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Samsung Tocco Lite
Member Name: wilbur_78
Samsung Tocco Lite
Date: 19/10/11, updated on 19/10/11 (18 review reads)
Advantages: Very cheap to buy these days
Disadvantages: Outdated far to quickly
I needed to get a new phone last year and had to start a contract from scratch. I opted to look at what deals Carphone Warehouse had on offer and they are usually generous with gifts too. I'm not a major technophile but wanted something fairly modern and with some useful features. After much trawling I felt this phone on a 2 year contract with Orange which came with a Playstation 3 was the best option. Here's a breakdown of how I found the phone.
In the box you get the hand set, hands free/earphones, usb connector, cd with media software and Mains charger.
This was my first touch screen phone and took a while to get used to "it" and "it" to me. After calibrating the touch screen sensitivity things went smoothly enough and I quickly adapted to the layout and menu features.
The unit it fairly light-weight and a comfortable size to keep in your pocket. The main screen is split into three sections which can be customised with various "widgets" (clock, calendar, favourite contact etc.). The first screen is central and you can swipe either way to allow more room for lesser used widgets. I found having a clock and date display ideal on the first screen as more widgets tended to look cluttered, and when swiping you could unintentionally open an application you don't want. With a swipe to the left I put shortcuts for the radio and media player widgets (more about those features later). To the right I had favourite contacts which could be customised with pictures assigned to contact. There are all sorts of widgets available on the phone out of the box. Just tap the screen and a menu appears to the left and you simply drag them to where you want them. More can be downloaded free or for a nominal payment.
Making calls is fairly easy to get to grips with. One tap on the main screen's phone keypad shortcut takes you to a bog standard numerical keypad. Type your number and call... easy. When on a call the screen locks to prevent accidentally opening various menus. Not a problem unless you are on to one of those automated phone system that requires you to press 1 for this or 2 for that. You have to take the phone away from your ear to unlock the phone and bring up the keypad. Overall very fidgety. I'd recommend using hands free if you know you are going to need extra functions. In the main I found connection satisfactory and suffered very few "dropped" calls. There are two volume buttons on the side which gives the options of setting call volume to your own desired preference.
Texting is also straight forward when held in the standard upright position. You have the familiar number pad and letters associated with it e.g. ABC on the number 2 key, and the T9 dictionary works well with predictive text. You can teach the phone new words too. T9 can be turned on or off depending on what you like. There is the option to use a stylus and write a la Nintendo DS style. I tried this but found it more time consuming and it would necessitate the need for a case with stylus holder. I did not feel it would offer any benefit and would "bulk" the whole unit out thus taking away what I felt was a plus point overall. If you are texting in the upright position and turn the phone to a landscape position it reverts to a virtual QWERTY keyboard. I found with the size of the screen along with the letters that this option didn't offer major improvement over the standard layout and after mis-hitting far too often I wasn't enamoured to use full time. Again it might be aimed at a stylus approach.
That's it as far as using it as a mobile phone so on with a few of the added features. I'm not on social network site but it's geared up to take you to the usual suspects; facebook, twitter, myspace, bebo to name those you'll know. It also has a Google search shortcuts and YouTube. I did a few searches on Google and again you can have the screen in portrait or landscape, the phone adjusts accordingly. Some websites are mobile friendly but others were illegible or took an age to load. You can zoom in if you can't read the text but this is tricky to accomplish. I tried YouTube and here was where I noticed a major flaw for a web enabled handset and something I hadn't picked up when reading the blurb. There is no 3G or WI-FI so internet access is awful and videos unwatchable. I really don't see the point of adding something like YouTube to this handset.
One feature I do look for in a phone is to have it as an MP3 player to save carrying too many gadgets and this fails dramatically in my opinion. The MP3 player it comes with could be of some use if you choose to expand the memory with a micro SD card, although I found the headphones too uncomfortable to wear. Unfortunately this model has its own bespoke connection for headsets and not a standard 3.5mm standard jack so you cannot opt for a pair you prefer. For me the MP3 player gathered virtual dust and because of this alone spurred me to look for a new handset. I tried the FM radio but the reception was far too poor when out and about this on top of the discomfort of the ear-buds I gave up.
I made limited use of the camera at 3.2 mega pixel it's not bad but without a flash a fair amount of graininess was noticeable.
You have the usual raft of standard options too such as alarms, calculator and convertor but nothing amazing to set this phone apart from any other.
Considering how the smartphone market has bloomed in the last 12 months, I feel this is probably too basic now for what people expect as an app/widget piece of kit. Considering I had this on a 2 year contract I actually bought a new handset (Blackberry) after 12 months and I gave this phone away to a family member to replace theirs. Overall not bad as a phone but if you like your extras you'll be disappointed.
Summary: not very impressive
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