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Siemens SL56 review

5.7/10 AVG.
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5.7/10
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The Siemens SL56 currently has an Informr score of 5.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 22 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
VGA (640 x 480)



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BenQ Siemens released the Siemens SL56 on June 1, 2003.


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BenQ Siemens backs up the Siemens SL56 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The Siemens SL56's screen size is Unknown with 101 x 80 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
VGA (640 x 480)

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard VGA (640 x 480) camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery. BenQ Siemens's performance ratings are 7 days standby time.

Siemens SL56 Specs

Overview
Release date June 1, 2003
Regions available No
Networks
GSM:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory No
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.62 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Software CD, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Ivory
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.8 x 7.2 x 3.6 cm (5 x 2.8 x 1.4 in)
Weight 103 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 4k
Resolution 101 x 80 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics -
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 500
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth Unknown
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs
WiFi No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
External
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio -
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Yes
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Amazon

great phone!

from Amazon
i have had this phone for 4 years and ever since i got it i have stood by my decision. this is a great phone. it is still a lot smaller than most people i know's phones and has all of the same capabilities. it even has speakerphone!
Amazon

great phone!

from Amazon
i have had this phone for 4 years and ever since i got it i have stood by my decision. this is a great phone. it is still a lot smaller than most people i know's phones and has all of the same capabilities. it even has speakerphone!
Amazon

Overall, Pretty Good Phone.

from Amazon
I've had this phone for two years now and it has served me well. The internet works well, I havn't noticed the volume problems many other people seem to have experianced, and although the buttons are small, after the first couple weeks the navigating came pretty naturally. The size is an added bonus...More
I've had this phone for two years now and it has served me well. The internet works well, I havn't noticed the volume problems many other people seem to have experianced, and although the buttons are small, after the first couple weeks the navigating came pretty naturally. The size is an added bonus for those with small pockets or purses. Note: There IS a vibrating setting which I use constantly, even with the ringer turned on because the ring volume is not very loud. The only problem I've had with this phone is that the batterie does not hold a charge as long as it used to. This may be becuase I am constantly dropping the phone etc. Still, it wroks well in spite of the abuse! Overall, I love my tiny phone, and hope it will last for many more years! Less
Amazon

Bluetooth: Good / Usability: Poor

from Amazon
The Good: I purchased this phone because it was one of the few offered by my provider (Cingular) that could sync with my Macs via Bluetooth. The Bluetooth feature works as advertised, and I'm able to keep my contacts and calendar synched with my Macs very easily. The Bad: Unfortunately, Siemens appa...More
The Good: I purchased this phone because it was one of the few offered by my provider (Cingular) that could sync with my Macs via Bluetooth. The Bluetooth feature works as advertised, and I'm able to keep my contacts and calendar synched with my Macs very easily. The Bad: Unfortunately, Siemens apparently did not design this phone with actual usability in mind. The two side buttons (volume/environment and voice recorder) are placed so that it's very easy to press them when you are holding the phone to talk or even just picking it up. I don't know how many times I accidentally invoked the voice recorder just by picking up the thing. Because of these issues, I have to leave the phone locked unless I'm making a call. In addition, the buttons are very tiny and sometimes difficult to press properly. The Ugly: The feature of this phone that I find the most annoying is the low maximum volume level. Whether you are listening in regular mode, speakerphone mode, or through an earbud, the volume will only reach a certain level - one that's lower than any other cell phone I've ever owned. This makes the phone practically useless when you're trying to talk to someone while on the highway or in a crowded mall. I find it unfathomable that a cell phone manufacturer could produce a phone with such a low volume level. The Conclusion: A couple of weeks ago I fell while hiking and crushed the phone. It still works, but the display is ruined (although it does have a cool purple and yellow psychedelic design now). You can bet that I won't be replacing this phone with another Siemens model. Less
Amazon

