Product Type: Samsung mobile phones
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Samsung Tocco Lite
Member Name: Hannard
Samsung Tocco Lite
Advantages: It's a touchscreen phone for under fifty quid.
Disadvantages: It's a bit fiddly, there's no word processing software or anything other than social networking.
The Tocco Lite - or the S5230 as it's sometimes known - has been out a while and is an entry level touchscreen mobile phone. Granted, it may not have as many features or as big a screen as the iPhone or its ilk, but given you can pick it up for £49.99, it's still worth a look. The screen's a respectable three inches in size, and the touchscreen's pretty sensitive. It also has a total of three desktops you can put icons on, and you can also change the picture used for each desktop - and you just need to roll your finger right or left across the screen to change desktops. So good, so far, right?
Except that the Tocco Lite has a fair few flaws. Firstly, while it does have a build in accelerometer that rotates the screen when you turn the phone in its side, this only works when texting or web browsing. Also, the phone is heavily geared towards using Facebook and other social networking applications, but doesn't really do much else. The apps you can get from Samsung's store are pretty poor - not a patch on those available for the iPhone or Android phones. There's also no wireless, and while there was a wireless version of this phone released in India, it was never released in the UK, nor is it likely to be.
That's not to say the Tocco is complete rubbish. The in-built web-browser, while a bit fiddly at first, does the job. The battery life's half decent, and the screen's readable in sunlight too. It can play video and MP3 files too, though in the latter case, it does a very poor job of organizing them by album. If you can get it for under fifty quid, it's not a bad deal. But I suspect that many people who are into serious texting and facebook use will be on contract anyway, in which case they'll end up going for a better phone. A fairly average phone, worth a look if you're sticking with pay as you go.
Summary: An average touchscreen phone.
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