Samsung Tocco Lite 2 Review
The original Tocco Lite was a classic that introduced millions to touch screen phones. That was back in 2009. These days you can buy an Android smartphone for less than £100, so is there still a demand for a touchscreen phone that isn't smart? The answer is yes, as long as it looks like a smartphone and acts like a smartphone.
The Tocco Lite 2 certainly looks the part. It's much more modern in appearance. It looks like the baby brother of the Galaxy Ace. Its square shape is softened by rounded edging, and metallic framing sets off a minimalistic design. And it's very much pocket-sized. It's a different shape to the original Tocco Lite - shorter and wider - and as a result the screen is a different aspect ratio, even though it still measures 3 inches diagonally. Unfortunately the screen resolution has been reduced to a sub-par 240 x320 QVGA. Hardly a sign of progress. However, the screen is capacitive rather than the old resistive type, so it responds better to the touch.
The camera is a very basic 3.2 megapixel point-and-shoot without a flash, although there are a few photo effects you can play with. Video resolution is a pathetic 176 x 144 resolution - less than the original Tocco Lite.
The music player is basic but functional. Music quality isn't the best, but you'll be pleased to know that Samsung have added a 3.5mm headphone jack so you don't have to rely on the tinny speakerphone.
The onboard memory is a tiny 20MB - again less than the original, which had 50MB. "You'll be glad to have extra storage" say Samsung, talking about the microSD memory card slot. And they're not joking.
In our introduction, we mentioned that we'd be on the lookout for smartphone-like features. So far we haven't found any, and that's the real problem for the Tocco Lite 2. This is a phone for basic calling and texting only. While the phone does have facebook & twitter access, with no 3G or Wi-Fi you'll be waiting so long for your social media you'll be feeling quite antisocial by the time you eventually get a connection. The same goes for web browsing.
Battery life is similar to the original, which is to say a good few days between charges and a lot better than a smartphone.
We'd hesitate to describe this as an enhancement of the original Tocco Lite. OK, so it has the looks and the new capacitive touchscreen is easier to use. The 3.5mm headphone jack is welcome. But it still lacks the tools to make it into a modern phone - particularly 3G or Wi-Fi. And in some ways it is actually less capable than the original phone from 3 years ago!
But it is cheap. So, as a basic phone for someone who has no need of web browsing, social networking and all the rest, this could fit the bill. Alternatives include the Samsung Galaxy Y - an Android phone with tons more features. Or you could choose a QWERTY keyboard phone like the Orange Rio 2, which has fast 3G internet access.
Features of the Samsung Tocco Lite 2 include:
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Reviewed by Bethanne from Uk on 27th Dec 2012
Reviewed by Simon from England on 24th Aug 2012
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