Motorola C550 Review
Review: January 2004.
The Motorola C550 brings an integrated digital camera to the popular
Motorola C350 design. The integrated camera features a 2x digital zoom.
The small display of the C550 is not ideal for viewing photos, and
with only 4k colours, this puts the C550 at the bottom of the "entry-level"
bracket of camera phones. Still, with polyphonic ringtones, Java games
and plenty of other features, this is a good phone to consider if you
are on a tight budget.
Features of the Motorola C550 include:
- 4096 CSTN colour display (96 x 65 pixels)
- Integrated digital camera (VGA, 640 x 480 pixels)
- 32-voice polyphonic ringtones
- Ringtone re-mixer
- WAP 2.0, GPRS
- EMS (add graphics, animations & sounds to messages)
- Downloadable wallpaper & screensavers
- Java games
- Phone book (100 names)
- USB connectivity
- SMS chat
- Group SMS
- Clock, calendar, calculator, currency converter
- Size: 98 x 43 x 19 mm
- Weight: 94g
- Battery standby: up to 230 hours
- Battery talktime: up to 5.5 hours
- Vibration alert
- Dual band
Motorola C550 User Reviews
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Average rating from 100 reviews:
Reviewed by ben from AUSTRALIA on 19th Dec 2004
I am rating this so low because the screen size is tiny and it has so
Reviewed by Adam Toms from UK on 14th Dec 2004
This heap of rubbish i had for 3 months fell out of the tractor i did
not run over it the camera didnt work the same with the internet and
now freezes up oh and battery stand by time only about 3 days got to
take your charger everywhere with u sold it for £20 after 4 months
i paid £120
Reviewed by Richard from Australia, Sydney on
8th Dec 2004
Hey guys. this is an absoulute waste of money. There is only one word
that i can clearly describe this as and it is CRAPPY! the camera is
tiny, with extremely low resolution and the photos are so poor you cannot
see hardly anything. I recommend this phone to anyone who is a STINGE,
this phone isnt even good enough for a dog. People if you are planning
on getting this phone for christmas for your children, think twice before
you buy it because it has no features and you will be extremely LUCKY
if your children DO NOT throw it in your face! Thankyou.
Reviewed by fizle from Finland on 7th Dec 2004
I buy this phone and I cost this 99e and this is good purchase. Camera
is good. Think if in your mobile phone is bigger than usual normal digital
camera. No whine!
Reviewed by Stuart from Australia on 28th Nov
I bought this phone 6 months ago and have had no trouble with it at
all. It's reliable,effective does the job well. As for the camera, thats
a different story. The camera itself is quite good. In the right lighting
conditions it can take quite good shots, however the biggest let down
is that the camera is not suited to the 4096 colour display.The shots
cannot reach their full potential.Also,sometimes you may not be able
to hear the phone ring because its not incredibly loud.It's only some
tones that this is for. Apart from those minor issues The phone is quite
good for someone on a budget. My next phone will be the NEC E616v. Hope
its as reliable as this(with better features)
Reviewed by jay from england on 27th Nov 2004
it is a rubbish phone. It also starts making calls itself using your
line and credit to people in your phonebook - even when the keypad is
locked!!! Anyone else had the same problem???
Reviewed by Yasir from Pakistan(Karachi) on 26th
Hello! Dear friends I wanna explain something about Motorola C550 with
camera, the phone is too bad and have a lot of drawbacks, I note here
some of them. 1-the phone screen is too small and resolution is very
bad. 2-the phone color is also not good. 3-yes it is right that the
phone is cheap price but i think not only cheap price but also the phone
is look like is also very cheaper (means very bad). 4-the phone ring
tones is very slow. 5-the phone USB port is some time not work. 6-the
phone keypad is too small to use even ur hands is too small. My friends
and I purchased the motorola c550 mobile phone three months ago but
We think we lost our money purchaising this cheaper (very bad) phone.
We dont recommend any person to purchase it, if they want their money
Reviewed by Luk from Australia on 25th Nov 2004
Hey everybody, This fone is ok. I would recommend you buy it if you
are a kid that doesn't have much money. My friend has one of these and
i was wondering whether to buy one but i thought i didn't want to copy.
It is a good fone. It has a camera(take ok pictures in sunlight but
not to good in darkness), Polyphonics(they sound ok), and lots of other
great features. I am actually getting a Sony Ericsson T610, they are
a great fone if you have a problem with this fone. all round its a pretty
Reviewed by Christopher from Hong Kong on 22nd
This phone is very near to junk. the display is rubbish (65 times 96
pixels), the camera is rubbish, and the interface is rubbish. Also,
there is no infared, so sending pictures to the computer or other phones
will be hard. The only good thing about this phone is that it is cheap.
Overall, I dont recommend this phone to people, except for elderly and
old age pensioner.
