Samsung Shark 2 S5550 ReviewSamsung Shark 2 S5550 8.2
We weren’t fascinated to find out that the Samsung Shark 2 S5550 has the same interface that’s been on non-touch feature phones of the manufacturer for quite some time now. You can personalize it to an extent by choosing different themes (or creating yours with the built-in theme creator) and it works fast, but it is just the same old experience we’ve been seeing over and over again. It would have been great to see a few innovations introduced, but alas, nothing has been changed.
We were disappointed with the lack of additional applications on the Samsung Shark 2 S5550 too. Palringo is on board to handle your IM needs, but there are no social networking apps. There are just shortcuts to Facebook’s, Twitter’s and MySpace’s mobile sites on the homescreen. And since real third party social applications would hardly run smoothly on the Shark 2, we feel users will be better off with the mobile sites anyway. While we are on the topic of mobile sites, we should say the Access-powered browser is good enough for a quick Google search every now and then, or a Wikipedia look-up, but if you plan on loading more complex sites, better look elsewhere. It is too slow and navigation is a pain in the neck.
A crucial factor for the Samsung Shark 2 S5550’s value is the performance of its 5-megapixel autofocus camera. We are perfectly fine with the outdoor shots we took with the camera. They have good amount of detail and look very realistic. We also managed to snap some good ones when indoors. Naturally, as lighting conditions get worse, the photos become blurrier and noisier. We’re glad that the LED flash does a good job to provide enough light in darker and even pitch black places. If the shooter didn’t live up to its specs, the Shark 2 would have sunk like a stone with no feature to justify its price. Fortunately, it’s good enough.
Video recording gets done in QVGA resolution, which means not much detail, but at least the FPS is pretty high at 30. Sound is rather muffled though, so the final result is a mix of goods and bads.
Samsung Shark 2 S5550 sample video at 320x240 pixels resolution.
The music player is the same old one, so we hoped to at least hear some sweet tunes through the headset from the box. No luck here, as it’s a bit on the sharper side, with no decent bass to balance it out. This doesn’t mean listening to music is an unpleasant experience though. The loudspeaker on the other hand performs nice, with no crackling and good power.
You can watch MPEG-4 videos with resolution of 320x240 pixels on the Shark 2’s AMOLED screen and as long as you do not exceed that resolution, playback will be smooth. Actually, if you exceed it, there won’t be video playback at all.
1. George Angeludis (unregistered)
I have the Arena KM900 from LG which I want to sell after buying this one. Believe it or not this one, out takes the double in price Arena. The browser is a lot faster than the one on the Arena. The only thing left me wonder for the time being is that after the first charging the battery last for one day. I was surfing, copying files, having the bluetooth on from time to time, playing games while listening to radio etc but I thought it would last some time more. The one main disadvantage of the Arena was the battery and I don't see this one to have as long battery life as they say. owever in contrary with what been said I find the call quality very good with no problems whatsoever.
3. 82 yr old user (unregistered)
I am trying to turn the key tone sound off on this phone - Samsung S5550 - cannot figure it out. Please help!!!
4. 82 yr old user (unregistered)
Sorry, I can answer my own quesion - you just turn the volume down while in idle mode... crazy feaature of Samsung, but anyway. Spent an hour figuring this out - eish.