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      28.06.2005 19:08
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      Where to start with the Siemens S55? Dividing reviewers on its launch with an attractive design, yet unusual feature set, this phone seems to provoke strong reactions from every corner. Winner of the 2003 Industrie Forum (iF) Design Award, the S55 is most certainly the best looking phone I have ever owned. A similar size to the Nokia 8310, I am sure that it will continue to turn heads for many years to come. However, this design appears to have come at a price. The phone has very little memory (under 1MB), and despite being equipped with a clip-on VGA camera, the screen is a paltry 256 colours, displaying at an unremarkable 101x80 pixels. Now, in 2005, it is easy to look back on the S55 with either affection or ridicule: but which is it to be? Let us start with an analysis of its origins.

      The 55-series of Siemens phones was launched in 2002, starting with the C55, a phone with polyphonic ringtones, GPRS and Java, most of which we take for granted these days, but still with a monochrome display. A little later came the S55, Siemens’ first phone on the market with more than three colours in its display. The series was finished a few months with the basic A55 and SL55 slider phone. The S55 is by far the best of this lot. For Siemens, there were a lot of firsts to be contended with: this was the first phone to have the aforementioned multi-coloured display, to have Bluetooth, to use Tri-Band technology, to have multi-media messaging. Most of all, it was the first Siemens to be compatible with a camera.

      In a change with standard procedure, which seems to dictate that any accessories which a user might want for his phone must be obtained by the user himself, the S55 came as a complete package. In the box, it was possible to find a clip-on VGA camera with flash, software CD and serial cable, as well as the standard battery, charger and manual. The camera even had its own manual, showing how serious Siemens were about marketing the S55 as a multimedia device. Nokia, with its series-40 handsets (7210/6610/6100), which were also compatible with a clip-on camera, neglected to include any extra items in the standard package, and it seems that these were more expensive than the Siemens in any case. True to tell, the Siemens lacked exchangeable covers and a radio, features which the series-40 phones all had, but none of them had Bluetooth or were as small as the S55. Thus, the S55 was actually better than some its rivals in quantifiable terms. However, that screen was not one of these areas.

      Even in late 2002, 256 colour displays were decidedly old-fashioned. Most handsets with colour screens had at least 4096 colours, and even my old Sagem MYX-6, launched six months or so after the S55, had a 128x160 pixel 65,000 colour screen, and cost less than the top-of-the-range Siemens. The screen on my old Mitsubishi Trium Eclipse, never designed to show photographs or send MMS messages, and launched in the late summer of 2001, had a 120x143 display, albeit a 256 colour one. The S55’s arch rival, the (Sony) Ericsson T68(i), had also had a 256 colour display in 2001, and had been the first in Europe to introduce us to the idea of the clip-on camera in terms of phones. Whilst other manufacturers, such as Panasonic and Sharp, were blinding consumers with high-resolution colour displays and built-in cameras, Siemens appeared to think that the S55 would be enough to compete. It was certainly insufficient. Another area which came in for criticism was the small amount of internal memory.

      Although something like the Nokia 3100, a contemporary basic colour screen model with a clip-on camera and MMS messaging, has only about 0.5MB of memory available to the user, this phone was never designed to be principally used by consumers who would think of downloading that much content. The Siemens S55, with Java games and applications, MIDI, MMF and WAV format ringtones, business functionality, Bluetooth and a standard camera, along with a fairly decent WAP browser, has the potential to be filled up really rather more quickly. When I obtained my own model last July, it had a CD filled with ringtones, games and pictures included with in the parcel, and it was possible to pretty much delete anything one did not require and replace it. This did save a lot of memory, but still the phone proved to be inadequate for what I wanted to do on it. I could have about four Java games, 30 ringtones and two or three pictures on the phone before it filled up, which is fairly shocking for something which was vaunted as a multimedia powerhouse.

