Siemens SL55 Review
The Siemens SL55 is a phone that looks fabulous, but unfortunately
its beauty is only skin deep. As you can see from reading the consumer
reviews below, it comes with a host of reliability and reception problems,
which is why we have awarded it a one-star rating.
Features of the Siemens SL55 include:
- Colour screen
- WAP 1.2.1, GPRS
- MMS & EMS
- Java games
- Email client
- Works with Siemens plug-in QuickPic camera
- Phonebook capacity – 500 + SIM
- 1MB user memory
- Infrared modem
- Voice control and voice recorder
- Picture ID
- Vibration Alert
- T9 predictive text
- Internal fax modem
- 2 Games plus Java downloadable games
- Handsfree speakerphone
- 10 Polyphonic ringtones (16-voice) + facility to download more
- Weight: 79g
- Size: 82 x 45 x 22 mm
- Standby Time: 200 hours
- Talktime: up to 3 hours
Siemens SL55 User Reviews
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Average rating from 100 reviews:
Reviewed by Chang Lea from China on 5th Sep 2004
This is simply the worst phone i have ever bought. There is no camera,
and i bought the camera that you attatch to it and it was of very poor
quality. The slide on the phone got very annoying, and i do not advise
that you get it. Just dont get it.
Reviewed by tom from susex on 5th Sep 2004
its a brill phone
Reviewed by mishul from england on 31st Aug 2004
i think this phone is not that good but if i had to buy a phone it would
be sl55 becasue it is a stylish phone it is small and it can fit in
ur hand but if u are texting someone then i would choose nokia because
it is a user friendly and u can write text in a minute because its keys
a much better but at the end nokia would win the grand price becasue
nowadays more people text then calling other people so i would choose
a nokia phone but as far as it goes nokia make one type of a phone in
one style whereas siemens they make different phones in in different
styles but i would say buy a nokia if u are a person who would text
alot rather callong people.
Reviewed by Hannah from Wales on 29th Aug 2004
SOOOO not worth the £350 I payed for it, what a waste of money. Several
times it froze then switched off deleting every single message stored
on the phone, although the sim messages remained. The picture quality
could be much better. The top part of the phone came off the bottom
part once or twice. Takes ages to load many things such as games. I
really wish I'd seen reviews before buying, what a waste of money.
Reviewed by Guy from UK on 23rd Aug 2004
Without doubt the worse phone I have ever owned. Received this via a
free upgrade on O2. Keypad fails to work properly, navigation keys dont
urrm NAVIGATE! Phone randomly switches off. NEVER EVER AGAIN will I
own a Siemens phone or will I recommend and of their handsets to friends
Reviewed by Haley from UK on 20th Aug 2004
Not a bad little phone had its good points these being the size of the
phone and you can read messages without having to open the pro slide.
Bad points being i could not find a way to turn off the vibrate even
when it was on silent. Also it has a habbit of turning its self back
on. This is not good when you are doing exams had to result to taking
the battery off the back! The ring tones are rubbish so my phone spent
nearly all its life in silent mode. Do not have this phone anymore as
it had a small collision with my car tyre. Now have Samsung E800 classy
Reviewed by fi57yseven from england on 20th Aug
Got this phone now, i think its a lovely phone, only probs i got with
it are the poor graphics, and the non up to date ringtones to real music,
still at carphone warehouse the handset is only £159 and most of the
bugs have been taken out, its a all black and is helping me wait for
my motorala v525 to come back from being repaired, sexy little phone
but i dont think its really worth £159 more like £99.99p.
Reviewed by Glenn from England on 10th Aug 2004
I got this phone given to me, it was well used had loads of numbers
in the memory and the call and zero button wouldnt work. I paid 5 pound
for a charger and 10 quid for a sim. I took it apart, cleaned it, bodged
the buttons so it works, charged it, superglued a button back on that
i broke (cost 1.30 for tube of glue, ripped of there, should of been
99p) yeah, it has crashed, when i was marking and deleting all numbers
from the phone book, it is slow but for 16 quid hey! im not arsed about
games and stuff, had loads of phones from nokias to motorolas and the
best i had so far was the 7650 but it weighed a ton. if you want a small
phone to make calls on this will do you. if you want to spend 5 pound
a game, when you could probably be doing better things with your money
thats up to you. it works, its a phone ok, and as for camera phones
i had 3 of them and i found that they are blody pointless. get a digital
camera. yep. 10 stars...
Reviewed by BJ from Australia on 9th Aug 2004
Upgraded to this phone 11 months ago after owning an S40 and several
Motorolas. Needed the triband as I travelled a lot. The S40 developed
a habit of turning itself back on while I was travelling so arrived
after long flights to find the battery dead. Upgraded the software and
the problem disappeared so I was aware of the need to keep the software
current. Am a heavy phone user. Love the size. Love the voice quality
and the reception is very good compared with others I have had. I have
had the phone into the shop to replace the keyboard after 7 months and
upgrade the software but this was one day and came back better than
new. Great phone, none on the market I would swap it for.
Reviewed by michael from England on 3rd Aug 2004
well where can i start?? after only five minutes of having this fone
the screen froze,if this wasnt bad enough i couldnt get a reception
at all and i live right next to an O2 mast!! the shop had the cheek
to say it was because the area i lived was in an area reknowned for
bad reception!!! then when i thought it had sorted itself out i dropped
it in some sand and the light behind the screen no longer worked. a
day after this the key pad started to slip and the keys started coming
out. this was the last straw, i took the phone back to the shop and
had it changed for a Samsung. since then no problems at all!!
Reviewed by Vicky from England on 24th Jul 2004
Oh how i wish i had read this review page before i purchased this oh
so sexy phone. Before the phone started playing up i was really happy
with it, just the size is pleasing, but when it started turning off,
deleting messages and generally taking the P*** i wasn't too happy.
I'm sat with it now wondering what to do, service concerning this phone
doesn't seem all that good, and i'm only glad i pain the £99 for it,
compared to the starting price which was way higher. I now know where
to look for reviews on mobile phones! And also know where to put any
SL55 crossing my path - in the bin.
Reviewed by tony from england on 21st Jul 2004
this fone is rubbish!! all i did is washed it in the washing machine,
dropped it off a building, let it get ran over by a lorry and now it
wont work!! my advise dont get this fone
Reviewed by Rob from England on 9th Jul 2004
3 stars as I've only had it a couple of weeks. It was free and I'm delighted
with it so far.
Reviewed by tashie from n.ireland on 7th Jul 2004
as with most people on here, i wish i could have given this phone zero
stars! this is possibly the worst phone i've used. I have had 5 different
handsets now. The first few, the screen froze and didn't unfreeze! Others
have switched themselves off during calls, or just when sitting on a
table! one one occasion, when the phone was switched back on, all tones,
graphics, logos, text messages pictures etc etc had been deleted. so
when my phone rang, it just lit up, made no noises whatsoever. all the
factory settings had just deleted themselves!!!! also, every time i
had to change the phone, i had to pay a silly admininistration fee,
even though i had insurance (though this is more a problem with orange
'care' than the phone itself) finally, i could take no more of this
phone, and have upgraded - back to a nokia, the only phones i've never
had a problem with. thinking of buying this phone??? STOP THINKING!!!!!
