers or the suppliers, so if anyone
has got one out there stick a review on this site good/or bad. Ta!
Reviewed by Melanie from UK on 8th Jul 2004
The best phone i have ever had.... Was a dedicated Nokia fan, but this
beats any I have had. I have to say I have had no problems at all that
people have mentioned. A truly all round great phone. Only criticism,
Reviewed byCozza from UK on 26th Jun 2004
I've had my little fone for a year now and I have never had any problems
with poor signal. I've changed over to a nokia now but that's only cos
3 are doing much better deals than anyone else. The only reason I'm
not giving 5* is due to the slight difficulty with texting. You can
only get a comma when you press the 0 key 4 times when in capitals mode.
And when you're in small letter mode a button has to be pressed 4 times
just to get it into capital mode. Once you've done the comma u have
to press the button again to get back to small letters. So unnecessary!
Reviewed by sweet zombie jesus from uk on 25th
A good little no thrills phone which you don't notice is in your pocket
which i like :).Texting is easy with t9 and the battery life is excellent.
The ring volume could have been louder though.My friends all have Nokia
N-Gage's which are impressive and i would have gone for that if it wasn't
for the size of them.If you want a small mobile phone to be used for
phone calls only i'd recommend the s300 or Siemens sl55.
Reviewed by earl from philippines on 23rd May
stylish, small but questionable durability. dropped it once and the
external lcd wont turn on, customer service fixed it though with no
Reviewed by Jo from UK on 20th May 2004
I can't believe I have put up with this phone for as long as I have.
If you want to call anyone - forget it, you won't get any signal anywhere.
If you wanted to text anyone - set aside an hour to do one message.
If you want to receive messages - it will handily delete them for you
before you get to read them. If you want a ringtone that isn't embarrassing
- get another mobile entirely. And don't get me started on the battery
life...it's small and flashes pretty colours, and that's it really.
Bring on the Nokia.
Reviewed by Beth from Northern ireland on 11th
i've had this phone for a few weeks now...best phone I've ever had.
Never had a problem with signal. Took me a few days to get used to (im
used to Nokias) but I wouldn't go back.
Reviewed by Phil from France on 7th May 2004
I offered this phone to my wife who had a Motorola till now. She needed
a phone with large battery capacity. What a disapointment!!! The standard
battery last only 36 hours in full stanby mode (no call at all) and
the less capacity battery never reached 24 hours in stanby mode. On
their website, Samsung states that standard battery would last "up to"
150 hours. What is the "down to"??? Otherwise a nice little attractive
phone with great screen and nice tones.
Reviewed by Ben from England on 10th Apr 2004
Absolutely terrible phone, worst phone I've ever had. The list of problems
I had is endless - battery life, turning itself off, signal problems
etc. After having the phone just a week, I charged the phone overnight
then made a call for about 10mins during the following day. By the end
of that same day, the battery had completely gone and needed charging
again! 1 day (and a 10 minute call) is not good enough. Also a few weeks
later, I couldn't make/receive calls or send/receive texts even though
it showed I had full signal, network coverage and full battery. Tried
turning the phone off and back on, still didn't work so tried my sim
card in another phone and it worked perfectly okay. A few hours later
it decided to work again. Carried on doing this every few days so I
took it to be repaired and the fault was fixed but the battery life
was still terrible. Do not buy this phone.
Reviewed by Lori from England on 9th Mar 2004
I like this phone its very stylish however it doesn't hold many messages
compared to the model before it and you can't input new words into the
dictonary which i find very very annoying. The maximum volume of the
phone is also too quiet.
Reviewed by Mike Hadfield from England on 4th
IRRITATING! That sums up this phone in one word. It seems that i'm not
the only one with the following problems. 1)WEAK signal strength EVERYWHERE..
so irritating you can barely ever make calls. 2)My phone recieves text
messages up to 12 hours after they have been sent.. really not very
good at all. 3)Half the time the phone wont even recieve TXTS! The T9
dictionary is absolutely useless and makes texting irritating and complex.
I was told these are all software bugs and can get my phone fixed. Sent
off to 02.. got the phone back 2 weeks later and they have done NOTHING
to fix any problems. My sister has a samsung S100 and thats perfect,
slightly cheaper and not much difference. AVOID THIS PHONE! OR YOU WILL
Reviewed by Sahl from UK on 2nd Mar 2004
To the people who have a signal fault, is this something that can be
taken to a phone shop and be fixed? If so, have you had any more problems
after it has been fixed? How much did it cost? Some help would be appreciated.
