This was the first phone I ever bought for myself, so naturally it's something of a special phone for me in that sense alone. I know that it may seem a little odd to say that a phone which isn't particularly good, especially by today's standards, is special, but I think that everyone's first mobile phone they buy themselves, especially these days, is seen as that little bit more special.
I'd saved up all my birthday money and Christmas money to get this phone, which cost me £45 at the time, and came with a £10 top up. I NEVER had a £10 top up on any of my previous phones. Ever. So this alone made the phone that bit more special.
The design of the phone was what originally drew me to it when I was looking at it in the shops. I liked the bold black lines that surrounded the keyboard and the screen, and I liked the angular shape of the black section at the top of the phone. I've always loved cats (I've got two cats at the moment) and I thought that the black lines looked a bit like cats ears. And that was that. I had to have it. I did find the phone to be relatively heavy compared with my old one though. It seemed to have quite a bulky battery, so perhaps that's why?
The design of the keyboard was really easy to use as well though, once I had been using it for a few days. I hadn't paid much attention to it before, but the way that the arrows to move around the screen were placed meant that you could easily do it with one thumb, and each of the buttons individually seemed really responsive.
However, there really wasn't a lot on the phone at all. It could access the internet using GPRS, but it was really slow and would take at least 10 minutes per page to load, which is never a good thing. And when it came to sending things, there was really no way to get anything from the phone to the computer, which meant that all the photographs on the phone are literally stuck there. It had infrared, which for the time was pretty advanced, but there were better bluetooth phones out there that could send things a lot better than infrared could as you had to be really close to people to use the infrared feature. Of course, you could send a text using the MMS feature but that was costly - about £1 a text if I remember rightly - and as money was really tight, there was no way I was going to be wasting my £5 credit I got every two months (and on special occasions such as my birthday, of course) on sending ringtones and photographs of useless things to everyone.
The camera on the phone wasn't horrendous, but it wasn't great either - I remember all my friends' phones having 3MP cameras on them and mine had a VGA camera. In other words, it really didn't take good photographs at all, and they often came out blurry. They were really only useful if you were taking a photo for the background of your phone, or perhaps for the screensaver (which ultimately just faded to black anyway).
The battery wasn't particularly good on it either. I remember reading the box of the phone and thinking "Wow, 375 hours battery life, I'll never have to charge this!" and then within about two or three days (if I hadn't used it at all, that is) the battery was dead and I was left with a non-functioning phone until I plugged the charger into it. If I actually used the phone to make a call or text people (I rarely did, to be honest) then the battery would be dead by about 5pm. It really did take the battery. Luckily it was only really there for emergency use!
One function that I did find really useful on the phone was the voice recorder, as I used to like to listen to a lot of music. However, it wasn't ideal having to record the songs in 30 second bits. That was the only way the phone would allow you to record though. 30 seconds was the maximum per file. It was fine for me back then, but I really don't think it would be acceptable at all nowadays.
It did have games on it, although which games it had, I can't really recall. I know I did download one or two 50p games for the phone, though, when I still had some credit left at the end of my two months with £5. I seem to recall I had a racing type game on it, and that was easy enough to control using the keyboard on the phone, but I don't remember what else there was. The games seemed to take the battery almost as much as calling did, though, so it wasn't like I really played on the games particularly often anyway.
One major bonus I did find with this phone however was that it always, and I mean always, had a signal. Even when nobody else had one (on the same network, that is - Vodafone) I had a signal still. It's a useful thing to always have a signal, I must admit.
Overall, I would say that it did everything I needed it to at the time, but nowadays it would be completely useless to anyone, to be honest. I would recommend it as an emergency replacement phone, perhaps, but it would need two or three spare batteries if you use it regularly. I wouldn't buy one now, but for what I needed it for it was fine.
What can i say... I love this phone!! It was my first ever phone, and it still works nearly 7 years later!! Although i don't use it any more, on the odd occassion i switch it on and have a play about with it, it puts a huge smile on my face. Its so simple, but for its time has some brilliant features. I even persuaded 3 of my friends to buy it back in the day.
I feel as if the camera wasn't too bad, even though it is a VGA camera. The phone does not have MP3 capability, but you can download retro ringtones in Midi format which are always good. When i purchased the phone i had never heard of the make "Sagem" but it has proved to be very good, and the phone is extremely reliable. The keys make it easy to type messages, and the arrow-buttons make the phone really easy to use. The infared is also a good feature (although novelty these days as everyone else has bluetooth!).
Overall this is a brilliant little phone, especially for people who just want a simple handset, easy to use and reliable. On the other hand it is very outdated with no real up-to-date features.
This my v55 was my first camera phone, 4 or 5 years ago! I still use this phone as a backup and when my new phone broke I used the my v55 for about a week; It reminded me of some of the problems it had (or had developed).
