At first I was very gung-ho in blogging about the Samsung i550 phone but looking at other bloggers’ postings such as the Phone Lover’s, I realize that competition is very keen. This guy is so comprehensive in his evaluation of the phone! He didn’t call himself a Phone Lover for nothing. I feel like throwing in the towel already. Let him win the phone lah while I continue to sleep in my comfy bed. And when the i550 alarm wakes me up to send the kids to school, I’ll just hit snooze and go back to wallowing in the thought that the phone is flying away from me on the Phone Lover’s blogging carpet. Boo-hoo, oh misery.
Still, I have an obligation to perform. Samsung didn’t loan me the phone for one month with no strings attached. Let me display some of that string here.
I’ve always owned chunky phones, first the hand-me-downs from my brother, then my own Nokia 3315. So I always thought to myself that the next phone I get will be a cool, handy little gadget. My youngest brother once owned such a small phone that it could be strapped on to his wrist like a watch.
Imagine when I first got my hands on the Samsung SGH i550. It looked as big as my Nokia though it was much slimmer. Bleh, I thought. In the looks department, it doesn’t score very high marks indeed. But what it lacked in appearance, it more than made up for with its functions.
What I really like about it is the big screen. (I’m not a technophile, so I won’t be spouting all those jargons that Phone Lover and others of his calibre use. The others were talking about Symbian this and Symbian that which the i550 has. Say what, when I first heard the term : simian as in monkeys? I googled the word and discovered explanations such as this. I’m still a bit woolly about it though.) Back to the screen. Not only is it big but it is in full technicolor! When you have eyes that have to squint and hold reading material at arm’s length in order to read it, believe me, this colourful screen is a sight for sore eyes.
Two of the features in its Organiser that I really like is the calculator and calendar. The calculator mode (sorry, I haven’t figured out how to reproduce screen shots here – I’m no Phone Lover, okay?) has a keypad like a regular calculator. Instead of pressing one key countless times to access the different functions like addition, multiplication etc (as in regular phones), all you have to do is to scroll the trackball to the required function and press it. It’s really nifty.
You know those little calling-card size yearly calenders that companies give out for free? The print is so tiny that you need a magnifying class to decipher it. That’s why I like the i550′s calender. It is so clear and readable. Of course, it’s more than a calender. You can use it to manage your appointments too. Sure, other phones can do that too but the i550 wins in terms of size. Big is better as far as I’m concerned. Big screen and big print means big in readability which is a great deal when you get to my age (my friends say I’m in denial in refusing to wear reading glasses).
That’s it for now, folks, to pacify the Samsungites and the Mobile Worldlings.