The "1-Minute" Review
The LG Optimus Chat C550 is a basic feature phone that runs on the Android 2.2 operating system. It features a touch screen on the front of the phone and a slide out QWERTY keyboard for faster text messaging. Beyond simple text messaging, the C550 can also perform functions such as email and instant messaging. It can also browse social networking websites such as Facebook by using its built-in social networking applications. The C550 also features 3G connectivity and a built-in Internet browser that works well.
The touch screen is mediocre when it comes to responsiveness and the colors on the screen are rather dull compared to other touch screen phones. Text is clear enough to be perfectly readable though, even in bright light.
The basic features of the Chat C550 work very well and it is the perfect phone for someone who uses their phone for simple tasks such as calling and text messaging. It does not measure up to more expensive and advanced Android phones though. While most of the applications from the app store will work on the C550, many of them will run slower than normal and others might not work correctly at all. The phone only has 140 MB of internal memory so you probably will need to buy a separate micro SD card for more storage.
While the phone may lack some features, it does offer great battery life. The C550 can easily go a couple of days without being charged even when used heavily throughout the day. Light users may see this time increased to almost a week between charges.
Need to Know: LG Optimus Chat C550
1. Social network integration works well and feels polished. (The Good)
2. Battery life is very good. Phone can easily last for a couple of days between charges. (The Good)
3. Hardware specifications are not impressive leading to a sluggish user interface on some occasions. (The Bad)
4. Some applications from the Android app store will not work with the C550. (The Bad)
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Prices (Where to Buy)
LG released the Optimus Chat C550 on March 15, 2011.
We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the LG Optimus Chat C550 user manual here.
LG backs up the Optimus Chat C550 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your Optimus Chat C550 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact LG support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find LG's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.