The keyboard is a little cramped at the best of times, but after normal regular use some of the keys have become almost unusable. The 8 and 9 keys are the worst affected, and need a really hard push to work at all. This means just about every feature of the phone is harder to use, including texting and phone calling, which over wise are good.
The camera is not bad for an old phone, the pictures are low quality, but only the most expensive phones fix this problem, so no major disappointments with the camera. The mirror next to the camera is useful, so when taking a picture of yourself it's easy to see where to point the phone. It's far simpler than any extra screen could make the process.
As I mentioned earlier, the keyboard can make texting a bit harder than it should be, but the main problem with texting is the lack of memory on the my v55 for storing messages. The memory is very small and I continuously get the flashing red message on the main screen, alerting me to memory almost full. I haven't stored many messages, or anything else on the phone, so I'm surprised it fills up so quickly.
The phone seems to have other small issues, which are irritating. Firstly, even with the usb cable I bought for the phone, you can't transfer games or programs to the phone any other way than downloading via the phone's gprs. This increases the price of any software by the gprs cost and often if I wanted to try out several applications to choose the best one, I would not bother to download all of them, and just have choose one based only on their descriptions.
The usb cable is not a total waste of money, as if configured correctly, you can use the phone as a modem, so access the internet from your computer (or laptop) anywhere! I tried doing this via infra red, but this was very unreliable. Infrared is fine for transferring small files such as pictures, but not applications. Infrared was useful when I first brought this phone, as most my other gadgets had infrared, but now everyone uses Bluetooth, which is not an option on the my v55.
Overall the my v55 is a good phone. With everyday use some of the problems I mentioned can be overlooked. The battery life still seems good, although the battery meter seems to change randomly, so it's a bit hard to know when to charge the phone. If anyone has a my v55 and has some of the faults, like I have, it'll seem an amazing upgrade to get a modern phone. The my v55 is ok for a backup, but I'm glad I upgraded for everyday use.
ive had this phone for nearly a year and ive not had any complaints with it. its got all the things you would want in a phone, no bluetooth but it is a cheap hanset, hence the camera is not the best but if photos is what you want then buy a £30 digital camera which will probably be better then any current phone camera, if you want a cheap(ish) easy phone to use to text,call and even surf the net on then buy one of these, my sister also has one and hers has not had any problems.
I purchased this phone for my sister.. and wow its been a nightmare... she hardly gets no reception (Shes on Vodaphone)
The phone crashes regulary. the only way to make it ok again is to remove the battery and put it in again.
I wouldnt recommend anyone buys this phone.
I took the phone back to the shop and i got my money back. I had to go to the shop 3 times. when i took it back they said they was nothing wrong wth it. Luckily i went in and it crashed on the person. He sent it too vodaphone and i got my money back.
I would not recommend this phone to anyone...
A mere four months ago, I was the proud owner of an old banged up and soon-to-be defunct Nokia 3210. To me, if a mobile made calls and sent messages without any glitches, it was a damn good phone. Imagine my suprise then, when my contract expired and the company sent me out not only a new contract, but a new mobile entirely. Voila! I was now the owner of the semi-new Sagem V-55!
Although this mobile is not the most flashy or powerful mobile on the market, it's definitely a really good buy. Good features include:
- a nifty colour screen with some nice background settings to choose from (bear in mind my old phone was basically black on different black screen!)
- the camera on this phone is one of the better ones. A good few of my friends have better and more powerful phones, yet my camera takes far superior pictures. The colour is admittedly not perfect, but the photos are always clear and precise, unless of course the doof you're photographing moves!
- as a vodafone mobile, it's reception is excellent. The only time my reception lowers is when I'm on the underground, but such is the case with EVERY mobile
- there are really good games on this mobile with colour screen and great graphics, you feel like you're playing an actual computer game!
- internet connection on this mobile is excellent. Other mobiles tend to take a long time to connect, and when they do they are difficult to navigate. The connection on the V-55, however, is very fast, and once you're connected there's an easy-to-use menu
- V-55 is an attractive phone. It may not be as small as some, but it's slimline design and silver on black cover is very nice, in my opinion!
There are, however, some drawbacks to this mobile. Although it's not a drastic problem, I have found a good few times that the mobile has somehow managed to take itself out of the 'locked' state whilst in my bag, meaning I've either been unwittingly connected to the internet for a while, or my mobile has made phone calls! Also, you can't store a massive amount of text messages, so if you're sentimental, you'll dread deleting messages in order to recieve new ones!
All in all though, the V-55 is a very good phone. It's not without it's faults, but it does its job. It has a really good reception, games and internet connection. Not forgetting, it's a nice-looking mobile!
With Vodafone you can get this phone for 'free', with a bill of £16 per month. This contract includes 25 free cross-network minutes and 50 free text messages, all of which I think is pretty decent!