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Back in its day, this was a nifty little phone. It doesn't have a multitude of functions but when it was released in 2003, there weren't too many sophisticated phones out there anyway. At that time I had a Nokia 3330 so a colour screen was a very large step up from the usual green screen!
I chose this phone partly because of its size. It is a dinky little phone which does what a phone should do; calls and texts. I have had no problems with it doing these tasks and still to this day it works. Usually I will use it when I am on a night out with friends because I don't like taking my iPhone with me in case I lose it. I don't have the largest of hands so I find it easy to use but people with bigger hands/fingers may have some bother with it. I would advise trying it out beforehand but I doubt you will find it in many places other than car boot sales and ebay. Unless anyone has the same idea as me and takes it on nights out!
The menu system is simple and easy to follow with coloured icons. It has an email client and WAP but I didn't use these and still haven't. The other features however were fine including: phonebook, texting, voice control and recorder, vibration alert, picture ID, predictive text, games and polyphonic ringtones.
You can get the phone for around £10 off ebay nowadays. A good buy for nights out or festivals where you don't want to ruin your trusty all singing all dancing iPhone, HTC, Samsung Galaxy etc. Charging was easy and straight forward as you would expect and the battery still lasts a good few hours of talk time and a couple of days standby, around 5.
The attachable camera which comes with the phone (or can be bought separately) isn't great at all but you can't really expect too much for the price and the time it was made can you?
If you are looking for a decent phone then look at modern budget phones but if you just want a cheap and cheerful phone for certain occasions then this may be what you need.
I have also been told it looks cute in a handbag as it is very small (82 x 45 x 22 mm) but that is not really for me to judge! A friend stole it off me for the night and I had to pry it out of her hands in the end because she loved it so much. One for the ladies perhaps? I still like it though.
I have always purchased Nokias but It failed me again, so while I was browsing car boot spotted this tiny little slide phone, nice colour, tidy as well. Asked how much said £15.00 but got it for £10.00 so excellent buy and it worked on all networks even better.
I have found it very easy to use, good icons very easy to understand as well.Have the standard buttons,phonebook,calls log,surf & fun,messages,organiser,profiles,Extras,Filesystem,settings. I must be the first to admit it was so easy to work for even the stupidest person like me to operate.
Has some tunes for everything, slide open,slide close, alerts,alarms,messages so you can set it for loads of different tunes for the different sections.
The messaging service on this phone is particularly good, you can send and receive basic SMS with EMS add ons if you want. You can also send MMS and configure your phone to download all the emails in your inbox so that you can check you e-mail whilst on the move.
The phone is on a tri-band frequency which means that It can be used in most countries world wide.
The phone does work as a camera phone, although only when you buy the camera attachment(about £20 on eBay). The picture quality of the camera is quite good .
The address book is also pretty swish allowing you to store multiple numbers under one name, so now I can have all my girlfriends numbers under one profile rather than have "Jan Home, Jan Mob, jan Work" all separately. On top of that you can enter additional details such as people postal addresses and email addresses.
The calendar is particularly good on this phone allowing you to store up to 500 different events and dates, which you can also set reminder alarms for, add phone numbers, location and further detail in a easily navigatable manor.
Some of the phones other features are a very loud alarm clock(which never fails to wake me up), a countdown clock, Calculator, Currency Converter and Stop Watch.
All the phones pictures, messages, games etc are stored in one multimedia folder with lots of other folders coming off of it(like on a computer). All the things in this multimedia folder can be accessed via other menus but it allows you to check Whats in your files and delete unnecessary files etc.
The phone has a fast wap function, fast wap as the name would suggest is a lot faster than the standard wap program that most phones have, it is also apparently cheaper and a lot less tedious and boring to use.
You can download all sorts of games for you phone, the phone comes standard with a tennis game and ray man golf. The tennis game is a game in which you basically play tennis tournaments to win money to buy better equipment and train your player up to be the very best. Rayman golf is just as the name would suggest and is quite fun. Both games pass time whilst waiting at the bus stop! My phone also has a application with the phone called unit converter which allows you to convert all sorts of clothing, shoe and distances into other countrys sizes and distances, it's a really handy program!
The phone also has many other common functions such as call records, hot keys, different sound profiles and so on.
