With their first phone to embrace a bit of the Mediterranean going down so well, the new Samsung Tocco Ultra and Samsung Lucido continue the theme by being linguistic translations of ‘touch’ and ‘sleek’ respectively.
Do they have the red-blooded fire to earn their Italian names, or are they just dressed-up Eurotrash?
The Samsung Tocco Ultra and Lucido definitely have the Italian sense of fashion, both gorgeous handsets from a technical as well as a design perspective. The Tocco Ultra goes for the slider form factor whilst the Lucido is a candy bar, but they both have a common angular look with coloured accenting.
The Samsung Lucido is a Gallardo to the Tocco Ultra’s Lamborghini Murcielago, cheaper and less powerful yet still very much a refined and desirable machine. A quad-band GSM device, the S7220 Lucido is as sleek as the name suggests, an 11.8mm thin handset with a 2.2″ QVGA AMOLED display, a 5 megapixel autofocus camera, stereo FM radio and a robust media player, as well as GPS navigation with Google Maps.
An SD card slot allows you to rev up your memory, whilst Bluetooth 2.1 and USB 2.0 mean your accessories will have a good home here.
To manage to contain all of that horsepower in such a beautiful shell maintains the analogy, and when it starts off the line in UK stores (S7220 Lucido deals in today on Omio!), we will see if it has what it takes to reach the chequered flag!
The Samsung Tocco Ultra is a far more intimate affair, buoyed by the original handset’s touch credentials this phone goes a lot further towards making an impact in the high end market.
The engine is a lot bigger in this one with a 2.8″ AMOLED touchscreen display, a slide-out numerical keypad, an 8 megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash and geotagging, VGA video recording at 30fps, a media player + an RDS equipped FM radio and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP.
Shortcomings lie in the slightly weedy 80MB of internal memory. They are certainly to throw some more memory at it via an SD card, but it will need to be at least 8GB to turn heads these days. Luckily it does have support for the bulkier SDHC format, handling cards up to 16GB!
Let’s not overlook the amazing touch interface pioneered on the original Tocco, with widgets and a very responsive set of menus.
The ability to choose between using a touchscreen or a traditional keypad makes the Tocco Ultra a perfect ‘gateway’ handset for those looking to make the move into finger-based territory.
Both are great phones, but which has the flair to be numero uno? Well, it depends entirely on whether you prefer day-to-day functionality or a bit more of a unique experience…. The Lucido is a great handset, but the Tocco Ultra edges ahead with that little bit extra to make it feel special – certainly a weekend drive rather than a regular runabout.