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Samsung Tocco Lite review

Samsung's S5230 delivers an affordable taste of touchscreen control

The standby screen has three buttons at the bottom – one for bringing up the keypad – a virtual numberpad you can use for dialling or texting - another for the phonebook, plus one for taking you into the main menu.

The numberpad is roomy enough to avoid mis-pressing keys, and the screen is quick and responsive enough so you don't double up with extra presses.

numberpad

A touch of haptic feedback also confirms that you've pressed an on-screen key properly.

In the phonebook, there are three methods of hunting down a number. Firstly you can scroll down with finger swipes downscreen (which isn't nearly as smooth as iPhone scroll spinning). Alternatively you can search by pressing a search bar and then typing in appropriate letters from the numberpad.

phonebook

Lastly you can use a small arrowed button on the top left of the screen to whizz through sections by letter, pressing the screen and dragging your finger down till you find the right letter.

phonebook

It doesn't take much practice for this to becomes quick, effective and almost second nature to operate.

phonebook

The Samsung Tocco Lite's main menu though will be familiar to any phone user. A grid of 12 icons presents a regular way of accessing further sub-menu sections, which are usually listed in standard mobile fashion.

These can be scrolled by finger stroke, with a tap selecting them. It's easy stuff.

When scrolling we occasionally found ourselves selecting listed options by mistake, as our fingers dawdled and pressed when we should have been scrolling, but it doesn't detract that much from a system that's generally straightforward to use.

Photo contacts

Another control button among three at the bottom of the main menu screen enables users to pull up a list of Photo Contacts – grouping together your recently used numbers in one carousel-like panel, so you can flick to view and select when you want to make calls or send messages. If contacts have photos assigned, these appear on the carousel.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
USBYes
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
ColourBlack
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
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameS5230 Tocco Lite Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S5230LKMXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/