Samsung F480 Tocco Touch Screen Review - The Good and Bad Points

First Impressions

Bought this phone about 3 months ago now and decided to buy it outright cheaply on ebay just incase as at the time I had a hard decision choosing between the samsung f480 tocco or the iphone.Kind of glad I waited for the iphone considering the Apple iphone 3g s was released a couple days ago.

The Attraction

The main reason I went for samsung Tocco was that it was a nice compact size compared to the apple iphone and it was my first touch phone, I thought I should go for something simple and sleek. Seemed to be the perfect fit:)

Tocco - Touch Me

And also incase your wondering why you keep seeing the word Tocco, its because its some fancy european word that means touch or something like that, so samsung decided to use it for there new line of touch screen phones.

The Good

I'll start with the Good First then i shall get to the Bad aspects of the phone.

Compact Design and Casing

The f480 is a very nice compact shape and perfectly fits into my mobile phone pocket on my jeans which is a plus. It also doesn't have a cheap plastic outer shell so it actually feels like a decent phone and not some toy.

The case is also very easy to slide off when you need to , to replace the battery or insert your sim card.

Phone Lock

Not a huge advancement in phone technology but no more of that star and hash combination to lock and unlock your phone its simply a nice small button on the top, and its very handy.

Screen Quality

The quality of the screen is very nice and it has amazing colors on the phone which make the phone look great. It also has great brightness so its not a dull experience when your using it , but brightness cannot always be great with glare I will go over that in the Bad's section. The screen also seems quite scratch proof and I haven't managed to scratch it up yet.


Now a huge aspect of this phone is the widgets, there are around 7 different widgets you can customize and place wherever you like on the display screen. Just a quick intro on widgets its like a tiny application that runs on your display screen like the time, the picture of the day, birthday notices, music player , world clock and a few more.

This means you can customize your phone and play around with these widgets and set them up the way you want. I believe this is one big selling point for this phone even though it may not seem like a big thing you will find yourself using these widgets very quickly.

Menu & Navigation

The menu's are very bright and vibrant and the little icons are nice looking and not poorly drawn like on some shocking motorolla phones i have seen:P. Navigation is very easy and pain free.

Web Browser

This phone was also aimed at facebookers and people browsing forums and the screen size accommodates web browsing very well.

Watching Video's

I found this phone amazing for watching video's and found it great for watching movies on the train. The picture quality is great and there is no lagg or anything.

Memory Card

This phone supports up to 8gb of additional memory, and is great as I watch movies off the memory card with no trouble or lagg, its also easy to move files from phone's memory to memory card.

Its a BRiiiickk Phoone
Its a BRiiiickk Phoone
Nooo cmon it aint that bad:P
Nooo cmon it aint that bad:P

The Bad

so first of all , when i get a phone I try and use all the features and I soon discover the phones weakness's this is what stood as the bad points for me

No Wifi

No wifi capabilities meaning I couldn't connect to my home's wireless internet to browse i have to rely on WAP or GPRS , which frankly is a rip off to pay for.

No Bluetooth Private Area Network

This phone has bluetooth but only the sort that can connect between two phones and does not allow you to connect to your computers private area network and access your home network in that way. Its almost designed so you have to pay to go browsing online quite a pain. It can be setup if you got good geek skills and can mess around with gnome or can somehow manage to hook up internet through the usb port.

No QWERTY keyboard

This one shouldn't be a big deal , its not like a qwerty keyboard is a common feature in phones but every since the iphone had it everyone seems to want it, and thats me included after a while i just wanted to touch the letter i wanted and not do predictive text or tapping my screen like a mad man.

Bad Glare

On a bright sunny day this phone can be quite hard to see you'll have to pop it under ur jumper and look like a bit of a looney.

Camera Quality

Even though it comes with 5 mega pixel camera to me it seems very grainy unless that's just the screen quality. Even with motion blurr on it doesn't seem to handle some basic movements but then again I dont think most phones deal with motion too well.


people often complain of lagg, and I only notice lag during menu navigation but never when texting a message so its not a big deal. I guess thats the price you pay for nice looking graphics.

Reading Documents, PDF, Powerpoint etc

This was one feature that attracted me to the phone but I dunno why now, as reading a document can be horrible experience on this phone, The screen is probably 1 cm too small for viewing documents, You will find yourself constantly zooming in and out , panning left and right. Its ok if your having a leisurly read of a travel guide and not trying to get to the end of a detective thriller novel.

USB - Transferring files to and from computer

For me I found this process very slow , so if you are transferring files always do it to the phone's memory and not your memory card or you'll be waiting years. Your finger nails will have grown so long by the time its complete you wont be doing much touch screening:P

Headphone Connection

Ok so this is one silly point for the f480 , to connect your headphones which seem to be made for very deep ears:P you have to connect a little adapter to allow headphone connections, and then connect your headphones in:P so how you are walking around wrapped in cable:P and you wonder why people look at you strange as you listen to music while fighting off a bunch of mad baby squid.

