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Samsung Tocco Lite 2 review

Will Samsung's budget handset see the same success as the original Tocco Lite?

Contacts and calling

The Samsung Tocco Lite 2 is a handset that's remembered that phones were designed for calling people.

Samsung Tocco Lite 2 review

With that in mind, contacts and the dial pad can be accessed by an icon at the bottom of any home screen, as well as through the main menu.

You can also put additional shortcuts to your contacts or dial pad on any home screen or even use a widget to give yourself quick access to a few favourites.

Adding contacts is easy too and can be done from a menu option on the contacts screen.

Samsung Tocco Lite 2 review

In a disappointing, but minor, omission there is no smart dialing and though there are Facebook and Twitter apps built into the phone, neither of these have any integration with your contacts.

But once you get through to someone the connection is good. We experienced no dropped calls and even in poor signal areas it was possible to have a conversation.

When you consider that there are also soft-touch dial and end-call buttons, this is a phone that handles calls well.

Messaging

Messaging is also handled well, though isn't without its share of problems.

It's intuitively laid out, new messages can be opened from the lock screen, pictures, audio and video can easily be attached to a message and you can even send emails from the messages application.

Samsung Tocco Lite 2 review

Reading messages is a breeze too. They can be viewed as either individual items or as part of a conversation thread.

Having both almost seems redundant but at least it gives you the choice of how you want to view them.

So far so good, but actually typing a message is problematic as the keyboard is small and cramped, which, combined with the inconsistent responsiveness of the touch screen, makes it an awkward affair.

Considering the size of the screen it's also a given that there is no landscape mode.

Samsung Tocco Lite 2 review

In its defence Samsung does try to make things easier.

The Samsung Tocco Lite 2 has a reasonably accurate auto-correct and it's possible to switch from a QWERTY keyboard to a keypad of the type you'd have used back in the days when phones actually had buttons.

In addition to text message and email, the Samsung Tocco Lite 2 also has Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Gtalk, Facebook chat and Samsung's own ChatON service built in.

So all in all it really gives you a lot of communication options.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory20 MB
Built-in FlashNo
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE
SAR Value0.53 W/kg
GPS ReceiverNo
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyTocco Lite 2
Cellular Generation2.75G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Multi-touch ScreenNo
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemProprietary OS
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time14.70 Hour
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Screen Resolution240 x 400
Touchscreen TypeResistive
Weight (Approximate)95.5 g
Maximum Video Resolution240 x 320
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density155 ppi
Height102 mm
Width58 mm
Depth11.6 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time625 Hour
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameTocco Lite 2
Product LineTocco Lite 2
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S5220XKABTU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Simply Your Stylish Best

Keep it simple but stylish with Tocco Lite 2's timeless modern design. Modular form with rounded edging and metallic framing is classically contemporary. Sparely elegant face with minimal essential keys maintains the easy minimalist aesthetic. Very thin at 11.5mm but surprisingly comfortable to touch, hold and enjoy.

More Social Opportunities, More Fun

Global messaging system links all Samsung devices and more for easy multimedia messaging, group chat, buddies and other exclusive features - all without ID or PW. Push IM enables truly instant messaging on ChatON or mFluent (MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk). Favoured SNS sites Facebook and Twitter are native applications, enhanced for mobile. Push email immediately alerts you to new email in your inbox.

Limited Warranty2 Year