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Samsung Galaxy 550 review

2.4/10 AVG.
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  • Samsung Galaxy 550
  • Samsung Galaxy 550
  • Samsung Galaxy 550
  • Samsung Galaxy 550


2.4/10
Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy 550 currently has an Informr score of 2.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 8 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

If you’re on a budget and want an Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy 550, simply known as the Galaxy 5, is worth considering.

It runs on Android 2.1 and is powered by a decent 600MHz processor. SWYPE comes pre-installed and aside from WiFi and Bluetooth, the Galaxy 5 also boasts 7.2Mbps HSDPA connectivity.

Imaging however is not the 5's strongest suit. It ships with a sub-standard 2-megapixel camera and lacks a front-facing camera which makes video calling out of the question. Another downer is its 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen display which doesn’t offer with multi-touch support.

What the 5 does have to offer is a no-frills Android phone that’s well within most people’s budget range. It’s got the basics and performs well considering its feature-set and price. Clearly not a spectacular phone, but its a standouts among its entry-level counterparts.


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


What the Critics Are Saying...


PhoneArena

It lacks some hardware features, such as multitouch, backlighting of the physical keys, front-facing cam, or ambient light and proximity sensors. For the price, however, you are not likely to miss them much. For people just entering the smartphone (or touchscreen phone, for that matter) universe...

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena


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Samsung backs up the Galaxy 550 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Galaxy 550 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung'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
2.8"

The Samsung Galaxy 550's screen size is 2.8 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
600 MHz

There is a ARM 11 600 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
512 MB

Internal memory is 512 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1200 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 21.5 days standby time, 570 minutes.

Galaxy 550 Specs

Overview
Release date August 25, 2010
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 7.2, HSUPA
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor ARM 11 600 MHz
Internal Storage 512 MB
RAM 256 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.58 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
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1200 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: 570 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 21.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.8 x 5.6 x 1.2 cm (4.3 x 2.2 x 0.5 in)
Weight 102 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.8 inches
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 Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
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
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing No
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, EMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Effects, ISO, Panorama, Smile detection
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, eAAC, AAC+, AAC
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung I5500, Samsung Galaxy 5, Samsung I5503

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