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Samsung GTs5230. A good quality product, easy to use and understand. Would be good for introducing a new touch-screen user to this type of 'phone. The 3-megapixel camera is really for quick snapshots only though and the 'phone would benefit from having a more powerful camera.
i would recomend to those mobile buyers who want a hit of touchscreen action at a budget price, the Samsung Tocco Lite S5230 brings Samsung's TouchWiz user interface and typical minimalist touchphone style into a low cost package. afterusing a familiar Samsung Tocco TouchWiz touchscreen user interface its relly great experience, bringing with it on-screen widgets and finger tap-and-swipe control.the bad thing is the Tocco Lite doesn't have high-speed 3G mobile connectivity, relying instead on quad-band GPRS/EDGE mobile data. something we've seen on higher-end touchscreen phones. Its camera, too, is a routine 3.2-megapixel, fixed focus, flashless snapper, rather than the 5- and 8-megapixel shooters of the Tocco and Tocco Ultra Edition.and it dont have a wifi feature .thats make a bad impression.It has a good-sized 3-inch screen for its touch-operated user interface, with a few dozen widget mini-applications to choose from, music and video player functions, and FM radio, plus a selection of online-based apps and social-networking options to work with. and an attreactive design. which worth buying.
I'm currently using this phone until I manage to gather the fund for a smartphone and I've been using it for the last 2 years. Honestly speaking if you want a low price mobile and are not that fussed over the state of the art smartphones, you can do a lot worse than this model.
Design wise, it's certainly attractive with a slim thickness and silver and white frame. The functional buttons are well positioned on the front of the phone and down the left and right edges. To insert the sim and sd cards is foolproof as on removing the back there are diagrams and pointers how to.
The functioning of the phone is pretty smooth with an attractive menu setup and slick touchscreen options on an approx 3.5" by 2" screen. Due to the touchscreen format however you will want to make sure the keypad lock is on before you put it in your pocket or you'll pick it back out to find the screen looking like a minefield of apps.
The quality of the mp3 player on the phone is certainly one of the selling points for me. The quality of sound is solid (providing you have samsung headphones) and the functionality is excellent.
The internet obviously isn't as developed as it is on smartphones but it still gets the job done if you want to get basic access to websites and has a user friendly layout and clear resolution.
The one thing that grinds my gears about the phone is that the picture quality on taking pictures and video is really quite abysmal. It says it's 3.2 megapixels but on taking a picture or video, the file will be shown back to me with a grainy look and faint white lines running like a grid over the shot. I can't fathom whether I damaged the lens very early on to cause this or whether it's the nature of this phone. Either way it's certainly disappointing.
This made me render the camera useless and I had to use someone else's phone to take pictures/video.
All in all, if you want a phone with solid calling quality, music playing and standard non smart phone internet access and you're not too bothered about never having a camera for use, then this phone certainly fits the bill.
I bought this phone as a stop-gap phone for me, with the intention of then passing it onto my 11 year old son for him to use after I had saved up for a smartphone. He ended up with the handset after a few days as I absolutely detested the phone from start to finish!
The phone, even when new was very slow to react to the touchscreen functions, so you end up pushing an area of the screen twice, to then find when the phone caught up with you, you had then gone onto a different screen than the one required. This is a problem my 11 year old has as well - I first thought it was just my impatience! The touchscreen is very insensitive as well - you end up thumping it to get it to react, it does work better with a fingernail, so shortnailed people and your average male user may struggle with the on screen functions.
I found the sound to be very tinny, and even with the included headphones, the sound did not really improve. The headphones, which double up as the hands free kit are very flimsy and broke within a few weeks of having them with no real use made of them.
Although I realise that this is a budget priced phone, and so it does do it it says on the tinm - make calls, text, take basic pics etc, I still would have expected more from Samsung, whose other phones that I have had, both budget and expensive have always been so much better!
This phone has been great for over the time I have had it. I have only every had one hardware problem with it and that was the battery needed changing as it wore out too quickly!
Sound: The speaker - I think - is great. It is very loud and when I play music out loud sometimes it comes out crystal clear not like some other rubbish phones that sound so crackly and just plain awful!
Screen: The screen is clear and bright however I do recommend getting a screen protector for it as it does scratch easily. One thing I would say is that even though I have mine set to the lowest brightness setting it is still very bright to look at. This has its advantages like when you are outside where it is bright you can still see the screen but at night if you look at your phone sometimes you do get briefly blinded by it. But maybe that is just me!
Touchscreen: The touchscreen element itself is not as responsive as iphones or similar smartphones but to be honest I think it just takes some getting used to as I can use it just fine.
Navigation / Menus: The navigation of the phone is easy to understand and you can drag and drop special widgets on the home screen. On unlocked versions of the phone you can remove your phone network from the screen and this is great because then you can see your background in full. This is definitely a big plus from me!