Reviewed by Bazza from Spain on 5th Jul 2004
Great phone. Had it for six months - no problems.
Reviewed by Patrick from M'sia on 26th Jun 2004
U can't believe it ... It's SxxK ! Regret bought this phone ... Always
"Crash and Hang" ! N still so expensive ! I think Siemen should fully
test it out before release it into market. SxxT !!!
Reviewed byGavin Brewer from UK on 23rd Jun 2004
So far so good... found this fone easy to use, easy to set up, easy
to use functions (address book etc) and excellent size. Got this for
a bargain £99.95p on pay-as-you-go so is excellent value! I think the
reason there are a lot of bad reveiews on here is cos most of them paid
probably £250+ - and yeah, to be honest it isnt worth that... but for
what you get when u pay £99 its bloody good!
Reviewed by Oliver Licari from Malta on 22nd Jun
I bought my SL55 because it looked compact- however i was in for a very
bad surprise 1) very slow mobile - takes ages to load games and also
message screens - and this with no installed software ! 2) the mobile
has no resistance to shock whatsoever the slightest impact and the display
is ruined 3) parts and repairs are extremely expensive
Reviewed by emma from england c'on on 16th Jun
Review: I bought my fone 6 weeks ago and im in the process of taking
it back althought the link r saying they havent had any other problem
like this but they should look at this web-site anyway dont buy this
fone it turns its self off, the front cover freezes now and then and
well when i put the fone up it goes onto key lock and also sending and
recieving msg's is really slow i wud av rated it as a 0 but there wasnt
a0 so deont buy this fone coz u'll regret it i know i did
Reviewed by Graeme from UK on 15th Jun 2004
This was my upgrade this year and gave it to my wife because it looked
a neat and compact phone, how wrong i was! From new the signal strength
and volume was very poor compaired to my Nokia 8310 which is over a
year old and has been great. After 6 weeks the phone packed in, it had
been switched off and would not switch on. O2 sent the phone off for
repair and the result came back Beyond Economical Repair through water
damage. Realy great as it never rains in this country does it. Very
poor backup from O2 and Siemens. Do yourself a favour don't buy this
Reviewed by STUART from SCOTLAND on 15th Jun 2004
I love the look of this phone, It's light, small, makes a cool wee noise
when you open it... sadly that's where the plus points come to a sharp
halt. can't get a signal anywhere, cuts you off all the time, hangs
up constantly, Dodgy reception hello.... hello.... heloooooo... I can't
hear you....hello????? It just makes you want to rip your own arm off
and beat yourself to death with it.
Reviewed by Vicky from UK on 14th Jun 2004
I have a few things that I would like to complain abut with regards
to this phone. 1. The Alarm - the alarm system on the phone rings appropriately
but shows the alarm time instead of the actual time, thus making it
difficult to know whether to snooze or not. 2. Last Number Dialled -
There is no time structure on this, I am not able to tell what time
I made the last call. 3. Text Messaging - Do I start a new text or continue
with the old one? I sometimes do not get the choice of continuing. 4.
The Group System - This is very difficult to sort, assigning ringtones
to certain groups is nigh on impossible. 5. The whole phone keeps crashing.
This happened to me last week and I lost 24 text messages. The functions
on this phone make it very slow, it is irritating and embarrassing.
NOT A GOOD PHONE AT ALL.... SWOPPED IT FOR A NOKIA 7210!
Reviewed by Ryan C from Northern Ireland on 13th
Looks good when u get it, nice and small... But then when u try to use
to it, all you see is "Network Search" 24/7 - what use is a mobile fone
if u can contact anyone? The reception is awful - its never connected
to the network - whereas fones like nokia's are almost always connected.
First noticed the keys started to stop functioning after about 5 months
- firstly the left menu key had to press pressed so hard it hurt your
thumb then the keypad started to loose its control. Then comes the actual
caseing - didn't have the fone more than a week or two and it was as
scratched as my old fone (which is a couple of years old) - these scrapes
destroy the display as they appear very easily when trying to read txts
etc. so the screen scrapes easily. then comes the camera and display
- the fones graphic display itself is awful - my watch has higher graphic
capability than the fone - bad performance there - then the Camera which
costs a good bit of money - promising you high quality pictures which
are better than most - which in reality, the only reason you have a
camera fone is to have pictures on ur fone - and what use is that if
the display is poor. The camera again comes with a "good" feature -
its flash, ok, well the firstly the camera can't "see" anything beyond
1 meter or else its just a pixel on the display - with the flash activated
people look like ghosts - really. you have to charge up the flash before
its ready which isnt really that good at partys - you can't exactly
say "oh wait to my crap fone charges the flash!" All in all, bad camera.
Another problem i noticed - i dont know the reason for this, but as
i carry my fone in my right leg pocket, about 3 months after doing this,
i noticed a very heavy pain in my muscle, which i wasn't to happy about.
I'm a 15 year old boy, like to talk to people, my fone dosen't allow
me to do that, i like to play sports, but my fone does stuff to my leg
which actually can make me stop playing.... any way, if ur intending
to buy this fone - the Siemen SL55 - DON'T Ryan C
Reviewed by Graeme Yule from UK on 12th Jun 2004
Received an upgrade at the begining of March which I gave to my wife
as I was very happy with my Nokia 8310, so foolishly chose an SL55 because
it looked neat and compact. She complained of poor reception and volume
on the phone and after 6 weeks it packed in altogether; it had been
switched off prior to a meeting and would not switch back on. I took
it back to O2 who sent it off for repair but only to be told it was
beyond economical repair due to water damage! My wife cannot recall
at any point when the phone got wet (apart from rain). All i can say
is very poor responce from O2 and Siemens. The Carphone Warehouse tried
the other day to offload one onto a friend of mine until one of my children
put him right - a lucky escape for him. I'm sorry that I hadn't seen
this site just after getting it or it would have been returned. (1 star
rating too good for SL55's!)
Reviewed by Hugh from Scotland on 3rd Jun 2004
I have to say bought it cause it was free on contract and it looked
smaller than the Nokia. But it developed a fault on the keypad. I sent
it to Siemens (via Hays tech repair in Banbury Oxon). They had it for
21 days and sent it back unfixed. Great service from them! Don't buy
a Siemens phone, buy a Nokia, they are the best!
Reviewed by cj from britian on 2nd Jun 2004
a real girly toy,but it keeps turning off heyho might send it back when
i get around to it
Reviewed by discostu from united kingdom on 1st
Dont let the one star fool you, this phone is worse than the minimal
rating. I have had six replacement phones from Orange within the last
eight months and each time within four to six weeks the cursor has stopped
responding completely. My latest replacement constantly cycles through
the settings menu and all you can do is receive incoming calls!.I darent
turn it off or I wont be able to use it again!. When i originally purchased
the phone the signal was so poor and i thought it may be the reception
in my area, ITS NOT! eg(if you were sitting in doors and chatting to
a friend all the speech was broken up). The phone turns itself off,
even when using the pro-slide lock and the screen freezes when receiving
incoming messages when your on a call. Im currently waiting for delivery
of my seventh phone and as soon as my contract expires in a few weeks
time, i am never never ever having one of these phones again. Nice looking
phone but thats where the buck stops. Email:-firstname.lastname@example.org
Reviewed by simon charles west from United Kingdom on
31st May 2004
IVE ENDED UP SELLING MY SL55 AS IM FED UP WITH IT VERY POOR BATTERY
LIFE AND IT HAS TO BE TAKEN OUT OF THE CASE TO DO ANYTHING ON IT RECEPTION
IS USELESS HARDLY PICKS UP SIGNAL AT ALL INDOORS. LACKS BLUETOOTH DONT
BE FOOLED BY THIS PHONES GOOD LOOKS IF YOU WANT A FUNCTIONAL PHONE GET
Reviewed by D from Australia on 27th May 2004
10 for looks, 2 for personality. If you wanna buy this phone get it
because it looks stylish because it will break down in about 6 months.
