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

By Sandra Vogel


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Samsung's touch-based user interface always impresses me, and the Tocco Lite keeps up the good work. Getting round the handset is intuitive so there's no need to resort to the manual, and vertical menus are large so that accuracy with the finger isn't a problem.

When it comes to entering text, there are several options. There is an accelerometer in the handset and when you are in the messaging software, you can twist the phone in your hand to get a full QWERTY keyboard in landscape mode. This is very responsive to use two-thumbed and you can toggle a T9 word recognition system on and off depending on your preference.

In portrait mode, you don't have the QWERTY option. Instead, there is a numberpad, again with T9 toggle, and some handwriting recognition options which work well with a fingernail as long as you go quite slowly.

Samsung implements its good old widgets system on the Tocco Lite. There are three main screens, which you pan between with a finger. They can all be populated with widgets that you drag onto screen from a sidebar. The sidebar slides out when you tap its tab.

There are some connected widgets such as one for the weather (AccuWeather); links to Facebook and MySpace, which take you to their websites rather than being mobile clients; and a YouTube link. Trying YouTube over GPRS was not a pleasant experience. Jerky, blocky, unwatchable.

Other widgets include links to photos, the calendar, music playback controls and favourite contacts. I love the widgets system but feel Samsung has a way to go before it is perfect. One major problem is that widget icons are often large so you can only have two or three on screen at once. The multiple home screen system helps with this issue, but I am sure Samsung could make some of the widgets smaller.

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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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