They phones ringtones are quite impressive and there is quite a large selection, they have a crisp sound and are quite advanced polyphonic ones. Unfortunately the choice of text message alerts is particularly good or loud. You can also set your phone to make sound when you open or close it which is a novelty but comes annoying incredibly quickly.
The phones battery time was pretty good when I first got it, I would be able to leave it on for in excess of 48 hours talk on it for 1 hour play games and send loads of texts! Now I have to charge it every 24 hours when I haven't used it at all and every 12 hours when I have!
Data cables are readily available for the phone allowing you to back up your phones memory and transfer pictures, screensavers and games to your phone. Off the market a data cable is £15 and off of eBay it is £5 and when you buy it from eBay you more often then not get a disk full of games and pictures included with the cable aswell, where off the market you only get the cable!
I decided to buy an SL55 Siemens mobile because of its size.
I hate heavy bulky phones that take up all the room in my bag so the SL55 was the way to go.
My budget was a little on the small size so I looked up E-Bay and found a refurbished model for £57.00. After a couple of days the phone died on me so thanks to the dodgy person who sold me the phone as Im sure they knew it was broken.
I have now learnt a valuable E-Bay lesson. Buy with a guarantee. Im too trustworthy thats my problem.
Ive decided to try and get it fixed.
Anyway Im going to discuss the use of the phone as I did like using it for the time that it worked.
My SL55 is grey and Red.
The colour is different to the normal black and silver so I found it eye catching.
Its a very small phone. The dimensions are approximately 80x50x35mm when closed.
Its a sliding phone which extends for a view of the keypad.
The face of the phone has the facility to answer and hang up. You can also visit the main menu scrolling up and down to the different files.
You only really need the keypad to call numbers that are not in your address pad and to unlock your phone.
What I love about this phone is that its basic. It can call, text and e-mail. It can also take pictures but you will need to buy an external camera to add onto the phone. This was one of the very first camera add on phones which is a little dated now.
As you can imagine, the SL55 has a very basic menu with a colour screen.
The menu options available are, address book, text, extras, e-mail and games.
This makes it incredibly easy to use.
The SL55 can download polyphonic ring tones although it doesnt have vibrate, which is disappointing as many people use this function, especially in meetings.
I also found the volume control a little disappointing. It has a low, medium and high control instead of the rising platform volume control that that majority of mobiles have.
I found high a little too loud and medium a little too low but thats just me being fussy.
I liked the manual a lot because it was in English and when I say English, I mean English.
No Jargon is what Im talking about.
The instructions are easy to follow but to be honest with you all you dont need the manual.
Just turn the phone on using the red (hang up) button, play around with the menu functions and away you go. Its eeeeasyyyyyyyyy.
My Final Verdict:
Apart from being completely gutted about the condition of my phone, I like the SL55.
Its perfect for me.
If youre an anti-bulk phone kind of person like me, you will love this little phone.
You maybe disappointed with the lack of fancy extras like video, blue tooth and an internal camera but then this phone will not be for you.
This phone also has small buttons, which will be a little difficult for people with big fingers or long fingernails. It shouldnt be too much of a problem as most people keep all their numbers in their mobile phone book, unless youre a character in a soap in which Im sure you know all your friends mobile phone numbers in your head especially your most hated neighbours. Im telling you, they all do it.
You maybe thinking, How can you defend this mobile when yours is in mobile heaven. I see your point but I dont know the history of my phone.
Maybe it fell in a pond or was used as a football, Im not sure.
However I do know lots of happy SL55 owners who still have this model. They have not experienced any problems with this model so I think I was just unlucky Arrrrrrrr.
If you are thinking of buying the SL55 then try checking out E-Bay. There are a lot of SL55s on E-Bay with guarantees so spare yourself the pain I went through and buy from an E-Bay shop.
If I have put you off E-bay forever then try other Internet shops for new SL55s. They can be expensive especially Pay as you Go. I found £108 to be the cheapest.
Thanks for reading.
My dirty old Nokia 3310 was past its sell-by-date years ago so I have to admit to getting ridiculously over excited at the prospect of a new phone. So many decisions to be made. Colour, polyphonic ringtones, games, and camera, one of those flip clamshell types or a standard Nokia style? Given my self-imposed budget of £60 surely I had given myself little leeway regarding the type of phone I could purchase?