Reviewed by Richard from UK on 27th May 2004
Wow, this phone has been slated. I am a consumer who has previously
changed my phone almost monthly but I have had the SL55 now for 9 months
and, overall, I am very happy with it. I use it a lot and the battery
is fine, the odd call gets cut off and, at the beginning of the year,
the screen froze and shut off a couple of times but generally it has
been great and still has the 'wow' factor as you hardly see anyone with
them. It could certainly be better but theres room for improvement in
all of us !!
Reviewed by Matt from England on 18th May 2004
Couldn't give the phone 0/5 stars, so had to opt for 1. Ironic seeing
how the number 1 key on the phone doesn't work, oh and nor does the
central menu key (left works though!) oh yeah and the Green key with
the little phone logo on it, yeah the key that you kinda need in order
to call a number? Texting is great, not that texts make any sense at
the best of times, but seeing how the navigation button doesn't work
I can't put any punctuation in them anyway. All in all I regret buying
this turd of a phone, wouldn't have another Siemans if my life depended
on it (and if my life did depend on the phone, you'd be sure you I call
Reviewed by samui from uk on 7th May 2004
small, but rubbish.
Reviewed by tijen from london on 30th Apr 2004
my phone keeps swithching off and freezing. a some points i cant even
swithch it back on. the phone is small and compact but that is all its
good for. im not impressed.
Reviewed by Darryl from Glasgow on 29th Apr 2004
The SL55 is a stylish phone though it has a lot of problems with it.
I had the phone 2 days and it kept crashing every half hour, after 4
days the screen just stopped working completely. This is a very poor
phone. I took my phone back and got my money back and bought the new
Samsung E700. This phone is outstanding!!!. It is so good you cant even
compare it to the SL55!!
Reviewed by MiSSy from England on 26th Apr 2004
This is the most horrific creation I have ever known, and that includes
Geri Halliwell. I got this phone for my 18th birthday off my parents
and I'd wanted it since my friend got one. It does look fantastic, but
when u actually get one, it is plasticy and crappy. MY MAIN GRIPE IS
THAT AFTER ONLY 6 MONTHS, THE PHONE SWITCHES ITSELF OFF EVERY FEW MINUTES,
AND IF I USE EITHER THE PRO SLIDE OR A BUTTON. The first one had to
go back within 3 weeks because the buttons had fallen off, and the ones
left on didn't work well. The charge also ran out particularly quickly
and I can't stand the 'please wait' message whenever I try to do ANYTHING
on the phone. I recieved a new phone straight away from 'Phones 4 U'
and they sent my old one back. The new phone wasn't much better. When
I try to text it moves so slowly, I've written half a message before
it even shows up on the screen. Then I have to go back and correct the
mistakes I made because I couldn't see what I was typing!!!! Th e phone
froze and lost all my msgs, some of which were very important. I struggle
to get a signal. The charge runs out sooooooo quickly. When I talk on
the phone, it's crackley and rubbish. The screen is scratched just from
every day use, I havn't even dropped the phone!!!! It takes AGES to
do anything. I hope this time when I take it back to phones 4 u, they
give me a new model altogether as I cannot face having another SL55.
DO NOT BUY IT. The people on this site who have praised it will soon
be dissapointed because the phone does not last long. IT IS USELESS!!!!!!
My parents paid £329.99 my phone, and then put my own genie sim in it.
It is the biggest waste of money ever. I am disgusted and OUTRAGED and
I think siemens should refund every1 who is unhappy with the purchase
of this phone as they should never have distributed SUCH AN ATROCITY!!!!!
I am absolutely fuming over the whole thing as I cannot be without a
phone for a day and now I will have no choice. NO1 FAL L FOR THE GOOD
LOOKS, it's a pile of junk.
Reviewed by IAN from ENGLAND on 24th Apr 2004
The sl55 is total rubbish i have had four phones in as many months problems
from it switching off to deleting all my phone numbers.This lastest
time phones for you refused to exchange the model although it is a known
fault and one of there staff have had 16 off them. my advice is to avoid
this phone and phones for you i shell be going back to nokia as my 8850
has never given me any problems after four years of use.
Reviewed by frankie from northern ireland on 16th
ive only got the phone 3 days now .unless ive been in mars for a while
this wee phone is going 50/50 on the popularity stakes , i think seimens
should start defendending themselves or hold their hands up and say
....whatever.....anyhoo the phones is great im a light user and the
only qualifification i have is i passed my cycleing proficency test...
and 25metres free style swimming....which makes me over qualified for
most jobs,(tee hee)nice one seimens.............frankie
Reviewed by tracey from wednesbury on 16th Apr
my dad has just brought this phone 4 me its small and just what i wanted
Reviewed by Glynn Jones from Old Blighty (UK) on
5th Apr 2004
Now I know what it feels like to be fish... The bait looked so tasty
and once I took it I was well and truly GUTTED! All I wanted was a small
compact phone that would happily sit in my pocket rather than carrying
round a half a house brick, and when I saw the SL55 I fell hook line
and sinker!!! Oh the regrets! Poor signal reception, turning off on
using Proslide (which turned out to be a battery problem, replaced by
Siemens no qualms 5*!), Sticky non-functioning buttons, made out of
plastic that "Kinder Eggs" rejected through poor quality, and performance
that plummets through the floor when you install anything beyond the
capabilities of a Spectrum z80! And to think I handed back my O2 XDA2
for this... Once you get over the fact it's the sexiest phone out by
far you realise it has more in common with Page 3 'stunners'... All
cheap plastic and very, very, very SLOW! This only gets a 1 star rating
for it's looks, and definitely not it's content...
Reviewed by marna from uk on 3rd Apr 2004
have my phone now for a while, and nothing has gone wrong, it is a great
thing, and easy to use, (just read the booklet) hope it last for ever
Reviewed by JULIE MCLEAN from U K on 1st Apr 2004
Purchased SL55 from O2 mobile first time i've ventured to a siemens
phone,(always had panasonics no probs for 10 years) within 1 week it
began to freeze mid text then only way to unfreeze was to detatch battery,
then begin texts all over again. On the third week it began switching
off for no reason at all, just sat on my desk one minute on next off,
had next week problem free, then for my fifth week (this week) my SL55
is switching off an average of 15 times a day untouched then on almost
every occasion I have to answer the damn thing. Contacted 02 very helpful(not)
so forced to contact Siemens directly. They reccommend highly that I
return the phone and get it repaired and give it another chance(of course)
however on reading other reviews I think the only place I will be sending
this phone will be to my local rubbish yard. Anyone considering buying
this phone! yeah it looks good, sounds great, but is in fact C**P. Save
Your Hard Earned Dosh!!!!!!!! All I can say is come back my panasonic
phone all is forgiven..
