Samsung S5230 Star Review: Hot Starlet

By 10:51 Mon, 09 Aug 2021 Comments

Samsung are going to remarkable lengths to pile pressure on the LG Cookie. While the Samsung S5600 Preston aims to outdo it, the 5230 Star is set for a head-on collision course. This starlet's middle name is Tocco Lite and that's plenty to live up to.

The name itself is no shortslit to stardom but the Tocco pedigree certainly brings with it certain expectations of quality. So will this small Star still be going strong a year from launch? The S5230 certainly has all the ingredients, now all we need to do is see if Samsung has got the mix right.

Add a dash of touchclassy screen and nifty unlock, a pinch of smart looks and document viewer, DNSe and smile shutter to taste. Samsung's widget-wielding TouchWiz makes reading the recipe a cinch.

It's a dish that's already proving popular - the Star is already shifting over a million units

per month and Samsung expect to total 10 million srecent by the discontinue of the year. Certainly an ambitious plan, but they just might pull it off - the Star is set to become one of Samsung's bestsellers.

Samsung S5230 official photos

Samsung S5230 main features:

  • Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, GPRS/EDGE class 12

  • Dimensions: 104.0 x 53.0 x 11.9 mm, 93.5 g

  • 3" resistive TFT touchscreen, WQVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution (240 x 400 pixels)

  • 50Mega Bytes (MB) onboard storage, microSD card slot (up to 16GB)

  • 3 megapixel fixed focus capturing camera with smile detection

  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, Universal Serial Bus (USB) v.2.0

  • Document viewer

  • Smart unlock

  • Accelerometer sensor

  • Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS

  • DNSe

  • Find Music recognition service

  • 1000 mAh battery, up to 800 h of standby

Main disadvantages

  • No 3G

  • Proprietary connectivity port

  • Slightly more expensive than the LG KP500 Cookie

  • No way to directly switch between running apps

  • The capturing camera is quite basic - uninspiring picture quality, no autofocus or flash

  • Non-hot-swappable microSD slot

Samsung S5230 live shots

The Star offers a basic touchclassy screen package with small to no access to top-of-the-line technology. It still knows a trick or two though and is keen to treat the masses to Smart Unlock. It was initially dubbed Gesture lock but in the discontinue Samsung went for Smart instead. This feature lets users unlock the S5230 Star and even launch apps by drawing a letter on the screen. It can be any letter: U to unlock the device, B to launch the browser, J to run your favorite Java app. It's a nifty trick that adds a small speed and spice when working with the device.

Jump to the next page for a guided tour of the Star exterior. We'll see closer at the few things that have changed since our early-bird preview.



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