More Siemens SL55 pics (pimp phone)..and review

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  1. Fast GTI

    Fast GTI New Member

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    I'm bored so I pulled this off howardchui

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    Last year's most interesting looking phone was the Motorola v70. However once people got past the unique design they realized the v70 didn't have the greatest feature set. It had limited data options, no games, a tiny screen, no polyphonic ringtones, poor battery life, etc. This year, one of the most interesting looking phones is the Siemens SL55 with it's sliding design ... however unlike the v70, the SL55 has a strong feature set to boot.

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    When the SL55 is closed it's very short and compact.
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    The SL55 has a 101 x 80 pixel 12 bit LCD screen which is noticeably brighter and more pleasing to the eye than the S55's screen.

    One thing that worries me is that the bottom right corner of the SL55 screen distorts whenever you open or close the slide.

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    The SL55's most interesting feature is its keypad which slides out from underneath the screen.

    There are 4 buttons plus a 4 way directional pad on the face of the phone along with 12 buttons on the slide and volume up/down buttons on the left side.

    The keys on the numeric keypad are all raised slightly which makes them easy to find. The only problem I had with them is that the top keys are too close to the bottom edge of the face which makes them difficult to press if you have fingernails. Check my picture out to see what I mean.

    There is a voice recorder button located on the left side of the phone along with volume up and down buttons. Pressing up allows you to quickly switch profiles while pressing and holding down will activate voice dialing.

    From the standby screen you can activate the voice recorder by pressing the button on the right of the phone. You can actually start recording by pressing and holding it. Pressing down on the volume button allows you to change profiles quickly while pressing up will activate the voice activated dialing. Pressing right on the navigation pad will bring you to the menu, down will bring you to the phone book while pressing left will take you to the GPRS data usage.

    The S55 has T9 predictive text entry with a user expandable dictionary.

    Data Connectivity:

    The SL55 can be connected to your computer using a data cable or infrared port. The SL55 ships with software to allow you to use it as a modem with your Windows computer.

    Miscellaneous:

    There is a built-in speakerphone. You can activate it, after you place your call.

    The SL55 I tested had software version 09 dated 2003-05-12 variant A 802.


    Performance:

    Both incoming and outgoing sound quality are quite good. People's voices are clear and natural sounding with no harshness. In a quiet room the SL55's earpiece doesn't seem very loud, however when there is a lot of background noise the SL55 will boost the volume to the earpiece even if it's already at the maximum volume. The speaker phone volume is about average.

    RF performance was about average. It's not bad but it definitely isn't up to the level of the Nokia 3650, 6310i or 3595 but it is slightly better than say the Sony Ericsson T68i.


    Conclusion:

    There are few phones that have as interesting a style and design as the SL55. However the beauty doesn't come without brains, from a feature standpoint the SL55 holds it's own when compared with most other currently available phones. The only catch is that the SL55 is fairly expensive compared to other similarly featured phones. It's really a case of paying for style.

    Business users

    3.0

    Business users will like the triband support, IrDA port, email client, voice recorder and speaker phone. Unfortunately there is no Bluetooth and no PIM synchronization out of the box.

    Gadget freaks

    3.0

    While not exactly featureless the SL55 lacks some features found on other phones like a built in camera, Bluetooth and more memory for java games.

    Budget conscious users

    1.0

    At the time of of this review's writing the SL55 was priced at around $500 USD. Enough said.

    Fashion conscious/customization

    4.0

    While you can't change the SL55's cover it's all about style. It's one of the few phones out there that has a keypad that slides out and is arguably the best looking out of the them.


    Pros:

    slide is very eye catching
    good sound quality
    phone has a very nice file system
    nice phone book
    picture caller ID
    J2ME
    built in email client
    alarm clock
    calculator
    stop watch
    count down
    voice recorder


    Cons:

    screen is relatively small
    screen distorts when slide is opened
    RF performance is only average
    included ringtones aren't that loud
     
  2. quikkstylez

    quikkstylez i am not asian.

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    thats fuckin badass
     
  3. quikkstylez

    quikkstylez i am not asian.

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    how much would one of those cost?
     
  4. frankelefritzsux

    frankelefritzsux OT is a mental disorder OT Supporter

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    who fuckin cares. a phone is meant to be used to call people.
     
  5. quikkstylez

    quikkstylez i am not asian.

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    and this phone would be used for?
     
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    Mecca I'm a Baller i got Balls.

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    time to go on a 5 finger run
     
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    I want one :o

    My phone is just as small though...hehe panasonic g55 :hs:

    but the semens is soooo nice
     
  9. Fast GTI

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    way expensive...$500...

    but i'm sure they'll offer rebates n shit
     
  10. TheMustafa

    TheMustafa hook 'em

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    why are they using mercedes model names and numbers
     
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    ahaha you wrote semens :rofl:
     
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    Atmosphere PURPLE DREAM

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    I'd probably lose it in my pockets or something.



    I have baggy pants :hs:
     
  13. quikkstylez

    quikkstylez i am not asian.

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  14. Hisma

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    looks sleak, but $500 for a phone??
     
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    Phil02E46 mystash.org

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    :cool: too much imo though :dunno:
     

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