Reviewed by Barak from Singapore on 22nd Nov 2004
This phone is rubbish. You can't hardly see the photos taken. After
just months of having it, it went crazy and started acting up. First
it wouldn't turn on, then it did but the select buttons don't work which
makes the phone applications useless and unaccessable
Reviewed by Amy from England on 16th Nov 2004
Hi, Just to let you all know i have this phone and i think it's very
poor, the camera is **** and foggy. and the phone is quite bulky compared
to some of the nokia phones. I have now decided to buy a Nokia 02 X3
as my sister had this one for her birthday recently, i do like the tunes
tho, but the texting is awful not as straight forward as alot of the
phones on the market today.
Reviewed by rob from scotland on 15th Nov 2004
this wee phone is fine, the cam works well in the right lighting conditions,
to transfer stuff to and from your pc get pk2man and usb driver here.
350 and 550 r the same http://motorolac.wz.cz/?str=download *** EDITOR'S
NOTE: WE INCLUDE THIS LINK FOR INFORMATION. HOWEVER, PLEASE NOTE THAT
MOBILE-PHONES-UK.ORG.UK HAS NOT TESTED THIS LINK AND YOU USE IT AT YOUR
OWN RISK. THE CONTENT OF EXTERNAL WEBSITES IS NOT SUBJECT TO OUR CONTROL
AND WE ACCEPT NO LIABILITY FOR THEIR USE. ***
Reviewed by Mike from England on 1st Nov 2004
The camera quality is bad? It's a poor alarm clock? Oh, come on! It's
a phone! Have you considered buying a camera or an alarm clock? It's
small enough to fit in a pocket/handbag/purse - just like a mobile phone!
It makes phone calls! It receives phone calls! It sends and receives
text messages - just like a mobile phone! It's a good budget mobile
phone (I just paid less than 50 pounds sterling). I already own a camera
and an alarm clock. I even have a calculator, TV, PC, fridge/freezer,
DVD... the list goes on. Want a good, cheap phone. Buy this. Want a
camera? Buy a camera!
Reviewed by firsak from Russian Federation on
26th Oct 2004
By the way... Here is an example photo taken by this phone! http://motofan.ru/index.php?act=gal&code=01&img=15
And don't tell me that this phone has a bad camera =) And here's the
latest software for downloading/uploading files from the phone. All
p2k phones supported, English language supported (customize in options),
win98/me not supported :( http://p2ktools.motofan.ru/download/P2KTools.rar
*** EDITOR'S NOTE: WE INCLUDE THIS LINK FOR INFORMATION. HOWEVER, PLEASE
NOTE THAT MOBILE-PHONES-UK.ORG.UK HAS NOT TESTED THIS LINK AND YOU USE
IT AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE CONTENT OF EXTERNAL WEBSITES IS NOT SUBJECT
TO OUR CONTROL AND WE ACCEPT NO LIABILITY FOR THEIR USE. ***
Reviewed by Chris from Australia on 23rd Oct 2004
I dont know why the hell so many people complain about this fone, i
hav only found a few probs with it, and most of them are because of
my network. I cant use the WAP thing cos im with optus prepaid. everything
else is good but i cant find the software to load stuff on there, or
where to get the stuff to load on there.
Reviewed by Elizabeth from Australia on 22nd Oct
Hey i have wrote a report on this phone about a month ago and i have
noticed that mi eyes have been sore from using this phone too much...my
eyes hav been totally fine before and i have never had any problems
untill when i started using this phone...i am wondering if anyone has
had the same problem with me or has my eyes gone worst altogether...plz
tell me :-)
Reviewed by shawn from scotland on 16th Oct 2004
this phone is the worst phone you can get camrea is rubbish when i first
reviewed this phone i tohought it would be good but its a load of ****!!!
stick with the flip and slide phones
Reviewed by Bev from Australia on 14th Oct 2004
Reviewed by jen from australia on 14th Oct 2004
pretty fone, with camera and a motomixer! pretty cool! nice..
Reviewed by Amelia from Australia on 14th Oct
I got my phone while in China, as it was the cheapest one with a camera
:P At first i was pretty damn P.O'ed coz the whole thing was in chinese,
even my instruction manual. But once i managed to translate it, it was
all good. The phone has a pretty bad picture when you take photos. But
thats my only complaint about the phone. To all you people saying the
keys arent big enough... why buy the phone in the first place if you
know you're too damn fat to operate? Honestly, you lose the right to
complain! A good worker never blames his tools! All u americans and
europeans, learn 2 be more positive like us aussies! Even if the product
is rubbish we'll find something good about it and brag about that!!
Have a nice day!
Reviewed by Alejandro from SPAIN on 13th Oct 2004
Hello all... Under windowx xp, does it possible to download pictures
from the phone to the computer without any software? Regards I'm going
to get this phone free and I would like to know that to buy or not usb
cable. Thanks you
Reviewed by Minde from - on 11th Oct 2004
Well this motorola is not so bad.It has a vga camera.But i'm really
angry on the company becouse it's support center.I requested a software
to download photos to my pc, and they said : "Dear Customer The C550
does not support the transfer of photos to PC via USB. To transfer a
photo from the phone you will have to send it to an email adress via
MMS. Thank you for contacting Motorola. For any further assistance or
information please do not hesitate to contact us again, quoting your
Question Reference number. Motorola Cellular Response Centre (UK) ".
