Dimensions:-93 x 46.5 x 22.5 mm .
Type:-TFT, 256K colors.
Size:-176 x 220 pixels, 28 x 35 mm.
– Dedicated gaming buttons- Wallpapers, screensavers.
Type:-Polyphonic (40 channels), MP3.
– Stereo speakers.
Phonebook:-1000 x 24 fields, Photo call.
Call records:-30 received, dialed and missed calls.
– 256 MB shared memory.
GPRS:-Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps.
EDGE:-Class 10, 236.8 kbps.
Messaging:-SMS, EMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging.
Browser:-WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML (NetFront).
Games:-Yes + downloadable.
Camera:-1.3 MP, 1280×1024 pixels, video, flash.
– Java MIDP 2.0,- Walkman media player, – T9,- FM radio with RDS-, Image viewer,- Picture editor,- Organiser,- RSS reader.
- Battery:-Standard battery, Li-Ion.
Stand-by:-Up to 200 h.
Talk time:-Up to 6 h.
- Price:-6,500 – 8,500Rs/-
- Sony Ericsson W550 features Walkman music player, plenty of internal storage, good mobile internet options and an interesting construction. However, it lacks memory card slot.
- Key features:-
full-featured MP3 player.
radio with RDS .
excellent sound quality.
top-quality display .
various accessories including a pair of very good earphones .
charging through USB.
- Main disadvantages:-
no memory card slot.
keypad not very convenient .
no EDGE .
- Well-done CD:-
As most current mobiles, Sony Ericsson W550 is delivered with a great amount of accessories. One of them is the CD-ROM containing applications to help you manage the phone and transfer files. Once you install the PC Suite on your computer and you connect your phone to the PC through an USB port, W550 will appear as an extra drive under the My computer folder. From this moment on you can work with the phone in just the same way as you would do with any another device that supports USB Mass Storage. The phone is able to charge its battery through USB too.
As many programs on the disk are identical to the PC Suite for Sony Ericsson K750, I have dared extract their description from the review of the mentioned model:
File Manager:- provides access both to the phone’s memory and the memory card. The memory card is also accessible directly from any common file manager, which is basically the only available option if the phone is c
onnected through a cable. In a cable connection the File Manager displays the capacity of the inner memory only.
Image Editor:- an application for work with pictures – it helps create wallpaper on the display.
MMS Home Studio:- designed to help you create a master form for your MMS. The multimedia messages are recorded into the phone and then sent to the addressee.
Sync Station:- a program, which synchronizes data with the computer, i.e. with Microsoft Outlook or the address book in Windows. The first synchronization I started was not only quite slow, but also led to an error in the middle of the process. Synchronizing became much faster as soon as the phone was loaded with data and only information alternations had to be transferred.
Mobile Networking Wizard:- its purpose is to quickly set up data connections. Even if my first impression was that the Wizard was not able to detect the network correctly, in the end everything worked properly. The standard setup managed the connection successfully too.
- Conclusion:-Without a memory card the chances are much too limited
I dare say that this new phone from Sony Ericsson could have become a real Christmas hit, only if the manufacturer had designed it to support the usage of memory cards. The W550 model combines two gifts in one device – a Walkman and a mobile phone – and all this for the reasonable price of approximately 280 euros. Yet, its winning race will probably be stopped by the lack of memory card slot. The trouble gets even more serious considered the fact that the forerunner Sony Ericsson W800 is being already sold at a price not much higher.
Apart from the mentioned above, Sony Ericsson W550 is an excellent mobile phone with fast reactions and top-quality equipment.