Never underestimate the dididave obsession with bargain hunting. It is rare that I pay full price for anything and as such revel in the underground culture that is the boot sale, charity shop and online auction world. Trawling through the Internet back alleys in search of my next gadget I came across the Siemens SL55. This little beauty retails at £129 but can be found on ebay for as little as £55.
This phone is all about the look. It is the ultimate in compact and sexy. All curves and sleek lines this phone is so small it fits in the palm of your hand (and I have small hands!). It weighs a featherweight 79g yet feels reassuringly firm in your palm (insert smut here). So, how can a phone so small be at all functional? Those genius bods at Siemen's have designed it with functionality in mind. The main menu functions can be accessed via the quick access keys on the front of the phone. There are two soft keys on the side of the phone one provides a dictation function which is excellent for the senile amongst as and the other acts as an up and down arrow for the various menus. The colour screen dominates the phone and is crystal clear. The ruby red surroundings seem to enhance the screen's visibility as a result. I particularly liked the solid and definite feel you get when you press the buttons, none of this rubber Nokia indecisiveness. What I get here is a reassuring proper clicky keyboard feel. Key presses feel definite compared to the namby-pamby nature of its rubber keyed main competitors.
Now here comes my favourite feature of the phone. The reason that it is so small is because it has a slide up front which reveals the numeric keys beneath it. These are nice and brightly lit and the phone slides up with a positive click to tell you it is ready for action. Now of course most function can be accessed without even sliding up the front. However, in order to play games and dial numbers manually (as opposed to using the phone book) there are occasions when the keypad comes into play. Of course sending text messages can also only be done with the phone revealed in all its glory.
The functions to this phone seem to be endless but the simplified picture style menu with everything on one screen makes it particularly easy to navigate around. The phonebook is easily accessible and customisable with individual ringtones for each caller or groups of callers (friends, family etc). Ringtones, screensavers, wallpapers and games are all within easy reach and there are a vast amount to choose from. However, if the ones on offer are not to your liking then why not access the WAP (mobile internet) service and download your own. Ringtones are of a good polyphonic (stereo like) quality and games are varied and many. The default games are Rayman Golf (easy but a good laugh) and Mobile Tennis (very hard but satisfying).
The most innovative feature of this phone has to be its file system. Very similar to Windows control panel it allows you to sort files into categories be they music, game or pictures. Files accepted are also Windows compatible including JPEG, GIF and MMF. The SL55 has been designed with compatibility in mind. As such with a USB cable (not provided) you are able to transfer files to and from your PC. Failing that you can always send or receive an email with an attachment including a picture, soundbite game etc. This is amazingly straightforward and indeed the whole emphasis of the phone appears to be to pack as many features as possible into an easy to use interface. It really is idiot proof, take it from an idiot! A typical example of this is in the key lock. How many times on my old Nokia phone did I put it in my pocket forgetting to lock it and dial my fictional uncle in Australia (Get off the phone you Pom prat, he would never shout). There are no worries of that here. Sliding the phone back into its compact mode automatically locks the keypad saving me thousands of wasted pennies to my Uncle Jebediah. In case you were wondering how my mobile could contact Australia this phone is also Tri-band meaning it works in most countries around the world. The reception when the phone is uncovered is first class and talk time is up to three hours which isn't bad for a phone with so many features.
This phone is perfect in every way then?
No, it does have some minor issues or gripes. The top numerical keys can seem a little too close to the sliding mechanism when texting. Although you I am not miss typing I am finding I am a little slower on this than my old Nokia. The T9 (predictive text function) can be a little hard to get to grips with as in an effort to be different the space key and symbol keys are in the opposite corners to what you would expect (assigned to 1 and *). The phone does not have an in-built camera due to its small size although a camera attachment is available at around £20. The talk time can be severely reduced if games are your staple diet. However, these are just stray hairs in an otherwise stupendous trifle.
I am more than impressed with my little darling. Its closest Neighbours are the hugely expensive Samsung E800 or the lacking in feature Sagem C4 neither of which have the looks or compact nature of this diminutive Kylie Minogue of the phone world. On Virgin at 3p a text this phone is an absolute bargain and you can be sure that my affirmation of this phones prowess is not unwarranted.
I bought my SL55 through Virgin Mobile (an excellent service provider) at a great price a few months ago.
