Conclusion: Online the Tocco Icon retails for around £80 - a relatively low price considering you get WiFi and some useful - and has some really interesting features for anyone keen on social networking. Although this puts this in the same category as the Vodafone Smart, which offers Android and 3G and the Orange Stockholm, which are both superior phones.
Summary: The quality of connection is above criticism. The ringtone is loud, but the vibro is not always felt.
The model costs €130, which is an impressive value for money. You have not many alternatives. Nokia has Nokia 5228 with better screen, more software options and a price, which is €15-20 lower. On the downside, this ordinary touchscreen model is not very convenient. Among the older offerings a slightly more expensive, but more feature rich alternative is LG Optimus GT540.
Conclusion: with the Samsung Star II is quite satisfying. We heard the voices in the earpiece rather clear, and its volume is enough too. On the other end our friends could hear us well, too, with no weird distortions. The doesn't have official talk times yet, but the handset behaved typically for a feature phone, lasting more than two days of average use before the charge diminished significantly.
Conclusion: Samsung have long been trying to recapture the best-selling magic of the original Star. A sequel is now official but we’d be wrong to call two of a kind. Samsung have a full house of Star clones already. Anyway, when we heard the Star II was coming we were excited to see how Samsung was planning to live up to expectations. After we saw the specs the excitement waned and we started looking for differences.
Pros: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, GPRS/EDGE class 12, Dimensions: 107.5 x 54 x 12.4 mm, 94 g, 3" capacitive TFT touchscreen, WQVGA resolution (240 x 400 pixels), TouchWiz 3.0 UI, 30MB onboard storage, Hot-swappable microSD card slot (up to 16GB), 3.5mm audio jack, 3 megapixel fixed focus camera with smile detection, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, microUSB v2.0, Document viewer, Smart unlock, Smart dialing, Accelerometer sensor, FM radio with RDS, DNSe, SNS integration, Find...
Cons: No 3G, Low-res display, Basic fixed-focus camera with no flash, Poor video recording – QVGA@15fps, Poor web browser, Laggy user interface
Summary: Samsung are organizing to repeat the succession of Samsung Star by releasing the predecessor referred to as Samsung S5260 Star II. Like a featured cellphone,Samsung Star II offers a 3 mega pixel digital camera with video clip capture capacity, Music Participant, FM Radio, 3 inch TFT touch display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity choices, as well as accelerometer sensor.
Samsung S5260 Star II preview: New Star from Samsung
31 January 2011
Excerpt: It's official, the Samsung S5230 Star has a successor. The Samsung S5260 Star II, as it's called, assumed some of the original features and came up with some great upgrades. As a consequence, a capaci...
Summary: The first Samsung mobile handset I reviewed was a clamshell unit that could automatically open and close itself at the press of a button. It also came with two battery packs. Neither of these features can be found with this next Samsung handset.
Conclusion: Overall, the Samsung Tocco Icon isn't a massive step up from the Tocco Lite, but the inclusion of a capacitive touchscreen is certainly a compelling reason to buy if you liked the original phone. The compact chassis, slick design and ease of use also add to the package, while the features such as the straightforward audio player and the sneaky fake call function may appeal to some.
Pros: Compact, slick design, good call quality, affordable, easy to use, large screen