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Another Phone for Lou :)
Samsung Tocco Lite
Member Name: loulou22
Samsung Tocco Lite
Advantages: Great touch screen. looks good.
Disadvantages: sensitive touch screen
I have had my Samsung Tocco Lite for about 18months now, so almost time for an upgrade and also a good time to review as I have a lengthy experience with this phone.
Usually this is the time where I would tell you why I chose the Tocco Lite, however, this was not the phone that I originally chose. Originally while browsing O2's website it was the LG cookie which caught my eye and I eventually ordered, however for a reason unknown to me O2 decided to send me the Samsung Tocco Lite instead. Now usually I would be the first to complain and return the goods for the one I ordered, however I quite liked the look of this phone and in some ways it looked better than the Cookie...
Personally looking back now I think it was just the name Cookie that got my attention!
The Tocco Lite is a touch screen mobile, which was a new experience for me altogether and took a bit of getting used to. The phone has only 3 buttons underneath the screen: Call, Back and Call End. On the one side/edge of the phone there is the lock/unlock button and the camera button and on the other side there is the volume button. All of these buttons are very discreet and add to the phones smooth look.
When this phone arrived it came with a screen protector which usually I would remove as they annoy me once the bubbles or dust start creeping in underneath, however knowing me and how clumsy I can be I decided it best to leave the protector on, especially as I was now venturing into the world of touch screen and 18 months later I am still using a screen protector.
So, on with the phone...
After switching the phone on and waiting a minute or so for it to load up I started to explore the various menus. I found the basics of the phone to be pretty simple and very similar in layout to previous phones I have owned.
The main menu is split into 12 sub sections; Call Log, Phonebook, Music, Browser, Messages, My Files, Organiser, Camera, Communities, Applications, Alarms and Settings. Each of these sub sections also has its own menus aswell.
***Ease of Use***
As I said earlier this phone did take a little getting used to with switching from "button phones" to Touch Screen. However by the time I had finished transferring all my contacts from my old phone and sending out maybe a few too many messages to give out my new number I think I was getting the hang of it.
Making a phone call is really simple, at the bottom of the main screen there is a tab for quick access to your contacts, so simply press this, select the person you want to call, press the call button and chat away for hours on end!
Sending a text is also pretty easy once you are used to the touch screen, I found a little patience needed at times. By the way I am 28, so not so young and into gadgets as I used to be so these things have started taking time to get used to! Anyway back to the texting, there are a couple of input methods to typing a text, the one I find easiest is the simple Keypad layout on the screen and simply touch the keys of the letters you want to type. There are also the options of Writing Full Screen, Writing Box 1 and Writing Box 2, with these options you draw the shape of the letter you want to type and it puts it in the text. Personally I think this feature is a bit rubbish and takes way too long, although my 8 year old brother does enjoy playing with it. There is also an option of tilt your phone on its side and a QWERTY keyboard appears to type with. I found this option ok if I am lying in bed with my phone above me as it offers better balance to hold the phone and type, but the parts to touch to get the letters are rather small and can be tricky to get the right letter.
The other area of the phone I have found to be very beneficial to me is the Alarms section. They are self explanatory to set by just following the on screen menus, you can choose your volume level. Mine is set to 7 which is the loudest, I love my sleep and not a lot can wake me but this alarm volume does it with ease, although I will confess to turning it off and returning to my sleep land on many an occasion! There are also the snooze option and alarm repeat if, like me you are useless at getting up.
The camera on the phone is actually really good; it is 3.2 megapixels and has video capability. The only downside I would point out about the camera is that there is no flash or background light for photos in darker areas, you can sort of get around this by taking photos in night mode however this slightly distorts the colouring in photos if you forget to change it back to normal in normal daylight. I do have a digital camera which I used to go into some kind of panic mode if I forgot to take it away with me, but since I have had this phone I have found that yes there is of course no competition between the quality of a 3.2 mega pixel phone camera and the 12 mega pixel digital camera, it is obvious the digital one will be better, but I am so impressed with the quality of photo from the phone camera that I will often use it instead of taking my camera out with me.
This phone is capable of going on the internet and does contain preloaded bookmarks to sites such as Facebook, Myspace and You Tube to name just a few. I have used the internet, but not too much as my contract doesn't include much usage. I found the phone to be very slow at connecting to the net and also it seems to suffer with rather a lot of "error 404" and "interrupted by host" which I have never had a problem with on other phones, so in general I stick to using the net on my laptop, plus it is nice to have a break from the addictions of Facebook.
I find the reception quality of the phone to be very high, it is very rare that I loose signal. I have used this phone in various locations in the UK and also abroad. The only time I have had a connection issue was when I was phoning Poland, but I think this was just a one off occasion as touch wood I still phone Poland on a regular basis (my poor phone bill!) and don't have too many problems.
As with probably 99% of phones these days this phone has the Bluetooth feature for sharing photos and files without the data charges. I find it simple to use and reasonably fast.
The phone came with a USB cable for connecting to my laptop, this was also easy to use, a simple case of plug it into the phone and the laptop, and let the set up wizard do the rest for you. Once it was set up I found it easy to simply click and drag things in and out of folders and add and remove photos and music.
The Battery life on this phone is excellent, it lasts me for about 5 days with almost constant use. I found this very good when I went away for a long weekend and forgot my charger.
Overall I would recommend the Samsung Tocco Lite, the touch screen is good, there are moments where it can be a little over sensitive and then others where it is non responsive but I think most phones have moments like this and I find that a quick recalibration usually fixes this.
Looks wise I think this phone is pretty good looking, I have the black one, I know it is also available in pink and possibly white but I'm not 100% sure on that as I might have it confused with a similar model. I have seen the pink and I wasn't keen, it doesn't have the sleekness that the black one has.
An easy to use touch screen phone with all the necessary features and I recommend it!
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: A great phone that looks great too
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