The SL55 looks great, its compact, light and will turn heads. It's generally quite well designed but I have some doubts about its durability - the slide action is cool but I don't know if I trust it not to get lose/break.
The phone does lack in features for those gadget lovers amongst us, the software is not as good as nokia's for example, texting can be difficult, no camera or bluetooth modules installed (add on camera available).
I've only had one bad experience when the phone froze and required a restart but nothing major.
A lovely little phone for what it is. I bought it mainly for it's design and size - it looks lovely and is very compact. What it lacks in features it makes up in looks.
This phone has an inherent fault whereby it keeps switching itself off without warning. This is a common fault with most of these (see other reviews elsewhere). Siemens should recall all these phones and replace them with a reliable product. They are bringing considerable reputational damage on themselves and should act asap to resolve this serious problem.
I advise buyers of this phone to return their phones to their retailer as under the sale of goods act this phone is not of "merchantable quality" or "fit for its purpose". That is what I am doing. I tried to get it repaired at O2 but it was returned "uneconomical to repair". That is no excuse and we are all entitled to a full refund. I am about to take legal action if O2 do not refund, will let you know the outcome.
I Love this phone, really love it. The styling and functionality are excellent, and having always had Siemens phones, am sure that this is the best one yet, lets face it, even Posh Spice has one ! Unlike others I find the phone very easy to use, but maybe that is because I am used to Siemens phone's and their functions - somewhat different to the more common Nokia's etc. There is one small problem with this phone which you should be aware of before purchasing....power. Because of this problem I am on my fourth handset, (thank god for Orange Insurance), my three previous phone's all had a slightly annoying habit of switching themselves off, even with plenty of charge left. I contacted Orange, and Siemens about this and whilst orange advised me that this happens quite frequently, Siemens advise me that it does not. I suppose that Siemens must (like everyone) have an acceptable failure rate, and I'm sure this model is within it, however, it really has happened to me. It is not a power saving feature, or me being stupid it actually does turn itself off from time to time, maybe it gets bored ? Such is this phone though, that it has not put me off, and (touch wood) my fourth version of this handset is behaving itself. I love this phone, and would still recommend it to anyone. Be Inspired, and Enjoy.....
Working for one of the Siemens divisions, I get to play with all the different phones that the company produces, and must say, first off that in my opinion is one of the best looking phones on the market at the minute. Its sleek, sexy looking fascia, available in two colours, ruby (as shown in the picture) and titanium (more grey really), and good quality colour display, make this the Miss World of the phone world. Unfortunately, just like some of the Miss World contestants, the mobile seems to have all the looks, but none of the brains, the internal memory is just 1.5Mb, which is quickly used, as it is required to hold all the ringtones, pictures, games, etc., and the phone does not have any external memory expansion slot. The phone is saved though by the fact that you can link it to your PC through the data cable (which I think you need to purchase seperately), and so can download any pictures that you have received through MMS. Also I had many problems with the fact that sometimes when I received messages the phone randomly crashed, I would have to turn the phone off and back on again before it will work, and sometimes deleted any messages in the inbox. The phone has many of the more advanced features that have come to be expected today, Java downloadable games, polyphonic ringtones, MMS messaging, GPRS wap access, PC connectivity and wallpapers. However it also lacks some of the newer features, such as an integrated camera (you can purchase one seperatly if desired), fm radio, triband and bluetooth. Another thing to be noted is that like many of the smaller generation of phones, the battery life isnt great, at first the phone would last me five days before being needed to be recharged, however after around a months use this has decreased to just two days. I am afraid as this is a company phone I do not know an awful lot about the pricing, but a quick look around the internet shows that the phone is currently available free on the hig
her end pay monthly tariffs, up to £200 i you would like it sim free. Personally I believe that many of the features it lacks I would very rarely used, such as the camera, and although the phones crashes regularly, it is easy enough to reset, and therefore I am very happy with this phone. So I would recommend this phone to anyone who wants a stylish mobile, however if you simply want something functional, perhaps the downfalls will not be so easy to overlook.
