Product Type: Samsung mobile phones
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Like touch screen but not the price then consider the Tocco Lite
Samsung GT S5230
Member Name: R8IT
Samsung GT S5230
Date: 27/08/09, updated on 27/08/09 (319 review reads)
Advantages: Touch screen is responsive, Battery life,
Disadvantages: No 3G or WiFi,
More commonly known as the Samsung Tocco lite is a budget touch screen phone and a much cheaper alternative to the iphone, its closest match would be the Lg Cookie.
Measuring in at : 10.6cm 5.3cm 1.19cm its one huge plus over the iphone is the battery life which gives up to 7hrs talk time, and weighing in at 118g. It has 50Mb of internal memory, and takes up to an 8 GB MicroSD card. The phone itself is a mix of metal and plastic, the back cover is somewhat flimsy cheap plastic which is not easy to slide off, and it does have a rough feel to it to help when griping the phone.
This is almost a pure 3" touch screen phone, it doesn't have any slide out keypad but does have 3 buttons on the front, one to answer and make calls, one to end calls and turn the phone off and on and the middle return button for going back through the menus. The side of the phone contains volume keys which also act as the zoom functions for reading text on the phone. A camera button and a lock button.
It doesn't have a 3.5mm jack and uses Samsungs usual socket for connecting the power cord, earphones and USB connector to, so you wont be able to use your standard ear phones for MP3's or the FM radio. The phone does come with Bluetooth, but no WiFi or 3G so connection is slow for any internet use and somewhat useless.
The phone uses "widgets" - basically small application icons which store on a pop out menu or can be placed on the screen, more widgets can be downloaded onto the phone but not a match for the iphone applications. You can get the likes of face book, you tube on the Tocco Lite but without 3g it's fairly slow and can be blocky at times.
So in summary as a gadget phone its average, and unlike the iphone which has free internet, unless it's in your calling plan using many of the widgets will cost you extra. So what's it like as a normal everyday use phone?
Its not bad, sound quality is good, the touch screen is responsive and good for a budget phone, the built-in accelerometer sensor will automatically rotate the screen when you turn the phone on its side, so you can easily switch between portrait and landscape modes, sliding you finger across the phone moves through the images and menus, no double finger zoom in and out function like the iphone. It can be set to vibrate as you touch the screen but this is likely to drain the battery. The phone is comparable to the LG cookie
It has a good size keypad for making calls and for text messages you can use one of 4 options for entering text - either standard phone keypad with predictive text, turn the phone and you get horizontal qwerty keyboard, and finally a couple of different touch screen free hand writing recognition options, which are gimmicky and whilst most of the time it recognises the letters its not always accurate and time consuming. No voice recognition, the usual phone options - calculator, converter, stopwatch, alarm, etc.
Camera is average, no flash or any LED light included, instead it relies on digital processing via scene modes to add the right light. In a room with poor light on the night mode it works very well and whilst it's not going to give you pictures you'd be proud to print it is acceptable for phone sharing. It also has a clever in built smile recognition feature the phone automatically takes a picture once the subject smiles. It does work, but occasionally has trouble tracking a face if the subject moves a lot. Video function as well. So the camera is acceptable for a phone - but in fairness if you want decent pictures you should get a camera!
During calls the phone locks the touch screen so no issues here, and when you press the lock button on the side it disables the touch screen completely.
Price wise on contract its free, on PAYG you can get it for around £80
Summary: If you just want a touch screen phone then the Samsung is good enough for the job.