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Welcome to the Samsung F480Tocco review.  Note that there are several versions of the same phone with slightly different specifications but all run the same OS.  Eg. F480T, F480i and TouchWiz.  We got the F480T version.  Priced as a feature phone for around $500 it is now a cheap mobile phone (2010).

The F480 was released in mid 2008 to most parts of the world as Samsung’s solution to touch based interface mobile phones.  For a 2008 mobile phone it is a very good and decent offering in comparison to all except the original iPhone.  Lets face it nothing comes close to the iPhone in terms of user interface presentations and use for 2009.

Hence the F480 is a rectangular box that is relatively small and also well made.  Although pricey when first launched it is now a pre-pay option in most markets and that is why we are looking at it. Certain colors make it look a tad tacky but overall not too bad.

Rather than bore you with the phones technicalities we’ll get to the real story!  The F480 is a very good phone. it is better than any other touch phone in the market including the market leader Nokia that is priced in the same category.  There are much better though but you have to pay more! It has a lot of features that will impress anyone.  It includes a decent screen and size,  a satisfactory 5mp camera, video, calender, media/file organizer, FM radio lots of memory and 3G capability.

The menu system is easy enough to use and there are plenty of options and apps you can play with.  However there are few interface customization options eg missing themes.  That said the graphics are already quite good so I don’t think most will think it needs to be changed.  Samsung have also developed a widget screen which works well but when using this view option it does make the phone noticeable slow down. The widgets look cool but there are few widget options worth selecting – very basic is what we’d call it.  In widget mode it is not jerky just slow to respond.  The web browser is quite good for a non-smartphone so only very basic web surfing on it but it’s fine.

Overall a good phone.  It has all the communication options you could want.  The price in 2010 is still very high considering you can get the Nokia E63 which is easily a better phone that includes Wi-Fi but the E63 isn’t a touch screen but it has a pretty good QWERTY keypad. So if you want the (cheapest) best touch screen pre-pay mobile phone (Late 2009) then the F480 is a very good choice.  However we can also recommend the Samsung S5600 series if you want an even better touch screen than the F480 or other ‘standard’ phones.  The S5600 is cheaper and in our opinion also works better – check out the review on the site. If you don’t need a touch screen then there are lots of much better options to choose from in 2010.

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Specifications

  • Samsung F480
  • Network
    Tri-band GSM 900/1800/1900
    3G 850/2100 (Dependent on country)
    HSDPA 3.6 data speed (download)
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L98.5 x W55 x D11.5 mm
    Weight 100 grams
  • Display/s
    External TFT 240 x 320
  • Camera
    5 MP
    LED Flash
    Autofocus and Digital zoom
  • Video Camera
    174 x 144 pixel video camera
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V2
    Micro-USB
  • CPU
  • Memory
    200MB available to user
    MicroSD up to 8Gig
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, vibration and others
  • Features
    Touch screen
    Widgets
    Music and Media player
    Organiser/Calender
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    JAVA MIDP 2.0
    FM radio with RDS
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Battery 1000 mAh
    Up to 250 hours Standby
    Up to 3 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    From $299 AUS 2010 (Pre-paid)
    From $399 AUS 2010 (Ouright)

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