Product Type: Samsung mobile phones
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Good Starter Smartphone
Samsung GT S5230 Tocco Lite
Member Name: wolby2010
Samsung GT S5230 Tocco Lite
Advantages: Touch Screen, Emergency Text, Widgets, Samsung's OS (not Android.)
Disadvantages: Resistive Touch Screen,
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.
Summary: Good Low-End Smartphone For A Reasonable Price
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