Reviewed by jed from uk on 1st Mar 2004
Keeps turning off. Trouble with text failure.Memory too small to download
poly ringtones.Apart from that great , so great in fact i'm going to
smash it with a hammer and put it out of it's misery. Ah bliss.
Reviewed by Andy Pap from Greece on 19th Feb 2004
Great phone to look at.....stylish and good size. Haven't met anyone
who hasn't said it isn't a fantastic looking phone. If you're a 16 year
old girl then that should be enough......but if you want it to actually
make and receive calls frequently, then read on........ Unfortunately
its looks aren't matched by its build quality. Within the first month
it was switching off by itself, or switching off when using the ProSlide
to answer calls. Sent it back to Siemans and that problem was fixed
within 10 days. 4 months later and I wasn't able to make outgoing calls.
Back to Siemens again. Used to have an 8310 and the SL55 battery life
and signal reception are poorer then the Nokia......although battery
life isn't a problem if you're not a heavy user. Screen resolution isn't
as good as other makes. Also froze on me once and wiped the phone memory
and the screen scratches easily. All in all.....looks fantastic but
very poor build quality. Proof of the pudding....I'll be switching back
to Nokia when i get my upgrade and won't be buying another Siemens again.
That new Nokia 6230 looks a bit tasty.......
Reviewed by Emma from England on 3rd Feb 2004
I think this stylish little phone is Brill i also have it in pay as
u go as lots of people have been saying they cant find one u can get
it online at carphone warehouse
Reviewed by Andrew from UK on 2nd Feb 2004
Cute looking 'phone but a swine to use. The menu is nowhere near as
easy to use as other makes. And after less than 6 months the keypad
is being to fail - the central joystick key will not operate downwards.
If it was a Nokia I could strip it down but with this ...no chance.
Really cann't recommend.
Reviewed by SIMON WEST from UK on 1st Feb 2004
This phone promised so much but fails to deliver you are taken in by
the good looks but its about as practical as a brick. The build quality
is poor it looks and feels cheap and plasticy. Constant network searches
due to the internal ariel not being able to pick up a signal are really
annoying. The leather case is pointless as you have to take it out of
the case to do anything with the phone.im trying so hard to think of
any plusses about this phone but if there are any i havent found them
yet. Do yourself a favour get a samsung
Reviewed by ken from uk on 24th Jan 2004
Purchased the phone on contract with O2 in November 2003. It worked
ok for a month, and then had major signal strength problems (constantly
searching for a signal), also the battery was lasting less than 24 hours
from full charge to empty...on standby! Took the phone back to shop
and it was sent for repair, got the phone back 10 days later,the engineers
report stated that the phone had "electronic problems". Took the phone
home and the signal strength problem was still there! Took the phone
back to O2 who have sent it back to Siemens again. I am hoping that
I will get the chance to change the model of the phone if and when it
comes back. Yes, it looks good, but whats looks if it cannot make or
recieve calls or messages? 2 STARS FOR THE PHONE, AND 1 STAR FOR O2.
THEY ARE CLUELESS!
Reviewed by Stanley Edwards from UK on 19th Jan
Like others I fell for the looks of the SL55. I returned the first when
the software started to deteriorate. I have had the second for just
a week and already the problems found with the first are beginning to
show. The build quality is not good enough. Buttons have been falling
off on many phones and the casing fades quickly. The main problem is
serious bugs in the OS software. The phone switches itself off for no
apparent reason, often when trying to answer calls. Received texts cuase
the system to freeze. Ringtones don't behave as they should. Siemens
answer - send the phone back to them and they will load new software
(5 working days when I last asked, but I would imagine this will very
soon be weeks!) Or, download the software from their website. I tried,
but the software was not Windows XP compatiable. Totally fed up, but
really want the phone to work because it does look and feel lovely.
It's like having a smooth pebble in your pocket - very tactile. This
model is going to do serious damage to Siemens reputation. Think I'm
ready to go back to Motorola, or Nokia. Sorry, I know you really want
to buy it, but don't - it will seriously raise the stress levels in
your life! Stan
Reviewed by Courtney from Australia on 19th Jan
well i've had this phone since Christmas of 2003, and i have had no
probs, yer its fab and all ma friends r jealous of its good looks, i
absoulutely love how it plays mp3, i've got some of Guy Sebastian's
songs on it, and i absoulutely love it, im very protective of my fone
and i love my mum 4 gettin it 4 me, and yer wot can i say its great,
i think i've spent about 200$ on it soo far ok thnx buh bye I SUGGEST
GETTIN ONE FOR URSELF ITS MAD
Reviewed by ste from england on 15th Jan 2004
i dont no wat u lot r going on bout. dis phone is wel gd so i dont konw
why u are all slating it. ye mayb it might freeze but i have had my
phones for at least 7 months now and it has only froze once. as for
da keys stiking dat has only ever happened once to nd it was da number
3 key but after about an hour it works fine again so i dont konw wat
everyone is complaining about
Reviewed by Sarah from UK on 12th Jan 2004
I have had the phone now for 3 months, i didnt want to write until now
( just to give the phone a chance). I was not very sure if i should
buy the phone (with the bad reviews) but i liked the look and finaly
got one. The phone is great i love all the things is can do. it stores
loads of message and and phone number which i really needed. Up until
now i have no problem with the phone. The other day i received a text
message and my phone froze. i thought nothing of it until i switch the
phone back on and it had wiped all my texts messages (the ones saved
to the phone not sim card). i hope this does not carry on beacuse i
love this phone so much, i dont think i would change it even if it doesnt
work, besides this problem this phone is the best i have ever had.
Reviewed by gabes from liverpool, england on 7th
not worth getting. it has major problems, that need fixing. i regret
buying it, totally. good luck pressing those minature keys on the keypad.
this problem should be fixed otherwise take it off the market.
Reviewed by ADAM from SOUTH AFRICA on 5th Jan
THE PHONE IS GOOD, BUT A BIT COMPLICATED. MOST DISAPPOINTING IS THE
CHEAP OUTER COVER WHICH IS ALREADY STARTING TO FADE, AND IS LOOKING
VERY SHABBY. CHEAP OUTER COVER.
Reviewed by Nicki from UK on 30th Dec 2003
I have had the phone for a month and am fed up with it. It does keep
turning itself off and it is nothing to do with the auto turning off
timer. It also freezes when I recieve texts, and the other day it froze,
then turned itself off and wiped everything in the inbox. These are
problems that should just not be happening!
