OK, my phone stopped crashing & i promised to make a review of this phone..For me, Z550 is the best clamshell SE has ever produced..Comparing it to my old Samsung E730, w/c is a nice phone too, it is defintely ahead in a few aspects, more specifically the expandable memory card.
DISPLAY - It is vivid & sharp, can stand up with E730/E720/E770/D500 from samsung. In fact, it doesnt fade in the sun unlike some samsung phones. Comparing it with W550i/K750i/W800i, it is sharper, bigger & more colorful. The external display is very useful. It is readable & even shows the song & artist when on playing mp3. However, when on radio, it doesnt show the station.
MP3 PLAYER - I had W550i before & the sound is comparable (in the headset), & it's awesome. Ofcors, u need to buy the walkman headset or other quality headsets to have CD-like soundings because d package doesnt provide one. It doesnt hav control keys outside so u hav to open the phone to change track. THere's only 1 key outside the phone, the volume key.
CAMERA - No flash. BUt the quality is fantastic, better than normal 1.3MP Camera. I would say the quality is like Nokia 6630. Definitely better than W550i/ Samsung E730/ Noki 6230i.
VIDEO - Crap.Very low resolution like most SE phones. Dont even think of using it.
BATTERY - I charge it almosy every 2 days coz i used it as an MP3 player, listen to the radio. If u just make some calls & text, it shud last for 3-4 days.
DESIGN - Very sleek, compact. MOre good looking than samsung E series. Nokia has no clamshell phone of this quality. It beats 6131/6125 in any given day.
Ok that's it. Basically, it's K750i in clamshell factor with significantly improved software. Phonebook search is done by typing the first letters. No stupid "message sent" pop-up.No stupid joystick. THe keys are soft & responsive. They are backlighted in blue.
If you want an SE phone in a flip-top factor, this is the phone. Dnt even compare this to W300i, it's plastic, keys are annoying, and the display is xtremly poorer. It's only the package that is good about W300i. If SE provided 256MB MS micro, a walkman headset in this phone, nobody would even think of buying W300i. C")
Here you can find programs for sync. with windows, it works perfekt and you can even sync. with bluetooth, fast and painless.
Even I did get my z550i :) Love it.
No problem. You are welcome :-)
Regarding your question, you cannot go into silent mode without opening the clamshell. If the phone rings while the clamshell is closed, pressing the volume buttons will mute (but not hangup) the ringtone immediately though.
BTW, I will not be posting the Panaromic shots already. The built-in software is not good at it and the final results are not worth it at all as the frames are rather badly stitched up. Too gimicky for practical use.
Very nice pictures DarkRay, really appreciate it!
One more question: can you turn the phone to silent without opening it and pressing the #-key? Can it be done by pressing the external volume-keys located at the left side of the phone?
For those interested in the quality of Z550i's camera, I have done a mini-review at:
Do note that for the purpose of bandwidth conservation, I will probably remove this page after 1 month.
Hope it's useful.... :-)
plz cud any1 help me out. i am lookin for a review of z550i. also can any1 tell which is better z550i or w300i?
I am using samsung x700 now my brother wants to buy the new SE z550 I justwant 2 know the camera quality.Can anyone one send the photos taken from this SE z550.My samsung x700 camera works very excellent can this SE z550 give me that quality. Anyone plzzz send the photos to my email.thanx in advance
GSM Arena always do something funky to URLs. So the sina.com's Chinese review link will not work. Try:
I am busy with work these few days due to a project, but I will try to take and upload some photos a few days later, including panaromic ones, which the phone supoprts. :-)
Personally, I think the Z550i is better, but it's of course a matter of personal taste. The only two thing which the X700 really does better is its inclusion of stereo speakers and that the MicroSD card it uses is cheaper. But otherwise, Z550i has rather similar features to the X700.
For me, I love clam shells over candy bar phones because I think their ergonomics are better in the sense that the earpiece is at the ear while the mouth piece is very close to the mouth when unfolded. I find myself constantly cupping the mouthpiece with my freehand when I am using a candy bar phone.
I feel that the Z550i is classier with a significant portion of the phone covered with textured metal (brushed or otherwise). I also like Sony Ericsson's better and more user friendly interface (especially for messaging) and has proper themes support.
Most important of all, the Z550i can vibrate and ring at the same time. I am quite sure this is absent on the X700.
Could it be a phone problem? I had been using my phone for close to 2 weeks without any sort of reset. I think there is only 1 version of retail firmware available so far.
Just my 2 cents.... :-)
Hi, please tell me which phone is better Z550i or Samsung X700 when all features are compared.
Thanks Dark Ray :)
IMO, the design looks a little outdated, but it has a good price per performance here.
what is the latest firmaware version of this phone?i bought z550i 3 days ago..it's a cool phone, definitely better than Z530/W300; BUT, my phone freezed a number of times..i had to remove the battery to make it work.. i bought a 256mb ms micro & a walkman headset ( d one used in W550i/W810/W700)..d sound is awesome..i clicked d master reset and it's working now but still i wna know if i need to update the software to make it stable..il make a extensive review of this phone once d bug is gone..but i need help now..
If you can read Chinese,
Where can you even find one single review -with or without camerapictures? Even Mobili-review.com does't have a review about the Z550.
Thanks for your views on z550.
How is the camera? Can u upload a few pics and link them; as i cant find a single review having camera pics.
Looks are all a matter of personal opinion and taste. I personally love the look for Z550i and hated the loop antenna + extremely plasticky outlook of the Z530i and W300i.
Horrible design... think Z530/W300 much better...
Why Se came out this backward design, confused...
Under Settings -> Display, you have an option called "Sleep Mode Clock". If you turn this on, the external display will not blank out after 10 seconds, but instead show a clock on the inverted LCD, which is easily readable under most lighting conditions. If there are any missed calls or messages, the relevant icons will also be displayed. :-)
I was wondering does the outer display show essential information like missed calls or text messages all the time? Or does it fade after a period of inactivity and goes completely black so you need to press some button to activate it and see if you have missed any events.
I think that the ability to see your missed calls or messages without separately activating the phone is very important in a clamshell phone.
Thanks already for the response! :-)
the phone is pretty decent. Good on features and looks. But there is a single feature which i seem to be having problem with. Am not able to set different ringtones for different profiles. The phone takes into account the ring volume, silent mode, vibrator on etc into consideration when saving profiles, but ringtone never seems to be considered.
Could some one please tell me if my observation applies for ur mobiles too.. or is thr anyother manner thro which i need to save the profiles.
The Mp3 ringtones dont seem to play loud at all. i tried 64KBPS and 128KBPS ringtones. Have to experiment with 320KBPS and see if the I get a decent volume.
The memory cards are ridiculously expensive. Here in Chennai, India... I found the 256MB card to cost over 2500rupees(almost US$50) even in the black market. The original card which has come thro the normal customs seems to be costing Rs.4000(almost US$80). While the phone costs Rs.8800( almost US$176), the memory card is not reasonably priced at all.
Otherwise the phone is just quite good.
I was able to install a lots of free java applications from (www.getjar.com) and lots of free themes,wallpapers,screensavers etc from (www.zedge.net). U can even host your own wap site in zedge and this enables u to download the stuff thro gprs. Thats so Cool.