      The battery was not up to much either. Strangely, the camera takes all its power from the phone when it is plugged in, and this powers the flash too. Therefore, if the phone is not relatively empty and more than about 30% charged, it is not worth using the camera at all. As it is, three days appeared to be the limit of the phone’s standby time capabilities. This was possibly due to the same type of battery as the rest of the 55-series (excluding the SL55) being used, and that colour screen eating it up. The M55, with a 4096 colour screen, was also given the same type of battery with similarly disappointing results. A busy professional, with the phone hooked up to a laptop, using a Bluetooth headset or making work phone calls, could easily wear the device out within a few hours. As a business phone, this is rather disappointing. However, as a device for making calls and nothing else, the S55 scores very well.

      My sister looked after the phone for me for two weeks before I bought it, and commented that unlike any other phone she had previously tried on the T-Mobile network in our house, the S55 allowed her to have a steady conversation without having to go upstairs. This encouraged her to move on to her current SL55, which seems to also get a good signal. The phone is also very easy to use, as she, who had never owned a Siemens before, managed to pick it up and use it without consulting the manual. The speakerphone function, first appearing on the S55’s predecessor, the S45, also won praise with her, but it is still neither as easy to operate nor as loud as the one found on Sagem mobile phones. The phonebook is also easy to navigate, and does hold a large number of phone numbers (500). Unlike Sony Ericsson models, it is also possible to have separate lists for numbers on the phone and on the SIM card, and to add individual entries to both of these. There is also a volume key on the side of the phone, which makes adjusting the level during the call ever so much easier. If making phone calls on the S55 is so excellent, is this success repeated with sending text messages?

      Suffice it to say that the S55, albeit not as much as some Nokia phones, is an excellent machine for text messaging. The screen, despite being only 101x81 pixels, does hold seven lines of text, and although the phone can be slow in certain operations, such as opening a Java game, text messaging certainly develops no lag. The award-winning design of the phone, which placed the keypad in tiers in order to supposedly make it easier to use, does not seem to compromise this too much either, although it can take a bit of getting used to. The fact that the selection keys and D-pad are made of different material to the number keys is unusual, but this does make differentiation between them slightly easier. Multi-media messaging, although compromised on the small screen with a limited number of colours, is perfectly feasible, but later models have significantly improved this.

      In terms of office functionality, the S55 is a winner. With fully-functional infra-red, Bluetooth, a data cable and software CD included in the box and a full suite of office tools, this is probably one of the cheapest proper business phones around these days. Bluetooth connectivity, although appearing to drain the battery a lot quicker than normal, seemed to be reliable. Infra-red, as is normal with Siemens phones, worked without a problem, and I found the software and data cable fairly self-explanatory and easy to use, unlike some other handsets I could mention. On the phone itself, there is an excellent calendar application, a voice recorder, whose files can be played as ringtones, a calculator, alarm clock and currency converter, which all make life more pleasant. The phone can also be synchronised with a PC in terms of the phonebook, calendar and text messages, which is handy. When it comes to audio features, the S55 is also excellent.

      The 55-series of handsets are some of the only phones I have come across which can play MMF format music files. These appear to be MIDI type files, but as they are specially designed for mobile phones, they appear to play much louder than normal. Even the normal MIDI files appear to play much louder on the S55 than any previous Siemens model, and the audio chipset appears to be based on Yamaha FM-synthesis technology, which makes for better sounding MIDI. Interestingly, the pre-installed content can be downloaded from the Siemens website if one would ever want to set the phone back to what it was originally, which is a plus for any seller. Although not as loud as the current 65-series of handsets (which are so loud they appear to have a software problem), the audio on the S55 is still perfectly acceptable, even two and a half years later. The other multi-media function, the camera, is not so good.

      Although a VGA module with flash, making it theoretically as good as the camera in the Samsung E810, for example, the S55’s camera suffers through no fault of its own. With such a reduced quality display, any photograph is guaranteed to look awful on the phone itself. The lack of memory seems to prevent any more than about fifteen photographs taken at VGA resolution being taken (which is with an entirely empty handset). Finally, the fact that the camera relies on the phone battery means that any photography sprees will not last too long. This is a shame, as the few photographs I had the patience to transfer from the phone to my computer were actually not bad, and certainly better than the ones taken by a CIF resolution camera.