I was seduced by it's looks. Stylish, sleek and compact. Just what I was looking for. Initially, the phone appeared to be OK. However, the more I started to use it the more I realised that it didn't quite live up to my high expectations. The main problem is that the reception is very poor. I live in an area with quite bad reception anyway, but with this phone it is hopeless to even attempt to use it at home. Even when the phone says I have a signal strength of 3 out of 5 bars it fails to make a call. The other problem I have had is that it has crashed numerous times. Removing and replacing the battery seems to clear it but it is a real pain. My husband also had the same phone and he had problems with hearing and being heard on the phone. He managed to exchange it for another SL55 but one of the buttons just fell off. He eventually changed to a Nokia as it was so unrealiable. I wouldn't recommend this phone to anyone. It is expensive for what it is and I am just pleased I managed to get it as a free upgrade rather than paying the full price.
From the first moment I saw it I knew I had to have the Siemens SL55. I was seduced by the TV ad that showed its elegance, its beauty and its style. Then, in early September I finally got one. I've had a Siemens phone before, the C45, and I liked that and over the year or so I had it I came to trust the Siemens brand so I had no worries in upgrading to this little beauty. On its own the SL55 isn't cheap, and at the time of writing this it can still cost you up to £300 to buy one outright. I waited though, waited for the right pay-monthly offer that would help me get this phone at the cheapest possible price. My patience paid off because I got the SL55 free with an Orange pay-monthly contract via 'e2save.com', but that's another review. The SL55 only comes in a choice of 2 colours, Ruby Red or Titanium Black. It is small, light and very compact. It is also tri-band enabled as standard and has full GPRS/WAP capabilities. The SL55 also supports JAVA applications and games, MMS and even e-mails when synchronised with a PC. It also has a standard 12-bit colour display and on the main menu screen all the icons are animated. The SL55 doesn't come with an integrated camera but one can be bought and attached to the phone if you wish, and because there isn't an integrated camera as standard like on some mobile phones then this may put some people off buying the SL55. Siemens claim that the battery can last 200 hours while in standby mode and 210 minutes talktime before it needs recharging. Now, personally my phone doesn't stand idle for nearly 9 days without being used so the standby mode battery time I can't verify however I do know that between the phone just being on and me using it I find I have to recharge the battery every 5 days or so. There is a fairly good selection of pre-installed screensavers and wallpapers and even better a wider selection of ring and info tones. Tha
nkfully the melodies have improved on Siemens previous efforts and although there are still some rather naff tones/tunes there aren't nearly as many as on previous Siemens phones. There are also 2 games on the phone called 'Mobile Tennis' and 'Rayman Golf', they are okay but I confess that I haven't really played them that much so can't tell you much more about them other than the sound and graphic quality is pretty good although they do take a little while to load. One of the big advantages with the SL55 over my old C45 is the ability to store more ringtones of my own choice as with the C45, if you've owned or got one you'll know what I mean here, in the Melody Manager option you can only store up to 4 of your own downloaded/received ringtones. You see with the SL55 it has a menu option called 'Filesystem' which is not too dissimilar to one you'd find on a standard PC and even has the little yellow folder icons. This means you now have the ability to store much more on the SL55 including pictures, wallpapers, animations and screensavers as well as your favourite ringtones. The SL55 is really light weighing just 79g, which is a lot less than say a standard pot of yoghurt! It's quite small too and I was initially surprised by this a bit because I thought it looked like it would be bigger. It's so small in fact that it sits quite comfortably in the palm of my average-sized hand. I have had a number of other comments from admirers that when seeing it and picking it up saying that it looks small enough to lose which is a valid point. The SL55 isn't exactly cutting edge technology but I feel that it's unique style is unequalled. Rather than follow the pack with flip-top and hinged phones Siemens have designed the SL55 so that one-half of the phone slides above the other and they have called this the 'ProSlide'. Now, I have to confess that I thought the ProSl