But i managed to transfer these photos to pc via usb. So it looks like
motorola company has no interest in keeping their clients.I think i'll
never buy a motorola phone again.
Reviewed by Morten from Denmark on 4th Oct 2004
Bought the phone over the web and hadn't seen or tested it in real life,
so it's my own fault, I guess. Annoying things aplenty: I use the phone
as an alarm clock and leave it to be charged beside the bed every night.
I get up early, and I have learned to stuff the phone under the mattress
before unplugging the power cord. Reason: The phone gives off a loud,
annoyoing bleepeleep-sound when I remove the power cord. Can't figure
out if I can turn it off. Actually, the phone announces its presence
loudly and blatantly when I plug in the power cord, unplug the power
cord, touch different keys, turn it off, turn it on, and so forth. A
real PITA. I have had the phone for 5 months or so, and most of the
buttons and the navigation thingy in the middle are worn through in
the lacquer. Bad production quality, simply. The camera is a disappointment.
This is my first camera phone and of course I did not expect supreme
quality. However, I did expect to be able to recognize what I take pictures
of, but I can't. I think I may have taken less than a dozen pictures
with this thing - it's bloody worthless. The pictures measure something
like 8 x 10 pixels, the images are dark and fuzzy and not worth a damn.
Keys: This phone may be all right for midgets with tiny fingers, but
for a grown man it is quite poor. I only use my little finger when dialling,
and it means I never write SMS'es or such. Can't wait to get rid of
Reviewed by Elizabeth from Australia on 3rd Oct
Hey i got this fone yesturday and it automactilly finished charging
within 3 hours...i thought this fone was stuffed up after reading the
reviews but overall, it started working. I havent tried MMS yet but
hopefully it'll work for me. Haven't you realiased that all the people
who rote a review from australia said it was ok???and all the people
from uk and usa sed it was rubbish??? well anyways all the australian
people hu has this fone plz tell me if the mms works if ur under vodafone???
tah mi email is email@example.com P.S not a bad fone so far...small
screen, rubbish camera and WHERE THE HELL IS THE CURRENCY CONVERTER
AND THE STOP WATCH cuz apparently it doesn't hav it on mi fone.
Reviewed by John Dogan from UK on 1st Oct 2004
This phone would probably get a slightly higher rating, but due to the
fact that it has been a nightmare trying to find the software and drivers
for it on the motorola sit it stays at a lowly 3***s.... and as for
chubby people finding it dificult to text then my suggestion is exercise
Reviewed by Tmo from Finland on 27th Sep 2004
Reviewed by Glenn from Australia on 19th Sep 2004
This phone is perfect for what it needs to do. While the screen may
be smallish on size, it only affects the operations when trying to view
pictures. The navigation is excellent, considering it is highly customisable
(you can make menu options appear in any order, and even change the
quick-link from the soft-buttons). If you actually turn up the volume,
the ringtones are rather loud. Managing to hear it clearly 50m away,
and even using it as an alarm-clock to wake me up, I'm heavily reliant
on it and it's yet to let me down. As for the vibrating feature: I've
left this in my pocket and have felt it every time it's vibrated. There's
also the great feature where it vibrates every 5mins after you get a
txt/call until you respond, just incase you don't realise! Ultimately,
in the end, it is a good phone. You simply need to know how to work
it (and it seems like there are quite a few people here whom don't).
Yet, considering I knew how to work it fine after having it 30mins,
I don't see what anyone else's problem is.
Reviewed by michael from australia on 17th Sep
outstanding does it
Reviewed by jimi from england on 11th Sep 2004
well i bought this phone in feb this year its quite a very good phone
but it wasnat designed to last you can take pictures and download them
you can upload ringtones you can connect thru USB to your PC and use
the PC instead BUT i have returned it 3 times for repair first two time
was the phone not charging last one was with the messaging the ringtones
are very low the volume is very low so you cant you it without shouting
screen is too small can only take 10 text messages keys are too small
creates difficulty in texting IN SHORT NOT A GOOD BUY IF U WANT SOMETHING
THAT WILL LAST
Reviewed by Terry Johnson from UK on 6th Sep 2004
This is an awful phone its screen is much too small and the buttons
are too awqward so do not buy it unless you need a phone that is unable
too use mms and just to ring people otherwise do not!
Reviewed by mike from australia on 5th Sep 2004
Just got this phone as a present-great phone-but having problems with
telstra (phone came under vodaphone but they assure us its NOT locked!!)
apparently telsta cannt adjust the settings as they dont stock this
handset!!!????!!!!! so everything wks except mms (which is why it was
bought!!!) BLOODY TELSTRA!!!!! If anyone has any ideas please email
me with detail.... firstname.lastname@example.org would be much appreciated!!
