Samsung Tocco Lite review: Samsung Tocco Lite

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good

Average User Rating

3.5 stars 27 user reviews
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The Good Responsive, bright touchscreen; built-in links to social-networking sites; expandable memory card slot; good battery life.

The Bad No 3G connectivity; poor YouTube quality; troublesome USB connection; user interface can be confusing; no headphone adaptor.

The Bottom Line The Samsung Tocco Lite does a good job of scaling down touchscreen tech to fit in a pocket-sized, bargain-basement phone. A bright, responsive touchscreen ensures that basics like dialling and texting pose no problems, and the 3.2-megapixel camera is decent too. But, without 3G, the Lite doesn't so much surf as paddle the Web

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The Samsung Tocco Lite aims to take the touchscreen to the streets. Its biggest drawback is its lack of support for 3G, but it's a surprisingly good phone, considering its bargain price. Its resistive touchscreen is vivid and snappy, and it's got some fun widgets to keep things interesting.

The Lite is available from free on a £12-per-month contract with Virgin Media, or from £130 on Virgin Media's pay-as-you-go plan.

Screen

The Lite is a pocket-friendly phone that mostly consists of screen. By ditching the keypad, Samsung has managed to fit a 72mm (3-inch) touchscreen onto a palm-sized pipsqueak.

The screen is bright, with bold colours -- although it's no match for the AMOLED screen of its much more expensive cousin, the Tocco Ultra . It's also a resistive touchscreen, which we usually hate - - you need to exert pressure to make them respond, and they feel rather squishy, so they seem less responsive than capacitive touchscreens. But the Lite impressed us with its responsiveness. We found typing and dialling pleasant and quick, and we didn't feel the need to press hard with a fingernail or stylus. For such an inexpensive phone, the quality of the screen was a very pleasant surprise.

With such a good screen, Web browsing and watching videos should be a pleasure. But the Lite has no 3G or Wi-Fi connectivity, so it's slow to get online or download files. We tried out some YouTube videos and they were a tiny, garbled mess because of the extreme compression required. We also tried getting videos on the phone using the USB connection, but the Lite isn't as easy to sync as other Samsung phones we've tried -- our computer struggled to recognise it. We think your best bet is to invest in a microSD card and load that up with your media instead.

We found the Lite's resistive touchscreen surprisingly responsive

The Lite has a proprietary headphone jack and no adaptor, so we weren't able to test its music player with high-quality headphones. It comes with a pair of very basic, plastic earbuds with a hands-free microphone, and, unfortunately, you'll be stuck with them. But the Lite does support a good range of audio formats, from MP3 to WAV, and it also has an FM radio.

Camera

The 3.2-megapixel camera doesn't have a flash or LED photo light, so it's no surprise that it struggles in low light, producing very noisy photos. We were happy with the snaps taken in good light, however. As long as we used a steady hand, we were able to capture acceptable close-ups and shots from further away. Colour and exposure are satisfactory, especially considering this phone's low price.

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Samsung Tocco Lite

Part Number: CNETSamsung Tocco Lite

Typical Price: £130.00

See manufacturer website for availability.