Reviewed by Nick Robert from England on 21st Feb
Well i had this phone on contract, this phone was i thought brill for
the first month then the novelty worn off. Texting is poo, cant recieve
picture messages, and java games i wasted about £30 downloading game
and none worked. I have just upgraded 2 a nokia 7250i all i can say
is another quality phone from nokia i give it 5stars.
Reviewed by alice baker from uk on 20th Feb 2004
this phone is brill it is the best i ave cn in ages when i 1st bought
it i was over da moon and it was so good my mum bought 1 2 and i would
recomend it to any1 and thats a promise c u l8a luv ali
Reviewed by Sal from UK on 18th Feb 2004
This phone has a signal fault (hence 1 star), you keep dropping calls.
I have found with my phone that in order to get your signal back you
have to switch off your phone and turn it back on. Otherwise a good
phone. Buy something else, sorry Samsung.
Reviewed by tk from uk on 4th Feb 2004
hi i purchased a samsung SGH-S300 . and i am having some trouble with
it. when i turned the phone on it said it was searching and when it
finished searcg it came up to my normal wall paper.but it said it was
a limited service.i tried to make calls but it said i could onli make
emergency calls!also on the front of the pnone there is a symbol of
a telephone witha line across it. what has happened? please help me
sort out this problem . thank you
Reviewed by Becky from UK on 4th Feb 2004
I wanted this phone 4 ages I now have it and it is great. The best thing
i like about it is how small it is.
Reviewed by Claire from Northern Ireland on 26th
I like this phone, though I wish I had chosen one which takes pictures.
As for being able to receive them, how is this possible coz you just
get details of which website to go to. I thought I would be able to
view pictures on my phone. I also have noticed the phone turn itself
off the odd time. One more thing, a couple of times a have had a text
message notification - then I have opened phone and no text??? whats
the craic here??? One time when that happened, I got the text 24 hours
later. Hmm. Apart from that, cool & classy wee phone.
Reviewed by Dougy from Northern Uganda on 21st
This fone is great, i have experienced a few technical problems though.
1)I brought the fone pay as you go with a Uganda Network Service (U2)
and i don't know anywhere that sells U2 credit. Can anyone help me?
2) I try to fone or send texts and it wont work. I can never get any
signal. Lots of people are experiencing the same problem though. Can
anyone help? Other than that, the phone is pimpin! Dougy!
Reviewed by James from UK on 9th Jan 2004
I've had this phone since October 2003, was the best phone that I saw
in the shop - its looks and apparent easy functionality won me over!!
Prior to buying this phone (which is on an initial 12 month standard
contract), I owned a Nokia 3310 (Pay As You Go). To be honest I would
go back to Nokia tomorrow if I had the choice. The phone is fine - it
looks good, you get acquainted with the strange text messaging method,
and it has a fantastic colour screen (Not to mention you get two batteries
- one slim and one ordinary). Unfortunately the limited range of accessories
that are available let this phone down. This phone is "Java Compliant"
- if so, why cant you get any Java games to download onto it????? Nokia
on the other hand have a vast range of accessories and java games are
available in abundant numbers. One thing that I have noticed in the
past few days is that when switching it on - it may turn itself off
again - even though the battery is fully charged. Just today, I was
sending a text message (phone had been on 5 mins) the phone decided
to switch itself off!!!! Any ideas whats going on?? To re-iterate, I
would buy a Nokia - maybe a 7250i or something similar. The novelty
of this S300 will quickly wear off and you will be left wishing you
had purchased another mobile phone!!
Reviewed by HANA from UK on 23rd Dec 2003
Fone is great apart from the fact its very loud, texting is a bit annoying,
can't get animated wallpaper or create your own ringtones. If anyone
can please let me know coz otherwise the phone is superb! RatEngin@yahoo.co.uk
Reviewed by beth hudson from uk on 22nd Dec 2003
hi! i haven't bought this phone yet, i can't make my mind up over the
s300 or t100. im sure they are both great! my brother has the t100 so
i no how good that is but i really would aprecciate it if any one who
thinks that this phone would not be ideal for a teenager or if any one
knows any faults of this phone (except about the t9 predictive text
messenging because i no how to use it seen as it is on my phone at the
moment), then please tell them to me. so a little help please write
to me on my email firstname.lastname@example.org. All the best beth x
Reviewed by Nick from UK on 21st Dec 2003
A good phone with lots of very attractive features. I would love it
if only it were easier to text. The dictionary is smaller than Nokia
ones, and it won't remember words that you spell for it - really annoying
niggle in a phone that I otherwise am very happy with. If you like to
text a lot, don't buy a Samsung! TOP RINGTONES, THOUGH!