(unfortunately i have to stay with telstra for a few more months yet
until my contract runs out!!!! Great phone tho-for pay as u go- $150!!
Bargin-its not vodaphones fault telstra screw up their settings!!!
Reviewed by Hugo from Australia on 5th Sep 2004
i cant beleive i gotta camera phone for $2.00 first hand! its pretty
good for a 2 dollar phone. buy it fast! before its sold out
Reviewed by donna from australia on 2nd Sep 2004
ok the phone is ok but how do i get the clock off the screen and how
do i get it to not say the vodophone logo thinny any 1 help please get
back to me asap coz this clock just recks the whole look
Reviewed by m from australia on 1st Sep 2004
Reviewed by firsak from Russia on 30th Aug 2004
For those silly-billies, who still can't download photos from the phone,
use this link: http://anton.tbg.ru/files/p2kman.zip It's a file manager
for the Motorola phones of P2K standart (c350, c450, c550, c650, V300,
600 and others...). This program comes with a manual (also in English),
so there musn't be any difficulties in using it. *** EDITOR'S NOTE:
WE INCLUDE THIS LINK FOR INFORMATION. HOWEVER, PLEASE NOTE THAT MOBILE-PHONES-UK.ORG.UK
HAS NOT TESTED THIS LINK AND YOU USE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE CONTENT
OF EXTERNAL WEBSITES IS NOT SUBJECT TO OUR CONTROL AND WE ACCEPT NO
LIABILITY FOR THEIR USE. ***
Reviewed by rAd from Australia on 29th Aug 2004
I think the phone has some great features but I'm disapointed that I
have to go to a spanish website and try to translate spanish to understand
how to upload pics to my pc. I can't find any free games anywhere for
this phone and motorola have the cheek to charge yo $ for games on their
website. The support of this phone is SHOCKING and trying to get software
or drivers or games is like looking for a needle in a desert, simply
DEPLORABLE - BAD BAD BAD MOTOROLA - support your customers and give
them propoer software and free games. SHAME, I will take this phone
Reviewed by Geoff from australia on 29th Aug 2004
This is my first mobile ever.I'm amazed at what I can get out of it.Read
the manual and no prob's operating it.It cost me $135 dollars and I
got $130 dollars back in calls and cashback.The camera is not great,but
hey,ITS A PHONE!DUH!!! I'm a novice but after a couple of days have
sent MMS (free for a month under my deal), text , accessed web and been
able to do everything it claimed it could do. Bargain!
Reviewed by Ian from Australia on 25th Aug 2004
it is agreat phone with a zoom which makes the camera good it is great
for the price it has great fun gmaes and good ringtones plus it has
screen savers and much more teriffic i advise u to buy thhis fone if
u are on abudget
Reviewed by Colin Powell (Not him!!!) from England on
19th Aug 2004
Like the rest of you I'm struggling to figure this phone out.....I'm
winning the battle I think!. Looked at other forums and found that the
only site you can download anything to help you download the photos
to your PC is on the Hong Kong site. You apparently need the right drivers!
This phone should have the software with it or have the vendors tell
you this camera phone comes without it! Otherwise it ain't too bad for
my first camera phone!
Reviewed by bondie from australia on 14th Aug
this phone is quiet good for it's price. Camera, polophonics, colour
screen, MMS.. what more could you really expect for 150 dollars australian.
Although the photos dont look that good on the screen when you upload
them onto the computer they are quite good. Anyone who thinks it's hard
to navigate around the menu must have rocks in their heads. It's easy
when you have used it for a week or so... like anything you get used
to it. If your on a tight budget this is a reasonably good phone!
Reviewed by raptor from australia on 11th Aug
i dont know about the rest of you dumbasses but i bought this phon yesterday
and it was completely setup in about 1 hour go and buy now
Reviewed by Gustov Matveila from Sweden on 4th
Reviewed by Michael from Little on 2nd Aug 2004
My word this is an amazing phone, I got the phone not that long ago
and the screen may be about the same size as the c350 but its well worth
is go out and get it NOW!!
Reviewed by Fred from Mcarthy on 2nd Aug 2004
Reviewed by Lawrence Chan from Hong Kong on 2nd
Maybe in Hong Kong we have been spoiled and have higher requirements
of our mobiles but this is definitely what you call a bad phone unless
you just want a phone to make & receive calls. For those of us use to
the Nokia, its a nightmare to navigate, the logic for the navigation
is just non-existent. The screen quality is poor, ringtone barely audible,
the vibrating alert useless. The only good thing is the price but even
for me its not value for money. Advice...invest double the price in
a better phone or buy an old model phone for calls & msgs.
Reviewed by Terry Johnson from America on 31st
Excellent amazing phone perfect for anyone!!
