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A good mobile phone but not without some flaws - Samsung Tocco Lite
Samsung Tocco Lite
Member Name: InchyInchy
Samsung Tocco Lite
Advantages: It looks nice, easy to use and the battery life is good
Disadvantages: The touch screen can be a bit unresponsive
I bought this phone after my last one decided it had just had enough and started turning itself off whenever it pleased. I wanted a nice phone but I also wanted something that was relatively cheap, but still looked stylish. Before I get into this review I have to admit that I don't use hardly any features of this mobile phone or any other phone to do anything more than text or call. Personally when it comes to mobile phones I just want something that delivers all the basic functions (but does so well) and comes bundled up in a nice reliable attractive looking package.
One of the main features that really caught my attention when I was looking for a new phone was the touch screen aspect. This has been the first phone that I have ever owned that comes with a touch screen and it did take some getting used to. Sadly, when I bought this you couldn't actually have a play around with the touch screen you had to buy it and then decide whether it is something you liked. The touch screen on this mobile is what I would describe as adequate, it isn't anything as responsive as my hubby's iPhone, but it does work well enough. However, that being said I would prefer to avoid buying another touch screen when this phone needs replaced. Sometimes I find it annoying that when I press a button nothing happens and I have to repeat my action until it responds. I have since still not got the knack of pressing the touch pad for just the right amount of time or with the right strength to get it to effortlessly do what I want.
Personally, my main thing with any mobile phone I own is calling and I would say that this is a nice phone to use when calling. It is nice and comfortable to hold and it doesn't heat up that quickly when in use, which is a definite plus as my last phone tried to burn my ear off on more than one occasion. I have comfortably sat on this phone for an hour at a time talking to my best friend before I noticed that it was getting hot to the touch and really it was time to say good bye. Also I find that the majority of places that I have been with this phone I have a pretty ok signal, which is again important to me for being able to use this as a mobile phone.
To make a call is very straight forward and there is a permanent phonebook icon on the touch screen which allows you easy access to your phonebook. It is also easy to answer an incoming call using the appropriate button. There are still three proper press buttons one for answering a call, the other for ending a call and a middle 'go back' button which will take you one step back if you are in an application or menu. The phone comes with a selection of typical prebuilt in tunes and alarm noises, rather nicely this phone has a standard and probably old fashioned 'ring ring' which I prefer, simple and no nonsense.
I am not a huge texter but this is by far the best phone I have ever had in that respect. It has a proper QWERTY key board if you turn it onto its side or a normal number pad version if you prefer to use it vertical. The keys are really responsive and it is easy to add words or names to the dictionary so it learns what you type more often. It has all the typical features of predictive text that you would expect from a mobile phone these days. It also has quite a large memory and I usually get more than a hundred texts before the phone starts asking me to delete some and do a bit of a cleanup.
There are lots of smaller good features that are important and the phone does well, for example it is easy to lock (with a press of a side button), which is a real benefit for me because I got used to a previous flip phone. Also the battery life is really good on this phone, I don't use it that heavily so I find that on a regular basis I charge this only once every three days. Furthermore, for those that are interested there are also a number of trial games available on the phone that you can choose to download the full version if you want for a price. I have tried a couple but none of them really drew my attention and be warned the majority of them are nothing like the apps that are available for the fancier smart phones.
Another feature that I really like about this phone is that it allows you to modify your background image, either from a photo that you have taken or from the stock of photos already on the phones memory. I have chosen a really rather nice abstract floral design to use. The other bonus of the background is that you can slide the screen around to either side and the image is almost like a panoramic one. I tend to leave the middle section blank but then if you slide to the right I have set a calendar to display while moving all the way to the left reveals that I have placed shortcuts to my text inbox and a shortcut to composing a message. It is a quirky feature and one that I really like, especially the ability to make shortcuts for the apps or items that you use on a regular basis.
There are still a lot of features that I have neglected to mention in any substantial depth and that is mainly because I have no real working knowledge of them. Among other things you can use this phone to surf the web, store music, set an alarm, Bluetooth, as well as a slot for extra memory and I am sure a few other operations that you might expect from any standard smart phone.
The phone as with the majority of recent mobile phones supplies you with a camera, something that I never use. I did try it when I first got the phone but it really isn't that great a camera. Personally, I prefer a standard camera and mobile phone ones have never been of any interest to me. However, for those that require specifics I believe it is a 3.2 mega pixel camera.
What initially caught my attention about this particular phone was that it was available to buy in quite a range of different designs and colours. The one that I own is a lovely deep red with a slight floral design on the back, personally I think that it looks rather attractive and just girlie enough for me. My sister in law has the exact same phone but in a bright pink, these phones are also available in black.
Personally, I think that this is an expensive phone to buy typically retailing for around £65 - £80 depending upon which store you purchase it from - for the phone only with no contract. However, to others this is probably a rather cheap phone, all depending upon whether you want a top of the range model or a phone that does a lot more than this one.
I am going to give this phone three out of five stars, which is not meant to be a negative remark. There are a lot of things that this phone does right but then the main feature such as the touch screen can be a bit annoying at time, personally I think this phone is a good average mobile hence three stars. This really isn't going to rank among the great phones available out there and it won't suit everyone, but as a phone to use for mostly calling with some texting this is a perfect choice, or at least for myself. Mobile phones are very difficult to recommend as everyone wants something different from the next. Personally I would classify this as a good middle of the range phone (perhaps slightly lower end of the middle range) and if you want something that works well and still has a few frills then this might well be the phone for you.
Summary: Three out of five stars - Average
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