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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: July 1, 2009 @ 11:19 am

    Review: Samsung Tocco Ultra

    Ciara O'Brien

    I can still remember the excitement of getting my first touch screen mobile phone. I thought it was the best thing I’d ever owned. I spent a couple of hours just dragging things around the screen, showing it off to friends, generally being a bit of a nerd.

    But then touch-screen fatigue set in. Every phone going has one now; it’s no longer a novelty. I blame the iPhone. These days, if it’s not touch screen, people don’t want to know.

    Right about the time I discovered how easy it is to mess up text messages on it, funnily enough. And then I got my hands on a Blackberry Curve and I remembered how much I like a proper keyboard, no matter how teeny. The touch screen had lost its appeal for me.

    Enter the Samsung Tocco Ultra. Unlike its predecessor, the Ultra not only has the touch screen interface, but also a slide out keypad. Like a regular, normal phone. One I don’t want to throw across the room.

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    Three things I like about this mobile phone:

    1. The keypad

    2. The 8 megapixel camera

    3. The ultra-bright screen (although less so when my phone rings at 2am)

    Three things I don’t like about this phone:

    1. Why it only has the ability to delete on the touch screen and not the keypad. Annoying and makes no sense.

    2. They’ve changed the charger size. Again. Although happily, it’s the same size as my Blackberry charger, so one charger fits both.

    3. I haven’t figured out where the GPS is just yet. The specs says it has GPS; I just can’t find it.

    The camera has been cracked out on several occasions, and so far, it’s performed pretty well. It won’t be replacing my point and shoot any time soon, but at least it’s a good stand-in on the rare occasion I don’t have the camera with me.

    Samsung has changed the position of the screen lock button, which makes it harder to accidentally unlock the phone while in your bag. And so far, despite rattling around in my bag for a few weeks, I’ve barely managed to scratch the screen.

    The Tocco Ultra is also 3G, so high speed internet access is available on the handset.

    Two thumbs up.

    • Dave says:

      i have a tocco ( samsung ) about 6 months now and wouldnt reccommend it to anyone.Fiddly screen and dropped calls are just 2 of the numerous problems with it.It went back to sandyford today because the camera stopped working, 1 and a half weeks to repair through the slow carphone warehouse system.They also wanted 35€ for replacement lend of a phone while being repaired.Do not buy this samsung Tocco,unreliable rubbish.

    • Ciara says:

      Tocco or Tocco Ultra? I’ve heard similar experiences with a few other people with the Tocco – not one I experienced myself – but I found the sound quality and coverage for calls much improved on this model.

      Some people complained about the screen not being as responsive as they’d like, but again, not something I found.

      The lack of a delete key on the keyboard is a bit of a pain though.

    • Aidan says:

      I have a regular Tocco and I really miss having a physical keypad. It takes me far longer to type up a quick text message. It is virtually impossible to text using just one hand. And the screen is heat-sensitive so you can’t use a stylus with it either.

      The upside is the browser. The whole side of ditching the physical keypad is that it makes more room for the browser screen and I certainly find I use my mobile to access the web a lot more and with greater ease since I got the Tacco.

      So the sliding keypad seems like an ideal solution.

      Price please?

    • Ciara says:

      On prepay:
      Vodafone: €399.99
      3 Ireland: €369.99
      O2: €379

    • Galvin Green says:

      My daughter has a new samsung tacco ultra. The screen cracked without dropping we found out when she got off her flight. The phone was in a case in her handbag.

    • The camera has been cracked out on several occasions, and so far, it’s performed pretty well. It won’t be replacing my point and shoot any time soon, but at least it’s a good stand-in on the rare occasion I don’t have the camera with me.

    • Galvin Green says:

      I have an I-phone now and I’ve got to say I’m still struggling when it comes to texting, I preferred the old method of texting on a keypad, I have to agree I’m also very much over the touch screen