      The S55 was a very good phone when it was launched, and it continues to be so. The build quality is superb, it is a very good size, and has many useful features, particularly if Bluetooth and Tri-band technology are a priority. However, with such a small amount of memory, such a poor display and relatively poor battery life, there are probably other phones out there which would cater much more for the MMS generation, albeit at an increased price. As it is, the design is still wonderful, and if these functions are not important, this is still a very good buy. ‘Das beste Handy der Welt’? (The best mobile phone in the world?) Not quite, but close.

      Joseph Lloyd

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        22.06.2004 03:30
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        Siemens S55 Advantages Great menu I had no trouble finding my way around the menu without reading the instruction manual. Lots of features PC Sync (Serial) Infra Red Tri-band Predictive text S55 supports most computer image formats: jpeg, gif, tif, bmp Voice dictation Calendar/organiser/notes/appointments feature JAVA MMS Animations (EMS) Optional Camera attachment. I can store about 1 game and 8 photo pictures before it starts getting slow. Hands free port The hands free feature works well GPRS: GPRS has been excellent until recently, thought I?m unsure whether this has been the phone?s fault or O2. Bluetooth/irDA: Both are fine connections. Disadvantages: Inadequate firmware The firmware it was loaded with was inadequate. I had a problem with the ring tone ringing on even if I answered the call. I had to update the firmware from the siemens website. Which was an inconvenient but straightforwared process. It freezes up now and again and sometimes switches itself off. L Just recently I?m having problems with the browser telling me pages are of an unsupported content type. I have no idea why this has suddenly occurred and I can?t be bothered to find out why as I?m planning to upgrade my phone soon. Firmware continued/poor customer care Only 1 game came with the phone so I set about downloading new ones. You can download free JAVA games from the my-siemens wap site if you have GPRS switched on. I have been unable to do this since I bought the phone a year ago. I have emailed siemens numerous time about this and they blame O2, I have called O2 about this and they blame siemens. At 50p per minute siemens helpline with the problem unsolved you can imagine I?m a bit disappointed with this. I have successfully downloaded a game from O2 with their settings so I?m putting the blame on siemens
        for this one. I know sometimes you can get a bad adviser on the helpline but I spoke to numerous people and it still was not resolved. Poor PC software The software provided to sync the phone with your pc is well, basic, slow and unreliable. It works most of the time and I?m grateful to have copied my contacts onto my hard disk but the usability of the software leaves a lot to be desired. I?ve heard software problems is rife with all new mobiles so I guess I?m lucky I can use it most of the time. BAD BUTTONS Buttons too small and some unresponsive. The buttons are tiny on this and it?s very easy to press the wrong one. They?ve also put buttons on the side of the phone which I regularly press by mistake and start a voice recording. This is very annoying. Plus I text a lot and I?ve very sore fingers as the buttons are a hard metallic plastic. Camera It is hard to take photos of yourself with friends using the camera. The camera only connects one way and there is no display of what you are taking a photo of. You can only look through the viewfinder which is not accurate. Display only 256K so photos look bad when viewed on the phone. Ringer The phone ring and sms alerts are too quiet which means I have missed a lot of phone calls and text messages since I?ve had it. Oh and the alarm clock :-/ Can only play midi, mmf so no mp3 ring tones Final word: Siemens seem to excel with the hardware side only to be let down by poor software. The only way this phone makes up for its faults is that Siemens have managed to pack so many features onto one phone. The S55 has overall been ok, but I am not inclined to buy a siemens ever again in the future.

