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Samsung Tocco Icon review: Samsung Tocco Icon

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The Good Smart phone functions on a feature phone; compact size; impressive battery life.

The Bad Speaker isn't powerful enough; no 3G data connectivity.

The Bottom Line The Tocco Icon is a feature phone that feels and operates like a smart phone. Its svelte frame and impressive battery life make it ideal for younger mobile users, but the lack of 3G connectivity will leave heavy net-surfers feeling a bit deflated.

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7.5 Overall

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The Samsung Tocco Icon is the sequel to the popular Tocco Lite and offers smart phone functionality in a feature phone package. The lack of 3G is the phone's biggest failing, but it still manages to hit more targets than it misses.

The Tocco Icon is available on pay-as-you-go for around £90. You can also pick it up for around £100 SIM-free.

Thinks it's a smart phone

Although the Tocco Icon looks a lot like its forerunner the Tocco Lite, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Samsung had upped its game by pre-loading the device with Google's Android operating system.

The firm's TouchWiz UI -- which not only graces its Android-based Galaxy range but also its Bada line, too -- offers a slick smart phone experience. You can rearrange your home screen, connect to social networks, access email and even surf the web via Wi-Fi -- all activities you might normally consider to be the sole preserve of smart phones -- yet the Tocco Icon is a feature phone.

You can place widgets on the home screens to personalise your phone.

Samsung has a fondness for widgets and there are 14 available on the Tocco Icon. These can be laid out on your home screens in almost any manner you wish, and you can download others via Samsung's dedicated apps site.

Raising the bar

Elsewhere, we loved the pull-down notification bar. Granted, it's an idea stolen shamelessly from Android, but it's incredibly useful. Not only can you see what messages you've received, but you can also toggle settings such as Wi-Fi, silent mode and Bluetooth.

The Tocco Icon's built-in accelerometer allows you rotate the screen for various activities but it also permits other cool tricks. Samsung has taken a leaf out of HTC's book by including the ability to mute a call by turning the phone over -- a feature which is common in many HTC Sense UI handsets.

Almost every phone is offering some kind of social networking functionality, and the Tocco Icon is no exception. The built-in Twitter and Facebook apps work well enough, but they lack the complexity of their smart phone counterparts.

Tidy package

Another impressive aspect is hassle-free support for email. We hooked up our Gmail account in seconds, and you can link other services too. After struggling with the same kind of operation on other feature phones, this was quite a relief.

The excellent pull-down notification bar is a concept borrowed from Android.

What makes all these elements even more remarkable is the fact that they’ve been shoehorned into a compact chassis. The Tocco Icon is incredibly light at just 94 grams, and won't cause your pocket to bulge like smart phone monsters such as the HTC Desire HD and Dell Venue Pro.

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