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Samsung Tocco review: Samsung Tocco

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As the Tocco is a touchscreen handset, comparisons with the iPhone are inevitable. For the most part, it stands up well, but there are areas that could be improved a lot.

Right underneath the touchscreen are three hard keys that let you send and end calls, in addition to accessing a shortcut menu

In particular, the browser is poor compared to Safari. Whereas Safari makes full Web pages easily readable on the iPhone's small screen, the Tocco's browser struggles to pull off the same trick. The main problem is that there's no zooming feature to let you quickly hone in on areas of text or graphics. While you can move the page around by swiping your finger on the display, it's not as intuitive or as responsive as on Apple's handset.

There's no doubt that the TouchWiz interface is a huge improvement on Samsung's previous efforts, but we think it could still be tweaked further. Although it's mostly speedy, there are times when sluggishness creeps in to spoil the party.

Also, even though the smaller screen size on the Tocco means that it's a more petite handset that fits comfortably in your palm, the lack of screen real estate means that it's not quite big enough to fit a virtual keyboard. Instead, all input has to be done using T9, which isn't ideal when entering Web address or composing emails.

While the Tocco isn't quite an iPhone killer, it does look very stylish and offer up a plethora of great features, including an impressive camera and HSDPA support for speedy Web downloads. In our book, that still makes it one of the best touchscreen phones around at the moment.

Edited by Shannon Doubleday

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