So, what about that personalisation I alluded to earlier? Well, it comes in the shape of a ‘drag and drop’ system which you can use to put ‘widgets’ onto the main screen. The process is simple enough.
In the main screen there is a sidebar hidden away off the left tall edge of the screen. You can open this by tapping an arrow that pulls it out. This offers all available widgets. You just drag what you want across to the main screen.
The selection isn’t vast but does include games, photo album, today’s date, digital and analogue clocks, calendar, music player and FM radio. If you don’t want a widget you can drag it off the main screen and onto the sidebar. And you can drag the operator logo off too, which is rather nifty.
Other than that, using the Samsung Tocco is quite familiar. You can drag left and right to scroll though horizontal lists, and drag up and down to scroll through vertical lists. When music is playing you can drag along the progress bar to get to a set point in a tune and there is a draggable volume bar. When viewing photos you can drag up and down to scroll through images or call up a ribbon that displays image thumbnails or an image manager. When on the Web you can drag to move up and down or left and right in a webpage.
Entering text is a matter of tapping an onscreen keypad, and you get a little haptic response for screen presses. It works well enough, though I found dragging vertically through menus that don’t take up the whole screen a bit hit and miss. It was easy to drag beyond the menu box itself, and thus cancel out of the selection process. Also, the whole interface simply doesn’t have the pizzazz of the iPhone. The web browser, for example, lacks zooming capability and feels under-featured.
This is a pity because the Tocco is a 3G handset with HSDPA to 7.2MBps if you can find a connection, so web browsing is quite quick, and the large screen means the browser interface could have been a much more pleasant experience.
Music playback is here and there is 220MB of built in memory and a side mounted microSD card slot for expansion. Battery life was stunning, providing an impressive ten and three quarter hours of music from a full battery charge before deciding not to play any more. Even after that it stayed alive for ages giving a total of 15 hours 42 minutes of life.