ide was automatic and that on a touch of a button the phone opened up by itself. D'oh! However I soon found out I wasn't alone as I have been asked numerous times if the phone opened automatically. I have to admit the phone is a bit fiddly to open to start with but once you've done it a couple of times it's easy enough. I find the easiest way to open the SL55 is by getting the bottom half of the phone in one hand, with thumb and finger(s) on opposite ends and with the other hand holding the top half of the phone with thumb and finger(s) on opposite sides then sliding the top half up revealing the keypad underneath which illuminates once fully opened. On one side of the outside of the SL55 there is an Infrared device which is used if/when you want to synchronise the phone with your PC and/or Laptop. On the other side there are 2 more buttons, one is the volume control and microphone and the other activates the phone's in-built Dictaphone. The microphone is used to voice activate stored numbers which works fine if there isn't too much background noise but I've found that it can be rather sensitive to other noises and on more than a couple of occasions where I've tried to voice activate phone numbers the phone hasn't understood and has prompted me to try again. Now to the keypad, because it is on the bottom half of the phone it is less likely to wrongly press any keys especially with the top cover down hiding it. You can also lock the keypad as standard on any mobile phone but in the case of the SL55 having the keypad tucked safely away also protects it. The keypad has the standard numbers and letters positioned as other phones and I find the buttons easy to use and navigate as they are fairly well spaced. The facia on the top cover is made up mainly of the menu screen with the directional buttons and phone symbol buttons. Although this adds to the phone's style if you're a bit of a
clean freak then it can be a bit annoying because the facia sits flush with the top cover surround so the screen is quite prone to smudging and you could find yourself, like I do, quite often wiping it clean. I have also found that if I'm carrying the phone in a pocket then it is best to only have the phone in my pocket because anything else in there like keys or loose change would surely scratch the screen if it came into contact. I find using the phone quite easy and using the phone's menu system is quite straightforward. Like I said earlier the main menu is represented by colour icons and each option, when highlighted, is animated. Once an option is selected then the following menu selection is pretty much the same as on other Siemens phones. So having had a Siemens phone before it didn't take me long to get used to getting round all the areas of the menu, and as standard with other phones the SL55 comes with a comprehensive and easy to understand manual taking you through all the phone's capabilities with clear instructions. A mini-CD comes with the SL55 for use with your PC and on the CD there is a summary of the phone's capabilities and instructions on how to use it. Also, from the CD you can download the software that enables you to synchronise the SL55 with your PC or Laptop. As yet I have had no problems with the SL55 and I don't regret getting it one bit. There is one quite annoying thing though and when I first got the phone I have to admit it took me a little while to work out how to store numbers the way I did on my C45. Sounds a little silly I know but let me explain. For those of you familiar with Siemens phones you may understand this. When storing phone numbers on a Siemens phone, especially the later models, there is an Phonebook option to save a number to a particular group. The groups are titled Family, Friends, Office, VIP, Leisure, Private and Business. You can
also assign a particular ringtone for each group. Once you have typed in a number for the first time you can save it to one of those groups, well you could on my C45. On the SL55 however when I tried to save a number into the Phonebook the only selection available was either No Group or VIP. Quite frustrating indeed. I finally worked out that to get a number stored into a particular group in the Phonebook option I first had to save the number into a new option Siemens have added called Addressbook. In the Addressbook option you are able to assign a number to any one of the groups I mentioned earlier and copy it to the Phonebook. Once you have one entry in a group in Phonebook you can then save other numbers straight to that group without having to save it to Addressbook first. You just have to remember if the number you want stored to a particular group is going to be the first entry in that group then you must save it to Addressbook first. To finish with I'd say that as a phone the SL55 functions like many others in the range and so doesn't stand out technologically but for size, weight and looks alone, for me anyway, I think it leads the way. I have no hesitation in recommending this phone to anyone although I would say if you do decide to get an SL55 then shop around first and get it as cheap (or free) as possible with a good pay-monthly contract.
First look at Siemens SL55, cute design, slim and light, but the moment I turned it on, the first impression was bad. Why?? Poor colour screen, unbearable SLOW(Specially when you try to access any function from the menu, I had to wait for like 2 seconds for it to react. Then the keypad is a big big problem, the keys got only good looking, when you press any of them, you'll see how difficult to write a complete sentence by using it. And the navigation key is very poorly designed as well, easily I made mistake when I browse the menu. Overall, this phone is a kind of temporary product to use in the market, it doesn't have any amazing function or design, small size is the only reason people would appriciate.
