Microsoft Lumia 550

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7/10
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The Microsoft Lumia 550 currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 3 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

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".

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.”


Operating system
Windows
Processor
1.1 GHz
Screen Size
4.7"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


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.

- Florian Wimmer, Notebookcheck
TechRadar

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

- Sean Cameron, TechRadar
WPCentral

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

- Richard Devine, WPCentral


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Microsoft released the Lumia 550 on December 14, 2015.


Microsoft Lumia 550 prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. Microsoft's suggested retail price is $139.00. You can compare Lumia 550 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Microsoft Lumia 550 user manual here.


Microsoft backs up the Lumia 550 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Lumia 550 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Microsoft support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Microsoft's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
4.7"

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

Processor
1.1 GHz

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, 600 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Lumia 550 Specs

Overview
Release date December 14, 2015
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, 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 Type 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)
Battery Capacity 2100 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 426 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 600 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 960 minutes
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
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 No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
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 Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging 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
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot 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
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
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
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types 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 -
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Critic Reviews


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.

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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.

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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.

Read full review

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.

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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.

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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.

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