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Samsung Tocco Lite
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Samsung Tocco Lite
Advantages: Fair few features, Good design, Potentially easy to use, Good battery, Comfortable to use, Camera
Disadvantages: Terrible touch screen, Scratches and marks easily
I have previously owned this phone on contract as I didn't want to pay much more for a more prestige phone. It served me well but I certainly wouldn't say it is the best phone on the market. It is a touch screen, but the touch screen isn't great and is slightly jerky and non-responsive sometimes. The visuals are pretty good however and the built in camera with video capabilities is a positive feature.
The phone has quite a modern and simple design. The 3 inch touch screen fills most the front side of the phone with a speaker phone above and three buttons below. To the left and right are call buttons and the central one is used to go 'back' in menus. The right hand side of the phone has a lock button, however this never works in good conjunction with the lock feature of the phone and it can be quite frustrating. On the other side is a port for the earphones that come with the phone. Using your nail you can easily pull away the cover and insert the earphones, which stay in well. The earphones themselves are not of excellent quality and leak a LOT of sound - they are like mini speakers. They are very uncomfortable without any foam covers and feel quite chunky in my ear and tend to fall out a lot. They are black in colour with a black wire to match the phone and don't look especially wonderful.
There is also volume controls on the left side of the phone, which are used to control the key volume for when you are scrolling menus, and are also used to control music volume when listening to music or the radio. One positive here is that these volume controls function even when the phone is locked. The back cover has a very modern design consisting of many little squares, which adds a little grip to the back too. There is a 3.2 megapixel camera on the top left, with a mirror just below to make sure you are getting a good shot of yourself too. The back of the phone looks very good but scratches terribly easy, as does the screen without protection. My screen is now full of marks and scratches.
This phone has many features, which makes it reasonably useful. With internet access available, you can browse the web and also videos and more, with apps such as youtube, flickr, friendster, myspace and picasa built onto the default phone settings. I have not had the internet on this phone so cannot say what it's like. However I do know there are no official apps for the phone and the ones you see such as Facebook will simply bring up the facebook website on the browser, although this would be a mobile compatible version.
There are many fun applications including a few preset games on the phone, the ability to take pictures and videos and record sounds. There are more useful applications such as a calculator, memos, converter, tasks, word clock, timer, and the all important bluetooth to transfer files to and from the phone. You can also make use of the alarm, which I use as my alarm clock. It can be set quite loud and despite being very annoying (as most alarms become over time), it has never failed on me. There is also an organiser in the form of a calendar and all the usual phone stuff such as a phonebook, messages, call log and more. The camera and video capabilities are useful and the 3.2mP camera gives good quality images. There are several settings here that you can adjust to your liking too.
Ease Of Use
The phone is fairly easy to use in terms of knowing your way around, although I found a couple of the menus confusing at first. However physically getting round the menus can prove to be quite difficult thanks to the less than great touch screen! It is quite jerky, sometimes doesn't respond at all, and other times will respond extensively to little touches and start opening things you didn't want it to or jumping across more screens than you'd like. I must say that over time this is extremely frustrating and has made me detest the phone. The worst bit is trying to unlock the phone. When it's locked and the screen is black, you have to press the lock button once to light it up so you can view the clock. You then hold it to unlock it. So you'd think you could just hold it fully and it'll unlock. Well this is true but it rarely works as you'd expect it to. Sometimes it will unlock for a split second and then suddenly lock again as the unlocked screen flashes on and off. It's terribly annoying. You can also unlock the phone via drawing letters on. I used to have this but it was extremely difficult to use. You have to press the unlock button once and then draw your letter on and hope it works. In this case it still flashes the unlocked screen on and off as if to tease you and annoy you!
So overall the phone is potentially easy to use but the awful touch screen makes it very difficult to use efficiently, which is very aggravating in some situations. You can charge the phone easily by putting the charger in the same port that the earphones go in. It charges in a matter of 3-4 hours pretty well and the battery does last long, which is a bonus.
Price & Availability
The phone used to have a retail price of around £140 but can now be bought for under half the price at around £65. This is pretty cheap but I wouldn't recommend it in the light of more modern phones - most of which do have good touch screens nowadays. Mine was on contract for £10 a month. If you buy the phone online you will get a better deal than in the shops and it may include internet for the same price, which is something I missed out on. The phone is less widely available but you will still find it around!
To conclude, I would not recommend this phone to anyone. If you are able to cope with a terrible touch screen then fine, however it annoyed me extensively over the time I had it. It does have some good features and the pure fact that it has a touch screen may set it above other phones, but not in my eyes as the touch screen is awful! The phone has many features though and the camera is actually reasonably impressive. I wonder if having internet would make the phone generally better, but then I think of the nightmares trying to browse around using the touch screen. I'd recommend going for something else. The Samsung Galaxy for example has a much better and very responsive touch screen and is generally a better phone.
Thanks for reading
Summary: A good try by Samsung but the touch screen holds it back majorly for me - not worth the buy!
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