Reviewed by Lisa from England on 9th Dec 2003
Yeah it holds 70 texts in all so dont worry - plenty of room!
Reviewed by Soad from England on 9th Dec 2003
Owned for 6 months. Can't wait until contract expires so I can get back
to a Nokia. Cons: 1.Build quality seemed better at first, but now it
creaks when you press keys just the same as Nokia. 1.Samsung have succeeded
in making texting annoying beyond belief. Oh for some of that Nokia
user friendlyness. The T9 and symbol menus are a texters worst nightmare.
3.Little rubber cap over headphone socket will not stay in. (so ended
up cutting it off!) 4.Too easy to accidently press large "i" button
when navigating, which connects you to wap. 5.Phone has lost it's memory
twice whilst texting, removing all personal settings. This is a bug
in the software. 6.Ringtones, while being loud and of high quality sound,
are mainly dreadful japanese mentalist tunes. No standard "ring ring"
type. 7.If you set alarm to morning call Monday to Friday, it still
wakes you on a Saturday and Sunday. Which is nice! Another software
bug. Pros: 1.Not as easily scratched as a Nokia. 2.Cannot produce the
default idiot Nokia tune Grande Valise. 3.Good battery life 4.Small
and lightweight, even with larger battery option. 5.Great screen. I
really want to like this phone as much as I did when I bought it.
Reviewed by Not_sorry from Canada on 5th Dec 2003
I switched from a CDMA network to GSM, and had to buy a new phone (my
Samsung A540 was locked). The S300 is great! My only complaint would
be that the predictive text defaults to capital letters, and I haven't
fouind an easy way to delete all on the caller lists, & txt msgs. The
only way I've found is to delete one by one, or use Easy GPRS. These
are really minor annoyances, everything else is great! And to prevent
scratches, I bought a clear plastic case for $5, and it protects the
phone, and looks great!
Reviewed by from on 1st Dec 2003
Hi, Am thinking of buying this phone but am a bit worried about the
transition from over 5 years as a nokia customer!! My main worry is
the text message storage capacity, my current nokia 7250 holds tons
and I don't think I could go back to just 10.....can anyone let me know
how many it holds??
Reviewed by Pascal from Belgium on 26th Nov 2003
Where is bluetooth ???
Reviewed by alf from poland on 24th Nov 2003
Reviewed by Lisa from England on 24th Nov 2003
What can i say? this is an amazing little phone, so sleek and stylish-its
a pleasure to have. i took ages deciding which phone to change to when
i moved onto a contract as i was a dedicated Nokia fan but really wanted
a flippy phone. this phone has well and truly impressed me. having read
lots of reviews i was worried that i would find the texting awkward
after the ease of nokia's system but there really is no problem once
u learn ur way around. it may take a little longer as it doesnt learn
words but even thats not a big problem. and for whoever asked if u can
only do t9 in capitals, u need to press the star key when u r in t9
mode and thatll put u into lower case mode. so yeah basically a fab
phone, wonderful colour display, user-friendly menu, wonderful sound
quality and brilliant reception. a must have, don't consider any other
Reviewed by Decyfa from UK on 22nd Nov 2003
well had it for a few months now, dropped it a few times but still work
fine.. the paintwork was starting 2 come away after month which is annoying...
the folder feels looser which is abit cr#p but aint broken off so i
Reviewed by Gavin from UK on 19th Nov 2003
Looks great, but lacks ability to add your own words in T9 Dictionary.
Signal is far less than my 6100 / 6310i
Reviewed by ali from Eng on 11th Nov 2003
I am a soon to be owner of the S300, it looks great, the graphics and
the tones. Although I have heard the texting is not to some users liking,
but i'm positive is the right phone for me. After using average Nokia
phones for years I am looking forward to the change. Good job Samsung
Reviewed by Nick from UK on 7th Nov 2003
I have just bought a samsung s300 and i must say its fab, my one and
only issue with it (from moving from a Nokia 7210) is that T9 Texting
just seems to be available in UPPER CASE :-( why.? is there a setting
i need to change.? as i see long texts been a bit of a pain....
Reviewed by MARCO SIEGEL from ENGLAND on 5th Nov
NOV3003 SAMSUNG S300 GOOD PHONE ALL ROUND,HOWEVER LITTLE ACCESSORIES
Reviewed by eXtReMeZz from singapore on 2nd Nov
it is very good and useful...it can be the best handphone i ever seen...!
