Not too long ago the Tocco range of mid-market touchscreen phones were Samsung’s best-selling handsets. A lot has changed since then. It’s now Galaxy S kits that are leading Sammy’s charge, as consumers decide en masse that it’s high-end, Android kits that cut the mustard in 2011.
So how does Sammy's refresh of a classic bear up in the brave new tech world? uSwitch Tech put it through its paces to find out…
To the untrained eye, there isn’t much to distinguish the Icon from its predecessor the Tocco Lite. However, held side by side, it’s apparent that the Icon features a squarer form factor that makes it seem more modish than the candybar efforts of yore.
The Icon feels solid in your hand too, with dimensions and weight unchanged from the Lite edition. But there are subtle changes afoot, most obviously in the touchscreen. Samsung has ditched the creaky resistive display for a superior and much more responsive capacitive one.
The Tocco Icon teams a three-inch display with three physical buttons at the foot of the screen. At 107.5 x 54 x 12.3mm, it’s more compact than the top of the range, four-plus-inch screen-toting kits that are in vogue these days, so scores high in the pocketability stakes.
The Icon’s omission of 3G support is disappointing, although that’s partly compensated for by the addition of Wi-Fi. And the Icon’s three-megapixel camera, sans autofocus and flash, is no great shakes either. But it’s fine if taking the odd fun snap or lo-fi video is what you want from your handset’s camera.
Even so, the Icon isn’t without some nice touches. One thing we were particularly taken with was the option to mute calls by turning the phone on its back. And battery life is excellent, too, with a full charge likely to last you a couple of days. Finally, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack on board as well, so you’ll be able to use your own headphones with the on board media player.
The Icon uses the same TouchWiz user interface as the Galaxy range, so offers ample scope for customisation and filling multiple screens with up to 15 widgets, apps and whathaveyou. The notification bar is also a pleasant surprise on a feature phone, enabling you to see when you get messages and whatnot.
Twitter and Facebook integration is good and present with messages aggregated in one place via Samung’s Social Hub, so it’s easy to keep up with your nearest and dearest.
Alas, the range of apps isn’t anything like as broad as Android. But there’s still plenty of games, diversions and more practical apps like Google Maps on board.
Ease of use
Simplicity is one of the Icon’s strongest suits. Setting up email is a breeze – something that can be tiresomely complex on lower end handsets. Meanwhile, the responsive, amply sized display and large onscreen buttons mean that this is a handset that even touchscreen novices can get to grips with.
Overall Mark: 7/10