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Samsung's Tocco is yet another handset with a full frontal touchscreen. I am immediately reminded of the F490, the F700, LG's KF600, and of course the iPhone in both its original and 3G flavours.

Well, here we go again with the Samsung Tocco, which is available from all the major network operators from free depending on your contract choice. My review sample came from Orange.

This time around, just to help differentiate the Tocco from the crowd, Samsung has come up with what it calls a unique user interface that lets you personalise how you use the phone. I'll get to that in a moment. But first let's talk design.

This is a mobile phone that shouldn't trouble most pockets. At 98.4mm tall, 55mm wide and 11.6mm thick it is on the small side. It is a pity that Samsung couldn't break 100g, but its 106g weight is really no hardship to carry around. It is extremely comfortable to hold the phone in one hand and tap at the screen with the thumb.

Just to add a little something extra to proceedings, the phone comes with a second battery cover that has a screen protector attached to it. Once fitted, the screen protector flips up from the bottom of the handset, shielding the screen from scratches without adding the significant extra bulk of a case.

The front fascia of the phone is shiny black apart from the screen, and there's a flash of silver surrounding the speaker, and another that forms a strip beneath the screen. That strip offers three buttons: Call and End, with End doubling as the on/off switch, and a longer lozenge which drops you into the shortcut menu. There is a selection of five applications on the shortcut menu: Music Player, Messages, Internet, Call and main menu.

Around the edges are a rocker for volume control; a hold button that disables the touchscreen; a camera key; and a jack for Samsung's extremely annoying proprietary multifunction socket that charges the phone, accommodates the provided stereo headset and connects the Tocco to a PC via USB.

The front screen measures 2.8 inches diagonally, putting it on a par with the screens of the more portable Windows Mobile devices. It delivers 320 x 240 pixels and 262 thousand colours. I found it clear and sharp to read and easy to use.

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July 4, 2008, 5:32 pm

nice - i'm buying one for my mum: i figured she'd like a touch screen because my phone has buttons she'd never ever use (nokia e65)

Judy Porter

July 13, 2008, 3:18 pm

yeh the touch screen is top, i had the Samsung f700, but the touch on the new Tocco is much more responsive and its a great size to use aswell. My mom bought me one from:

Its so unusual but gorgeous because it has been crystal-iced. The phone is great! Great review xx

James L Carver

October 20, 2008, 6:20 pm

This is a good phone, but has some serious issues!

The battery life is shocking and with moderate use only lasts one day on an overnight charge. It cuts out during calls and randomly shuts down.

I have now had mine for 3months- I had it instead of an iphone but it is not the phone to have instead!!

I will be selling mine as it is far too annoying for me to put up with- going back to Nokia.

I hope this is helpfull; but don't let my issues put you off if you feel that it would be the phone for you!


October 20, 2008, 6:42 pm

Thanks James - this is actually the message we were trying to get across to the anti-iPhone brigade but sadly most people had to buy it for themselves to be convinced...


June 6, 2009, 11:28 pm

yeah i av da tocco swell nd my battery dies all da time i like had to buy one of those chargers for my phone to plug into the car....

i have mine 3 months swell nd da battery is terriable i sent it back to where i got it nd dey sed that they but a new battery in but obviously there is something wrong wit da types of phones day are making

paul 20

July 31, 2009, 12:05 am

help! I CAN'T type info in on this phone when i'm browsing yhe internet! ie: domain names, passwords etc! can anyone help

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