Reviewed by ALEX from UK on 28th Jul 2004
I just got one of these phones yesterday, the reason being that i wanted
a camera phone. I'm quite impressed with the phone - it does what it
says on the tin. It is slightly annoying to navigate but i think that
most of these reviewers are a little stupid and couldn't operate a water
tap. It's a little slow but not like an old computer, the tones are
quite good, but some are quiter than others. The camera is ok, maybe
a little poor in quality but the zoom makes up for that. I'm maybe a
little dissapointed, and i miss my nokia, but overall it isn't a bad
phone if you have a little patience.
Reviewed by JET from UK on 28th Jul 2004
Just got this phone for a bargain 50.00.... I find it really easy to
use after all, all I use it for is to make and recieve call the camera
is a bonus and although the screen is small it's not to bad. I also
like the fact you can have a little picture come up when you get call's.
so all in all not a bad phone..........or am I just saying that cause
I got a bargain perhaps if i'd paid 100.00 i'd be saying the same as
Reviewed by reilly from scotland on 21st Jul 2004
the phone is not loud enought also you cant recieve ringtones with mine
must have some kind of fault or i cant work it right
Reviewed by Wilfred So from Hong Kong on 17th
Well~ I have already submitted a review last month with 2 star rating,
i would like to change it, becuz after using it for one more month,
i find it too annoying. First, the ring tone, is far too weak to listen,
and i cannot feel the vibration too, that means i always have more than
10 missed call everytime when i take out my phone from my pocket. And
the camera, the quality when u see in the computer is not bad, but it
take photo after around 2 second when u press the button, and the start
up for the camera is so slow, that i always miss some great shot~ The
monitor, i didn't expect the monitor to be good at this price, but not
that bad. When i compare the 4096 color screen with other phone, i found
the pixels are really big, and the word are extremely blurred. Finally,
if u want to buy a phone that is cheap with camera and color screen,
buy this one. But i dun recommend ppl to buy cheap phone with camera
and color screen. if u dun have the money, but a cheap phone with black
and white screen. If u have the money, buy a 65000 color screen. Buying
a rubbish color screen and rubbish camera will just make you unhappy~
Reviewed by corado from lithuania on 10th Jul
it`s very good phone!!!
Reviewed by firsak from russia on 8th Jul 2004
The quality of this phone is outstanding. And it's very cheap! This
phone should have cost 200 dollars instead of 130!!!
Reviewed by Wilfred So from Hong Kong on 30th
i brought back this phone a few months ago, it is working quite well,
the receive is quite good.. but there is a few things that is really
bad first, the vibration is really weak, u cannot feel it unless its
on ur hand. Second, the volume of the ring tone is not enough, i always
missed the call and it cause a lot of troubles. Third, the little screen
is far too small, u cannot see the wallpaper as it is almost totally
covered by the network provider, clock, line number 1..... All in all,
it is a great value for money, but not a good phone at all.
Reviewed by Mike from Australia on 26th Jun 2004
This is a good phone to buy... it costs $200 AUS and takes alright photos,
the USB does work, u\'d have to be a dumass if u cant figure it out.
Ive got it on telstra so it has MMS, the phone reception doesnt cut
out, it isnt all crackly, the screen is fine as im used to looking at
a 3315 screen, i dont like the big screens as u have to move your head
to look at the other side of the screen... overall a good buy, go out
and buy it if your eyeing it, its great 5/5
Reviewed by Chris Tooley from UK on 15th Jun 2004
Review: This is the best phone i have ever purchaced. my advice to everyone
out there is to buy it now!!!!!
Reviewed by andrea from uk on 13th Jun 2004
this is actually the worst phone i've seen in this world. i bought it
from nigeria thinking it looked so nice, but on the second day after
purchasing it, i actually gave up on it. its soooooooooooooooo hard
2 understand and i cant even get my gprs and wap installed on the fone.
the fone is just a devil disguised as an angel.
Reviewed by matty from england on 5th Jun 2004
this phone is a total pile ov poo!!!the screen is to small and when
you try to look at the pictures you have to scrole down to see the rest
of it.The buttons are realy small and very fidley to use, the menu is
a pile of junk too,it takes ages to write a message.The whole screen
is starting to flick off and the buttons are wearing away.The time and
date on the screen is totaly pointless aswell becouse you cant see any
of the wallpapers you put on. When i bought this phone the WAP settings
where all wrong and when i took it back to the shop to set them it still
didnt work.You cant send photos on most networks and when u finaly get
it to work you have to go on the internet to see them, and still they
are in black and white.You can only hold 20 messages tops on this phone
so anyone buying this for there son/doughter it wont be any use.
Reviewed by eldrin from india on 1st Jun 2004
it is the worst phone that i ever bought, it started giving problems
from the 3rd day of purchase. the problems is that when u click a snap
can hear rats inside the phone talking to you tying to tell you something.
u go to the service center they say many sets have the same problem
& have to cut some of the keypad "does't make sense to me", u go the
next time the say u have to change the board & motorola itself has no
parts available "man how in hell do they make their sale? ans: without
boards". still keeping my fingers crossed for the warranty.
