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Phone Review - Samsung Tocco Lite

Updated on May 25, 2010

After a drunken incident with my Nokia 6300 involving some flailing limbs and a pint of water, I decided it was time for a new phone. After coming to the conclusion that a touchscreen was the way to go I then had to pick between a Samsung Tocco Lite and an LG Cookie. Having looked at online reviews there didn’t seem to be much to choose between then two. What was holding me back from buying the Tocco was that I knew two people who bought the old version and had had their memory completely wiped just out of the blue one day. But it was just such a nicer phone than the Cookie, so much more elegant; as my sister pointed out, the Cookie did look kind of childish. When it came to actually buying, I asked the woman in store and she said the old Toccos were rubbish but that the new one didn’t have those problems and was a million times better than the Cookie. Problem solved!

Samsung Tocco Lite Specifications

Dimensions: 53 x 104 x 12 mm

Weight: 94 g

The Samsung Tocco Lite has many features that I’ve wanted in a phone for a long time. It has a good camera, 3.2 megapixels, which is the same as my old camera (which is rubbish for a camera but not so bad for a phone). I haven’t got around to uploading any of the photos I’ve taken but from, the quality on the screen I can tell that they are good. A massive improvement on the camera on my last phone, and it has lots of different settings so you can edit your photos whilst they are still on the phone. (When I have uploaded some of my photos I will put one onto here as a demonstration).

The thing that this Samsung has that I’ve always wanted from a phone is a USB that connects the phone to the PC. I know that many phones come with a USB, especially phones that are designed with high specifications for music or cameras like Sony Ericssons. But if, like me, you have a camera for taking photos and an mp3/iPod to listen to music, and just want to be able to put a few songs on your phone as a ring/message tone, then this is great.

There is also a widget on this phone, and for those of you that don’t know what that is, it’s a shortcut that you can scroll down to quickly get to the applications you use most. You can customize it (which I only learned to do today) so that the things that are actually important (creating a message, organiser) are right there. I think this is becoming common on many Samsungs now. This saves you having to go all the way through the menu to find what you want. You can also drag shortcut icons onto the screen if you wanted everything to be that bit easier. Making it look more like a computer desktop. I found that doing this makes the screen look too cluttered but if this doesn’t bother you then it’s another excellent feature.

When writing messages you can choose to have your keyboard set out like a regular phone keypad with either predictive text or non-predictive text (is there a word for this) or you can turn the phone on its side and it produces a QWERTY keyboard. I still prefer to use predictive text, but my mum who bought this phone yesterday prefers the QWERTY keyboard.

Problems

So far I have not had any major problems with the Samsung Tocco Lite, or found anything that I’m not happy with. But I’ll just flag up a few things to be aware of:

Firstly, even on the highest settings the vibrate isn’t very strong. If you rely on feeling your phone vibrate in your pocket on just rely on the vibrate generally, the chances are you won’t feel/hear it. I wouldn’t say this is a massive problem and certainly not a reason not to buy this phone, it was just very noticeable to me since I was used to jumping out of my skin on a daily basis when my old phone vibrated across the table.

The only other problem really worth mentioning is that sometimes you have to touch the screen in just the right place in order to touch the button you mean. I notice this especially when adding words to the dictionary through predictive text. The area you need to touch is really small and sometimes the phone just doesn’t seem to recognise what I am doing and it takes a while before I can get it to press the button I mean.

Conclusion

To anyone wondering if they are ready to branch out into the world of touchscreen phones I would say that this phone definitely makes it easy. The buttons, although touchscreen, are much bigger than you would get on a blackberry or one of these other phones that pretends to be one. I’ve not been left wanting for anything on this phone. It has all the things I’ve wanted but failed to find in a phone before. The screen is very big and the colour quality is very good. Like purchasing a phone from a manufacturer you’re not familiar with, it takes a certain amount of getting used to but one you’ve got the hang of it it’s good fun and easy to use. I would recommend this to anyone!

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      abby 7 years ago

      what memory card does it take

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      lorraine 7 years ago

      micro sd memory card

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      Jessica 7 years ago

      how do you put music and photes on it?

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      jenblacksheep 7 years ago from England

      It comes with a programme u can upload onto your pc and a USB. I dno about photos but u can definitely use that to put music on it.

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      Jessica 7 years ago

      Ok Thank you.

      I've put the disc in and installed it now what??

