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Sony Ericsson Z550a review

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7.1/10
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The Sony Ericsson Z550a currently has an Informr score of 7.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 5 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Sony Ericsson Z550a is a wonderful looking quad band clamshell phone, which supports GPRS for accessing the net. It also features a 1.3 megapixel camera combined with 4x digital zoom and at 262k colour display. Previously available worldwide as the Z550i, the Z550a has been optimized for the North American audience. It comes with 25 MB of onboard memory, but is expandable up to 1GB so it is possible to store a large amount of pictures, e-mail, or music in AAC and MP3 format. To make organizing your pictures easier, it has a thumbnail gallery, which allows you to search them both visually or according to when they were taken. It also has full HTML internet browsing and an FM radio and Bluetooth are also included.

The integrated VGA camera lets users save colour pictures of their most frequent callers along with any relevant contact information. Users can also share photos with picture and video messaging capabilities. Sony has incorporated the latest messaging standards in this model reacting to the huge popularity of text messaging. It also supports EMS and MMS standards making it popular for sending multimedia messages. By combining text with photos, sounds, and video, users can create an infinite number of exciting personalized messages.

The Sony Ericsson Z550a clearly mixes the familiar features of previously successful models to attract the demands of a North American market. With its stylish exterior appearance and an unprecedented level of customizability, people can use the phone to reflect a little bit of their own personality making it a well-rounded multi-functional phone that can serve a diverse audience.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
1+ MP



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Sony released the Ericsson Z550a on February 25, 2007.


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Sony backs up the Ericsson Z550a with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Ericsson Z550a has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sony support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sony'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.



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Screen Size
Unknown

The Sony Ericsson Z550a's screen size is Unknown with 176 x 220 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

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

Camera
1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
25 MB

Internal memory is 25 MB. An external, Memory Stick Micro (M2) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Sony's performance ratings are 13.5 days standby time.

Ericsson Z550a Specs

Overview
Release date February 25, 2007
Regions available No
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 25 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.02 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
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: 13.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Sterling Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 8.8 x 4.5 x 2.1 cm (3.5 x 1.8 x 0.8 in)
Weight 93 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 176 x 220 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display Monochrome LCD (STN), 128 x 36 pixels
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 No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
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 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Unknown
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs
WiFi No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info Memory Stick Micro (M2)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Effects, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC, WAV
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Best phone I've ever owned

I got this phone about 4 years ago and it's STILL working! As far as phones go, it's a survivor that's for sure! I'm only opting to buy a new phone now because I'm tired of having to use the old text messaging method available on flip phones. It is a great phone though, and I strongly recommend it!
I got this phone about 4 years ago and it's STILL working! As far as phones go, it's a survivor that's for sure! I'm only opting to buy a new phone now because I'm tired of having to use the old text messaging method available on flip phones. It is a great phone though, and I strongly recommend it! Less

Great Phone

I have owned this phone for just over a year now and I have had NO problems with it, it has everything I need and it works great, reception is great and it has all the features I would ever need. I would recommend this phone to anyone.

sony z550a GARBAGE

I bought this phone for my son and one for myself, main problem is the phone will shut down and say "insert sim" making the phone unfunctionable untill yiou take the battery out and reset the system, sometimes it will not work for hours or the problem will carry on for days intermittently. The phone wi...More
I bought this phone for my son and one for myself, main problem is the phone will shut down and say "insert sim" making the phone unfunctionable untill yiou take the battery out and reset the system, sometimes it will not work for hours or the problem will carry on for days intermittently. The phone will also silence itself so you cannot hear it ring, my phone has been replaced 3 times at fido and all the phones we have had replaced eventually had the same problems, DO NOT BUY FOR THE LOOKS IT IS UNRELIABLE AND NOTHING BUT A HEADACHE EVENTUALLY. Less
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Pro: cute color Con: Poor reception,you cant hear very well, I wouldn't recommend this phone to anyone Using experience: 6 months This is the worst phone I have ever had, you cant hear very well with it and the reception is poor.

Great

i went in search for my first cell phone and came across this the most inexpensive one there, the best design, and every other phone i have heard of flaws its great and easy to use, to text, the keys and lighting, great themes, most cellphones probably have all its setup as well, but i can tell that its very good
i went in search for my first cell phone and came across this the most inexpensive one there, the best design, and every other phone i have heard of flaws its great and easy to use, to text, the keys and lighting, great themes, most cellphones probably have all its setup as well, but i can tell that its very good Less
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