Reviewed by reg from G.B on 30th Dec 2003
CUTS YOU OFF AND NUMBERS LOCK SO THEY ARE USELESS IF YOU WANT TO USE
THAT NUMBER. SORRY I BOUGHT ONE
Reviewed by Robin from UK on 30th Dec 2003
wife purchased me a siemens sl55 for xmas via virgin it is now 30/12/03
and am on my second phone which is being returned. the looks are fabulous
but unfortunately the phone is very ordinary the slider tones work when
they feel like it the graphics for a phone of this price are very ordinary
there is no support for graphics or ring tones on siemens own site so
either they cant be bothered or they are getting rid of it already.
the battery is left to rattle around in the box so both were already
scratched on arrival. all in all for a phone of this price not good
Reviewed by Stan from Hong Kong on 26th Dec 2003
Pros: Size is major deciding factor for me. I dont like a phone that
is always in the way when not in use. I dont find the keypad too small
but then probably have fingers to match. Has an English manual which
is sometimes rare here. My last 3 Motorola's had no english manual.
Had to d/load from the net. I can see most of important screen info
without having to put on glasses. Inf/red function is great and compatable
with most other phones, also use it for PC/phone data exchange. Havent
had any quirks yet as other reports discuss. It did shut off once but
since using keypad lock no more problems. I suggest that other users
may try that. Battery life is marginal although being marked good but
I find I fiddle with the phone a lot, showing fotos etc. but the batteries
with proper charging are getting better life. Photo quality is very
good but memory for good quality is not great. Cons: Menu until mastered
is a nightmare. Data program took a bit of sorting out. Data lead was
not liked by any computor that I use (work, home)ended up buying inf/red
adaptor which works perfectly. Initial cost is a bit high, camera price
is ridiculous. Dreadful ring tones but maybe Im in the wrong age group.
Sum up great little phone very happy with it. No problems so far and
looking back at some reports I would say that the manual has not been
read by many for good reason maybe, not easy to follow. Out of 6 phones
Ive owned in 5 years this would be my pick but the second is an old
original flip motorola.
Reviewed by Mike Young from England on 22nd Dec
This phone is far to expensive for what it is. You can get camera phones
for less than this. I got my T610 for free on contract yet the SL55
is £80. FOr the ammount of money you have to pay you would have thought
it would be a descent phone - no. The coulour screen is terrible it
looks like a black and white one, but with a slight pastelly hint of
colour. The ringtones are good but apart from that its rubbish. DONT
BUY IT i even think the Nokia 3510i is better than this and you need
to be pretty bad to beat the 3510i!!!!
Reviewed by Laura from UK on 17th Dec 2003
i used to own a nokia before getting this phone, and as i was sick of
nokias i was quite excited about receiving this phone. when my phoen
arrived for the fisrt week i was very pleased with it, then some problem
started cropping up, fisrt of all it kept freezing and cutting off,
but i thought nohtign of it and kept it, then as time went on my buttons
stopped responding particulary the up arrow and the left arrow on the
key pad. this is very very annoying and vexed me completely! however
i thought it may just be a slight glitch so i kept the handset, few
weeks later i was sendign a txt and the phone froze, i couldn't even
turn it off so i had to take the battery out, after doign this i turned
my handset back on only to find out to my horror all my numbers had
gone! i thought however they were saved to my sim card but i realised
later u had to individually do this using one of the menu buttons which
i cudnt get to as the buttons weren't working! i am now currently waiting
for my replacement handset in hope this one will be an improvement but
if it is not i will without hesitation be gettign another phone, and
certainly not a siemens one!
Reviewed by Tich from UK on 15th Dec 2003
This is a stunning looking phone and I've not experienced any problems
with "freezing" or "switching itself on/off", or even "bad audio" which
others have moaned about! Why only 1 star you may ask... They keys -
they didn't design the keys to last more than a couple of months :(
I am on my second SL55 - on the first within 2 weeks the "3" key was
getting pretty impossible to press (required lots of force - meant typing
txts was impossible). After getting it replaced everything seemed OK
but here I am 4 months later and the left/right cursor keys are pretty
difficult to press (require pretty strong force so you nearly always
hit the "soft" keys by accident). Typing txts is nigh on impossible
without typing v-e-r-y sl-o-w-l-y and deliberately - partly because
the keys require very deliberate pressing and partly because the OS
is so slow - you can see it thinking! Absolutely no use at all - at
the end of the day I much preferred my old Sony Z5 which kept up with
my typing just fine (but whose battery life was awful!). In short -
stunning phone - useless keys. Avoid unless you are really taken with
the design :( Oh well - only 8 months to go on my contract - gonna stick
with Sony next time...
Reviewed by exlaval from israel on 10th Dec 2003
had this for a month now, only one problem so far, it didn't ring on
calls - somehow cleaned records- checked the version and it all came
back as new No problems whatsoever, love it, reception is great compared
to my cdma phone, it's 1000 % improvement - screen not as flashy as
motorola v720 but reception to reception - the sl55 leaves the v720
in the dust 0 what good is the screen, when you have to scream to be
heard. Test of fire is elevator communications, the v720 was useless
in ANY elevator, it would die 0 this one you talk and talk and talk
and hardly notice where you are noise compensation feature is just great
0 you got to learn how to use it, this is not a tv whereas 1 2 3 and
away you, set it wrong and it'll drive up the wall and the book is there
for something not just to climb on it the change a bulb
Reviewed by xqzme from Australia on 8th Dec 2003
A Good phone, stylish, small. But the menu is hard to use, and I keep
losing my AddressBook!!! Anyone else have the same problem? All the
settings get lost, however it retains any files downloaded to it.
Reviewed by Emma from UK on 5th Dec 2003
Ive had this phone for a week now and im still in awe of it. It raises
many "oohs" and "aahs" when i show it to people for the first time.
I feel that it has been unfairly slated by people on this site. You
are expecting too much from such a small phone, and if you had read
up on it then you would have known what you were getting. As for the
phone freezing, i havent experienced too much difficulty. Ive found
that if i press the keys too fast then this may slow the phones response
down. Now i know at what speed to press the keys to make sure this doesnt
happen. I found the menu easy to navigate. Its on a par with my previous
nokia's menu, if not easier as I didnt need to look in the manual when
first trying out the phone. I love the unique features of the SL55.
Especially the dictating mac, what fun have i had with that! Also the
wonderful voyage, its a shame this cannot be used as a screen saver.
I chose this phone over another Nokia as i dont like the "squareness"
of the cur rent models. I wanted something more stylish and unique.
All in all i am very pleased with this phone. I feel that it have the
looks as well as the personality. If only it was a man!
Reviewed by Kevin from Ireland on 2nd Dec 2003
Had the phone for about a day when it started to randomly switch itself
off. Sure it looks great, nice size etc. but that's useless when it
won't work most of the time.
Reviewed by Shnider156 from England on 22nd Nov
The people that are slagging of this phone have no idea what they are
talking about the phone does not switch off randomly in fact it has
a auto turn of timer if you would like it to turn itself off past a
certain time. The phone performs very well considering its size & come
on people this is not a Nokia. Whilst it may not have the best reception
the pros far outweigh the cons. Reception depends what network you are
on & where u are in the world. I have found it helps to slide the phone
open when recieving a call & not keeping it closed expecting it to give
a good signal remember if u do not do this your ear will cover 80% of
the phone itself. How the hell can u expect the person on the other
side of the tel to hear what u are saying when you gob is not talking
into the mic. I got the phone 3 weeks ago & had no trouble whatsoever.
The later produced ones dont break & lets face it the best comes to
those who wait. One more thing the games are great.
Reviewed by Chris from UK on 21st Nov 2003
Had my Siemens SL55 mobile phone for about 5 weeks with no major problems
to report to date. The phone is small and is easily stored in any pocket.
