Samsung Tocco Lite 2 review

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

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While it looks and feels as cheap as it is, the Samsung Tocco Lite 2 actually packs a lot of features into its diminutive shell. In fact it's 3G and an app store away from being a basic smartphone.

But from its stubborn touch screen to its terrible video camera it's clear that not all of its features work well.

Equally at the level it's priced at the Tocco Lite 2 is facing competition from actual smartphones as much as other feature phones.

We liked

The battery in this thing is great, running on and on, well beyond when many other phones (smartphones in particular) would sputter out. Samsung's also remembered that a phone first and foremost is for making calls and as such it handles that really well.

The amount of messaging options is impressive too; from various instant messengers to Samsung's own ChatON service, there's a lot more than just text and email here.

Add to that a solid music player – that also does a decent job of managing and sorting your music – and the Samsung Tocco Lite 2 begins to look like a decent prospect.

We disliked

The lack of 3G really hurts the Samsung Tocco Lite 2. Feature phones often don't have 3G, but at this price it's competing with low-end smartphones as much as other feature phones.

The biggest problem though is that touch screen. Awkward and imprecise, it almost made us long for buttons, and, combined with the cramped keyboard it makes text entry a far from pleasant experience.

Final verdict

The problem with the Samsung Tocco Lite 2 is that it's a feature phone, not a smartphone, but it's priced at around the same level as some budget smartphones.

The Samsung Galaxy Y, for example, can be found at a similar price and the Orange San Francisco 2 and HTC Explorer are only slightly pricier. This puts it in competition with them and that's a competition that it just can't win.

It's not a terrible handset by any means, if it was running Android, had a better touch screen or a slightly lower price tag it would be worth considering.

As it stands, it's just not quite competitive enough. If you want all the bells and whistles of a smartphone then you can pay about the same and buy a smartphone.

On the other hand if all you want is a phone that does a good job of calls and texts and has a few features besides, you can get one for a lot less than this – the Nokia Asha 201 for example, which can be had for about £40 if you shop around.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
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
Product NameTocco Lite 2
Product LineTocco Lite 2
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S5220XKABTU
Manufacturer Website Address
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