Reviewed by sally from uk on 29th May 2004
THIS IS A AMZING PHONE WITH A GOOD CAMERA WIYH ZOOM U CAN SEND MMS WITH
IT !! U CAN DOWNLOAD YOUR PICS FROM DA PHONE TO YOUR COMPUTER THE RING
TONES ARE LOUD AND REALLY GOOD! ITS ALSO A GOOD SIZE SMALL AND SLIM
LINE CAN FIT IN YOUR POCKET. My FRIEND WENT OUT AND BOUGHT A £300 POUND
FOEN AND SHE SAID THAT SHE WISH SHE BOUGHT MINE AS IT MUCH BETTER .
PHONE ALSO LOOKS GREAT AND FASHIONABLE AND MODERN. BUY IT YOU WONT REGRET
Reviewed by stacey from UK on 4th May 2004
This phone is c**p. The camera quality is rubbish and only shows a fairly
clear pictures outdoors. Everytime i open up a feature (e.g messages)
it takes ages to open up! The buttons are poor quality and have to push
hard on them just for the number/letter to appear. I regret buying this
phone and i would not recomend it to anyone! The colour quality isnt
that good either, i wouldn't have bought this phone if i had have been
given a demonstration of what it was like before hand.
Reviewed by Jacqui from england on 23rd Apr 2004
I like the phone but cant download pics to my pc because I havent got
the software. Apart from the instant membership to mensa(which you need
to figure out how to use the damned thing)i also cant send or receive
pictures to a phone. I feel quite stupid having a camera phone that
I cant get the pictures out of so is it technically a camera phone or
just a mobile that stores useless images? If anyone knowws how to e-mail
or download, send receive pics etc. will you let me know?
Reviewed by nah from uk on 17th May 2004
I work for a big mobile service provider. This phone failed every test
and was not put on the product portfolio. Utter sh1te!
Reviewed by Ken from USA on 12th May 2004
I got this phone from Croydon with information that this phone had triband
(alesman sold it). After 2 months I came back to USA and try to use
it overhere it didn't work so I took it to local dealer and told me
that this ont triband phone.
Reviewed by Helena from on 10th May 2004
THIS PHONE IS UTTER C**P. DO NOT BUY IT. So the VGA camera is a nice
addition, but the screen is too small. It looks great, but that's all
there is to it. I would recommend the Siemens MC60 or the Samsung X600
if you can afford it.
Reviewed by Brendon from India on 29th Apr 2004
Great phone ! Though i find it strange that people find this phone difficult
to use. Also if you want more features spend more money !
Reviewed by Merph from England on 28th Apr 2004
Got this on a free upgrade, wish I had not bothered. Went back to my
trusty Nokia which has better reception and is a better mobile all round.
Very disapointed with the C550
Reviewed by Jonzo from UK on 27th Apr 2004
Given the price (Free on everything pay monthly) OK I suppose - in fact
the best reception where I live than any other phone. And I've had a
few... BUT: Whilst I can hear everyone else perfectly, they can only
hear a Dalek on the other end. Apparently continuously breaking up.
Or perhaps they just don't like me.... Texting is truly an abismal experience
- Motorola seem to have succeeded in ensuring you have to go through
the most complicated set of key strokes possible to write and send one.
Well done Moto - you've won that one. So basically, don't buy one. If
you need a cheap phone go for a low end Nokia ro Sony Ericsson. And
don't think you'll be losing out on a camera, the one on a C550 might
as well not be there.
Reviewed by venky from Chennai,India on 27th Apr
Its a waste phone. Don't ever think of buying it. Ring tones are not
at all audible. No much of flexibility in controlling the volume. Data
port can be used to transfer only data entries. You can not transfer
images clicked using the C550 to a PC via the data port. You can only
MMS if your service provider allows you to. The dealer tells you it
can be done. But it can not be done and there is no mention about it
in the manual also. I am currently using this phone and am feeling sorry
for buying it. Any other clarification required regarding C550 before
you (DON'T) buy you can mail me at email@example.com. Thank you
Reviewed by AJ from UK on 26th Apr 2004
This is the worst phone I have EVER had!!! Don't buy it - you will regret
it!!! I normally check out reviews on-line before I buy a phone but
didn't this time (unfortunately)... It is crap in every way - for example
you can only store 10 texts in its memory!! Even my first ever phone
could store 15!!! the screen is small and fuzzy, it freezes all the
time - I hate it so much!
Reviewed by Darren from UK on 21st Apr 2004
I plead with readers DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE. Its clumsy to use and the
screen is way too small. The wallpapers are ugly and the layout so very
basic, and the camera is a complete joke. You cannot see anyone through
it, its too bright, too dark, never right. I really cant give it any
praise at all. STEER CLEAR. You have been warned.