My 2 cents

from Amazon
I've had my S56 for about 18 months now and I'm pretty pleased with it. The battery life is very good, it's small enough to drop in my jeans pocket, the features (that I use) were easy to figure out w/o reference to the instruction manual. It's also pretty durable - I recently crashed my motorcycle, go...More
I've had my S56 for about 18 months now and I'm pretty pleased with it. The battery life is very good, it's small enough to drop in my jeans pocket, the features (that I use) were easy to figure out w/o reference to the instruction manual. It's also pretty durable - I recently crashed my motorcycle, going off the road at 65 mph, tumbling head-over-heals for @ 75 feet with the phone in my jacket pocket and it survived almost totally intact; only the little chrome cover over the speaker popped off. Full protective gear left me in good shape too, but the bike is a different story... Only a couple of things to criticize about the phone: the normal volume doesn't go quite high enough in some situations and the keypad is rather small, making it a little difficult to manipulate if your fingers are big. Overall, I think it's a good phone. Note: As of Oct. '05, Cingular (Houston) no longer provides support for parts on this model. Less
Amazon

HORRIBLE PHONE, WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY!

from Amazon
This phone is horrible, it's a waste of money! - not even worth a dime! I don't own this one, but my mom does and she really wants to get a new one but she's bound by a contract. The backplate that protects the battery fell off and is duct-tapped on for "protection". I had to leave my cell phone at ho...More
This phone is horrible, it's a waste of money! - not even worth a dime! I don't own this one, but my mom does and she really wants to get a new one but she's bound by a contract. The backplate that protects the battery fell off and is duct-tapped on for "protection". I had to leave my cell phone at home one day while it was charging and I was out shopping so I borrowed this one. Well, let's just say that I missed my phone! I couldn't hear what Mom was saying (even on high volume), the reception kept staying at one or two bars and it doesn't have a vibrate or silent ring so she constantly has to turn it off which means she doesn't call me back for several hours sometimes. I also don't like how small it is because it barely covers my ear which means I can't really talk into it. Plus, it would always turn off in my pocket. Oh yes, and the menu is almost impossible to follow! You have to press "Off" in order to go back, what's up with that? It tooke me forever to figure out how to enter my friend's name into her phonebook. I would recomend a flip-phone so you can actually speak into it and so that the off button can't be presed unintentionally. Oh yeah, and anything that is not Simens! My sister and I are both pleased with our Motorola flip-phones, if that helps any. I wish I could give this one zero stars, but that's not an option! Less

The Phone is Fine

Have been using the SL56 for over 6 months with no problems. I travel between the USA and Mexico without a problem in usage. Not one dropped call in either country. People do not know where I am as the connection is so clear, everybody asks "are you in Mexico or Chicago". The small keypad takes a f...More
Have been using the SL56 for over 6 months with no problems. I travel between the USA and Mexico without a problem in usage. Not one dropped call in either country. People do not know where I am as the connection is so clear, everybody asks "are you in Mexico or Chicago". The small keypad takes a few attempts to overcome, but is now no problem. Over all a very good phone. I am a former AT&T user and now with Cingular w/o a problem. Less
Amazon

Siemens S56

from Amazon
I used this phone for about a year as my main phone, I think it is one of the coolest looking phones ever made. It supports downloadable ringtones, games, and graphics. It also has wireless internet. It has a color screen although it can only support 256 colors. It also has a speakerphone that can...More
I used this phone for about a year as my main phone, I think it is one of the coolest looking phones ever made. It supports downloadable ringtones, games, and graphics. It also has wireless internet. It has a color screen although it can only support 256 colors. It also has a speakerphone that can come in handy when wanting to talk handsfree. Overall I love this phone and would definatley recommend it. Less

Slick, but compromised.

Highs: Super-slick design that turns heads even though it's well over a year old. Extremely compact. Decent feature set. Lows: Tiny keys, below-average reception and battery life.
Amazon

It 's an okay phone

from Amazon
I've had this phone for a year and so far it's been okay. The volume could be better and the speaker phone feature is useless because of it. The memo key is a pain because it's sensitive. It gets ready to record everytime I pick it up.
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