Compared: Samsung Wave vs. Samsung Tocco Lite

by Jerry D on January 27, 2011

The Samsung Tocco Lite has been racking up sales thanks to a decent (if unspectacular) specification and a budget price tag. But compare it to the under-appreciated Samsung Wave and it’s really no contest. Like a speeding truck vs. a road-crossing hedgehog…

Samsung Wave versus graphic Compared: Samsung Wave vs. Samsung Tocco Lite Samsung Tocco Lite


The innards of the Wave come packed with 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP connectivity. The Tocco Lite lacks any 3G connectivity and doesn’t include Wi-Fi. But there is Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP connectivity. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

Compare the two handsets and the Wave has dimensions of 118.0 x 56.0 x 10.9mm; the cheap as chips Tocco Lite is 104.0 x 53.0 x 11.9mm. The Wave is the bulkier handset of the two. But neither the Wave or the Tocco Lite is unwieldy. The former weighs 118g; the latter weighs a mere 93g. (1-1)



First, let’s examine the Wave, which packs a 5.0 Megapixel camera (2592 x 1944 pixels) with extras that include: autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile/blink detection, image stablilization and HD video recording. For video calls, there’s also a front-facing camera.

In this battle, the Tocco Lite comes off worse. Far worse. There’s Smile detection functionality and last-generation QVGA video capture, but its lowly 3.15 Megapixel camera just isn’t up to the modern standards of the Wave. (2-1)


Samsung has built the Wave with a 3.3-inch touch-sensitive display. Its AMOLED screen has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. With its 3.3-inch display and an overall pixel count of 384000, the Wave has a pixels per inch rating of 282.727.

At only 3.0 inches, the Tocco Lite’s touch-sensitive LCD screen has less room. It also boasts a lower resolution (only 240 x 400 pixels) than the Wave. So, in comparison, there are 96000 pixels onscreen, giving the Tocco Lite a pixel density of 155.333 pixels per inch. Poor. (3-1)

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These days, speed is crucial and the Samsung Wave features an ARM Cortex A8 chip, ticking along at 1GHz. The Tocco Lite has an unspecified processor running at an unknown speed. Undoubtedly slow though. (4-1)


Samsung uses its own Bada OS on the Wave, an improvement over the OS used on the Tocco, which features the Touchwiz 1.0 UI. (5-1)


The 2GB in the Wave trumps the 50MB capacity of the Tocco Lite. The Wave also features a microSD slot to boost the storage to a roomier 34GB. You can also expand the memory of the Tocco Lite in the same way. But the maximum is 16GB. (6-1)

Battery life:

Battery performance will vary, but Samsung says that the Wave can deliver 8.5 hours of talktime, while the Tocco Lite is rated at 10.0 hours. Standby time is quoted as 450 hours and 600 hours respectively The Tocco Lite steals it here. (6-2)

Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.



The Wave also includes a stereo FM radio with RDS, FM radio recording, GPS/A-GPS, Samsung Mobile Navigator software and a digital compass. The Tocco Lite features a stereo FM radio with RDS and… well, that’s really it. (7-2)

The Samsung Wave wins!

samsung wave s8500 Compared: Samsung Wave vs. Samsung Tocco Lite So where was this fight horrible mauling won? The Samsung Wave has the most versatile OS (although still inferior to iOS and Android…), the highest-spec camera, the most memory out of the box, the superior display, the fastest processor, the bigger of the two screens… Need we go on.

See if these two phones make our Top 10 Best Smartphones list…

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