Internet: To be honest I don't bother using the internet on the phone. It does work but it is way too slow for my liking and even then the response is rather poor, not to mention it drains battery life like mad. To be honest I wouldn't recommend this phone if you want to browse the internet.
Camera: The camera is 3.5mp and this is great for a phone like this. You can have various camera effects and personally I use the "fluorescent" option as I think this makes the photos come out with much nicer colouring to them. The videoing function is not up to much and I don't really use this.
Calling/Text messaging: I never have any problems when using it to call people, I always get clear reception. However, battery life gets drained quickly when using the phone for calling. Texting is easy and works well too.
Storage: I would certainly say you need a memory card for this phone as you cannot store much at all on its internal storage. I have a 4gb memory card and it has lasted me all of this time and is nowhere near half full.
I bought this phone off a friend because my blackberry had broken. Overall I am happy with the phone but I can't wait to get my upgrade.
For the price you can't really grumble. It does all the things you expect of a phone - text, calls, internet, camera, apps. However most of these are basic - again the phone is so cheap what do you expect.
The apps are ok but there are limitations on what apps you can get and don't expect to get the latest ones. The Facebook application works ok, you can view your Facebook wall, your friends posts, messages, etc.
One thing that is starting to annoy me however is the touch screen when it comes to texting. A lot of the time it works fine but often, for reasons I am not aware, it plays up and when you try to text you end up with a load of gibberish and have to try again.
The alarm works great, gets me up for university.
No issue with the calls.
The camera does its job - but is not great quality and there is no flash.
I like how you can drag widgets onto the main scream and flick between them.
Overall: value for money but if like me you are used to a more recent model I would advise spending more on a better phone.
Phone is good for it's price. Auto-focus on camera will be a good option but the phone will then cost more. I am satisfied with it. But when browsing internet for a long time phone automatically restarts, laggy when having large amount of pictures stored on your mobile phone.
I'm the sort of person who really doesn't mind what phone they have, as long as I can phone text and play a few games, and it looks pretty decent. I really begrudge paying a lot of money for something which is going to be outdated within months! So I got this phone on contract, and it also came with a fee Sony TV (deal from phones 4 u) so I was quite happy. The phone looks good and to be honest I was more interested in the free TV.
I have had the phone for 12 months now and to be honest it is just annoying me. It started off great and I had no problems. The systems are easy to use, the contract was good, appearance is nice and sleek, so whether it has just passed its sell by, or whether I have used much better phones belonging to other people, and now compare them I don't know!
I'm guessing that is the whole point really, that most people, after a year would be upgrading so maybe it doesn't matter. For those of us though that don't mind, this is a good phone at a good price, but just beware it does get annoying!
The first thing really was problems witht the touch screen. I have now resorted to using the very tip of my nail to touch it, as it opens up a menu on the other side of the screen when I just use my finger! Also, it has slowed right down, and can take a few seconds to catch up. Meaning you end up doing pressing on something a few times as you think it hasn't worked, and then the phone gets mad with you! Or you end up calling somebody when all you wanted to do was update their info or something! And finally, and possibly the most annoying thing is the back cover. I have a freind who has had this phone a while by the time I got mine and I noticed her back cover was stuck on with sellotape. I just ignored it and thought maybe it was just a dodgy model or had been dropped, but no, mine is now exactly the same.
All you have to do is pull the phone out of a little pocket in the side of your handbag and the back cover falls off, then the battery comes out. Really not ideal when someone is trying to phone you. As it turns out, my back cover is now down a drain somewhere because of this.
So in general, it has been a good phone, but I wouldn't suggest this one if you intend to keep it for mopre than 12 months.
I needed to replace my previous phone immediately as it had completely died but I couldn't get a new one through my contract, so I was looking for a nice and simple phone similar to my old one, except I'd never had a touchscreen phone before therefore I thought I'd try this one out.
The interface is fairly easy to use and follow but some features are hidden under countless sub-categories such as blutooth and there are some features stored where you wouldn't expect them to be. The main menu is quite good because you can personalise it with symbols from the widget section on the left hand side of the screen where you can personalise various different links such as Facebook and the local weather. Having not had a touchscreen phone previously I didn't know what to expect but it can be frustrating at times because it doesn't work the way I'd want it to. I often find myself accidentally pressing the wrong feature or button on the screen as it does take some getting used to. Scrolling can be difficult as there isn't a real easy method of scrolling quickly, for example if you're wanting to listen to music for an artist under 'S' you'd have to scroll all the way down to the 'S' section because there is no real easy way of a shortcut. Six months down the line I'm still finding it difficult but once you get used to it, it can work to your advantage. The manual is useful but doesn't make much sense apart from the basics really.
Aside from the touchscreen difficulties, I find it relatively easy to use and navigate bar a few features hidden in odd places. Its basic features such as text and calling are satisfactory, and it's just a case of getting used to how everything works. It's generally quite reliable, with a good battery life and I rarely have to charge it. Mine cost me £80 but I'm using it with a contract SIM card. For what it is and how it works I think £80 is a decent price for anyone who's happy with how to operate it. On Pay as You go the going rate on the internet seems to be around the £65-£80 mark.