This phone is all about style and nothing else. After having a few Nokias and motorolas I can safely say I will never buy a Siemens again. My gripes are: I live in Cenral London and rarely get 4 bars of reception The ringtone is too quiet to hear walking down the road. The vibration is far to feeble that it can be ringing in my pocket and I can't feel it. The menu system is all cack handed and nothing feels intuative It gobbles through the battery, so you have to charge it every 2 days and I'm a light user. The buttons are fiddly and sometimes feel like they've been pressed but don't register on the screen. Addressbook order can't be changed There are so many things about this phone that make me want to throw it away and go back to a phone that just does its job. Aparently the camera is excellent, however you have to buy that and its bulky, buy and integrated one! Good looking gadgets can work beautifully, just look at the ipod (yes I have one) this phone does not do it's job properly, it will infuriate you. If you just want to pose, this phone is great, if you want to ever use it, stick to a Nokia or Sony
The Siemens SL55 proves that great things really do come in small packages. Measuring a mere 81.6 by 44.5 millimeters, with a depth of just 22 millimeters and a weight of 79 grams, it literally fits into the palm of your hand. It resembles a mouse but much smaller and lighter. For such a tiny phone, the SL55 is jampacked with all the features you will look for in a phone. Siemens managed to make the SL55 very compact without compromising functionality. It features a sleek slide-down keypad that houses numeric keys. Even when the phone is closed and the keypad is inactive, all menu items can still be accessed and controlled using the two soft keys and the yes/no buttons located on the main face of the phone. On the side of the device is the up/down volume changer key and the button for activating the voice recorder. The large color display, which has a range of 4096 colors, dominates the eye-catching face of the handset. However, it lacks a few millimeters of space just above the top row of the keypad making it uncomfortable to use. Also the keys are very close to each other that heavy texters will have a hard time adjusting especially if they are used to Nokia phones. SL55?s features include MMS, polyphonic ringtones, integrated handsfree talking facility and voice control. In addition the SL55?s extra large phonebook means that you will never be short of space for a vital contact, and with triband technology you can keep in touch from virtually anywhere in the world. Although the phone doesn?t come with a built-in camera, you can still take pictures by using the optional plug-in QuickPic Camera with integrated flash and share it with friends over email or MMS. Pictures of 160 x 120 or 640 x 480 pixels can be combined with sounds and text to complete a personal multimedia message. GPRS (class 8) ensures data transfer and downloading WAP content is quick, and appointments and contact data can be synchronized between the SL55 and a PC or note
book. SL55 is capable of downloading polyphonic ringtones, logos and wallpapers at the touch of a button, the phone is also Java enabled, meaning you can download and install new applications and games easily. The Siemens SL55 integrates handsfree talking, voice control and voice dialing. Siemens claims that the lithium-ion battery supplied as standard in the phone offers 200 hours of standby time and 210 minutes of talk time. The phone also contains features that you would normally get from other phones it has a calculator, profiles, pin activation, organizer, calendar, alarm clock, currency converter, stopwatch and countdown. Like any other phone the SL55 has also its shortcomings. There is no Bluetooth, the battery life is a bit weak and the display is not even close to other phones that I have seen. There is also a tendency for the phone to crawl especially when you access the games but the wait is worth it. According to my 6-year old son, the games ROCK and very entertaining. The problem of cramped keypad is also a factor to be considered but using the phone for about an hour will make you forget about it. Overall the Siemens SL55 works well in my tests. While it has nothing flashy in its function, I fall in love with its elegant and classy looks. The PDA style functionality is also a plus in the SL55.
