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


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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