I don't find navigating the menus too difficult, but the menus might
be a bit daunting to those who have only owned Nokia phones. I find
the sliding mechanism, which reveals the keypad, to be solid and smooth.
The keys are quite close together and some people might find it difficult
using the keypad, but I have not experienced any problems personally.
The quality of the colour screen could be improved upon, but I find
it more than adequate for general everyday use. Battery time has been
one of the major criticisms of this phone, but as a light user I have
found I can get five to seven days between charges with the phone on
24 hours a day. The features on this phone are good and you can buy
separately a camera, which connects to the bottom of the phone. The
idea of a separate camera might be appealing to some, as some employers
hav e imposed a ban on phones where the camera is an integral part of
the device. The only notable feature that is missing is bluetooth functionality.
I haven't noticed any problems with reception on the O2 network. Overall
I think this is a good performing mobile phone that will appeal to a
lot of people.
Reviewed by John from UK on 16th Nov 2003
Hi after paying £280 for this nice phone (so i thought) i have wasted
my money, the phone freezes after every text or using the WAP, and now
after sending a text the other night my phone just suddely died and
wont turn back on,Brought a new battery still nothing. So i am looking
for a new phone now thinking of not getting a Siemens WASTE OF TIME
Reviewed by Jill from UK on 9th Nov 2003
Looks great and is great but i cant find 1 in pay as you go, is this
a pay as you go phone?
Reviewed by shwingalien from UK on 9th Nov 2003
Oh those bloody fish, the flimsy build, those freeze-ups. Ring tones
are superb but not a reason to keep it any longer after 5 months, end
of the month Samsung E700 here i come!!!!. I heard today that Siemens
have now withdrawn the SL55 from distribution, bout bleeding time they
realised wot a pile of cack they made (hope they read these reviews
too and bear them in mind when they start finkin bout makin a replacement)
*REST IN PEACE SL55*
Reviewed by Mike Bishop from UK on 6th Nov 2003
Great looking phone, althought the menu items are not as intuitive as
a Nokia, you can still do what you need to and when you know how to
navigate all features can be done with ease, although I still prefer
the Nokia's menu. Main problem for me is the reception, UK Vodafone
was terrible even in the heart of London. Reception will in one moment
be middle in strength on the meter and then without moving the phone
it wil lose the signal altogether and pole for the next minute. Tried
the same SIM in a Nokia 8310 and a 7650 and both were at max strength.
If you value reception don't be drawn in by the great look and size
of this phone as you will only end up bouncing it of the nearest wall,
which can only improve the reception.
Reviewed by Sam from Singapore on 29th Oct 2003
Excellent look, exemplary design.. but it badly fails in delivering
the basic feature of the equipment - which is 'using it as a phone'.
I was seldom successful in getting connected whenever someone called..
and when I made a call, I had to shout/repeat for the other person to
hear ! Replaced it within a month. Reception and audibility are the
key areas that can never be compromised on a cellphone.
Reviewed by Mark from England on 25th Oct 2003
I've had the phone for about a month now and had no 'serious' problems.
I say 'serious' because in normal use the phone has been faultless.
Excellent reception and clear sound. Some of the settings though for
volume & tones for different callers or alarms dont seem to make any
difference!. I've had Nokias and Ericssons in the past and they've all
suffered the odd freeze-up etc. This phone feels solid and high quality
and editing/synchronising the addressbook with MS-Outlook is a breeze.
The polyphonic sound is perfectly ok, though I prefer a normal 'ringing'
tune, so dont believe the other reviews. The siemens web site has free
software upgrades for most of their phones including the SL55 that you
can download (You'll need a cable!), so any software problems should
hopefully get a fix. So far the best phone i've had.
Reviewed by Sabrina from Canada on 23rd Oct 2003
Wondering why your Siemens SL 55 keeps shutting off or freezing? Siemens
phones can be "shot down" via SMS German manufacturer recommends firmware
update Cupertino/ Munich (pte, Mar 14, 2003 14:22) - Recent complaints
in mailing lists by Siemens mobile phone owners have pointed to a serious
problem with certain Siemens devices - it appears they may stall or
crash when receiving certain types of SMS content. Security Focus has
published information on the problem at http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/7004/info
. According to the report, the mobile phones at risk are: A50, C55,
M35, M45, M50, MT50, S35i and S55. Devices in the SL42, SL42i and S45
lines may also be partially susceptible. This nearly comprises the German
company's entire GSM product palette. According to technical experts,
the models in question crash when they receive SMS messages containing
characters in a certain order. These phones can only be restarted once
the rechargeable battery has been removed and reinserted - so-called
"denial-of-service" attacks. Other devices stall for about two minutes
while consuming large amounts of electricity, so that five or eight
such messages may empty the battery. Some devices permit the interruption
of this sleep phase by pressing a key. Siemens press speaker Michael
Stenberg told pressetext.europe that Siemens had been aware of such
technical faults in early versions of its 35 and 45 series phones. He
said customers could find firmware updates for these phones at http://www.my-siemens.com
. Sternberg however added that "it is new to us that such problems have
also occurred in the 50 series." (end)
Reviewed by Karen from England on 13th Oct 2003
For looks the phone is beautiful and haven;t had any real probs with
the battery life. Have not charged it for 3 days and its well over half
way life. however reception is poor and the phone locks out every two
secs. itl finally get to the point where the screen freezes completely
and no amount of detaching the batter will bring it back to life. Brilliant
design but seriously crap technology!
Reviewed by David from Uk on 12th Oct 2003
I am a owner of a samsung t100, colour screen, and hav had the phone
6 months now, it is the best phone i have had and i have had a lot of
phones, now i am goin 2 get the siemens sl55 in december when i get
payed, i hav 2 wait for december coz in november i am gettin a tortoise,
so when i get the sl55 i will tell u if its worth gettin ,,, still goin
2 keep t100,,,if u want a samsung t100 for looks and a good phone 2
use and more get one #...
Reviewed by J Kennedy from United Kingdom on 10th
Phone is perfect. Looks great, easy to use, and easy to download ringtones.
Got soooo excited when I realised that you didn't have to take the phone
out of my handbag to make a call, I simply press the little button on
the hands free earpiece, say the name that I want and away we go, dials
the number I want (had to set that facility up first though). Feel totally
safe walking about the streets on London talking on the phone with it
safely out of sight. (even though, I look like I'm going mad and talking
Reviewed by Gill from on 8th Oct 2003
So far so good.....BUT I can't activate Delivery Reports can anyone
help. Thought I had set it up but cannot tel if anyone has received
Reviewed by TIM from UK on 4th Oct 2003
Don't do it! I had my Siemen's SL55 for about 6 hours before I had to
take it back to the shop! The problem was it kept cutting off who ever
was calling me this went on for about a week had FOUR phones in total
when I took it back to the shop I spoke to the manager and she said
she had one on demo to show people and it did not last the day she said
that is was the worst phone shed had ever used and that is coming from
the manager of a very well know high street phone Chain so do what I
did and bin it and get a Sony Ericson T610 or Sharp Gx range I now have
a Sony Ericson T610 and what a great phone that is !
