Samsung SCH-U550

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6.8/10
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The Samsung SCH-U550 currently has an Informr score of 6.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

The Samsung SCH-550 is a modest refresh of the Samsung U540. With a new metallic-brown color and some slight styling changes, plus an increased external memory capacity to 8G, the U550 is a solid, friendly entry-level clamshell.

For folks looking for a simple but capable cell phone, the U550 won’t disappoint. It includes the now universally accepted set of “basic” features, including the ability to text, IM, surf the web via WAP, take a good picture with its 1.3 megapixel camera, speakerphone and modest external display with optional digital or analog clock.

On Verizon in the US, the U550 does comes with Verizon’s VZNavigator GPS system preinstalled, however that doesn’t really mean anything since the service still costs the same should you choose to use it ($2.99 per day or $9.99 for unlimited monthly use). It also comes with VCast, Verizons source for music videos, news and other video offerings.

The U550 should be measured within its own category, namely, modest entry-level devices, and it measures up quite well.


Operating system
Other
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
No
Camera
1+ MP



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Common Questions


Samsung released the SCH-U550 on February 19, 2008.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung SCH-U550 user manual here.


Samsung backs up the SCH-U550 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your SCH-U550 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
No

The Samsung SCH-U550's screen size is Unknown with 176 x 220 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
25 MB

Internal memory is 25 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 8 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 8.5 days standby time.

Samsung SCH-U550 Specs

Overview
Release date February 19, 2008
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 25 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.39 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 8.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Bronze
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.6 x 4.9 x 1.6 cm (3.8 x 1.9 x 0.6 in)
Weight 95 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 176 x 220 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size No
3D No
Secondary Display Color LCD (STN), 65k
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
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 Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
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 500
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 8 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Effects, Night mode, Self-timer
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
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 Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung U550

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Phonedog

not so very bad

from Phonedog
Pro: slim, great picture taking capacity,long battery life,once "broken in"voice recognition for blue tooth improved. Con: date/time of main wall screen too high up on screen;conflicts with wall paper; should be on banner below. Voice of voice recognition different from last phone and takes some adjus...More
Pro: slim, great picture taking capacity,long battery life,once "broken in"voice recognition for blue tooth improved. Con: date/time of main wall screen too high up on screen;conflicts with wall paper; should be on banner below. Voice of voice recognition different from last phone and takes some adjusting to. no build in games! Using experience: 30 days Good basic phone for those non-texters. Less
Phonedog

sch u 550

from Phonedog
Pro: the phone has different shortcuts u can change on some phones u cant change them Con: the speaker is deffinatly an issue it doesnt get vary loud and you can bareley understand wat the person is saying Using experience: 4 months ive had this phone for 4 months now and its worked pretty good for...More
Pro: the phone has different shortcuts u can change on some phones u cant change them Con: the speaker is deffinatly an issue it doesnt get vary loud and you can bareley understand wat the person is saying Using experience: 4 months ive had this phone for 4 months now and its worked pretty good for me.But if you listen to music for like 5 minutes u waste half ur battery. Another bad thing is that the touch screen on the front doesnt work when ever you touch it the front screen must be lit that should be fixed. Less

Not bad

I've had the phone for six months. It's growing on me. I had my last phone for four years, so the transition was a little difficult at first. The price was good, the mp3 player is great, the features are nice, the speakers are clear, etc. The pros are almost endless. The only major problems that I have...More
I've had the phone for six months. It's growing on me. I had my last phone for four years, so the transition was a little difficult at first. The price was good, the mp3 player is great, the features are nice, the speakers are clear, etc. The pros are almost endless. The only major problems that I have had are that it froze twice in six months and one time it wouldn't let me receive any messages. This problem corrected itself as soon as I restarted the phone. I think it only happened in the first place because it never gets turned off. DON'T pay attention to some of the other reviews, it sounds like they just got a bad phone, there's nothing wrong with the model. Less
Phonedog

sch-u550

from Phonedog
Pro: None Con: Everything Using experience: 6 days Poor or little reception; voice quality poor; speaker phone-useless; no clock display unless you open the phone ETC!

Update on my 550

I finally got some help, instead of having another phone sent with the same problem they did a trouble shoot this time and the rep said it is a software issue, there is an update and I could go to a phone store and they would do a quick update there or they could send me a new one with the update insta...More
I finally got some help, instead of having another phone sent with the same problem they did a trouble shoot this time and the rep said it is a software issue, there is an update and I could go to a phone store and they would do a quick update there or they could send me a new one with the update installed. Nearest store is 40 miles away, so they are sending me a new one with the update. Hopefully this will fix the problem. Less

550 freeze up

I got a new Samsung Sch 550 and had constant problems with it freezing up while talking, the timer would stop and in 30 seconds the phone would shut down and reboot. It also would drop calls for no reason and when you tried to call them back it would show a tower and ask you to try again. This happened...More
I got a new Samsung Sch 550 and had constant problems with it freezing up while talking, the timer would stop and in 30 seconds the phone would shut down and reboot. It also would drop calls for no reason and when you tried to call them back it would show a tower and ask you to try again. This happened over and over. I contacted my provider and got a replacement and I have been having the exact same problem with this phone. I like the phone, but not the hassles this has been giving me. I had a person notice my phone and said they had the same phone but switched because they kept having problems with it freezing up, they went through two phones also before going with a different model. I don't know if others have had this problem, but two people that know each other and they have the same problems with the same phones tells me this model might need looked into for a glitch. Less

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