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      jenblacksheep 7 years ago from England

      It's been a while since I used my phone wit the software, but I think you just connect the phone to the computer with the USB and the rest is fairly self explanatory. I'm fairly sure there are on-screen instructions that'll tell you what to do

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      Aoife 7 years ago

      how do you text while on the phone to someone and be able to read your messaages and go to your menu?Pleasee Help :(

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      jenblacksheep 7 years ago from England

      I'm not sure how you do things while you talk on the phone. My mum had that problem. I don't actually make phonecalls enough to really try it out. I think maybe the keypad locks when you get a phonecall so you have to unlock it before you can do anything.

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      Yassie 7 years ago

      Hi

      You mentioned adding the word to the dictionary in predictive text but how do you do it! I notice you said the phone sometimes doesn't recognise where you're pressing but I can't find it at all! Very frustratiing!

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      rahat 7 years ago

      what memory does it take and im having trouble downloading pics and music on my phone to the usb

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      jenblacksheep 7 years ago from England

      @Yassie - To add a word to the dictionary in predictive text you have to press the up/down arrows until it gives you the option to add a word. then you press on that and it allows you to add. Much more used to the phone now and I have less trouble doing that.

      @Rahat - someone mentioned before that it takes a Micro SD memory card. I can't say that's something I know about but that's what I'm told. I don't know what to suggest about downloading pics and music, I've not had a problem with that. If it's not working then perhaps you need to take it back or ask in the shop you bought it.

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      Krabby Patty 7 years ago

      I have installed the program but when i plug in the USB, it says "cannot save file" when i try to put music on it. Help please :)

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      anna 7 years ago

      i got a micro sd memory card in my phone, it was fine for a few weeks but then on my screen there was no icon of a memory card on it. It turned out that it had popped out of the slot,and it happens all the time now. It can take up to 100 pushes to finally keep it in the slot;it just keeps popping out! It's really annoying and I'd like to know if anyone else has had this problem or if i've just got a broken slot or summin.

      Other than that, its a great phone :) plz help with my prob thanx

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      jenblacksheep 7 years ago from England

      I have to admit I don't know anything about memory cards. I don't have an icon of a memory card, but I don't have a lot of things saved on my phone, so I guess I don't need a lot of extra memory. It might just be a fault with that particular phone, you might have to take it into a shop and ask.

      I'm really sorry I can't be more help :s

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      kat 7 years ago

      my husband put a bit of cardboard on my memory card when he put it in my phone as i was having the same problem with my memory card now it stays in no probs hop this help

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      Kyra 6 years ago

      How do you get Predictive Text?

      Please Help :)

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      saraah 6 years ago

      how comes i can't talk on the phone and message at the same time..?

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      jenblacksheep 6 years ago from England

      Sorry it's taken me so long to reply.

      Kyra: You get predictive text by pressing the T9 button on the message screen.

      Saraah: I've never tried talking and messaging at the same time, but many people don't realise that to access the keypad while on the phone you have to unlock the keypad, because it automatically locks when you are on the phone.

      Hope that helps!

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      Sophie_Carroll 6 years ago

      hey. it never used to do this but when i get a text message i can no longer see who it's from, there's just a blank space where the name should be. do you know how to change this? :)

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      Sarah 6 years ago

      Having the same problem as Sophie_Carroll, name no longer showing up when i receive a text, been looking online and can't find any info. Any help to put it back the way it was would be grateful :)

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      Rachel 6 years ago

      How can I get rid of words in the dictionary?A as i sometimes hit the language button and it spells words in foreign and when doing predictive u have 2 keep scrolling and it gets annoying just coz yr hand goes faster than the phone sometimes!!!! Do u understand what i mean???

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      jenblacksheep 6 years ago from England

      Sorry it's taken me so long to reply ... again. Don't have internet in my flat yet.

      Sophie and Sarah: I'm sorry I don't know how to fix that problem. It's not happened to me. I don't know if it's something that can be fixed or a problem with the phone. I'd suggest taking it back to a shop and asking them. Maybe it's a common problem, but I've not heard of it, Sorry.

      Rachel: I change the language by accident all the time in my phone, it's very annoying. I know what you mean but I'm not sure you can delete words from the dictionary. I wish I could though!!

