Samsung Tocco Lite review

Samsung's S5230 delivers an affordable taste of touchscreen control

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Samsung hasn't strayed anywhere too radical with the Tocco Lite's basic design. It has clean, minimalist lines, as have most touchscreens post-iPhone.

It's black, with some shiny graphite trim along the edges and chrome detailing. Should you wish to do so, you can go off-piste from the black slab look – Samsung is also offering the Tocco Lite in stand-out pink or white options from certain retailers in the UK.

It has neatly rounded edges, and a little bit of subtle texturing on the back adds a small amount of grip, so you don't feel you're about to lose the phone mid-finger tap. It feels light in-hand, weighing just 92g, but its compact bodywork, at 106(h) x 53.5(w) x 11.9(d) mm, fits snugly in hand and slips without fuss into a pocket or handbag.

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On the front, the 3-inch display – a 262K-colour WQVGA (240x400 pixels) full touchscreen – takes centre stage, with just three buttons underneath (Call, End and Back), a chrome earpiece grille and a Samsung logo breaking up the fascia.

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The display isn't quite as eye-catchingly zingy as the Samsung Tocco Ultra's AMOLED display, but it's fine for clarity and brightness. As is usually the way, it's difficult to view in direct sunlight, but otherwise puts on a good show.

Around the sides, it's relatively uncluttered too. Below a volume/zoom rocker control, a standard issue Samsung multi-connector socket for USB cable, charger and earphones sits under a small cover (there's no 3.5mm headphone socket on this handset).

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On the opposite side are a camera button and a key for locking and unlocking the display.

The display lock can be activated or deactivated by pressing this lock/unlock button, or alternatively by holding a virtual button on the screen. Occasionally we found that the lock managed to unlock itself in-pocket and accidentally activate widgets, though we didn't have major problems, and the phone didn't make random calls.

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