If someone has bigger fingers then he/she may feel a little bit uncomfortable with the keypad(particularly for the keys just under the screen)...but overall the keypad is not at all uncomfortable. I can write msg very fast in this fone...and the 4-way joystick with 'centre-select' button is very smooth to handle.The backlighting(orange) is soothing too.In case of msg-ing, T9 can be turned off very easily (for local language sms) and when writing texts, the cursor moves blazing fast.I want to mention one thing regarding sms, u can't create seperate folders to store msgs. The received msgs can be firstly stored in "Saved Msgs" folder, but it uses the SIM card memory so the capacity is very limited. Apart from that u can store ur desired msgs as "Templates" and as this uses fone memory so there is vast space here.
Camera: W550i has 1.3MP camera. U can take nice shots in the daylight and there are many options to customise ur pics before taking the shot, even u can chage the shutter sound. There are many effects to use like "Sepia", "Black&White" etc. U can zoom also if u have selected a smaller 'size' of photo. But I must say, taking pictures at night does not always give good results.U can select the in built 'Light' (it is really strong) and can tweak the "White Balancing" settings, but still the snaps taken are not of good quality.But I must inform you as the screen is of 262K color, u can still view the pics better than other 1.3MP category like N3230.
Video Recording: I havn't faced any issue here. After selecting camera, u can switch to Video shooting mode. Racording time lasts until the memory is fully exhausted. I personally didn't download any music video but if it is in '.3gp' format, then u can view anykind of videos. And "www.ovao.com" is a vast repository of different types of videos.
The fone is amazing fast !! I copied my my 193 contacts from my SIM card to the fone memory and it only took 4-5 seconds, I had N3230 also a few months back, and the same action took near about 48-50 seconds.
The supplied 'Ear-Buds' with this fone is another attraction. It gives excellent sounds keeping balance of low and high frequency sounds.U can select 'equalizer' settings from the preloaded presets (normal, bass, mega-bass etc) or can change it manually. The 'ear-buds' also set into ears tightly. Listenening to music is the most valuable experience in W550i (Sony is there, mind it). Even the radio sounds much better, accurate and louder than N3230.
Another thing which is supplied is the USB Connectivity Cable for PC connection (USB2.0). And believe me, this piece is excellent. The software takes a little more time to get installed, but after that it works surprisingly fast. It makes a 'phone drive' in the HDD and u just simply do "copy-paste" paste thing....and bingo!!! This USB Cable even performs much-more faster than my Bluetooth Dongle.
I really don't have any idea that whether downloading new 'firmware' will take more space or not but i'm sure that if it takes then it will take some extra Kbs and apart from that the 'white screen' problem wil be solved.
Just buy it without any hesitation bcoz the fones of this 'Walkman' series of SE all are of very good quality....and among them W5550i is a real eye-candy, feature reach strong performer...it is the fastest fone I have seen in my life....
Guys, have u bought the fone?....No?.....hey, what r u waiting for?...Don't panic, no WHITE SCREENS, everything is ORANGE and W here....take care all.
well 1st of all i must say the funky look of the set.next u can access the fone very quickly.no opening folder no closing folder nothing.just press the ok bottom and the folder open.third is the sound.for sound i ve nothing 2 say.simply great loud and clear.u can feel every beat of a song.i still dont have the set.i ve seen the set in my brother sarit's hand.and i ve decided 2 buy the set anyone who have a passion on cellphone must try the set.it rocks
seriously, u all so right about this phone. superb, no phone can compare to this phone. i bought this phone for my fiance, and i really feel glad coz i gave her the best phone i could afford for now.
