The Samsung Tocco Lite (aka Samsung S5320 Star) is one of the most affordable touchscreen phones and is popular because of it. How does it fare against some of the bigger names in mobile? Bring on the Blackberry Curve 8520 and let battle commence!
In terms of wireless roaming, the easily affordable Tocco Lite lacks 3G and any sort of Wi-Fi, but does pack Bluetooth 2.1. RIM has stuffed its Blackberry with 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP. It also lacks 3G connectivity and makes do with GPRS. Thanks to Wi-Fi, the Curve takes this first round. (0-1)
Size & Weight:
In terms of raw size and weight, the Tocco Lite is the thinner of the two phones, measuring 11.9mm to the Blackberry Curve 8520′s 13.9mm. The Blackberry Curve 8520 weighs 106g, whereas the Tocco Lite is 13g lighter and weighs a mere 93g. Nice. (1-1)
The Tocco Lite’s built-in camera has a resolution of 3.15 MP, plus features that include: smile detection and QVGA video capture.
In this round, the Blackberry Curve 8520 comes off second best. Its 2.0 Megapixel lens (with QVGA video recording) falls short. The highest resolution is 1600 x 1200 pixels. (2-1)
The design of Samsung’s Tocco Lite features a 3.0-inch resistive touch-sensitive LCD screen, with a resolution of 240 by 400 pixels. The pixels per inch (PPI) measurement here is 155.333.
Measuring just 2.46 inches, the Blackberry Curve 8520′s LCD screen is smaller thanks to the inclusion of a QWERTY keyboard. As such, the screen lacks any touchy-feely input. It boasts a poorer screen resolution too – 320 by 240 pixels. But with 76800 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is higher at 162.602 pixels per inch. (3-1)
How nimble are these two phones? The Samsung Tocco Lite is powered by an unspecified processor. The Blackberry Curve 8520 has a 512MHz chip. (3-1)
As for software, the Tocco Lite uses a proprietary Samsung OS with the Touchwiz 1.0 UI, while the Blackberry Curve 8520 runs RIM’s own Blackberry OS. (3-1)
The 250MB of memory in the Blackberry Curve 8520 beats the lowly 50MB capacity of the Tocco Lite. The Tocco Lite also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to a far more respectable 16GB. A similar microSD slot on the Blackberry Curve 8520 further boosts the overall memory on RIM’s phone to 32GB. (3-2)
The performance of these two phones will vary. But Samsung claims 10.0 hours of talktime for the Tocco Lite, compared to 4.5 hours for the Blackberry Curve 8520. Standby times are 600 hours and 408 hours respectively. That’s an easy win for the Tocco Lite. (4-2)
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 Tocco Lite doesn’t include much else beyond a stereo FM radio with RDS. The Blackberry Curve 8520, meanwhile, has Blackberry Enterprise Server and Internet support for real-time email. (4-3)
The Samsung Tocco Lite wins!
So where was this fight won? The specs are low compared to most of the smartphones we cover on Big Phone Fight. But the Tocco Lite has the highest-spec camera, the superior display and the bigger of the two screens. It’s also the thinnest and the lightest of the two combatants.
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