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Samsung i550 review | Introduction

Published on: Friday, September 19th 2008                   Written by: Casper van der Kaaij - Photography by: Mark Peters

Samsung phone review

T he many mobile phones found in Samsung's portfolio guarantee that each person is sure to find a suitable cell phone. Lately, a shifting has become noticeable; whereas Samsung used to produce mainly clamshell models, nowadays the assortment consists mainly of slider phones. In addition to the famous lady phones of Samsung, which are always extremely successful, there is another group Samsung wants to approach. With the i-series, Samsung aims at the business user. The mobile phones of the i-series are slightly less compact than regular Samsung handsets and offer a Windows Mobile or Symbian operating system. Although Internet and email are the core functions of this cell phone, other functions certainly aren’t lacking.

Samsung i550 review

 

Samsung i550 cell phone

Samsung i550 cell phone

First impression of the SGH-i550

The Samsung i550 comes in a compact package. The cell phone is slightly bigger than usual, which makes the buttons more readable and easier to operate, truly meant for business use. Furthermore, the device is sleek without too many striking elements. The back is genuinely scratchproof, and the cell phone features a large and clear display. Standard included in the box besides the Samsung i550 are a data cable, a headset, a 1GB microSD memory card, manuals and a software CD.

Samsung manual

Samsung manual

Symbian operating system

The Samsung i550 uses the Symbian operating system. This system is also used for the Nokia N series. Samsung hasn't yet equipped that many mobile phones with the Symbian software; the first Symbian device of Samsung was the D720 launched in 2005. The menu is quite comprehensive and might therefore come across somewhat complicated. However, I personally find Symbian software to work excellently and enjoyably. It's a matter of getting used to. Although sometimes it seems to work rather slow, as menu options remain open, however, this can be solved by keeping the menu button pressed somewhat longer than usual, and then closing all the applications that become visible.

Samsung charger

Samsung charger

Main menu of the Samsung i550

The main menu consists of eleven icons with all the familiar options. Navigating through the menu is carried out by a TrackBall. This is a small ball that has to be operated with your finger and unfortunately for this Samsung i550, it is not working well. Every time you move downwards, you have to move the TrackBall again, you can't make it move, let's say, three times faster. It would have been easier if there had been some arrow buttons available in addition to the TrackBall.

 

Samsung i550 mobile phone

Samsung i550 mobile phone

Samsung business phone

Samsung business phone

 
 
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