Product Type: Samsung mobile phones
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Samsung Tocco Lite - a reliable easy to use phone
Samsung Tocco Lite
Member Name: jesperado
Samsung Tocco Lite
Advantages: Easy to use, durable, nice looking
Disadvantages: Lack of memory, slow internet connection
Samsung Tocco Lite
Before I begin, I'd just like to point out that I am by no means an expert on anything technological so if you are looking for an in-depth technical lowdown on this phone, this review may not be helpful. This is aimed at people like me who don't really understand all the jargon but just want to know what it does well/badly.
I've had this phone for about a year now and got it as it was available on a cheap contract and I was assured it was easy to use for what I wanted it for - mostly texting, occasional picture taking.
~~ How it Looks ~~
It's pretty aesthetically pleasing and I like the touch screen element of it. It has a large screen with three buttons on the bottom to start and end a call and to go back through the menu screen. The lock button and camera button are on one side and the charging port is on the other. Also there is an up/down button which I have only ever used by mistake (I warned you that my technological needs are simple).
~~Easy to Use~~
The menu is incredibly straightforward and all the features are easy to use. You can access any photos you've taken or music you have stored in the 'My Files' section. There are all the settings you would expect:
Phone book (with options for personalised ringtones and a photo to appear when that person calls)
Calendar (you can add appointments although the title for them has few characters), Timer (good for my boiled eggs in the morning)
Alarms (nice and loud, works if phone is off and stopped by a slider meaning that you actually have to wake up to turn it off!)
Call logs (it will keep reminding you of a missed call until you look at the call log, which gets a bit annoying after a while)
As I said, I wanted this phone mainly for texting and the touch screen makes this pretty easy. I use the keypad setting which is laid out as it would be on an old mobile with the numbers 1-9 (and 0) representing 3 or 4 letters each. You can also turn the phone on its side to use a QWERTY keyboard which can be a bit fiddly. There is an option to write the letters on the full screen but this seems quite time consuming. The predictive text works well and you can add words. However, my predictive text seems to have gone a bit awry - it wants to put an apostrophe in 'want' and seems to favour 'ood' and 'ame' over 'one' and 'and'! I'm not sure if there is a way to clean up the dictionary.
The camera is 3.2 megapixels and is fine for taking pictures in good light. There is no flash so it is not great for pictures at night and you have to keep the phone very still when taking any photos and for a second after otherwise it blurs. So if you're look for a phone that can take good pictures, this probably isn't great for you.
Straightforward and pleasant to use
Good for texting
Can be personalised with individual ringtones and pictures
Can send and receive picture messages (if a little slowly)
Runs out of space quickly (I keep having to delete texts and pictures)
Camera isn't great
Internet connection is slow
Overall, I like this phone. It certainly isn't the best around but if you are looking for an easy to use phone that will last, this one seems pretty good value for money. Also, it has survived being dropped several times! It's straightforward, reliable and looks pretty good too.
Summary: A nice simple phone for nice simple folk like me
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