Samsung Tocco Lite 2 review

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

Samsung Tocco Lite 2
Take 2... can Samsung get it right second time round?

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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.

James Rogerson

James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to, and and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.