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Siemens S55 Bluetooth mobile phone review
Posted on 21-Jun-2003 12:58 | Tags Filed under: Reviews


Siemens moved into the fashion mobile with its Xelibri line of mobile phones. But they also have a more traditional line of mobile phones that still look good. If you're after a small but stylish mobile, consider the Siemens S55.

This little phone (only 85g, 101 x 42 x 18mm) is the same size of an Ericsson T39m, but has a larger colour display (although only 256 colours), an easy to use dialpad and a keypad with backlight that really works in the dark. It's a tri-band (900/1800/1900) GSM / GPRS.

The battery is Li-ION with up to 12 days standby and 360 minutes talk time. The battery can be charged in less than 2 hours.

The display is a 7 lines 101 x 80 pixels, and it's enough for some operations - although images are not that good with the low resolution. However this is not a big deal, because this mobile phone is more a business toll than anything else.

For business use, this phone comes with integrated phonebook, calendar, notes and tasks. The user will have access to alarm clock, stopwatch, currency conversion and calculator functions.

Groups can be defined and assigned to each entry in the phonebook, including different ring tones for each one. Images can also be associated with records in the phonebook.

The phonebook, calendar, notes and tasks can be synchronised with MS Outlook or Lotus Notes, making it a perfect companion for business people who wants to leave the PDA or laptop behind, while still having some information available all the time.

The mobile can be connected to a computer or PDA via serial cable, infrared or Bluetooth. A CD with drivers and software for synchronisation comes with the phone.

The builtin Bluetooth implementation is very neat, and given the size of this phone, it's ideal for users who need a link to the internet via GPRS. Just use it as a modem for your notebook or PDA, and with no wires at all you're connected.

Services available include Dial Up, File Transfer, OBEX Synchronisation, Fax, Voice Gateway, and Serial Port. If your Bluetooth adapter supports OBEX Sync, there's no need for any additional software to be installed to make the phone stay in sync with your computer. Simply pair the devices and initiate the sync action. You can see in the screenshot I'm copying an image file from the mobile memory by simply using the File Transfer profile, and the status bar shows the Bluetooth synchronisation of a phonebook. The phone's memory is 920kbytes, which is used for the PIM records sounds, images and any other file the user wants to store in it.



Copying files to Siemens S55 via Bluetooth


And talking on Bluetooth, Siemens also sent the HHB-500 Bluetooth headset. The headset is very light and with a futuristic look, but which one is not? Try walking down the the street talking into a Bluetooth headset and you'll see heads turning . It's comfortable to use, with a rubber pad in the areas that touch the ear. It's charged with the same phone charger, and comes with a box for storage.

There's a POP/IMAP/SMTP client giving access to e-mail directly from the phone. EMS and MMS is also available, and the phone supports JAVA MIDP 1.0 for applications and games.

Other accessories include the QuickPic Camera IQP-500, attachable to the phone. It's really small, and this model includes flash. All controls and configuration are made using the mobile's keypad. The maximum resolution is 640 x 480 pixels. It looks much better in your computer screen than on the phone display. You can see a picture taken with the phone below.



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