Reviewed by danny50cent1990 from britain on 18th
this fone looks pretty good on the eye but as all the other reviews
say the screen is too small hey listen motorola you could ave made this
a betta fone still ave problems setting it up for picture messages and
stuff and on the 02 site you can't use it as ur phone cuz it doesn't
give u the option. Its got a pretty good camera including zoom capabilities
and gives different colours so thats alright
Reviewed by sam from england on 12th Apr 2004
although its not the best fone ive had its quite good, i could only
afford something for £100 so to get a camera fone for that price is
good, i did my homework unlike some ppl on here, i knew that o2 doesnt
support mms but i am ok with that and i dont have a problem with this
phone, i have ad alot more complicated fones and if youve had a panasonic
before you will know what i mean. the ringtone,wallpapers and screensavers
are kool but i do admit the camera isnt very good without zoomin in
other than that a good fone to buy
Reviewed by Suresh from India on 12th Apr 2004
Its not that bad as people are saying. I agree that screen is very small
& 4k colors. but think about the price also. I copied the photos to
PC, they are quite good. If we have taken in day light, as no mobile
will have flash.
Reviewed by DAVE from UK on 9th Apr 2004
I AM TRULY GUTTED - WHY DID I NOT CHECK THE REVIEWS B4 LISTENING TO
THE IDIOT THAT SOLD ME THIS PHONE!!! YES I AM ON A BUDGET BUT COME ON
£100 IS STILL £100. I BET I COULDN'T SELL THIS PIECE OF USELESS PLASTICE
FOR £10 EVEN WITH THE SILLY CAMERA THAT CANT TAKE A DECENT PHOTO. I
FEEL SORRY FOR ANYONE BUYING IT - YOU WANT MY ADVICE?! DON'T BUY ONE
Reviewed by maciek from poland on 9th Apr 2004
not very good, not very bad. just average phone
Reviewed by Philip from Singapore on 8th Apr 2004
This Phone sucks. The Photos which you take with the built-in camera
is not downlaodable to the PC for Storage, through the Data Link. What
a letdown. Note the "Data Link cable / Software" is not included in
the phone package. You have to pay extra for it. I would not recommend
anyone to buy it if Motorola do not come out with the necessory accessories
to support the "photo transfer" capability. Give me a Nokia anytime,
they deliver on what they promise.
Reviewed by tracy from foresthill,london on 5th
WHAT A BAD PHONE,CANT EVEN GET GPRS ON MINE ALSO ITS VERY DIFFICULT
TO USE WHEN YOU FIRST GET IT.NO WONDER WHEN I BOUGHT THIS PHONE FOR
MY SON THEY SAID "YOU CANT RETURN UNLESS FAULTY" I FEEL TOTALLY RIPPED
OFF BY THE LINK IN CROYDEN,LONDON WHERE I BOUGHT THIS PIECE OF USELESS
Reviewed by j.p.mccae from n.ireland on 4th Apr
i put my 02 sim card in this phone but its says enter subsidy p what
is this firstname.lastname@example.org
Reviewed by STEPHEN SMITH from ENGLAND on 3rd
THIS IS THE WORST PHONE I HAVE EVER HAD, I GOT IT ON A FREE UPGRADE
ON THE ADVICE OF THE SHOP,I WILL NEVER BUY A MOTOROLA EVER AGAIN,PEOPLE
SAY THE RECEPTION IS AWFUL AND CAN HARDY HEAR ME PLUS THE CAMARA FACILITY
IS RUBBISH IT WILL ONLY TAKE PHOTOS IN BROAD DAYLIGHT!WHOEVER DESIGNED
THIS PHONE SHOULD BE COMMENDED FOR MAKING THE WORSE MOBILE PHONE IN
THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN RACE.
Reviewed by scones from lochgelly scotland on
2nd Apr 2004
Very poor phone albert einstein would not be able to operate it. I'd
rather have a dozen cans of kestrel lager.
Reviewed by Paul from Australia on 30th Mar 2004
EXTREMELY disppointed with this phone!! The menus are difficult to navigate,
the camera takes grainy, dark unrecognizable photos, it's awkward to
send txt messages (needing three buttons to simply send one message,
it has a strange assortment of options you'll never use and is simply
a very clumsy phone to operate (even with the manual). I had this phone
for less than 24 hours before switching it off, boxing it up and hiding
it at the back of a cupboard. I immediately went out and bought myself
a Nokia. There is not one redemming quality to write about the Motorola
C550. Sorry Motorola - take a leaf from the pages of Nokia.
Reviewed by big slide from scotland on 18th Mar
Still can't send picture messages on o2, when I called them they never
told me they don't support mms.
Reviewed by Joelene H from Scotland on 16th Mar
What a load of s*** bought it on the understanding i could send and
receive photos, can i er no! and it the only phone ive seen that needs
two people and a pen to chenge the bleedin cover! TOTAL DISSAPOINTMENT
Reviewed by bob from uk on 16th Mar 2004
Pretty average screen a bit too small, buttons fiddly, reception average,
microphone immediately was US (had to return phone) it crackes and picks
up too much background noise. If the phone worked properly and you forget
all the fiddly gagetry (you are just sending & recieving calls & the
odd text) its just Ok, otherwise a waste of time.
