LG Optimus Chat C550

AKA: LG C555

Available at: Koodo Mobile, Telus

4/10 AVG.
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Reviews summary

4/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 13 reviews

The LG Optimus Chat C550 is a basic feature phone that runs on the Android 2.2 operating system. It features a touch screen on the front of the phone and a slide out QWERTY keyboard for faster text messaging. Beyond simple text messaging, the C550 can also perform functions such as email and instant messaging. It can also browse social networking websites such as Facebook by using its built-in social networking applications. The C550 also features 3G connectivity and a built-in Internet browser that works well.

The touch screen is mediocre when it comes to responsiveness and the colors on the screen are rather dull compared to other touch screen phones. Text is clear enough to be perfectly readable though, even in bright light.

The basic features of the Chat C550 work very well and it is the perfect phone for someone who uses their phone for simple tasks such as calling and text messaging. It does not measure up to more expensive and advanced Android phones though. While most of the applications from the app store will work on the C550, many of them will run slower than normal and others might not work correctly at all. The phone only has 140 MB of internal memory so you probably will need to buy a separate micro SD card for more storage.

While the phone may lack some features, it does offer great battery life. The C550 can easily go a couple of days without being charged even when used heavily throughout the day. Light users may see this time increased to almost a week between charges.

Need to Know: LG Optimus Chat C550

1. Social network integration works well and feels polished. (The Good)

2. Battery life is very good. Phone can easily last for a couple of days between charges. (The Good)

3. Hardware specifications are not impressive leading to a sluggish user interface on some occasions. (The Bad)

4. Some applications from the Android app store will not work with the C550. (The Bad)

Specs summary

Screen
2.8"

The LG Optimus Chat C550's screen is 2.8 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
600MHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM 7227 600 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
140 MB

Internal memory is 140 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a 1500 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. LG's performance ratings are: 18.5 days standby time, 300 minutes talk time.

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Reviews summary

4/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 13 reviews

The LG Optimus Chat C550 is a basic feature phone that runs on the Android 2.2 operating system. It features a touch screen on the front of the phone and a slide out QWERTY keyboard for faster text messaging. Beyond simple text messaging, the C550 can also perform functions such as email and instant messaging. It can also browse social networking websites such as Facebook by using its built-in social networking applications. The C550 also features 3G connectivity and a built-in Internet browser that works well.

The touch screen is mediocre when it comes to responsiveness and the colors on the screen are rather dull compared to other touch screen phones. Text is clear enough to be perfectly readable though, even in bright light.

The basic features of the Chat C550 work very well and it is the perfect phone for someone who uses their phone for simple tasks such as calling and text messaging. It does not measure up to more expensive and advanced Android phones though. While most of the applications from the app store will work on the C550, many of them will run slower than normal and others might not work correctly at all. The phone only has 140 MB of internal memory so you probably will need to buy a separate micro SD card for more storage.

While the phone may lack some features, it does offer great battery life. The C550 can easily go a couple of days without being charged even when used heavily throughout the day. Light users may see this time increased to almost a week between charges.

Need to Know: LG Optimus Chat C550

1. Social network integration works well and feels polished. (The Good)

2. Battery life is very good. Phone can easily last for a couple of days between charges. (The Good)

3. Hardware specifications are not impressive leading to a sluggish user interface on some occasions. (The Bad)

4. Some applications from the Android app store will not work with the C550. (The Bad)

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Reviews (4/10 Avg. rating)

Looks and feels like a low-cost phone

from Cnet (over 2 years ago)

The LG Optimus Chat stands out from other budget Android phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Fit and Vodafone Smart, thanks to its Qwerty keyboard. If you've struggled with touchscreen typing in the past and hanker for the feel of proper, physical buttons, then it's well worth a look. Just don't expect... More

  7/10

I truly dislike this phone

(7 months ago)

I've had this phone for a year now and it started out fine but then now I seem to have trouble using the texting app because it randomly goes to the home screen mid-message. I don't like how its very heavy and very chunky

  2/10

This phone sucks. Do NOT buy it!

(11 months ago)

I've had this phone since Christmas. I was excited because I was upgrading from the Samsung evergreen I had to a more high tech phone. At first I was thrilled to have an android. But a few months later I figured out how much I hate this phone. ALthough the battery life is the only good quality... More

  1/10

Perfect funtionality, if only it worked

(about 1 year ago)

This phone started off as exactly what I was looking for in a phone. If it worked properly, definitely at least an 8/10. Unfortunately, I've had constant problems. Emergency mode turns itself on at least twice a day, making me remove the battery to get it to reset. The soft keys malfunction like... More

  3/10

I really don't like this phone

(about 1 year ago)

It glitched out in the first few months of me having it and I can hardly text now 'cause it always closes the screen. It's also very slow :(

  2/10

It's a shame

(about 1 year ago)

I bought this phone for the slide-out keyboad, which I love, but the phone has major problems. It turns off and then wont turn back on, even when it has a fully chrged battery. It lags really bad when using the touch screen. Sometimes it gets stuck when dialing a number and it sounds like I'm leaving... More

  2/10

I dislike this phone so many problems it has now been discontinued

(about 1 year ago)

Goes too emergency mode sometimes when turned on,this will automatic dial 911 and you can not turn the phone off you have too take the battery out too get out of the emergency screen,the police are not happy about that problem,even when the phone is turned off the emergency mode can activate its self... More

  1/10

I like this phone because...

(about 1 year ago)

this phone is a nice basic phone that does what you basically want it to do. It doesn't have the best battery life but text messaging is nice and easy and calling is good and quite clear too and browsing is not a piece of cake but no hassle either. I've had this phone for three weeks now and... More

  8/10

I love this phone because...

(over 2 years ago)

I don't like the battery life ,it is soooo poor. First phone i every had that the battery dies so fast.

  5/10

I like this phone because it has a great keyboard and does what I want a phone to do.

(over 2 years ago)

My only complaint would be that the battery is poor. I have to recharge it more often than I'd like to.

  9/10

I wanted to change!

(over 2 years ago)

I have this cell for 1 week for me too actually the battery does not last very long. honestly I do not really like this cell for the moment I'm disappointed

  4/10

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