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      bob 6 years ago

      how do you get rid of something you have put in the dictionary yourself on the samsung tocco

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      jenblacksheep 6 years ago from England

      I don't think you can. At the moment mine comes up with 'vid' whenever I type 'the'. I don't know how to stop it, I think you just have to wait a bit, and if you don't use the word for a while it'll stop coming up. Sorry I can't be more help

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      Sarah 6 years ago

      Found out how to sort the problem I asked about 4 weeks ago, the name of texter not showing up and just wanted to share how to sort it.

      Menu > Settings > Phone Settings > make sure 'Caller Information' is set to show. And anytime a text comes through the name of the texter will come up again. worked for me.

      Keep up the great work answering Qs Jen, hopefully this will be of some help also :)

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      jenblacksheep 6 years ago from England

      Thanks for the info Sarah, and thanx for coming back to share that. I fear I'm not doing so well in answering everyone's questions, but I'm doing my best.

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      Paul 6 years ago

      2 questions:

      (1) How do I enter a word in the dictionary soit comes up when i use predictive text when texting?

      (2) My contacts are listed by surname and I can't work out how to list them by first name.

      Does anyone have any ideas on how to do this?

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      jenblacksheep 6 years ago from England

      Hi Paul,

      1) To add a word to the dictionary you have to type it in in predictive text and when it comes up with a list of options that the word could be, you scroll through those words to the end and there it'll give you an option to add the word.

      2)My contacts all list by first name. I added surnames to a few and they still listed by first name. The only thing I can think of is that if you pick one contact and click Edit, the third box down shows how the contact will be displayed in the phonebook. That might be what you have to change.

      Hope that helps!

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      Rachummz 6 years ago

      I recently changed my password for accessing files. I then tried to look at my files and music and stuff and then all of a sudden it said my SIM password was incorrect. Is the sim password anything different from the password I needed? And also, my brother said (he's pretty much a technology geek) 'Turn off your phone and try again'. So I did... Then at that point, I realised that to turn on my phone completely I need to type in the password. I know what my password is but it says its wrong so I can't even turn on my phone now. I don't want to keep trying to type in my password because I'm worried that if its wrong then it will block me for trying it too many times. I would rather not go to a special store or something either because they are so expensive. Is there a way of somehow resetting the password, or even the phone itself if that is my only other option?? HELP!!!!

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      jenblacksheep 6 years ago from England

      I don't have any passwords on my phone at all, so I can only suggest to you what I would try, I don't KNOW the answer. Firstly, I would try putting your SIM card in another phone if you can, maybe your brother's? Then you can at least figure out if there is a problem with the SIM, or if it needs a different password. If you can't turn the phone on without a password then I don't think there's much you can do. You'll only be able to reset your password by calling someone up. You'll probably get three attempts at typing in a password, so try the old one and the new one and if that doesn't work then leave it.

      A password is supposed to keep your stuff safe, if someone stole your phone you wouldn't want them to just be able to reset the phone and the password etc. That's why if you don't know your password you have to go in store or call someone up.

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      Ellie 6 years ago

      how do i ring two people at the same time?

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      jenblacksheep 6 years ago from England

      I wasn't aware that you could ring two people at the same time. I've not read anywhere that you can. I just had a quick look online at mobile sites I usually use and none of them said anything about it either. So if you can do it I'm afraid I don't know how. Sorry.

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      t9litebooster 6 years ago

      @Rachel if you have added a word to your dictionary by mistake and it comes ahead of regular words on predictive text then re-add the word you actually want to the dictionary (a few times) and it will come first. So I randomly had N'OT coming up when i wanted 'not', so i added not twice and it comes first now. T9 Boosting!

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      jenblacksheep 6 years ago from England

      That's a great idea! Thanx

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      RiiTszXxXxXxXxX 6 years ago

      This phone is brilliant

      ii only had it for a month after i lost it on the tube but it was great

      even tho the internet was slow it was a nice little phone fitted in your pocket nicley and gave you joy it was great for texting and calling and the games were great you could never get bored of it

      iiLOVEthis phone

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      girlygirl2468 6 years ago

      How do u find out what is your SIM password on the samsung tocco lite, cuz i wanted to reset my message, call, ... counters but u need a to know your SIM password, but i have no idea what is my SIM password, so how do u find out what is your SIM password???

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      jenblacksheep 6 years ago from England

      I'm sure that to find a SIM password you have to call your network provider. A password protects your phone from other people tampering with it, so you're not going to be able to find the password on the phone.