The main frustrating aspect of this phone is its tendency to freeze for about 20-30 seconds at a time and does get annoying. I know of two others with exactly the same phone who experience the same problem but to a lesser extent. I wouldn't highly recommend this phone to anyone in particular, there are better phones of this type on the market for sure. I am definitely looking to upgrade when my contract runs out later this year as I can't really deal with the slow processing.
I have now had the Samsung GT s5230 now for over 12 months and I love it. At first using the touch screen was a little scary, always over scrolling when in the phone book section but I soon got use to it. The menu is clear and very easy to use.
Owning and using this phone has changed my life so much. i am able to stay in touch with my friends and family so easily either by texting or going on Facebook and checking out what is going on while out and about. I also love the fake call button on the phone, I feel so much safer when out at night.
I have found a few problems with this phone but nothing serious. The first one is that when i go to retrieve a text message I have to keep touching the screen several times before the message opens up, in which case I have to then go into settings and calibrate the phone, which is very simple to do but so annoying.
You also hear of phones being dust proof well I find especially being a female, the screen will get very dirty with face make up and I am constantly cleaning the screen
If you like to take photographs with your camera, even though this phone does give out good pictures you do need a steady hand as the picture will come out all blurred otherwise, and you also need good lighting as well.
I bought this phone from tesco because they gave me £40 off for shopping over £100 with them. When I first got it I saw that the camera was very good and the sound volume is very high. It is very easy to damage and sometimes the touch screen jams and you have to wait until the battery runs out until you can use it. Another thing that is very annoying with the phone is that when you are seeing a photo and you tilt the phone it automatically moves on the photo. Also when you text the dictionary always corrects me into a spelling that's wrong. I still like the phone as it is fantastic value for money and it has a great camera and excellent graphics. Also when I got the phone it only had 1 game on. The dice game which is when you shake the phone the dice shakes. The last thing I will say about this Phone is that I really like the contacts viewing thing where it has their picture of the contact and also his details and you can scroll however all the bad points of this phone will make me give it a dissaponting mark. I would recommend that you buy another phone.
After having my old phone for over 4 years, (it had served me well) I decided to purchase a touch screen I couldn't afford the more popular choices but found the Samsung GTs5230 to be more reasonably priced as with most of purchases I decided not to read the instructions first and try to get acquainted with my new phone by playing with it. I cant lie and say the touch screen was easy to use straight away it wasn't and I found scrolling up down difficult as I inadvertently dialled people by mistake however I did get use to it. The Camera function of this phone are a little disappointing and pictures often came out a little blurry, a definite steady hand is required to make the most of it. The menu bar is simple and easy and I had no difficulty with downloading or using the internet on this. It has been a wrench letting go of my old phone but with a bit of patience and a lot of playing this phone has now become an extension to my arm, If you are new to the new wave of touch screen technology as I was then all I can say is patience is the key and eventually you will wonder why you hadn't purchased it sooner.
I have been a user of Samsung phones for many years and have always found them pretty easy to use and reliable. with this model however i was very happy with it for the first 6 months but then found that if the phone was in my bag or pocket it would call random numbers from the start of my phone book even though the phone was locked, I have had to send many apology texts for this reason! recently the phone has taken to switching it's self off for no reason, until now when the screen has completely frozen, won't respond to touch and I am unable to access any information, numbers, texts or photos that are in there which i would like to see again.
Had this phone for 8 months and the screen has frozen. Can't access anything i have saved i.e. phone book, texts and photo's
I have possessed this mobile phone for around 30 days now, I'm relatively happy with it's overall performance. I'm fairly demanding of my mobile phones and try to look to obtain the most bang for my buck. Using the Tocco Lite I can truthfully say that it's well worth the money.
The only real problem which i have to date is a problem it has using its blue-tooth. I personally use a hands-free blue-tooth ear piece that also offers earphones with it the Samsung WEP870, excellent little device, the quality of sound is fantastic. The issue which i discovered immediately is that when you switch off the MP3 player, unless you'll use the headpiece, you definitely must switch off the blue-tooth on the mobile phone since it will consume the battery inside hours.
Once i did it the very first time, the phone glitched. Despite the fact that the blue-tooth icon vanished on screen, the mobile phone's battery carried on to drain at a rate of one bar in about 2 hours. After attempting a couple of things I eventually found a conclusion that the only method to switch off your blue-tooth once you used it with MP3 player is to reboot the phone totally. That of-course resets the arrangement of the gizmos(a.k.a. apps for smart phones) and every other system setting you have changed.
Apart from that one small problem, the mobile phone functions pretty well. Oh, one more thing, it works fairly slowly if you're attempting to make use of other things with the MP3 player functioning.