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Samsung Tocco Lite GT-S5230
  • Samsung Tocco Lite GT-S5230
  • Samsung Tocco Lite GT-S5230
  • Samsung Tocco Lite GT-S5230
  • Samsung Tocco Lite GT-S5230
  • Samsung Tocco Lite GT-S5230
  • Samsung Tocco Lite GT-S5230
  • Samsung Tocco Lite GT-S5230


Our Score:



  • Inexpensive, even on PAYG
  • Good battery life
  • Responsive touchscreen


  • No 3G
  • No Wi-Fi
  • No GPS

Key Features

  • Touchscreen
  • MicroSD
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: free/subscription

The last Samsung handset I looked at was the high-end i8910 HD which was good enough to get one of our Recommended awards. Now I have the Tocco Lite, an altogether different proposition. It is designed for those that can't afford the high-end stuff, effectively bringing the touchscreen interface to a wider audience.

The Tocco Lite is a progression in a long line up. In May I had the slider Tocco Ultra, and way before that, this time last year, the original Tocco F480.

A year on, the Tocco Lite keeps the original's all touchscreen, slab rather than slider design. And it is affordable. My review sample, for example, came from Virgin Mobile where it is free on 18-month contracts from £12 a month, or costs £44 on an ultra low £8.50 per month 18-month contract. And on Pay As You Go it costs just £130.

Of course you don't get every whistle and bell for that kind of money. The camera, for example, shoots at just 3.2 megapixels. More difficult to swallow for some, perhaps, will be the lack of 3G. The Tocco Lite is quad-band GSM with GPRS and EDGE. But Samsung's widgets concept is here, the touchscreen is responsive, and this is a relatively small and light phone for its genre.

Pocketability is actually a key plus point of this handset. At 106mm x 53.5mm x 11.9 mm, it is pretty small considering it packs a 3in screen. The screen is bright and sharp, and its 240 x 400 pixels offer enough breadth to make it perfectly adequate for space hungry activities like web browsing. The Tocco Lite is precisely what its name suggests in terms of weight. At 92g, it shouldn't be a burden to tote.

The physical design is tidy if predictable. Black is the predominant chassis colour, with a few silver highlights featuring in the three below-screen buttons. These offer Call and End features and a back button. There is a menu row on the bottom of the touchscreen, which often offers three additional shortcuts too. On the main screen, for example, these take you to the phonebook, numberpad, and the handset main menu.

The touchscreen is resistive rather than capacitive, but it proved to be quite responsive to the finger. It is certainly better tuned than many resistive touchscreens I've tried.

All of which makes the lack of 3G something of a pain. Yes, I know this is a budget touchscreen mobile, but the very presence of a large screen makes you hanker for the kinds of features that large screens are good at. I've mentioned web browsing already. Another example is the built-in Google Maps. They just cry out for fast connections. The latter also wants GPS but that is not here either. And nor is Wi-Fi.

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July 17, 2009, 11:01 pm

3 Phones reviews this week and the only one anyone takes notice of is the Iphone. Sad but hey, these 2 handsets do nothing for me either. Looking forward to the ominia 2 review


December 17, 2009, 9:35 pm

Any reason why so many mobile reviewers never bother to mention syncing or software? Really strange.

Ben 13

February 11, 2010, 4:44 am

I'm having problems with my GT-S5230, the CD won't upload and I downloaded from the internet but it doesn’t synchronize the pc with phone. The phone displays the pc icon but pc doesn’t see the phone.

Cindy Cavazos

June 10, 2010, 8:44 pm

I am unable to open my messages to send or read...the screen reads "initialising" but will not open...PLEASE HELP!!!

jo morey

July 31, 2010, 8:44 pm

I am unable to open my messages to send or read...the screen reads "initialising" but will not open can someone help me?


September 17, 2011, 2:11 pm

Don't touch this phone you will end up throwing it down the toilet. Accidently mispell a word and an add word button appears instantly. if you touch that screen in the next milli-second thats the word T9 uses from now on. There are 1000's of Samsung users all over the net trying to get a solution. There isn't one. I want my money back!!!!


October 6, 2011, 3:26 pm

if you can't spell- enter the correct spelling of the word you want and add it to your directory, then T9 will store the correct word.
ok-anyone know how to change the txt mssg alert tone??!! have downloaded new tone but cannot change from the original handset tone?


April 29, 2013, 5:49 am

how can I without paying take restricted content from my Samsung gt-s5230 tocco I`m 43 not a kid

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