Reviewed by Torsten Meier from Germany on 21st
before I bougth the samsung S300 I prefered to use Nokia. Since my last
Nokia phone lasted only one year I thougth to try a new brand - samsung.
So, I bougth the S300 and expected it to stay for a while with me. But
sorry, after 2 weeks I returned the phone to the shop. Reason, the frontdisplay
turned on all by itself and therby using all the battery. This happened
most of the time during the night so that I was forced to recharged
my phone every second day without using it at all. Now I have the phone
repaired for 6 weeks and still they do not know what it is. I hope I
will get my money back.
Reviewed by Michael from UK on 20th Oct 2003
Awesome! Ive had the Orange SPV. Which could do everything but be a
phone. Thinking about it no it couldn't. It didn't do anything well
and now I've lost my faith in phones with email, internet etc. Although
I want these features, they simple don't work yet. So it was back to
a phone that works. The S300 does everything well. Buy it 5 *
Reviewed by john balon from Uk on 19th Oct 2003
What are some of you on about? i dont like the texting, deres nothing
whong with it, its exactly the same as any other predictive text. also,
it doesn't make whisteling noises through your ear, if it does, then
you have broken it or something. (no ofence) ths is a great fone. my
m8 got dis reely new phone, im not sure the name, but it is like a mini
computor. it cost a bomb. i bought the S300 for a lot less and it was
nearly as good as the expensive one!!! kind regards jonni baloni
Reviewed by Ali from UK on 14th Oct 2003
I've had this phone for 2 weeks and the novelty still hasn't worn off.
Every time I get a call, people are well impressed by the size and build
of the phone. Well done Samsung. A truly brilliant and compact phone
with good features.
Reviewed by Paul from uk on 8th Oct 2003
Move over Nokia. Nokia are out - Samsung are in. Up to date, trendy,
sophisticated - I recommend this phone! its a star
Reviewed by JOHN from UK on 8th Oct 2003
TRULY BRILLIANT PHONE. CHANGED IT FROM A MOTOROLA T720I AND THERE IS
NO COMPARISON BETWEEN THE TWO. THE COLOURS ARE BRILLIANT AS IS THE POLY
RINGTONES (ALTHOUGH SOMETIMES A BIT LOUD). T9 TEXTING IS THE SAME AS
MY OLD SONY SO NO PROBLEMS THERE.THERE ARE SOME GREAT FREE DOWNLOADS
TO BE HAD AT WWW.SAMSUNGMOBILE.COM. BUY THIS PHONE, YOU'LL BE SORRY
IF YOU DON'T
Reviewed by Paul Daglish from UK on 8th Oct 2003
After trying the Nokia 6100, I opted for this handset. I am impressed.
It's a great phone, with top of the range features, such as a 65,000
colour screen, Java gaming technology, MMS, 40 voice Polyphonic tones
and an exterior 256 colour display. The Nokia phone only had a 4096
dispplay, with useless polyphonic tones. The s300 looks great, although
its a little annoying that the exterior display turns off after one
minute to save battery power. Also, I've found that the phone shell
can scratch easily. An excellent bunch of features, great quality in
a fantastic looking phone. 4 well deserved stars.
Reviewed by Simon from UK on 7th Oct 2003
I'm considering buying this phone and just want to know if, amongst
all those wonderful ring tones there is just a normal "ring ring" type
Reviewed by Sammie from UK on 6th Oct 2003
I have had the samsung S300 for three months. The phone looks great,
but there are a few problems. I don't like the texting, predictive text
is meant to make things easy, I find it hard, also I hate the way it
splits the words. My phone is about to be returned again, I am never
able to make a call, I always get 'Limited Service' I am on the Orange
network. Hass any one else had this problem?
Reviewed by Luke from UK on 6th Oct 2003
Like the professional reviewer said MOVE OVER NOKIA!! Well Samsung has
all the latest technology which Nokia is TRYING to follow..It has 65,000
Colour and 40 chord Polyphonic compared to 4 Poly of all the Nokias!!
Imagine 10 times more instrumental sound playing from the polyphonic
sound of all Nokias! It's really amazing.. You HAVE to listen to it
before you judge and ALSO the superb colour display will shock you.
compared to most Nokia phones with 4096 color display...................
Reviewed by Sara from UK on 5th Oct 2003
This is the best phone I have ever owned (sorry Nokia) so small and
yet packed with so many great features. My only complaint would be that
the tones are sometimes too loud, even on the lowest volume setting.
