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Samsung S5600 review: Samsung S5600

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The Good Good range of features for the money; straightforward interface; decent resistive touchscreen.

The Bad No GPS; poor camera; lacks Wi-Fi.

The Bottom Line The Samsung S5600 lacks the GPS and Wi-Fi functionality of pricier phones, but it still manages to offer a decent array of features and a very usable interface for not too many pennies

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The Samsung S5600 is the spiritual successor to the company's popular Tocco Lite touchscreen phone. This update uses the same TouchWiz menu system, but the innards have been upgraded to support HSDPA for faster data downloads. That's good news when you want to download music tracks or videos. The other plus point is that the phone is available for free on a £15-per-month, 24-month contract with Orange or Vodafone, so it won't break the bank. You can also pick it up SIM-free for around £140.

Cheap but classy
Two versions of this handset are currently available. One is called 'Preston' and is available on Orange, while the second is known as the 'Blade' and can be bought from Vodafone. Both models are identical apart from the fact that the direction pad on the front of the Blade is diamond-shaped, while it's square on the Preston.

Although the case of our Preston review model was made mainly of plastic, it felt reasonably sturdy, and the glossy finish and flush-mounted screen gave the handset a surprisingly upmarket feel. Measuring 55 by 103 by 13mm, the phone is small (at least by the standards of touchscreen models), and it's light too, at just 96g.

TouchWiz heir
As with all of Samsung's touchscreen phones, the S5600 uses the company's TouchWiz interface. The TouchWiz home screen is divided up into three panels that you access simply by swiping your finger back and forth across the screen. There's also a pull-out tab that opens to reveal a column of icons for the phone's various widgets. You can drag these out from the widget tab to position them anywhere you like on any of the three panels. There's a decent line-up of widgets provided as standard, including an instant-messaging one and an RSS news reader.

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