Specs summary

Screen
4.7"

The Microsoft Lumia 550's screen is 4.7 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.1GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8909 Snapdragon 210 Quad core 1.1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Windows 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 200 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2100 mAh battery. Microsoft's performance ratings are 28 days standby time, 960 minutes (2G), 840 minutes (3G), 600 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



With a good camera, a nice screen and decent speakers, the well-built Lumia 550 makes a solid first impression.

- Sean Cameron , TechRadar 

The Microsoft Lumia 550 is a decent cheap phone hit with the same issues as its more expensive sibling.

- Richard Devine , WPCentral 

Reviews summary

7/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 3 reviews

What's good  

  • Price
  • Display
  • microSD support
  • 4G LTE

What's bad  

  • Limited internal storage
  • Lackluster front-facing camera
  • Bland design
  • Windows 10 is a personal taste issue

Microsoft hopes to win new fans for Windows 10 and uphold the Nokia legacy with the release of the Lumia 550. With its affordable pricing and respectable specifications, it seems to bring a touch of mid-market performance to those with entry-level budgets.

If you’re looking for an entry level Windows phone does will the 550 make the cut? Let’s see what the reviews are saying!

The Lumia design has always been minimalist and understated. The 550 makes no changes to this trend. With a blocky design, a plastic shell and two color options, it’s about as minimal as things get. TechRadar notes, “With its preponderance of straight lines and matte plastic, the Lumia 550 is likely to be greeted by phone fans who place a premium on style with an audible "meh".

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Heading around to the front of the phone, you’ll find a 4.7-inch 720p screen. TechRadar call the screen “one of the highlights of the device.” While Recombu put it through its paces and found, “Brightness levels aren’t too strong, which poses a minor problem in harsh sunlight.” Reviews pointed out that text, video and other common items showed ample detail but that a lack of screen treatment led to serious glare and smudge issues.

The phone uses a 1.1GHz quad-core Snapdragon 220 processor to keep apps running smoothly. Reviews indicate that the phone isn’t a powerhouse by any stretch but good enough for basic daily productivity, social media apps and media consumption. Windows Central notes, “You're not going to be playing any intense games on it with the greatest experience, but for most things it'll handle whatever you throw at it just fine.” With only 1GB of RAM, multitasking reviews don’t fare any better.

The phone offers 8GB of internal storage for your apps, videos and music. Unfortunately, Windows 10 and the pre-loaded apps take up 5GB, leaving a scant 3GB for loading your own things. GSM Arena said, “A microSD card will be an obligatory purchase with every Lumia 550.”

Powered by a 2100mAh battery, reviews on battery life are mixed. MS Power User said, “The battery life on this device is par for the course, it lasted almost a whole day of medium use (messaging, Reddit, Twitter), only being charged at nighttime. For the price, I have no complaints.” This is a major difference from the finding at TechRadar, who “found that the handset needed charging up to three times a day during intensive periods of use.” If you’re a heavy phone user, reviews seem to point to needing a spare battery. Fortunately, the battery in the Lumia 550 is removable.

Love taking pictures? The Lumia 550 offers a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing lens. Reviews on the rear camera are positive with MS Power User saying, “The rear snapper takes OK pictures, it is somewhat slow to focus and no frills on this camera means that you are pretty much limited to taking bad-average images in good light with some bright spots here and there.” Some reviews noted that the front-facing camera had issues with focus and details, but at only 2MP, the camera is likely best for video chats and social images only.
Overall, reviews are a mixed bag. Reviews found the phone design and performance adequate, but the experience was less than stellar for anything more than basic tasks. Pair this with personal opinions on Windows 10 and it might be a good idea to find a place you can try the phone before committing.

Windows Central summed up reviews best, saying, “As a cheap phone it's mostly great news. The hardware is solid and ticks most of the right boxes. But as with the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, its the software that lets us down. Windows 10 Mobile, for all the innovation it brings, still doesn't feel like it's ready for a consumer product.”


Reviews (7/10 Avg. rating)


Notebookcheck

Decent smartphone at a bargain price

from Notebookcheck
Overall, the Lumia 550 is a decent smartphone at a bargain price, which is fast enough for routine use and which offers good equipment in form of a decent screen, LTE, micro-SD slot and removable battery for the small budget... Full review
TechRadar

A budget option for the productivity-minded

from TechRadar
Given such a low starting price discounts are likely to come into play fairly soon, and the Lumia 550 could potentially be a nice little bargain for undemanding users. For Windows die-hards looking for a cheap backup device this is also an easy pick. For everyone else, better value can be found elsewhere... Full review
WPCentral

The latest entry-level Lumia brings some good with the bad

from WPCentral
The Lumia 550 is an excellent, budget smartphone. Platform not taken into consideration, what you get for not a lot of money deserves a lot of credit. Microsoft once again did a good job with its entry-level product... Full review

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date December 14, 2015
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/900/1800 /2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows 10

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8909 Snapdragon 210 Quad core 1.1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.82 W/kg
Body: 0.62 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2100 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 426 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 600 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
960 minutes (2G)
840 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 28 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.6 x 6.8 x 1.0 cm
(5.4 x 2.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 142 grams
(5 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 315 pixels
Size 4.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
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 Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Internet Explorer Mobile
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 200 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 2x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Geotagging, Self-timer, White balance, Exposure
Video Recording Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Skype, WhatsApp, Foursquare, OneDrive, YouTube)
Included Software / Apps No
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