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I bought this phone several years ago. THis phone is a good starter as your first smartphone as it was my very first. If you have owned another device like a galaxy-series or an iPhone then I wouldn't recommend this phone as once you have had a higher standard of phone then its hard to appreciate what makes this phone great. The price is very efficient for what it offers and even when I bought it brand-new it was a good price then too. The Tocco was Samsung's starting block before there Galaxy series and featured their own attempt at something resembling a smartphone operating system (before Google Android came along). As you can see from the picture there is a side bar present on the device which features Samsung's own widgets which range from music players to calendars etc. the widgets do not have to placed on a grid like modern day smartphones and can be moved around at your convenience. The operating system Samsung has employed is quite basic but still smart so it almost always ran smoothly and hardly ever crashed unlike these modern devices which require GBs of RAM and multi core processors. The battery life is great and can last for days provided you aren't constantly on the phone. Gaming wise and general phone-exploration it doesn't offer much but, it functions as a phone quite well and allows for emailing and browsing (as you would expect from a smartphone.) One of the nifty features I discovered when using it was an Emergency Text feature. This meant that you could programme an emergency message and your preferred recipient and by pressing the volume keys (Up/Down/Up/Down) it would automatically send your message if you are unable to use the phone say for instance your arms get chopped off. Although I personally never used it, it shows the thought process from Samsung in trying to include features that were at that time not included in your normal-feature phones. The phone has some extendable memory on the side of the device which is useful as most modern phones require removal of the battery to access. The keys at the bottom are hard keys meaning if something goes wrong with the touch you can always rely on these. One of the major gripes I had with such a device was the fact that the screen used (even then outdated) resistive touch screen technology as opposed to the almost exclusively used Capacitive technology. Where the two technologies differ is that Capacitive means the screen acts as a capacitor and the circuit created by your finger (which conducts electricity) registers the touch. This allows for multi-touch. However, resistive screens (used here) require two glass plates which when pressed together (by your finger) they register as a touch only allowing one registrable touch at a time. This created a huge problem for me as sometimes a touch wouldn't register unless pressed hard. I also had a problem which I noticed online other people suffered with was mis-calibration of the screen rendering a portion of the screen unusable. Despite this, the phone works well for the price you pay (especially nowadays) and this is what I would definitely call a gateway smartphone and a good first step up onto the Samsung ladder.
So, I had the Samsung S5230 Tocco Lite phone the other year, before choosing to follow the crowd and go with the iPhones! This phone is a great built, low priced mobile. For around £60 you can get a mobile phone, with multiple, useful features! The phone has the usual features nowadays, such as, Bluetooth, FM Radio and Touch functionality. I list goes on, but I'll stop there. The camera take photos at only 3.2 megapixels, which nowadays isn't the best quality. But still, that's pretty good if this is your first ever mobile phone, right? If you are planning on using this mobile for internet, and are not constantly on WiFi, I don't recommend it. The reason being, this phone doesn't have 3G compatibilty. The touch screen however is a lot better than a few touch mobiles. It seems very responsive when touched and even vibrates in your hand each time you tap. The design is a beautiul, with a lot of dark, black colouring and small silver parts. It has a sort of Black, Chrome effect. So if you're thinking of purchasing your first ever mobile, or just want a low budget phone, the Tocco Lite is definitely the way to go.
When Samsung first brought this phone out in the market, I immediately knew I had to have it. It was the first cost-effective touch screen mobile phone they had brought out retailing at only £130. However this price has since lowered and you can now pick it up for around £70 on Amazon. Initially the overall design was what first attracted me. The phone has a very simple design in Glossy Black but I was also offered it in a range of other colours to such as pink and white. There are three buttons at the bottom of the phones screen which are silver that control the calls, the back button and the menu. The phone is very light and compact With a weight of only 92 grams and the dimensions of 104 x 53 x 11.9 mm, it makes it the perfect hand held phone. The phone has a huge range of touch-friendly practice facilities including a 3.2 MP camera with 2x digital zoom. The camera works best in daylight as I noticed during the night, the photos tended to come out very dark despite activating night mode. The phone also features a built in mp3 player and FM radio both of which are played out of a loudspeaker which is positioned on the front of the phone and produces the sound in great quality. You are able to control the volume for the music by a switch on the side of the phone. However the mobile phone does only come with 100 MB of memory which isn't exactly a huge amount for those pictures and music. However this can be easily solved as the 100MB is internal memory so you can improve it by buying a microSD card for the phone, I found an 8GB one was more than enough. One thing the phone does lack is 3G which isn't a huge surprise given the phones low price. The phone does however have Wi-Fi and GPS which means it's still capable of going on the net and the large 3inch screen which helps make web pages very easy to view. The phones Battery life is a lot better than most other mobiles I have previously owned in the past. I found with normal every day to day usage the better lasts around 3-4 days before it needs recharging. Overall I would say that this phone is a very good all rounder. However I do think the newer lower price is better suited to the phone because of its quality and features but it is still a very good budget phone :). I would recommend it yes.
Samsung's S5230 features compact size. Its sleek squared shape with chic color completes touch style. The interface offers more versatile, intuitive and easy-to-use navigation. Large LCD with Color WQVGA showcases brilliance and optimized view. Its camera takes high quality photographs on the go. Smile shot only takes a photo when the subject is smiling, helping you capture even the most elusive smilers.