Motorola Defy vs. Samsung Tocco Lite – Review

by Jerry D on February 4, 2011

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a decent smartphone. The Motorola Defy and the Samsung Tocco Lite are both smart-alec, touchscreen handsets that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. But which one offers the best combination of technology, features and software? We’ll let them fight it out…

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Connectivity:

The Defy is equipped with a 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps) chipset, along with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR/A2DP. Samsung’s Tocco Lite doesn’t have 3G connectivity, lacks Wi-Fi but does feature Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

The spec sheet reveals that there’s not much of a gap between the two – the Defy is 107.0 x 59.0 x 13.4mm; Samsung’s phone is 104.0 x 53.0 x 11.9mm. Overall, the Tocco Lite is smaller. Neither phone is hefty. The Motorola Defy weighs 118g, while the Tocco Lite is 93g. (1-1)

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Camera:

As for photo/video prowess, the Defy’s 5.0 MP lens wins out, featuring autofocus, an LED flash, geotagging, digital zoom and VGA video capture.

The Tocco Lite, meanwhile, boasts a lower-spec camera – a 3.15 Megapixel model with a max resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. It does boast Smile detection and QVGA video capture functionality, but it’s hardly a match for the Defy. (2-1)

Screen/keyboard:

The Defy incorporates a touch-sensitive LCD display, 3.7 inches in size and boasting a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. Packing a grand total of 409920 pixels into this 3.7-inch screen results in an excellent pixel density of 264.865 pixels per inch (PPI). Big screen, sharp graphics. Nice.

In comparison, the Tocco Lite’s touch-sensitive LCD display is less roomy, measuring 3.0 inches. Its 240 x 400 pixel resolution loses out to the Defy’s display. Do the math again and the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is 155.333. It’s also less responsive, using old resistive touch technology as opposed to the capacitive screen on the Defy. (3-1)

Performance:

Speed matters and the Motorola Defy is built around an TI OMAP3610 chip, clocked at 800MHz. The Tocco Lite has an unspecified processor. (3-1)

Software:

Android 2.1 (Eclair) with MotoBlur comes installed on the Defy; the Tocco Lite uses a proprietary Samsung OS jazzed up with the Touchwiz 1.0 UI. (4-1)

Storage:

The Defy incorporates 2GB versus the 50MB capacity of the Tocco Lite. Plug a bigger memory card into the Defy’s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity rises to 32GB. The storage capacity on Samsung’s phone can be expanded to 16GB via the microSD slot. (5-1)

Battery life:

Actual talktime and standby performance will vary. But the Defy boasts 6.5 hours of talktime according to Motorola, while the Tocco Lite is rated at 10.0 hours. Standby time is rated at 237 hours and 600 hours respectively. The Tocco Lite edges it here. (5-2)

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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.

Extras:

The Defy also includes GPS/A-GPS, built-in FM radio, digital compass, DLNA content sharing and a toughened Gorilla Glass display. The Tocco Lite features a stereo FM radio with RDS (6-2)

The Motorola Defy wins!

motorola defy Motorola Defy vs. Samsung Tocco Lite   ReviewNo prizes for guessing who won this fight. The Tocco Lite has been a popular phone for some time, but the Motorola Defy is a much better option. For starters, it boasts the Android OS, which means that you can do so much more with it and download a variety of handy apps.

The Defy also boasts the highest-spec camera, the most memory, a much better display, which is not only bigger, but has a higher resolution. Sure, the Tocco Lite weighs in with a double-digit battery life, but overall the Defy is the better phone.

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

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