As I mentioned earlier, using the Samsung SGH i550 is like learning to drive a Jaguar after having rode a bicycle for the past few years. I’ve not explored fully its capabilities but based on my experience, I can give it a thumbs-up. It is a very cool phone, quite James Bondian if you please, except for its size. I’ve always wanted to get a more compact phone after owning a chunky one for so many years, but on second thoughts this may not be a good idea. A little phone will get lost in my handbag and it will take forever for me to fish it out from the cavernous interior of my bag which has a hundred other bric-a-brac in there. Besides, big has its advantages – its 2.6″ screen is a boon to squinty eyes.
I don’t have the expertise to review all the features of the phone and compare it with other phones. Suffice to say what makes the i550 stand out from many other phones are its :
2. 3.0 megapixel camera
I absolutely love the WIFI feature. When the home computer and hubby’s laptop are occupied by the other family members and I wanted to check my mail or something, I could just log on from my phone. I don’t have to bully the kids into letting me have the computer for 5 minutes which dragged on to 15 or 30 more minutes. By the time I gave up my “5 minutes” the kids would be glowering and shouting “You said 5 minutes!” Great peace enhancer.
The built-in camera is also a boon. I don’t have to lug my heavy digital camera with me to functions. It’s so handy. The camcorder, recorder and video editor functions are so cool too!
Though I’m not adept at using the GPS (and I hardly travel anywhere), I foresee that this will be a very useful feature to have when traveling somewhere for family holidays. It’s also great for showing off to friends and family.
I’m impressed with the radio too. The sound quality is so clear. Last night while ironing the clothes I listened to the radio on loudspeaker mode. It certainly made the chore more bearable. I was so inspired I even did some mending after that!
Other plus points – big calculator (yeah, everything is big with this phone), big screen for viewing text, big keypad (raised for easier handling) etc etc.
Truly the i550 is a all-in-one gadget : phone/radio/recorder/camcorder/camera/PC/calculator/compass/PDA etc etc. A good tagline for it would be : Everything in one phone. For $1499.
It’s BIG in size and BIG in value.