Also I am having problems finding compatible Java games to download
(any suggestions anyone? email@example.com)
Reviewed by mand from england on 3rd Oct 2003
can the t9 predictive text be turned off on this phone coz i hate it,
coz it doesn't do wot it sats on the tin normal textin is far easier
Reviewed by Lise from Denmark on 2nd Oct 2003
I'm so disappointed with this phone. The T9 sucks, why doesn't it automatically
start with a big letter after using full stop?? And then there is a
light "breeze" in your ear when talking.. Nonono, not worth my money.
What we want is functionallity, aestatics and user-friendlyness, and
I don't find that in this phone. Never mind the funky sounds, the blinking
lignts and the smooth silver cover.. I absolutely dislike (hate is such
a stong word).. ok I hated this phone! /Lise
Reviewed by Decyfa aka MC Psyka from UK on 1st
had this fone for a munf.. its truely wkd.. doesnt crash like ma old
5210.. very happy wiv it.. a couple little nags n i cant fnd hw 2 do
voice memos but heh.. a camera atachment would be good but ah well..
still pimpin fone!!
Reviewed by Jane Lawrence from United Kingdom on
26th Sep 2003
This phone is just briliant i have just received it so still don`t know
my way round all the fantastic features the colour and sound is first
class Samsung has excelled with this phone so tiny yet keypad so big
also text is so easy to read but i have a opening tune and o2 advert
at the start and i have replaced my sim card with orange and don`t know
how to remove o2 from start up firstname.lastname@example.org would
be gratefull if someone could tell me how to do this as it is irritating
,but i just love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!my phone
Reviewed by sarah from england on 25th Sep 2003
Just brought my phone its really good after years of NOKIA,wanted a
change. The only thing i cant work out is if i get a text and want to
forward it on i cant,it says reply or send but nothing,so if anyone
can help i would be grateful. Apart from that its a cool phone. email,email@example.com
Reviewed by Lindy from England on 23rd Sep 2003
A truly great phone. I've had it for a month now and having finally
sussed the predictive text in lower case, can find no bad things to
say about it. Far superior to my old nokia. The graphics are the best
ever. Well done Samsung.
Reviewed by sean from england on 23rd Sep 2003
i am thinking of getting this mobile phone cause i think it looks great
and feels great! could someone let me know how much it costs?
Reviewed by Ben Titmarsh from UK on 19th Sep 2003
I just got my Samsung phone yesterday, and am very pleased with the
functionality of the phone, but after spending a night with that bloody
flashing light its driving me mad! I can't seem to find any way to turn
it off. I know I can just turn the phone upside down, but the light
still flashes on the table, i'd much prefer to get rid of it all together.
If anyone has a suggestion please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org,
i'd appreciate it. Cheers - Ben.
Reviewed by Alex Watson from England on 13th Sep
I have had this phone for a couple of days now and the rating says it
all. Outstanding. I think the best way to review this phone is to weigh
up the good points and bad points so lets start with the good. The colour
screen is absolutely amazing, and the wallpapers are great. The polyphonic
ringtones (40 voice) are superb. Not only do they sound good, they are
VERY loud. I don't usually have it on the top volume as it is too loud,
but its always nice to be able to crank it up. The external screen is
also good, with attractive sybmols when you get a call or message, also
it has caller ID. The phone looks and feels great. The java is great,
and the ability to download ringtone pics etc really make the wap useful.
These are but a few of the great features of this phone. Others that
sprong to mind are EMS, InfaRed, a truly great personal organiser and
the all round ability to customise this phone to th max. There is more
but I could be here for some time so lets move on. The bad points. Well,
there aren't many. The lack of camera and MMS are a bid disapointing,
but it does have EMS, and I knew all this before I bought it so no complaints
really. Sometimes I accidnetly press the wrong button, but I am getting
use to it. That is really all the bad stuff I can come up with! All
in all, this is a remarkable little phone. Small, stylish, and packed
with great features. Iwould DEFINATELY recommend this phone to anyone,
I love it that much!
