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Samsung Tocco F480 - Samsung Tocco F480

By Sandra Vogel

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8

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There is a front facing camera for two-way video calling, and the main camera shoots stills at 5-megapixels. It has a flash, and features face detection technology and an image stabiliser. Oh, and smile mode. This, bizarrely enough, only shoots a photo if it detects that your subject is smiling. Even more bizarrely, it worked. You just hold the shutter button down and wait for the victim to smile. The camera software does the rest.

There is no specific macro mode but on test the camera did well with close ups. The pink flowers were shot at close range and definition is good. They are a slightly deeper hue than the photo suggests, but the image is pretty good.

The cat photo is quite clear and sharp too. But it does show up one problem with this phone - a slight shutter lag. She was actually looking up in the air when I clicked the shutter button.

Indoors with the phone set on auto mode, and under normal household lighting, the camera fared less well. The coloured dish photo is good, but not outstanding. Its background should be white and its colours aren't quite as vibrant as they could be. The outdoor chair photo is, not surprisingly given what has gone before, very acceptable. Detail is good, and the camera didn't have too much trouble dealing with the parts of the subject that were in shade or bright sun.

There is no Wi-Fi which is a real pity on such a sophisticated handset. Samsung would do well to look at including this on its higher end mobiles in the future.

Verdict

The Tocco is easy to use, the Widgets feel gimmicky but actually work quite well, and the camera, apart from its shutter lag problem, is good for a mobile phone. As I've come to expect from Samsung, battery life is impressive too. This is Samsung's best touchscreen effort to date, but the company needs to refine the web browser - why no full screen view or widescreen mode? - and add in a touch-QWERTY keyboard to accompany the T9 effort.

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ilovethemonkeyhead

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:


http://www.crystal-iced.com/


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!

Gordon394

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...

Marie

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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