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          25.02.2004 23:27

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          Sorry but when it comes to functionality that is were devices are made and broken... for me anyway. This phone simply doesn't measure up. Yes, I will tell you why. The buttons are two slippery and difficult to locate. I have lost track of how many wrong numbers I have called and all I can say is thank god it's a company phone so I don't get the bill. You can imagine what a nightmare texting is then. Secondly the software. Oh my god, where do I begin. It is absolute pants. unlike my nokia 8310 which as soon as it was connected to my pc immediately displayed the contents of the phone, this one requires the selecting of the read out function when ever a task is performed. What a pain. So if you do a read out, ok you see the text messages in you inbox. Ok you would think that you simply write a text then send it using the numbers it read five seconds ago? Oh no you have to then do a read out function again to look at the address book you just read out. It is immensely annoying. Not only that, but the readout process takes 20 seconds and sometimes thephone has to be disconnected then reconnected to work properly. Yes the phone has some nice features, if you can get to them after your fingers slide all over the touch pad, but for me it is going in back to the shop to be replaced by tried and tested technolgoy.

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          I'm a bit of a mobile phone buff, I've been known to change my mobile every 6 months to ensure I get the best of my current 'feature of the year' or what have you. So I think I have some merit in giving this opion, and hope its of use to you. I previously had a Panasonic GD87 - my first camera phone. I bought that one based on the verdict that it had the best camera/screen combo at the time (see my review on this site). The problem was, that Panasonic just didn't have user friendly software. It was impossible to easily manage your phonebook, and it was a real pain texting - you'd end up having to delete an entire word because the T9 didn't work well. So I decided to change, and change I did - to using a brand new Siemens S55. I've had this for a good 5 months now (new change impending ;-) and this review is based on that 5 month affair. Size: The S55 is a perfect size for those of you who wish to have a phone that can hide away in a trouser pocket or handbag, but yet retain a good size to get the mic near your mouth. The problem with small handsets is that they dont get close to your mouth, so in noisy places you end up cupping the mic to allow sound to travel unhindered to the mic. Anyway, the size aspect of the S55 is perfect. It is even rounded in the right places, and unlike the T68i (another one of my previous phones) it has a very ergonomic shape to it. Screen: The screen is so-so in the scheme of things today, but I found it to be fantastic compared to just greyscale. Its a 426 colour scren, so its enough to allow you to have nice Themes and get things differentiated. Buttons: The worst part of the phone in my opinion, and its bugging me to no end. The S55 is the same size as the M55 from Siemens. Yet the M55 has FANTASTIC buttons, whereas the S55 keyboard layout looks nice, but has a very large degree of 'slip' built into the design. For instance, if you go to pr
          ess '6' you could so easily press '3' or '9' and not know it. So dialing has to be a careful activity, but most importantly, Texting is a trial! SMS: Lets admit it, everyone texts nowadays, its easier than having to call. So you need good smsability. The Panasonic GD87 fails on that front, but the S55 has superior software. The T9 on the S55 is flawless. Picks up words, lets you change a word in its entirity when editing, and allows you to save new words to the dictionary. It even lets you 'scroll' through the dictionary based on 1 or 2 letters, e.g. if I were to add "pl" to the sms, I could scroll through all the words beginning with "pl" to avoid me having to type any further letters in. Seems weird at first, but speeds up texting. The reason it helps on the S55 is the keys - as mentioned above the button layout is the most appaling ive ever had. GPRS: Flawless GPRS and a good email client - just wish the email client downloaded headers rather than the whole message - though you can specify maximum message size in K so as to avoid huge downloads. Bluetooth/irDA: Both are again of excellent siemens quality. Never drops connections, and both work with all devices. Software: Standard Siemens Software with what I term the most useful things in the world! I really like Siemens UI, its designed for a fast power user (shame they didn't think of the buttons ;) Battery: Excellent performance. Tips for other users : use a dark screen and set the screensaver to PowerSave - you'll get a good 5 days standby even if you use the phone 1 or 2 hours a day! Yep, the biggest drain on batteries these days is screens, and luckily the S55 doesnt have a million colours to display and so the battery lasts ages. Handsfree: I love this. I wish all phones had this. No need for a headset as the S55 implementation is excellent. No echo, clear voice both
          ways. Just rest the phone near the steering wheel and its sorted. Other good things: Volume control on the side, fast dial buttons, my menu shortcut, voice memo recorder button on the side (lets you record part of a voicemail to let you dial a number easyily). Bad things: BUTTONS! oh if it wasn't for this I'd keep this mobile - but my texting is suffering - those buttons are just not ergonomical! boohoo.

