Samsung Tocco Lite review

Samsung's S5230 delivers an affordable taste of touchscreen control

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The Samsung Tocco Lite offers a budget touchscreen alternative to the variety of high-powered, high-spec models hitting the high street. It has plenty of appeal for mobile users looking for a bit of touchscreen glamour at a bargain price.

We liked

It looks the part, with a neat and tidy minimalist touch phone design, with a large screen and Samsung's TouchWiz UI underpinning the phone's control system.

Sure, it doesn't boast the heavy hitting top-end features, but what it does have onboard is nicely done. The screen is responsive, and Samsung's UI is consistent with higher budget models rather than being a cheapskate version.

Doing the basics right, it puts in a good call performance too and has fine battery life. It's not the iPhone, but it feels pleasant enough and intuitive to use. And with a wallet-soothing price tag it provides a decent entry level way to experience touch-controlled mobile technology.

We disliked

The lack of high-speed 3G and Wi-Fi data connectivity was a real shame, considering the large screen and a reasonably handy browser onboard. You can get higher-range Samsung models that do have better connectivity, but a bit of fast downloading or video streaming would've been welcome on a nice big screen like this.

Of course, there's no smartphone functionality, or GPS to add to the phone's versatility (though at least there is Google Maps).

The camera on this handset is a run-of-the-mill shooter, with no flash or autofocus, so results are limited. The rather ordinary earphones supplied with the music player, and lack of a standard 3.5mm headphone socket to upgrade them, is unfortunate, too, as otherwise the music player operates well.

Like with most touchphones, speedy texters will find text input slower than on a conventional handset, though it's better than many touchscreen devices.


Despite going light on the big-ticket features, the Samsung Tocco Lite offers a decent way to get into touch control on a limited budget.

It has its limitations, with its data connectivity hampered by a lack of high speed 3G and Wi-Fi, and there are compromises on other features. If you want a phone that offers bargain-priced touch operation and don't mind these limitations, this is a decent handset that's pleasant to handle.

Other users with more demanding requirements in the functionality department are likely to head further up range.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported8 GB
Built-in Memory50 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE
Cellular Generation2.75G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time9.67 Hour
Product ModelS5230 Tocco Lite
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Screen Resolution240 x 400
Weight (Approximate)92 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Maximum Video Resolution320 x 240
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height104 mm
Width53 mm
Depth11.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time730 Hour
Product NameS5230 Tocco Lite Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S5230LKMXEU
Manufacturer Website Address