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      beststellalady 6 years ago

      i have downloaded music to my phones internal memory but im not sure how to transfer from my internal memory to my memory card, although i can with my photos easily enough can someone pls assist me with my problem.

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      jenblacksheep 6 years ago from England

      I don't have a memory card so I'm not entirely sure. I had a quick look and if yours is the same as mine, then your music is all in 'Sounds' and at the bottom it says 'Manage' and then there's an option to 'move' if you click on that then you can select different tracks to move and I'm guessing yours would give you the option to move to a memory card?

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      Mia 6 years ago

      On my PC, I have downloaded the "Samsung New PC Studio", but whenever I try to open the file, a windows pops up saying: " Running Module Failed."

      I use my Tocco Lite as an MP3 a lot, and I am annoyed that I cannot transfer music and (maybe, if you can) pictures from my PC to phone (and vice versa).

      A lot of people use sites like Limewire illegally, and I would not like to have ill-gotten, illegal music or videos on my phone. If I do it myself from my CDs, I know that they are legal and not "dodgy."

      Also, I'd just like to say, a lot of people think that the LG Cookie is a great phone, and look down on the Tocco. But the Tocco is definitely better for these reasons:

      1. Looks a LOT nicer, quite classy, whereas the Cookie looks very tacky, plastic-y and childish.

      2. More megapixels (Only by 0.2, but still).

      There are SO many more reasons why the Tocco is better, and I simply could not write them all.

      I would recommend this to anyone who wants a fantastic phone!

      OK, so the Tocco Lite is a little more expensive than the Cookie, but why is a giant mansion more expensive than a tiny 1 bedroom flat? Well, the answer is simple. BECAUSE IT'S A LOT BETTER.

      Hope this helped anyone in doubt of buying the Tocco. I have had mine for nearly a year, and had no faults with it so far: I think that the comment I put at the top is to do with my PC.

      So, if you're looking for a new, touch-screen, brilliant phone, look no further than the Samsung Tocco Lite. It's really fantastic! (:

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      jenblacksheep 6 years ago from England

      Thanx for the comment Mia. Glad someone else agrees about Tocco being better than LG Cookie. Personally I think the Cookie looks really childish!

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      Sarah 6 years ago

      @Mia Hey, you can actually put files onto the tocco lite from a PC and vice versa without having to use the PC Studio or any program like it.

      Simply connect your phone via USB, and when prompted on the phone, choose 'mass storage'. Then you can access your folders on your phone via 'my computer' or it may autoplay once connected, which if its the case choose 'open folder to view files'. Music files or photos can be copied to and from the albums then. And staying legal, you can simply rip your CDs using windows media player or the like before adding the files onto your phone.

      And I do agree with both of you, the Tocco Lite does look better than the Cookie! It has some better features than it also :)

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      CheapMobilePhones 6 years ago from UK

      I have planned to get this phone. It is cheaper too which you cannot think of for any touch screen mobile phones

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      anonymus 6 years ago

      i lost the cd to download music onto it but i still have the usb connecter . how do you download music onto it or is there a certain website

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      jenblacksheep 6 years ago from England

      I haven't downloaded music onto my phone for aaaages. I think when you install the CD there is a programme on there that you use. I'm sure loads of people manage without the cd though. If you connect the phone with the USB connector presumably it recognises the device, and if you go into 'My Computer' or whatever the equivalent might be on your computer the drive should be there and maybe there is a folder that you can drag and drop music into.

      Hope that helps

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      Pimms 6 years ago

      Hi, I'm trying to put some pics on facebook from my phone but my laptop doesn't register that my phone is connected! Pls help!

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      jenblacksheep 6 years ago from England

      Presumably you've installed the cd? If you have and it still isn't working then you'll have to talk to the people in the store where you bought the phone. Sorry.

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      Heather 6 years ago

      I was wondering how I can change the name of songs on my phone, as some of the current song titles are wrong - thanks!

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      jenblacksheep 6 years ago from England

      I think that can only be done before you put the songs onto the phone, not once they're already on there

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      Victoria 6 years ago

      Hey, Great to find this page. I just got one of these phones today and for some reason, I can't set any of the music I have put on as message alerts or alarm tones. Any idea how I could do that? Thanks :)

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      jenblacksheep 6 years ago from England

      Hey, go to 'my files' then to 'sounds' and pick the song you want, then one of the options is 'set as' and that lets you set it as whatever you want!!