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            20.11.2003 15:21

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            This Mobile should be named Dynamite for the features it got in a small bodyshape I recommend every one and anyone to own such a classic peice without being sorry I never hesitated owning siemens such as "S35 , ME45, and finally this King! the S55 even though i didnt tried its external camera yet but i definately wont be dissapointed from this magic mobile ... the only thing it doesnt got is a Blender ;) P.S:I'll keep typing untill this server accepts my text as it conditions that my review should be "75" words Great Job Siemens !

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            18.11.2003 19:24
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            I've had quite a few Siemens phone C25, C35 and S35 and this is my latest. Overall the design looks great, the chrome adds a bit of class. However, the build quality isn't up to the C/S35 I don't think it would survive being dropped or flying about the car much. My first impression was that it was really smooth and slippery. After 3 months use I'm finding the buttons more and more annoying to use, they're so small and hinge unnaturally. Latley the phone has developed a fault, the ringer stays on after I answer a call, which is well annoying. I'm going to try to attempt upgrade the firmware again, my first try failed to find the phone even though I use the data cable for transfering files without problem. The camera takes good pictures, although they look pants on the phone! You really need to buy a data cable to get the full benefit from this phone. Most phones have integral cameras but none have flash which is useful in clubs and pubs. Whilst talking about the ringer I find it too quiet compared to other phones, I've missed calls as a result. There are plenty of features on the phone, calendar, voice recorder, camera etc. Overall it's a small classy phone but checkout the latest offerings before committing to this model.

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              I don't know about you , but I am forever using my quality digital camera and thinking, why, o why, o why can't I attach a piece of cheap junk mobile phone to this. My life would just be so much easier. I could take pictures, ring someone.....and tell them! Only they wouldn't be able to hear me, because the quality would be so poor. But, what the heck.... it's the immediacy, and the cachet and the ....fooled into the believing through advertising type of thing. You can probably tell where I'm coming from by now. But read on anyway.... What I used to look for in a phone? The ability to ring and speak to other people. The advantage of being able to receive calls. What I now look for in a phone? Obviously the two above. Text messaging. (I don't like it, nobody spells anymore) - So, something with predictive text - called T9 on the Siemens. Bluetooth Connectivity - It's a computer thing really, similar to Infra Red, only one step beyond. Infra Red - For the one step backwards (My previous phone) - saves putting all those details in by hand. WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) - Internet for the Mobile Phone. An Alarm Clock - I have now got used to using my mobile as a wake-up call. Price. An with the Siemens S55 I got it all - and quite a lot of other stuff thrown in. It's small - not something I'd always thought of as an advantage - and packed full of goodies. An address book/calendar organiser/Message saver and sender/Records File - so you can time those calls/Surf and Games and, more importantly, a comprehensive, easy to read manual about how to set it up and get started. Big plus over my last Nokia phone. It's also a rather nice tactile shape, or perhaps that's just me. But given all that, what eventually sold me was the price. Nil Pounds. FREE has indeed been one of my most favourite words for as lo
              ng as I can remember. And free it is........IF You go to Vodafone online and purchase their Anytime 100 payplan for a cost of £15.00 per month - they also throw in 50 FREE (that word again) text messages per month. Their website is appallingly slow (but that's for a future op.), but the deal is by far the best one around for me. And the phone.....I love it. And heartily recommend ............... ............................................................ and there's even a camera attachment!

