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

By Sandra Vogel



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There is good and bad news where music is concerned. A generous 50MB of built-in memory is expandable with microSD cards which music fans may find useful for carrying tunes. But to get to the microSD card slot you have to remove the battery making hotswapping of cards impossible.

The headset connector is Samsung's own proprietary type and is side-mounted. This inevitably leads to pocket snagging and because Samsung provides a one-piece headset it also means you can't use your favourite earphones for listening to music. The headset is of poor to average quality and so, while overall the Tocco Lite will do as a music phone, it certainly isn't one I'd recommend if you are a keen music fan.

What about that camera? Well, as usual Samsung has made an excellent job of implementing the on-screen controls and it is very easy to get around by tapping the screen. There are one or two extras like a panorama mode and smile shot.

But without a flash the camera doesn't do terribly well indoors. I found even the coloured dish, photographed under normal household lighting, was poor. Outside, things are better, though again you need good lighting conditions and to be careful about what you try to photograph. The chair is not a bad attempt but the flowers, while their colour reproduction is good, suffer from poor exposure.

Sadly, I didn't have time to do a full music rundown battery test on this handset. I say sadly because during everyday use the battery did very well. After two days of average use, there was plenty of juice left. Probably not surprising since I kept off the Internet and there is no Wi-Fi, 3G or GPS to give it a real thrashing. But it was a decent showing nonetheless.

Additional applications include calendar, memo maker, task manager, calculator, unit converter (unforgivably miss-spelt in the menu as convertor), FM radio, voice recorder, timer, stopwatch, RSS reader and alarms. Bluetooth is present too.


The Tocco Lite is a lovely handset with some annoying shortcomings. The lack of 3G is no surprise given its low price but the large screen made me wish for it (along with Wi-Fi and GPS). Oversized Widgets need some attention. But the touchscreen is very responsive and the balance between weight, handset size, and screen size is just about right.

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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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