Its not that bad, i guess it gives you the option of using your preferred headphones:)

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Basically this phone is a great little device with a few flaws:P even though I may have made it look worse than it is , its still a nice phone to use and carry around with you. The only real let down for me was the qwerty keyboard. Its an honest review so I hope it helps you make up your mind up about it:)

I might have left some things out , any questions let me know:)

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Comments 26 comments

Sian Davey 7 years ago

I have this phone and I think it's ok. really nothing special like it was meant to be. The thing that annoys me most is that it supports 8gb of memory, and is supposed to have an amazing music player, but 8gb of memory is a fair amount of songs, and unless i'm being a total retard, it won't let you search one, so i end up scrolling through hundreds of songs...:(

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expectus 7 years ago from Land Downunder Author

Hey Sian Davey, thats a good point about not being able to search through your music I never loaded enough music on there to have that problem. I agree with you this phone is decent but its nothing special especially with newer touch screen phones coming out all the time.

racey 7 years ago

this phone was not that bad at first then it started to break all the time iv put mine in for repair 4 times now first the charger port , then the battary , then the screen and ext and now because of the heat wave we r having it keeps laging and when i select somthing it doesnt go to wat i want it shoots down to the bottom of the list yay this phone is pissin me off i want an i phone plz

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expectus 7 years ago from Land Downunder Author

sorry to hear that racey, I haven't had any major problems with mine yet sounds like you desperately need a new phone. Must be some heat wave your having to make your phone play up like that.

heh yea I am tempted to get an iphone too

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lovemyself 7 years ago

I think the camera of this phone is so fine,but I don't like a phone with no keyboard.

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expectus 7 years ago from Land Downunder Author

yea i agree lovemyself having no qwerty keyboard kills me too

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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

great phone review. I like it. thanks for share.

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expectus 7 years ago from Land Downunder Author

thanks prasetio30 glad you liked it :)

lozzle 7 years ago

I got this phone a few days ago AND I LOVE IT!! its very easy to use and its got a great design. the screen is colourful and clear, its also quite sensitive so u dont have to worry about pushing down really hard. it has all the expected features and much more. I RECOMMEND it to anyone.

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expectus 7 years ago from Land Downunder Author

thanks for the comment lozzle, I agree it is pretty nice I guess its hard to do a review with picking it to pieces :) it does have a very good touch screen though its very clear and touch sensitive I can tap it lightly and works great

sophie 7 years ago

i have had this pohne for 5months now and recently i have noticed that when i go to touch the menu it wont let me but if i go to press the buttons it does i have tried taking the sim and battery out but this doesnt make any difference does anyone no how to fix this problem ?

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expectus 7 years ago from Land Downunder Author

hey sophie sounds like the accelerometer is dead, which is pretty much what controls your touch screen. Its strange that reseting the phone doesn't help has it been knocked around a bit or is the weather especially hot or anything like that?

Squiggle 7 years ago

I have been looking for a phone for a while now and have found this one and it seems perfect however after reading many reviews i have been told that it drops calls a lot. is this a major problem with the phone or nothing to worry about?

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expectus 7 years ago from Land Downunder Author

never had any problems with it dropping calls and I've had the phone for quite a while now. only reason it would drop out is keypad is activated and you somehow hang up with your ear :P i did that a few times.

other than that seems fine , just freezes every now and then buts it rarely happens

Squiggle 7 years ago

would you recommend this phone?

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expectus 7 years ago from Land Downunder Author

it is decent for a moderately priced phone but it can become slow when you start to store a lot of text messages, only down side is no wifi and lack of good appz apart from that its a solid phone to get

aRD 7 years ago

gettin dis phone soon

sounds gd

how much colud i get it 4?

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expectus 7 years ago from Land Downunder Author

bought mine off ebay quite cheap about 50% of rrp

Sammy 7 years ago

Hi, I've had this phone for a month now and its fantastic.. I want to know if there is any possibility of getting a qwerty keyboard on it... Are there any new ways to do it? It makes it difficult to use the one it has because my fingers dont move easily enough to be pressing buttons a hundred times over & over again

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expectus 7 years ago from Land Downunder Author

not that i know of I think some people are working on a patch, you could just use predictive text or do you prefer other method

Emmy 6 years ago

I got my Tocco F480 like a year ago and know part of my phone is kind of dead. For example the calculator. I'm pressing the 1 but it either doesn't work or pops to 2. And then when I'm pressing 2 it goes to 3! :@

Anyways, it's like a so cool phone but one bad thing: no QWERTY keyboard. :'(

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expectus 6 years ago from Land Downunder Author

sounds like your accelerometer has played up

Brielle 6 years ago

Well , im dealing with a quite annoying problem which that i have dropped my phone a few times before allthough not recently and its worked perfectly fine until the other night when i thought i wasnt picking up reception and turned it off when i went to turn it back on it came to the pin screen for my sim card. However the touch on my screen would not work at all ive turned it on and off put another sim in taken the battery out but nothing i try seems to do a thing at all. The touch screen will not work at all it still charges however the call end call and the back button still work and if i plug the microphone in and press the button it will work but to take the page off and get back to the main page i have to press the back or end call button.. My phone is basicly of no help to me at all now.And i dont know where or how much to get it repaired would be.

luk63 5 years ago

i hate this phone because every time i put it in my pkoet and move it opens my adress book and phones some one for example i phoned the police once that was bad

mahdi hasan 5 years ago

great phone review. I like it. thanks for share.

Dominic Diplock 4 years ago

I'm thinking of buying one and giving it to my girlfriend. is it worth it? for around £10-£20 in used condition and unlocked sim?

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