Reviewed by Asim from UK on 16th Mar 2004
I would give this phone a -5, its a pile of junk. If u got money to
throw away then buy it, then agaian if you got money to throw away buy
a Samsung V200.
Reviewed by ebbs from uk on 15th Mar 2004
this phone is great.....easy to use.....good to look at and the picture
quality is not as bad as i expected....the qualities the best on the
black and white option! Ring tones can be a bit quite but not the quietest
i ever heard!!
Reviewed by Barney from England on 13th Mar 2004
I found this phone was actually quite good. There is one thing though
that is really bothering me and thats the date and time on the display
screen - i cant seem to remove it, i mean i downloaded some good wallpapers
but what is the point really when the date and time is sprawled all
over the screen making them barely viewable. If anyone knows how to
remove this please contact me - email@example.com
Reviewed by john from england on 10th Mar 2004
at first you'll like it but as you get use to it you'll wish that you
hadn't shelled out £99.99 for it and had spent a few quid more on a
nokia with more capabilities. the mms messages and pictures are rubbish
and when you receive them (pictures) you have to log on via wap and
then you'll find out that the picture are in black and white and altogether
a very average camera phone definitely not worth buying when you look
at some of the other better phones on the market for only a few pounds
more so if i were to go back to when i bought the phone i would have
stayed well clear
Reviewed by chris from scotland on 4th Mar 2004
this handset is ok, i got it as a spare as i have the e700 at the moment.
the phone is nice on the eye, only bad points being the small screen.
the camera is good considering the 4k colours, this is boasted by the
digital zoom which holds its quality. a nice pay as you go phone for
someone who just wants a smart little phone at the right price.
Reviewed by saji from uk on 3rd Mar 2004
i am just bok this phone.. i think it is ahve outstanding features..heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
my god..what i do....
Reviewed by Lucy Seadon from England on 1st Mar
this phone is quite good! the buttons are quite fiddly to use but u
will get used to it! the menu is very difficult to use but u will get
used to it!! the camera is not the best i will admit but the zoom is
very gd and makes the picture quality better! also is pretty gd for
a person on a budget!! only a £100 is very good for a camera phone!
all around ok!
Reviewed by rajesh from india on 28th Feb 2004
Reviewed by BecMc from UK on 23rd Feb 2004
I find the buttons quite fiddly and the menu a little hard to get around.
I'm yet to work out how to set up wap/gprs as no information came with
the phone and its expensive to call my contract people! I really like
the variety of ring tones and its nice to be able to pick other sounds
for the alarm and text message alerts. The camera is alright, some pictures
come out very badly but some are ok. I like the way you can change the
colour scheme for pictures and also the ability to allocate a picture
to a persons name so their pic comes up when they ring you. I think
it could do with being a little more streamlined, have a bigger screen
and less fidly more responsive buttons.
Reviewed by big man from uk on 16th Feb 2004
gr8 mobile the only thing i find rubbish is the size of the screen if
it was a little bigger this mobile would be one of the best on the market
Reviewed by Richard from France on 16th Feb 2004
Poor ergonomics, worst menu system ever, very cheap camera and no USB
transfer of pics to PC. what else can I say? dont buy it.
Reviewed by Michelle Dorling from England on 16th
Received as a Christmas present - previously had Nokia 3310 so this
was completely different phone for me. I found it difficult to operate
at first; the instructions book is too difficult for the layman to understand
and the key pad is too small which makes room for error in number dialling
and texting. I also found that the method to send texts is complicated
having to keep switching from one side of the phone to the other to
OK, ADDRESS, SEND etc The other problem I have is trying to upload the
photos taken. I was told by Motorola that I needed to purchase the drivers
to complete the upload; so I merrily went down to the shop to buy the
relevant item only to be told that that isn't correct you download of
the website. Which I also found impossible - I now have photos on my
phone which I cannot access - very frustrating and disappointing. I
will not be purchasing another Motorola.
Reviewed by Kaymac from Scotland on 30th Jan 2004
I bought the C550 on O2 but was never advised that O2 does not support
MMS. All other features on the phone i found to be ok.
Reviewed by DindinHardiana from Indonesia on 29th
I loved this phone at first sight.The phone has all kinds of functions
but ... 1. Pictures are fuzzy.the pic quality is very poor. 2. Ring
tone is lower.I can't even hear it outside. I can't feel the vibration
either. Samsung provides the best clear ring tones. 3. Dim screen under
the sun (day-light). Poor display 4. key-lock not functional. Easy to
connect by accident. 5. Weak receiptions: in the same room.
Reviewed by Anna Smith from on 25th Jan 2004
this is a wckd fone gr8 value for money! honestly go out and buy it!!!!!!!
Reviewed by hung like a donkey from uk on 15th
thsi phone is absolute rubbish - it takes a brain surgeon to work it
and a magnifying glass to view the screen. the camera is alrite tho
i also have chubby fingers which reduces my texting capabilities