Reviewed by Adi from UK on 3rd Oct 2003
****FOLLOW UP REVIEW**** PLEASE READ!! When I reviewed this phone, last,
I was very happy with it but in the 2 weeks since then, I have had nothing
but trouble with the phone !! The problems stared just after doing the
review I think it was the kiss of death !! I noticed that the phone
stared to randomly turn it's self off now and then I thought nothing
of it at first but then I started to happen a lot some times 8 to 10
times a day !! Then it started to cut off people when they phoned me
I would slide the phone up to answer the call and the phone would turn
off or the screen would go blank so I changed it for another one ! 3
days later I when a way for the weekend and it happened again ! Same
trouble this time when I went to turn off the phone it would not turn
off and when I did manage to turn it off the screen would stay on and
would say insert sim card and it only way to get the phone to power
down would be to remove the battery ! At the weekend, I was stranded
at a train station for three hours because of engineering work and I
had a phone that would not work ! So, I had to walk about half a mile
to find a phone box so I could get a lift ! THIS PHONE IS GOING BACK
TODAY ! And I will not be getting another one
Reviewed by tom from u.k on 29th Sep 2003
wow! is great size wise and it looks fantastic, but does any one have
any pay as you go or contract prices? otherwise, gotta get one
Reviewed by Diane from Northeast on 27th Sep 2003
I got my first handset delivered beginning of sept. Within a week it
started to freeze (like a pc does) so i ordered a replacement from my
service provider. Finally got one after been out of stock for couple
weeks. And this one faulty too! It sounds like you are talking to a
darlic , i love the look of the phone but im afraid to say that all
it has really. Signal strenght very poor, considering i have nokia on
same network and its near enough full!! I feel this would be nice phone
if it was tweaked with to correct its faults. My service provider has
stated that normally they would offer me a new/different hanset as i
have had two, but they will see if it can be third time lucky! lol .
So if thirs one faulty i got back to a trusty nokia! Would'nt of bought
this phone if i knew what it was going to be like.:(
Reviewed by adi from uk on 24th Sep 2003
What can I say I have been looking out for a upgrade to my Nokia 7210
for months now I have known a bout the SL55 for a long time and I must
say I was very nearly put off with all the negative reviews on this
site But saying that I went out and ordered one and I love it what a
great phone !!! It has some nice features you do not find in any other
phones ! And the way I looked at it is if it a new contract you have
14 days to give it back and if it is an upgrade and it does not work
or you find fault with it send it back !! What's to loose I have had
for 3 weeks now and I have not had any of the reported problems that
other people have had on this site I'm on Vodafone and live way out
of town and signal strength has so far not been an issue The battery
last me about 5 days with average use sometimes less sometime more I
must say if there was one thing I would change is that the key pad is
a little small so if you have very big fingers this might not be a good
phone for you but it is liveable I have used the GPRS and Internet and
it works very well for sending e-mail ect but this is not a business
Reviewed by FooBarNone from UK on 24th Sep 2003
Switching from an old Motorola 250i this is a wonderful improvement
in all areas. I got this phone with a new contract after much research.
My other option would have been a Nokia 7250i. Nokia fans tend to be
fanatical, and I never understand why they even bother with other phones.
If you are used to the pros and cons of a Nokia, then never buy anything
else. A friend has the the 7250i and I decided it was bigger, much heavier,
with a smaller screen and the 50% better battery life over the SL55
didnt justify it to me. The camera is moot as I see no point in the
phone camera. And at the end of the day, the SL55 stunning looks sold
me. PROS: * Extremely small and lightweight. Nothing compares to its
external form factor. * Bright, colored screen. * Siemens menu interface
is excellent, and included PC interface software works well. Integration
of soft keys on outside makes the phone usable without opening phone.
* Sounds quality excellent both in speaker and mic. * Have had no software
problems (unlike others, and unlike I had with a T68i a while ago).
* Sexiest Java enabled, Tri-Band phone out there. CONS: * Signal not
great, but out here in the countryside I can still get a signal. On
the train it seems to cut out more often than old phone with external
antenna. * Battery life suprisingly short. I can run for three days
under typicaly usage (30mins talk, 10 texts, 10mins of applications)
before completely dead. This is not too much of a problem as I simply
charge it next to my bed while I sleep. If I forget one night, or go
away for a weekend it keeps it charge long enough. SUMMARY: If you are
a serious travelling business user, you probably should be looking at
the Nokia 6xxx series for great battery life, and options like bluetooth.
If you use your phone every day and want something with personality
without sacrificing function, get the SL55. I love this phone, I really
do. It has personality like an old MG. Not the fastest car, but one
that you feel a real affinity to and one that draws attention when you
Reviewed by Marc Brigginshaw from UK on 24th Sep
Just want to say a word in defence of this phone. I activated my phone
on a Saturday, and downloaded the address book from the PC, set up the
phone and listened to ringtones etc, and the battery didn't need to
be charged until the Wednesday. Then it needed charging the following
Tuesday, so lasted 6 days! I admit that I am a very light user of the
phone, and switch it off over night. I have also switched off the vibrating
alert, dimmed the illumination, and only switch on GPRS when required,
which helps. If you are one of these people that has the phone glued
to their ear all day, and play the games and use the camera, which I
don't, then don't buy this phone. I would also like to say to the people
that have given negative feedback on this phone about not having an
integrated camera, the screen size and the number of colours etc - READ
THE SPECS BEFORE YOU BUY A PHONE!
Reviewed by Thomas from Ireland on 24th Sep 2003
Just to add to the previews reviews regarding this very slick looking
but badly made phone: after 6 weeks the software started to act up and
then crash completely, when pressing buttons wrong menues appeared or
the phone decided to go through the entire menue options automatically.
Another problem with the phone is that the plastic covering the screen
is not hardened so sratches appeared within the first couple of days.
So much for German engineering. I used to be a confirmed Ericsson customer
(over 10 years) but as they decided not to sell their phones here in
Ireland any longer I switched to Siemens (hate Nokia) but the SL 55
is really not worth it! Stay well clear of this phone.
Reviewed by katy from uk on 21st Sep 2003
ITS A BRILLIANT PHONE! THE LOOKS ARE GREAT AND THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS
TO DO ON IT!
Reviewed by Ellie from England on 17th Sep 2003
This phone is the most gorgeous phone ever. It's small and very attractive.
The features are also ADVERTISED as being fab - but this is FAR FAR
FAR from the truth. Less than 12 hours after having the phone the screen
froze for 10 minutes, and this has continued to happen for the past
2 weeks. The camera is a stupid amount of money, on top of a stupid
amount of money for the actual phone. The ringtones aren't that great.
The games are rubbish. The keys are hard to press. The outer shell gets
scratched VERY easily. The battery life is SOOOO rubbish - it runs out
so quickly. I have had to charge it every night. The manual was rubbish
- it didn't tell me a thing. The signal randomly decides to not work,
even when I am out in the open. One afternoon I desperately needed to
phone home, yet the phone claimed there was no signal. So all in all
the phone is the most gorgeous looking object I have ever seen, and
its weight is wonderful - BUT the features are rubbish. The phone AND
the camera is a total waste of money. WARNING: DON'T BUY THIS PHONE
UNLESS THE ONLY THING YOU ARE AFTER IS THE LOOK!