Reviewed by Becca from UK on 12th Sep 2003
Having owned the A300 i love this phone. I switched from the A300 to
the Sony Ericsson T68i for the colour screen and the camera attachment.
after getting bored of having the camera i saw the s300 and think it's
brilliant. it's a much sleeker, smaller version of the a300 but with
benefits of a colour screen. the menu system is slick, and i soon adapted
to texting the same way as i used to with the a300. it is a bit annoying
not being able to save words i text but i actually think that i can
text faster with this phone anyways so it doesn't actually make that
much difference. i think the texting thing is a pain but so what if
your texts end up a tiny bit garbled. the same thing happened on the
t68i except with that is actually saved the rubbish words!!! i dont
like the fact that the front screen goes out but im willing to live
with that. i can also have it on at work and it doesn't look like it's
on- that has to be a benefit!!! i have had it since yesterday evening
and i love it. i downloaded ringtones and images with the supplied serial
data link cable last night and it was so easy. the screen is great too.
all in all, despite its little quirks, the samsung s300 is a great phone
with very good buttons, fantastic looks and has all i want from a mobile,
and it can make calls!
Reviewed by will from uk on 10th Sep 2003
how comes when i get an EMS message it never appears in my inbox, it
takes up the memory tho bu ti cant read it, it always says its in there
but can never find it, starting to get irritating, email me email@example.com
otherwise great fone
Reviewed by Kateel Rahman from England on 9th
This phone is fantastic; Ive had it for a week now. The screen is so
clear and detailed and the sound is great for such a small phone. Texting
is easy once you get used to it; ok having two Nokia's previously does
get you in to the habit of doing it a certain way, but once you get
used to it, it is so easy. one thing I will have to get used to is having
to switch modes (a to T9 to A.etc) to get certain characters (comma
and question mark). but besides that I think Texting is NOT slow at
all. I love the java games, especially bowling; to be honest I didn't
buy the phone for games, but when I saw the quality of the graphics
I got hooked.
Reviewed by mow from england on 4th Sep 2003
is this phone meant to have voice memo? iv read that it does on so many
specs, but since iv had the phone for over a week and not found it im
thinking it doesnt have it. apart from that, i love this phone.
Reviewed by Tristan from Malaysia on 31st Aug
Fantastic phone ,no complicated function,no hassle,user friendly!Loudest
polyphonic ever heard!!!Nice screen,even though compare with Panasonic
GD87 TFT screen i still think that S300 UFB brighter n nicer (dunno
Why?) Great job,SAMSUNG!!!
Reviewed by Fiona McCulloch from United Kingdom on
30th Aug 2003
I dont understand what any of the negative feedback are about. If you
take your time to find your way around this fabulous little phone, it
does everything you could want, and more. You can adjust anything you
want to, and texting is no problem at all when you take the time to
discover which buttons are the quick keys for speedy texting in lower
or upper case, and also attaching sound to your texts. The front display
going out should not be a problem as it is designed to conserve the
battery, which surely can only be a good thing and it only takes a tiny
second to flip open the phone if you really want to see the date and
time. I have only had this phone for two and a half days and have found
my way around all its functions with ease. It is a SUPERB little phone.
All I can say is Well Done Samsung. I have not found one negative aspect
on this phone yet, and with the organiser function, with my busy life,
it is extremely helpful in reminding me of all the various things I
need and have to do to keep my home and working life running efficiently.
The polyphonic ringtones bring a smile to my colleagues and continue
to fascinate me. A fantastic phone with a very cool and sexy look about
it. Well done Samsung. I am very impressed. You get an OUTSTANDING rating
from me so far.
Reviewed by gary from england on 27th Aug 2003
Great little phone i got it for frree from t-mobile so i cant complain,
they need to work on the txt tho its way to slow and arkward and my
flip is getting lose but it looks great and a top phone
Reviewed by Mohamad Noor from Singapore on 27th
I have been using s300 for about 2 month. s300 will only be able to
surpass the benchmark if there's MMS and Camera function. In my opinion,
this is a major setback of s300. However on the other hand, the excellent,
overall stylish, compactivity design and the superb 65k quality image
seems to impress me more than what i can ask for. So, unless you don't
mind the s300 setback, this phone will certaintly make your day worthwhile.
Hopefully, samsung will maintain their reputation for designing slim,
compact and stylish design.
Reviewed by Jack from Romania on 19th Aug 2003
Best of the best !!
Reviewed by Paul from England on 16th Aug 2003
It was a toss up between this phone and the Nokia 7210i. I've only owned
one Samsung before and this was the A300 which I hated. It was so un-user
friendly and the text was awful. I immediately went back to Nokia and
bought an 8210. Well, after reading very review going and visiting tons
of shops I finally settled for the S300. The obvious pluses are the
great looks, great colour screen and the superb sound as well as the
host of options available on the menus. The 7210i worried me with its
not so good screen, not so good sound and pretty plasticky looking shell.
The only plusses were the camera and the reassurance of it being a Nokia.