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                Thinking about the reviews I’ve done so far, all have been along the lines of ‘It’s ok, but…’ and it would be nice to do a ‘it’s just a great product’ with the Siemens S55. Well, I’d like to do that but… I can’t. I work in the mobile department of a large software company. We don’t make software for phones so I don’t have a professional bias for the review. Any prejudices are purely personal. I’ve used most of the modern more expensive phones e.g. 3650, P800, 7250 and never keep them long and absolutely NEVER put up my own money to buy them so this review ignores value for money. I needed to leave the land of the free and go to the USA and needed a triband phone. The S55 was available in the office so I took that and have had it about a week now after returning. The S55 isn’t a symbian device (symbian is the OS used by all of the big phone manufacturers on their high end smartphones). It uses a proprietary OS that supports Java (J2ME) – mostly this just means you can play games on it. I am a bit of a fan of Symbian. The S55 is a small and stylish phone from Siemens. Its big thing is definitely about being a small thing. It’s great if you want small rather than functional. The other feature is the detachable camera that comes with it. The camera is powered by the phone, stores it’s pictures in the phone memory and attaches to the end of the phone to take pictures. It’s about 2/3rds the length of the phone. It has a separate viewfinder and a flash. The VGA quality is the same as the competition (3650 and P800). If the camera sounds like a daft idea it’s because it is. What am I supposed to do with the camera when not using it? It can’t stay attached as the attachment is too flimsy. If I detach it I know I would never actually have it with me when I need it. Alternatively you could buy a cre
                dit card sized camera from one of the gadget shops which would do the same thing. So forget the S55 if you want a phone to take pictures with. I was skeptical of picture phones but they can be quite fun. Cynically it looks like a bit of a stop-gap product to ‘compete’ with Nokia/Sony until Siemens SX1 phone arrives. This has a built-in camera but is much pricier and more functional. In its favour, the S55 feels very well made, better than any Nokia I’ve seen except maybe the communicator (which I like despite a LOT of failings). The keys feel positive but it’s sometimes easy to press the wrong ones. Gorillas need not apply. It has bluetooth and gprs but a lack of memory upgradability also limits its use. The phone I had had only one game (the squares game where you move tiles to make an image) which was too dull to play and an odd map program which tells you about time zones. It may be that someone in our office had already deleted the other games so you should check that. So treat the S55 as just a phone. Ok, but Nokia et al have a raft of equally small phones that really just act as phones. I would think that any decision just comes down to price and personal preference. I’d probably pick the Nokia 7250 over the S55 – it’s just as small but the camera is built-in – though you lose the flash and viewfinder. Alternatively go for a more functional phone like the 3650 or the excellent P800.

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                  The S55 is really cool and I can't fault it as it's a huge improvement on the 3330 I used to have. The screen's not as bad as they say and it has good looks and functionality. However I send around 600 texts a month and the keyboard is soooo annoying. Either I mis-key as the keys are so annoying that my nails slide off they keys and then I have to re-type. Excellent value for money. Overall a good handset but maybe not the best if you're a textaholic like me!

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                    03.04.2003 19:25
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                    If your like me and becoming frustrated with what seems to be a decline in the quality of some leading mobile phone producers, check out the siemens S55. siemens S55 is truly a complete package , you name it , it does it !. and does it very well. Easy to use menu, which can be tailored to your preferences, plenty of features and above all, realiability. Its hard to pick any flaws in this phone, but perhaps it lacks a little in it's graphics, I have seen other colour screen phones with clearer, nicer graphics. The attatchable camera is a bit of a gimick and the shots arent great but then again its a phone not a camera. Overall it's easy to use and I challenge you to think of a feature you'd want on a phone that it doesnt have. This phone comes with a data cable and data suite for your pc, it works very well and is easy to use and understand. Well Done siemens !!!!

