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LG Optimus Chat C550 review

4.2/10 AVG.
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4.2/10
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The LG Optimus Chat C550 currently has an Informr score of 4.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 13 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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)


Operating system
Android
Processor
600 MHz
Screen Size
2.8"
Camera
3+ MP


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Cnet

- Damien McFerran, Cnet


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LG released the Optimus Chat C550 on March 15, 2011.


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LG backs up the Optimus Chat C550 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
2.8"

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

Processor
600 MHz

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

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

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 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 18.5 days standby time, 300 minutes.

Optimus Chat C550 Specs

Overview
Release date March 15, 2011
Regions available Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/1700/2100 MHz
Data:
EV-DO Rev. B, HSDPA 7.2
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm MSM 7227 600 MHz
Internal Storage 140 MB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.49 W/kg
Body: 0.39 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 300 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 18.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Natural Silver, Red, Pink, Aqua Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.9 x 5.9 x 1.6 cm (4.3 x 2.3 x 0.6 in)
Weight 134 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates Yes
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.8 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY, Touchscreen
Navigation Type D-pad, Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels), 24 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, WAV, QCP
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Yes (Downloadable)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG C555

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Critic Reviews


Cnet

Looks and feels like a low-cost phone

from Cnet

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 cutting-edge hardware and software.

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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 cutting-edge hardware and software.

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User Reviews


ann.c.

I truly dislike this phone

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

This phone sucks. Do NOT buy it!

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 about...More
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 about this phone. The keyboard sometimes does not let you type, but when it does, sometimes it won't let you press certain keys, or it brings up email. It has also turned global internet data/roaming on before. The phone basically "siezes". I press one app, and then it starts to bring up recent apps, email, music, calender, and flashes between recent history or apps when I am trying to be on a certain app. The keyboard lags. I am currently typing this review on an lg optimus chat, and it is about five words behind what I am actually typing. The phone comes with pre set backgrounds, and I do not like them, I wish I had more variety. It's stupid that you can't delete preset apps either. I do not have facebook nor twitter, and find no use for these apps to be on the phone. If you want them you can download them in the play store. All in all, this phone sucks, and I need to upgrade. I warn you, do NOT buy this phone unless all you want is problems. Less

Perfect funtionality, if only it worked

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 no tom...More
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 no tomorrow, exiting me out of menus and texts at least 3 times before I complete what I was trying to do. Sent it in for service THREE times, and they still can't fix it. Love the Qwerty, and my brother has the exact same phone and it works fine. Highly unreliable. Less
V

I really don't like this phone

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 :(

It's a shame

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 m...More
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 my finger on one number forever even though I'm not even touching it. It's really not reliable. I was using the alarm on it as an alarm clock, but I can't do that anmore incase it turns off on me in the middle of the night. Taking the battery out and then putting it back in seems to correct the problem for some time, so maybe it's a defective battery... I don't know, but I will be taking it in to Koodo soon. Less

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

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 a...More
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 and dial 911 telusmobility does not know what the problem is,my grand son had too buy out his contract with telusmobility because of the same problem,the lg smart phone I will not get again,I have the lgc555 I was not told in June 2012 when I was told by telusmobility too take that phone with my new contract that it is no long on the market,the manager at telusmobility gave me the last one, now I know why he talked me into that phone,utter rubbish phone,going too cost me $200+12% tax too renew another 3year contract with ,telusmobility after them giving me a defected phone 2months ago Less

I like this phone because...

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 pretty pleased by it.
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 pretty pleased by it. Less

I love this phone because...

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

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

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

I wanted to change!

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

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