Well, all that out of the way and I am more than impressed with the
S300. It does everything you need from a phone and so muc moe with no
complaints. I've spent the whole day on the net downloading tunes and
logos and they also are great. This phone is superb, consider no other!
Reviewed by laksa from singapore on 11th Aug 2003
I was looking for Nokia replacement with a much better quality. Samsung
S300 is definitely the answer. The screen, no need to say anything Samsung
is much better. Sound, Samsung is the best so far. Interface, exactly
the same like Nokia. Even the shortcut buttons by pressing Menu > 4
> 2 for settings... T9, exactly the same input method like Nokia. Only
the "space" button is different, and the T9 word modify button is different.
But its exactly the same. Size, N7210 vs S300. Hmm... Samsung is way
smaller. If only there is a way to take out the annoying antenna. The
only major drawback with samsung is its battery. One standard battery
would only last for one day usage. Anyway, the standard phone package
comes with 2 batteries, so it does not matter much.
Reviewed by - from Australia on 6th Aug 2003
THIS IS A COOL PHONE
Reviewed by molé molé from Belgium on 1st Aug
This is my first samsung and dangggggggggg I'm impressed! I'm one of
those guys that is always late so all the agenda, task and alarm functions
make me a much easier person to live with. The tones (got me a QOTSA
ringtone...chicks dig it), the screens, the games..it's all good! I'm
really hoping that they produce some more games and java-applications
really soon. The only thing that kind of bugs me is that you automatically
start with T9 to type a message. I hate T9..doesn't work at all.. I
always end up with weirdassed sentenses. And there doesn't seem to be
a way to set normal typing as a standard. (if ya know how, mail me :
firstname.lastname@example.org) Other than that a real nice looking and fine working
piece of gossip and chatter material!
Reviewed by mrbdamien from UK on 1st Aug 2003
I just LOVE this phone. I've only had it a few days but it just seems
to be able to do everything. The texting is a bit difficult to get used
to, the predictive text is no where near as good as with Nokia phones.
However, all the other features are so good that you don't need to worry
Reviewed by KevMac from UK on 30th Jul 2003
Having owned the A800 which was an excellent phone, the S300 seemed
a logical upgrade. However if anything it is a backward step. OK it
has a lovely colour screen and..... er thats it in terms of advances.
I did like to have the time permanently displayed on the exterior screen
which this model doesnt do. Also, the texting is awful. You cannot enter
words into the dictionary so have to keep manually typing unrecognised
words everytime. Also to get from T9 mode into plain text mode the stated
method in the booklet doesnt work. You actually have to press and hold
any key for an age to change modes but this places the character you
have just pressed into the message so you then have to delete it before
carrying on. True to size, weight, look of the phone is excellent but
if feels like samsung have rushed it out. Given that it is likely to
pick up a lot of A800 fans there are likely to be a few dissapointed
people out there. However, if you dont text much you will probabl y
Reviewed by Amy Samuel from UK on 29th Jul 2003
I've got a Nokia 3310 at the moment, and it is getting out of date!!
So i've looked in all the catolouges and this one phone amazed me(Samsung
S300) Its a stunning looking mobile and i hope to have it for christmas!
But my only worry is what network is the best to use with it (but aswell
as pay as you go) my network now is virin but it is c==p signal which
is d best signal network to use and the network which lets you have
free txt messages? If you have any information that you want to warn
me about and tell me how to use it ring me on; 07986017421
Reviewed by Erwan from Singapore on 21st Jul 2003
I think this has got to be one of the best phone Samsung has ever produce!!!
Its small, light, External colour screen, LOUD 40-poly Ringtones, Outstanding
internal Colour screen, JAVA Games, GPRS and Much much more... This
phone will make you smile Day and Night. It is a Phone with Style.
Reviewed by Beyond the Wires from Canada on 18th
When my S300 finally arrived, I was thrilled with it and spent practically
the whole day playing with it to the dismay of my friends. The size
and form, and the general physical design of the phone is second two
none. Unfortunately, you can't say the same for the software inside.