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                      • "no MMC slot."

                      sup reader? got the phone from ma paps yesterday as a b.day present. what a surprise... always wanted to have this phone. im really happy. so i've decided to write a short review about the S55. I believe i have enough xperience to write a review coz this is ma 4th siemens' phone and don't need more time than what i already have. i feel like i've been using this phone for like a year now coz i know everything. didnt even have to read the manual. contents: phone, camera with itz bag, charger, battery, data cable(serial),manual(not complete). mini cd- software design: wow... kickass design..solid.. really attractive. what more can i say...only weighs 85g..really light...cool design. design of keys is unusual...some might need some time gettn used to itz form. display: oh gee...what were the engineers thinking about when do decided to go only 256color with this. too bad. damn bad...they've got it all bad. the norm is 4k. itz practically useless to use a background image with this phone coz display sucks. s55 supporting background images is a joke. i can barely recognise myself on the phone. pictures taken with the attached cam. aint worth viewing on the phone. Color indepth is however ok for playing games. i personally dont save any of taken pics on the phone. just transfer them on to the pc and delete them from the phone. anywayz, the phone is meant to be a business phone and not some digi.cam or some game boy thinie. dont have any problem whatsoever reading in daylight. only prob. is the indepth of color. im really disappointed. screen is really good. size and everything. features: basically has everything u can expect of a modern, high class phone. just everything and i mean everything. java, bluethooth, supports mms--- would take me forever talking about the features of this phone: organiser (alarm clock, reminder, calender,etc), phonebook
                      with itz 14 entries per contact( etc. one great thing...really great. as far as tones and pictures(icons) concerned. unlike some color display phones, S55 supports most computer image formats: jpeg, gif, tif, bmp etc. amazing. supports midi and mmf as ringing tones. great. camera: used to think, what the h... do i need a phone with a camera for? in fact ma opinion on this matter hasnt changed...at least as far as viewing the pics on the phone is concerned. S55 aint the best for this but tell you what? i've taken about twenty pics with this phone and results blew me away, still do. i would take the camera with me everywhere i go if i could save 20 high quality pics on the phone at a time without sacrificing java appz and games. the pics are xcellent if not perfect when transferred on to the pc. just magic. too bad i cant take money photos with this phone coz of lack of memory... drop me a mail if u wanna have a look at some of the pics. lordking05@hotmail.com memory: way too small for this "all doer" phone. just too small. siemens seriously should have created a multimedia card slot for this phone. once again what were they thinking about? Dont care much about the color indepth but for the memory...oh boy..i do. memory is already occupied. man oh man. siemens. conclusion: i woudnt have any reason to buy another phone if this handset had a better color display and multimedia card slot... a larger memory could do. this phone should however be able to to serve me until dem 3G(utms) phones come out. Dont have any reason to buy the SL55 or the SX1 either. dont need radio and mp3s on my phone. if anything it would be because of the memory. i guess it aint all that bad...for me... coz i've deleted all ringing tones but 6 and pictures on the phone to make way for my java applications. sorry i couldnt keep this review as shor
                      t as possible. i can write more...say 3-4 more pages... if i address every single thing this phone's got and can do. ratings: features: xcellent-- 9.99 receiving quality. 9 menu setup:8.5 transportability:10 battery life:8 design:10 performance: 9.999 recommendation: yes... go get it. overall: say: 95/100. could be hundred with a bettah graphic display and larger memory.

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                    • Product Details

                      Incorporating MMS (Multi Media Messaging), Bluetooth technology and an attachable camera with integrated flash, the slim and light S55 promises to be the perfect companion for people living life in the fast lane. With triband technology consumers can call from almost anywhere in the world. Designed to help harmonize consumers' private and professional lives, the S55 includes Java technology, an extended organizer and flexible memory and possesses color display.

                      Taking pictures is easy with the QuickPic Camera IQP-500 and its integrated flash. The camera is available to purchase with the S55. Display the images on the vivid color screen, add music and text to the picture. And send this MMS to another mobile almost anywhere in the world.

                      Bluetooth technology and organizer software helps harmonize work lives with social lives - no matter how hectic the schedule is. The S55 automatically synchronizes contacts, business and social schedules wirelessly with PCs and PDAs. And its flexible memory lets you allocate space where you need it most. The sleek S55 uses the latest Java technology, to choose among plenty of practical business, travel and entertainment applications as well as games, like Summer Ski. There is even an animated fitness instructor - fit@work - to show you simple exercises to keep you in shape whether you are at your desk or in your hotel room.