Siemens SL55 ? Be inspired! You will really like to showoff this one 24 x 7, as it?s a sheer beauty more Jewel then anything else, this phone is exclusively designed for Siemens by Europe?s most successful design agency ?Designafairs? SL55 is definitely designed for desire, you will love to display it all the time as its hardly 8 cms in length and for your mind's eye lemme tell you its like a real cute miniature version of Nokia 7650?Model could actually carry it as a designer accessory! SL55 just doesn?t boast of looks but also of stunning features. It is a Tri-band phone with 4096 colors for you to send and receive MMS, Polyphonic ringtones, voice command, hands free talking mode, Java TM Wireless technology for additional gaming, GPRS and WAP. It automatically synchronizes contacts, business and social schedules wirelessly with PDAs and PCs the updates happens within a blink of an eye. If you opt for a clip ? on QuickPic Camera with a Flash the SL55 becomes a great digital camera within seconds and takes average plus pictures for a phone. The on board games like tennis and Golf are really empowered with quality graphics and many more games can be downloaded incase you get bored with the pre-loaded ones, it has classic and Modern wonders of the world slide show built in for those who only get time for virtual vacations, you can see from Taj Mahal to Great wall of China to Eiffel tower and many more colorful pictures. Wallpapers, screen savers, MMS picture library and various color schemes and themes on board are a significant too. Some of the now mentioned features are more then enough to make you busy for a life time like: Reminder list, Alarm function, Stopwatch, Countdown timer, Currency converter, Calculator, Intelligent Typing (T9), Picture Messaging, Redial list, List of calls received / missed, Date and time stamp for missed calls, Menu animations, User profiles, Softkey programmab
le, Call wait / call hold, Conference call, Call forward, Silent Alert (vibration), Call filter? some more but I am exhausted, Phew! Key Features are: Triple Band EGSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900 Antenna integrated Weight 79 gms only Dimensions (L x W x H) 81,6 x 44,5 x 21,9 mm Improved water, shock & dust resistance Standard battery Li-Polymer 500 mAh Stand-by time with standard battery up to 200 hrs Talk time 2 with standard battery up to 210 minutes Charging time 2 hrs maximum for 100% Display 4096 colors, 7 lines, and 101 x 80 pixels Date and time in display I definitely feel without the integrated Digital camera it?s expensive @ approximate (price in India) INR 25,000 (US$ 500) compared to other handsets offering somewhat similar features, but at the at same time I softly suggest you to give it one detailed look before your next purchase? Mehul Patel is the Consulting Director of KIPL.Net - Digital Design & Communications, The author can be reached via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
I use to have a Nokia 6510 and although it is quite a nice phone i wanted a newer phone with more features. I got this new siemens phone because i thought it would be advanced in that it would have most of the features that you would get with other phones. The phone comes in two colours in titan or ruby red. This was so that i wouldnt have to get a newer phone in just a few months time. The phone is quite small and is approximatly 82x45x22mm in size and weighs 79g. It has quite a lot of the normal features such as calculator, stopwatch and messaging and more including MMS, Polyphonic ringtones and Wallpapers/screensavers. Apart from the phone not having picture messaging and a wallet (from my old phone) i think that it is quite a nice little phone with a lot of features. The Siemens SL55 has most of the new features for example although it doesnt come with a in built camara, you can still attach one separately to it. Although it could be costly when brought separately. THe power supply and the memory of the camara are supported by the phone itself and you can send photos directly to other phones via MMS. The camara is approximatly 66.2x42.8x18.3mm in size and weighs approximatly 35g. Here are a list of features thast comes with the siemens SL55 - Games - the phone comes with some games incuding Rayman Golf and mobile tennis which can be deleted if no longer wanted. Games can be downloaded via wap but you only have a total drive size of 1.62MB. This includes games, wallpapers and ringtones. Polyphonic ringtones - The phone comes with 16 pre loaded ringtones. The bad things about this is that they arent really that good but they can be deleted and new ones loaded via the wap. Wallpapers/screensavers - You can set a wallpaper as a background of your screen and these can be downloaded from wap sites but they must be 101x80 in size in order for it to fit the whole screen. This is a good feature as you can take
a photo using the camara and then set the photo as your wallpaper. Picture messaging - You can send wallpapers or even photes to other mobiles which can accept such messages. The bad thing is the cost of these messages and this is to do with the network and the phone itself. GPRS - This is a faster type to wap where you only pay for the information you go on. I cannot use this feature because you must register and be on a pay monthly contract. Infrared connection - you can use the infrared feature to connect your phone to toher hardware for example your computer. Java - You have a complete drive of 1.62MB which can contain pictures/photos, ringtones and also games. Some are preloaded but you can download more using wap. Voice dialling - You can use voice to access different features of the phone and even used to dial someone out of your phone book. Dictating mac - This feature is like a voice recorder which you can use to record your calls that you are making. However the lenght you can record depends on the amount of free space you have left in your drive. It also contains features that you would get normally for example a calculator, profiles, pin activation, organiser, calender, alarm clock, currency convertor, stopwatch and countdown. Overall i think that this phone is quite good in that it has quite a lot of features. The only downside is that it doesnt contain a wallet which you can put personal notes in. Also standby time is only approximatly 2.5 days which is quite bad. However i would recommend this phone as it has quite a lot of new features and is stylish in looks. Talking about the price it can be a bit expensive at about £149.99 on a contract on orange at the link, but the price should go down soon as the phone is newly out.