I have a whole list of minor problems and irritations, so come on Mr
Samsung! let's have a software upgrade for these things. Here's what
you need to fix: - the volume button on the side controls the key volume
rather than the ringer volume when the phone is inactive - there is
no way to put in a forward slash ( '/' ) when typing URLs into the WAP
browser - there is no way to adjust the ring volume without actually
activating the ringer, except to enter silent mode - pressing the button
on the side of the phone when it's ringing doesn't silence it like on
my dear old Samsung - I can't get rid of the text with a bunch of useless
information about my provider and the time that completely covers up
my pretty wallpaper image - I can't add the current wap page to my favorites
list (a pain since typing urls is sooo slow) - EasyGPRS doesn't seem
to be able to save the phone book on the computer even though you can
view it (maybe I'm doing something wrong here...) Well, that's pretty
much all of my complaints, and to be fair, I'll note a few nice features
that I haven't seen mentioned elsewhere since I still do really like
the phone: - the screens are beautiful and even faintly readable in
the direct sunlight - the IrDA connection to my laptop works flawlessly
for data transfer and GPRS 115K internet even with the phone shut -
sound files can include vibration in the music :) - reception seems
good - the keypad is easy to see in the dark Well that's enough for
now. Now, where's that firmware update to make it a perfect phone???
Reviewed by Colin from UK on 14th Jul 2003
Absolutly ACE phone, but i need a bit of advise i have uploaded some
pictures to use as wallpapers but am now wanting to upload a animated
screen saver, but not enough room left on my phone so how do i delete
some of the pictures i have uploaded????
Reviewed by nick from uk on 11th Jul 2003
The s300 for me was what seemed at the time a natural upgrade from the
T100 but having had the 300 for a week now i have to say im not to happy
about it. If the s300 had been my first samsung im sure i would have
been blown away with it but i find that its not a great leap forward
over the T100, for a start the colour screen is far better on the T100
and i was able to find many moving screensavers for it something that
the 300 is not able to surport as you are unable to link the photos
through animation. ok so it has a front colour screen but its nothing
special and the fact that it only displays the time and date on it when
you press the side buttons in is a real pain but i did get a laugh out
of the manual that says the front can be used as a mirror!!! (i stand
to pee i have no need for a mirror i want to see the time!! i have no
lipstick to put on mr sumsung!!!) No it does not have voice dail or
voice memo as i have seen in some specs on sites featuring the phone
but then i was never worried about that i call the wife a very rude
name and im not shouting that down the phone in the middle of the street
and 99% of the time as i found with the T100 you get that women saying
please try again in a noise free zone(i.e under ya bed in the middle
of the night) The ringtones are great and louder than the T100 and you
can download and store 8 of your own on full volume the speaker which
is not on the outside like on the T100 tickles ya finger if ya put it
over the S300 its got that much bass! The games are great 2 but with
fat fingers your going to be in trouble with 1 of them and the screens
much smaller than the T100 so be aware of that. Talking of size the
S300 is just sooooooooooooooo sexy to hold in ya hand one thing that
samsung have always done is make a phone that looks good enough to eat
they always keep to the same sleek colour and shape, all samsung phones
i have had so far go really great with my tv!! so in ending i would
say if you had a T100 before your going to be really unhappy with this
phone it has some great features but overall much more thought went
into that model then this one. If youve never owned a samsung phone
buy this one as you wont know no better sorry mr sumsung but the T100
was such a great phone it was always going to be hard to beat. How do
you make the best phone in the world?.....you take the colour from the
T100 and put it into the size of the S300 with its sound and rip the
camara out of the V200.
Reviewed by mike from england on 6th Jul 2003
the phone is good,,,,,BUT,,,,,,noe else seems to mention the problem
im having....when i want to send a picture or melody message,i go to
add object,melody is empty,pictures has embedded,or my EMS PICTURE WHICH
IS ALWAYS EMPTY.IN MESSAGE FOLDER,MY CONTENTS,THE IS MY EMS MELODY,PICTURE,ANIMATION,HOW
DO YOU GET ITEMS IN THERE.ANYTHING I DOWNLOAD GET SENT GOES TO DOWNLOADS
IN FUNBOX,,,PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN,IVE BEEN ASKING PEOPLE FOR NEARLY
8 MONTHS WITH NO LUCK..EMAIL,,MICHAEL.THOMPSON5@DTN.NTL.COM
Reviewed by - from - on 1st Jul 2003
Reviewed by Rasmus from Denmark on 27th Jun 2003
With out a doubt the coolest and greatest phone I have ever owened...
I will never by a Nokia again...!
Reviewed by bananen from sweden on 17th Jun 2003
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this phone is reeaaaly cool! the design and screen..well almost everything,
but the V200 is better because of the built-in camera. this phone has
40-polyphonic signals, 65 000 color display, downloadable java games
and so on, but the V200 have all that stuff except for javagames but
that isnt needed. but the screen outside has colors and thats cool,
but this is a reealy cool phone so buy it anyway!