Reviewed by Paula from England on 17th Sep 2003
I managed to last 3 weeks before i had to take it back and swop for
a nokia. NASTY!!!
Reviewed by Marc Brigginshaw from United Kingdom on
14th Sep 2003
When I saw this phone, I knew it was the one for me. Despite owning
my Ericsson T68i only 8 months, I was desperate for a change. I wanted
a small phone, and this is just that - I have small hands (for a bloke),
but can see why some might find the keys tricky. I find the user interface
a lot friendlier and faster than my old phone - a lot more 'fluid'.
With the software that comes with the phone, I was able to type all
of my address book into my laptop, and transfer the data across via
IR, much faster than typing them all in! And my laptop is coming up
to 5 years old now, so no need for the latest computer. If people want
an integrated camera, buy a bigger phone. I don't intend to get the
camera attachment, but it looks like one of the better ones, with an
integrated flash. Siemens have really thought about this phone, and
deserve credit. For example, if you want to write a new SMS, you can
get straight into it after just one button press. The screen is good
for it's size, and I found the polyphonic ringtones no different to
any other I have heard in quality. Battery life is short, but I am not
a 'heavy' user, so not too bothered - and there are things you can do
to increase it (like turn off vibrate, and reduce brightness). The dictating
machine is a good addition, and the fact that you can put calls on loudspeaker
too. I found WAP browsing very efficient. The 'Wonderful Voyage' feature
is a lovely touch by Siemens, I liked that. This phone suits me down
to the ground, and I give it top marks - but you can't please all of
the poeple time. If you want big screens, integrated cameras, and long-battery
life - buy a bigger phone! I have owned Nokias and an Ericsson before,
but never a Siemens - and now I am converted! Well done Siemens, this
is a work of art, and I was deinitely inspried!
Reviewed by anne from UK on 12th Sep 2003
Gorgeous looking phone... thats about it. sadly i couldnt even make
calls on this phone as i never got a signal, even where i work in the
heart of london. tacky sounds, poor graphics, felt plastic-y, too many
prompts, back of fone was scratched before i even took it out of the
box, screen damged too easily, fone cut out during calls and costs WAY
too much for what it is; a cheap piece of junk in a pretty shell. do
NOT recommend to anyone you will get annoyed with it within hours. siemens
need to take this one back to the drawing board.
Reviewed by Vickie from UK on 8th Sep 2003
I brought the phone because of its looks but I think I've been taught
a valuable lesson on shallowness ... the phone is going back because,
from a practical point of view, it is a dog !! The battery life is very
poor, needing a long charge every day, but that is assuming you can
find a signal strong enough to make a call in the first place !! Genuinely,
the only place I get a full strength signal is my office, but since
I'm a sales rep and on the road most of the time this isn't much help.
And it's for this reason that I'm reverting to Nokia ... I've never
had signal problems like this with a Nokia. Aside from that, the ringtones
for messages supplied with the phone offer nothing more than a raspberry
when a message is received so there's a good chance you will miss new
ones. The phone also has an irritating habit of not displaying who's
calling and then when you open the phone it cuts the person off !! The
accessories are badly designed. The in car charger does nothing more
than keep the phone in operation and would take two days to charges
the battery fully, and the hands free kit only has one ear piece and,
for anyone who's tried it, it can make you feel sick only having noise
in just one ear. All in all, I'm sorry to say that its beautiful design
is not enough to compensate for it's diabolical performance.
Reviewed by Gav from UK on 3rd Sep 2003
took delivery at 10:00am this morning, now on its way back....looks
nice in the pictures, but the build quality is poor...very plastic....user
interface runs slow.....keys too small (but I may have large fingers).
XTDPC runs like a dog if you wanna sync MS Outlook.... on the good side....hhm...thats
gonna be hard to come up with....
Reviewed by sergeantnasty from england on 3rd
Lovely looking phone. Great size. Locks when it's shut so no accidental
calls. Irritating start up. Couldn't get rid of the 'fish' pictures.
Rubbish tones. Awkward software. Not worth paying for. Sent it back..
Reviewed by [TFA]Neo from England on 2nd Sep 2003
Well I don't know! some people want to much I think, I mean you don't
buy a small phone like this if you want all that goes with a large phone,
like bigger screen size and cammera but I have to say an attatchment
to the bottom is a better idea, this is because some places people work
don't alow camera phones, need I say more, makes sense doesn't it and
as it has a flash too much more useful. This phone is very cusomisable
so once you get used to it you can move menus and things to how you
want, the IR data link works well although to do a firmware update it
seems to want to be connected to a COM port on the PC, I'm still looking
into this one though, might just be my setup of IR port. All in all
I'm happy, beats any nokia which have lost their way in recent years
on style and features, shame. Well done Siemens for this one, would
have liked bluetooth but like I said I wanted a small compact phone
and this is most definatly that :)
Reviewed by G from Uk on 31st Aug 2003
Looks great, and promises so much. Sadly it's unable to deliver all
that it promises. Looks wise it's perfect and I'd find it hard to fault
the phone if it was sold at a cheaper price without the pretence that
it could rival other phones on the market in regards to the functions
that it offers, but as it stands it really was a disspaointment. I've
downloaded games and ringtones galore and am sick of seeing the "download
failed" message pop up.
Reviewed by Rachel from England on 26th Aug 2003
After having had this phone for two days it has already got a technical
fault. I really love the look of this phone, however the features are
basic and, as i usually find with Siemens, very far behind technology
wise. The ring tones are quite poor quality for polyphonics and the
screen only features 4096 colours, whereas the majority of phones coming
onto the market at the moment have 65,000 colours, quite a difference.
The attatchable camera has to be bought separately and costs an extra
£60.00, for a new phone i would expect a built-in option. All in all
i am very dissapointed with the phone as a whole, and even though i
love the look of the phone, its poor features far outweigh this.
Reviewed by Esther from Canada on 18th Aug 2003
i like the design of this phone, the rich color of the case, the features
in it such as an attatchable camera with flash, downloadable ring tones
and java games ,speaker phone, voice dial, voice commands etc...the
polyphonic ringtones are nice, an improvement from the single tones
from the previous phones i've owned. i like the proslide tones too.
My bf and i bought 1 for each of us so we would have matching phones
and so that we can show it off :D...the features and menus are easy
for me to understand and use...it doesn't shut off by it self...and
where i am it has pretty good reception...i love the 4096 color display,
some ppl opt for a higher color display, but truthfully, our eyes can't
tell the difference so what's the point?
Reviewed by Karen from Scotland on 11th Aug 2003
I love the look of the phone, and after contacting 02 was able to get
a polyphonic ring tone when they talked me through it. Since then no
joy with the ringtones keep getting in a mess. Tones are disappointing
but really only bought it for the look.
Reviewed by lynne stone from england on 3rd Aug
cant download on it poor show for the money
Reviewed by Lee Andrew from Wales on 3rd Aug 2003
Well what a disapointment this phone was, the looks are to die for but
sadly that's all it has going for it, the ringtones are poor and the
display isn't that nice either it isn't crisp, if it had the screen
of a samsung t100 and the ringtones of the v200 and a camera fitted
to the back, this phone was rock this world, but sadly it doesn't.