WOOOW FNX SARIT IM GNA BUY DIS FONE NOW DEFFINATLY !! duz the software upgrades take up memory space - if they do den about how much ???????? also how good is camera and video recordings ???? and can u download music videos from your pc on to your phone ?????????? PLS HELP
if u want to buy a fone for it's design-buy lg chocolate-....but if u want a fone for it's features-buy w550-..
please be noted that w550 has 2 speakers only. but what's amazing with its 2 speakers is that they produce stereo output (2-channel) that's why the sound is distributed more evenly not like other phones which have 1 speaker producing a mono output (it is just like a hifi stereo component system compared to the better 5.1 home theater system).
besides w550, i really want w800. here in the philippines, it costs around USD300 (with 1 year service warranty; network unlocked). but you can still wait for w850 (3G) and w710 (GSM; 512MB M2 expansion). :-)
Can we really find a "perfect fone"? Possibly not coz every cellfone has its own pros and cons.
Also some people are complaining about tiny storage space, but believe me, 256MB is massive to store. Not a single company is going to offer all excellent features into a single fone coz that will simply hamper the overall market demand of other products of the same company. Also we should judge a fone's feature not ignoring its price. W800i surely gives some additional features(like 2mp camera, 512MB memory supplied etc) but it also costs more.
I bought this fone on 7th June'06 from my local market and I have already loaded 22 MP3 songs, 88 general wallpapers, 11 still camera shots, 14 videos, 3 softwares, 7 games and still 108MB is unused! Now consider every MP3 with a size of 5MB, and then I can still store additional 21MP3s. At a certtain point of time, near about 40-50MP3s are sufficient I think coz there is every opportunity to delete the existing and store new songs.
No white screen issue, my software's firmware version is "CXC 1250031 R4CB020 000000"...(import month May, 2006). Those who are using older versions just activate ur GPRS by contacting ur network operator and download the latest version (there is a organised provision in the 'setttings' menu) from SE's website.
This is an excellent fone, trust me....
Those who want a detail review of W550i before buying it can visit "www.mobique.com" coz the reviewer covered almost every aspect.
And i agree with Miguel, "www.lasyk.com" is a huge source of this fones's downloads especially for themes...many of them are superb.Also to test ur Java environment of your fone, install "JBenchmark2" from the "www.jbenchmark.com"...
Any guy using this fone and want some games/softwares/themes/wallpapers for customozing...can feel free to tell me, I will try to help.....
again, W550i rocks!!!! I have a passion for it........SWIEVEL WALKMAN ROCKS!!!...This is one fone u should have......TRUST ME...
i have this phone for over 8 months and dont have any problems with it. love this phone, it looks good and works perfectly.great music quality
omd fanelu dats exactly like me im only 14 and im the 1 hu posted that last review ! the good phones are too expensive but i think out of k750i and w550i - the w550i is better because its walkman and it doesnt have a joystick which will break easily so i'v heard ! and apparently k750i has rubbish media player
right i need serious help. im sooo confused i dont know which phone to buy!! problem is in all of my options, theres a problem in each phone which is really frustrating because i cant seem to find the perfect phoneeee :'(!
right my options are -
w550i - no external memory slot , not excellent camera vision and may include white screening funtion however excellent speakers and games and design.
k750i - not walkman brand , crap media player and crap speakers crap joystick, good camera vision and exteranl memory.
w810i - drop call problem , low battery life , too expensive 4 me as im young but good memory space and excellent camera vision.
w900i - da screws for the swivel action can get loose as its not manual swivel but probly the best phone out of this whole selection but the most expensive which i can not afford seeing as i dont work :(
SOMEONE PLEASE HELPP ME :(
i use dietmp3 to compress songs (www.download.com > Search bar: dietmp3). compressing is limited to 15 songs. do you need serial? you can email me. thanks!
Its an amazing phone i m using it since october 2005. This phone disappoints you cause it doesnt contain external phone memory card. I ve not faced the problem of battery so far. It gives you a style statement. I ll definitely suggest you that u shld go for this phone.
well i bought this mobile 3 months back,after using this mobile for 1st month
my phone hanged up(white screen problem).I sent this mobile to service centre and after
few days I got my mobile back. Well at the moment it workin properly and i am satisfied with it.
Can anyone tell me why it cant suport wave files and few others video files?