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      Dustin 6 years ago

      I bought one the other day is this a smart phone???

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      jenblacksheep 6 years ago from England

      no it's not

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      chantelle young 6 years ago

      help. when someone ring me i can't hear them

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      Niamhie 6 years ago

      Hey, I just got the phone today and it's pretty great but i can't get my sd card to fit.

      I used to have a sony ericsson w350i and i had a micro sd card for that but when i tried to fit it into the tocco lite its just too big.

      It says in the manual that it has to be a micro sd card and that's what it is so i don't get why it doenst fit. It's only literally a millimetre too big but i was wondering is there two types of micro sd cards?

      Thanks @jenblacksheep if you can help :)

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      Xx-Nom 6 years ago

      Hayy !

      I got this phone but i can't choose to keep the one ive got ( SGH i900V ) or have the tocco lite ! Its in its box and i can't take it out/ break the seal unless i make a descion! Any advice?

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      Amy 6 years ago

      Iv been looking all over the internet but have found nothing helpful at all just reviews. Basicly i have a memory card for my tocco lite but when i take pictures with my camera it automaticly saves to phone not memory card so all the time its telling me theres not enough memory and i can't find anyway in my settings to change it so it saves to memory card. Can anyone help?

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      jenblacksheep 6 years ago from England

      Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to everyone, I've been away.

      @Niamhie - I don't really know much about the memory cards, but I would be surprised if there were 2 different kinds of card that were 1mm different. If it really doesn't fit then maybe there's a problem with the phone.

      @XX-Nom - Obviously I really like the tocco lite. I've had mine for about 18 months now. The only problem I have with it is that sometimes it does things by itself while it's in my pocket coz it's quite easy to unlock. But as far as I know it's never actually rung anyone yet.

      @Amy - The only thing I can suggest is that when you go to you 'my files' and 'images' there is an option to 'manage' and that gives you the option to move photos. If that doesn't work then I don't know how you would do it ... Sorry!

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      Jean 6 years ago

      Hi, really good information on here. Just had my phone for 5 days and love it. Can i put a few songs on the phone without an SD card. Just a couple?

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      jenblacksheep 6 years ago from England

      Yeah, I've got a couple of songs on mine and I don't have an SD card.

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      psycho sam 6 years ago

      hey people if u just bought a new SD card for ur samsung tocco lite and the icon is not showing it will need formating to do this go on to settings - memory settings -memory card details- then at the bottom left hand side click format- then turn your mobile off and back on and you should have a black icon on ur screen waitt for this to turn white and you are ready to go (don't format if u have stuff on ur card already it will clear it all) hope this helps

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      EMILY 6 years ago

      HOW DO YOU CGHANGE THE LANGUAGE ON THE SAMUNG TACCO LITE?

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      jenblacksheep 6 years ago from England

      You go to 'settings', then 'phone settings' and languages is right there!

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      ken gillion 6 years ago

      can i shorten the time my phone vibrates, and lengthen the time it rings, please.

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      nicola 6 years ago

      is there a master reset button, the screen needs recalibirating but i can't click menu to get onto settings to do so. any ideas

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      jenblacksheep 6 years ago from England

      @ ken - no. i don't think so.

      @nicola - no. i don't think there is an external button that will reset the screen. I think the only thing you'll be able to do is take it into a store where they will be able to recalibrate it.

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      dave 5 years ago

      yes there is a calibration on the phone

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      Mairi 5 years ago

      Please DON'T get this phone. My samsung tacos screen need collaborated and I can't even click menu or settings to do it. Its just frozen and now I can't even do anything on to :(

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      jenblacksheep 5 years ago from England

      If you send it back to the manufacturer they'll probably fix it for you for free if you've not had it too long. That could happen to any phone ... I've never heard of it being a particular problem for Toccos. I've had mine for two years now and never had any problems with it.

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      Sheila Stone 5 years ago

      A contact has texted me his new number. I've been tryng on and off for 2 days to edit his number without success. Can anybody out there help me please.

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      Random 5 years ago

      If you get a picture through text how do you save it to my files,images??

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      Emily Oliver 4 years ago

      i have this phone and it is really good - i don't know how to put music onto my phone!!! mine is the limited edition one. i brought a awesome sparkly phone case for it at eden in wycombe. i have had my phone for 2 years to, and no problems at all.

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