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Samsung Tocco Lite
Member Name: lolly23
Samsung Tocco Lite
Date: 14/07/10, updated on 14/07/10 (214 review reads)
Advantages: Cute, great features, touch screen, cheap
Disadvantages: Will explain later...
I'm not particularly fussy on features (mainly as I cannot figure out how to use them), so my phones have the primary uses of making and receiving calls and txts, and looking cute in my hand!
The Samsung GT-S5230, also known as the 'Tocco Lite', is of a sleek, slim, glossy design. It looks pretty much like every other phone on the market; but oh well, at least it comes in pink!
The phone obviously differs in price depending on where you look, but tends to retail at around £69; this, I believe, is an excellent price for a touch screen phone with a reasonable amount of features.
What do you get?
In the box you will find...
Headphones (plain, white, but good quality)
The phone has a large, 3" screen and just three slim buttons below the screen; the two 'phone' keys for making and ending calls, with a 'back' button in between which is used to return to the previous screen.
Usually when buying a new phone, I just put it all together and have a little play around before looking at the instructions, unfortunately, with the Tocco Lite I couldn't figure out how to open the back to put the battery in.
Out came the instructions.
I was advised to, 'Remove the battery cover.' Yeah, very helpful! After fiddling around for 10 minutes I decided that I'd need a little more help with this. After a quick Google search, I found that many people had this problem. The knack is to push both palms against the phone and slide up/down. So easy, why couldn't Samsung have told me that!
Any way, back to the phone. I plugged the charger in and turned it on. I have to say that the screen (a 3.0" WQVGA TFT LCD screen) is very clean, bright and clear. The colours jump out, but are not too much as to make your eyes ache after prolonged use. On the screen you will see three shaded buttons at the bottom; these are for the keypad, phonebook, and menu. You will also notice a tab on the left hand side; when you touch this, a toolbar will appear with various pictures, these are known as 'Widgets'.
Now the only widgets I have ever heard of come floating at the top of lager cans, luckily there is also a 'help' picture on the toolbar. After clicking on this I found that the widgets are basically shortcuts to your favourite sections of the phone. You can choose the widgets you would like from a huge menu, these include the mp3 player, notepad, and calendar. You can also have websites such as Google and Youtube.
My favourite widget is the notepad. You can have three notepads on the toolbar, when you use them you can drag them out onto the main screen and they stay there like little post-it notes - so cool! And very handy, I use it to jot down things I need when shopping, and send little reminders for things I need to do that day, I can then just drag them back when I have completed it.
Dragging, and tapping, happens easily; the phone always responds to my actions and has never clicked the wrong item. I thus find the touch screen extremely easy to use and became used to it surprisingly quickly.
The music player is very good quality. My previous phone was a Sony Ericsson, phones that are famed for their music capabilities. I actually think this phone has a better music player; the sound is clearer, and the screen is clearly set out and generally less 'messy' looking.
Personally, I am not one to play music on my phone, but if I wanted to, I would be very happy with the quality of this player. The FM radio is also better than the one on my last phone, I find it easy to use and it tunes itself quickly and easily.
The selling feature of the phone, in my opinion, is the camera. It is a 3.2MP FF camera (I'm not quite sure what the 'FF' stands for?). I know that 3.2MP is not the best you can get, but the features more than make up for it.
Set the scene...
You can choose what type of photo you are taking, the camera will then adjust itself to ensure the most optimal images. You can choose from; portrait, landscape, night, sports, sunset (this one is great), and text (for if you are taking a shot of printed text).
You can then adjust the brightness and/or colour balance, although the phone automatically adjusts to the lighting as you turn it on, so I don't tend to bother with this. There is also a time delay feature, which can be handy.
You can also choose the type of photo to take.
Smile shot (scans the face for a smile so you can shoot as soon as it detects one)
Continuous (takes 9 shots in succession, great for watching something happen or develop)
Panorama (will explain later)
Mosaic (divides the screen into sections so you can put a lot of photos together, the sections could be cubes, stars, circles, or something similar. Quite good for taking a group shot, then adding individual pictures around the sides)
Frame (take a picture inside a frame. Includes an Afro hairstyle, 'TOP SECRET' sign, and picture frame styles)
The greatest feature for me has to be the panorama setting. You can take a series of pictures end to end to make one long photo. After taking the first photo, the camera guides you round to the next position and takes the photo automatically as you reach the right position. You can press the button at anytime to finish the picture, and can take a total of six pictures lined up together.
I can imagine this being a wonderful feature for someone who likes walking and sightseeing.
Personally, I just use it to make silly photos. When using this feature you can take as long as you like to line up the next picture; so I take a picture of my son pulling a silly pose, as I pan round, he takes up another position in line for the next shot. We continue this, and end up with him appearing on the same picture six times in various silly poses. They're actually quite amazing to see given that they are real pictures, and not just photoshopped nonsense!
There is also a video recorder, which I have used a few times. It is makes quite good quality videos, for a phone, anyway! The sound quality is excellent, the picture is not always perfect, although is better than you would get on many other phones.
One of my favourite features is the dice app. When you turn this on you will see a grey screen with two dice showing random numbers. If you pick the phone up and shake it, the dice will rattle around the screen and you will hear a shaking noise. You then put the phone down and the dice will land. I'm not sure how they worked out the odds on it, but it seems pretty realistic as we have yet to roll a double six!
Obviously the phone has all the usual features that you would expect to see, such as an alarm (thankfully, you can also set the volume of the alarm - I almost jumped out of my skin the first morning I used it!), calculator, and clock (you can also have a dual clock with a country of your choice). I shall not list them all, as I'm sure you would all get bored of reading if I did. Lets just say, it has everything you need/would excpect in a phone.
The only problem I have found with this phone is that it alters settings when you move it. When viewing a video or photo, if you turn the camera to one side it will show it in landscape/portrait view, and vice versa. This also happens when writing (it flips between a mobile keyboard and QWERTY keyboard. I find that the keyboard one isn't as sensitive, so only happens when you want it to, the video/photo one on the other hand is extremely sensitive and constantly flips between the two, which is highly annoying!
Saying that, this is the only issue I have with the phone, and otherwise I am extremely happy with it. At £69, I consider it to be one of the cheaper phones on the market, yet you could pay twice this price and not get as many features, or as good quality features in a phone.
Although the 'flippy' thing is annoying, this is the phones only fault, and as such I have to award it five stars. It is a great phone, at a great price, and I would recommend it to anyone.
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