Nokia 6555 Review


The 6555 was very quick to our commands and barely gave us a problem. The website and email were the only problems that we ran into while testing . When checking emails with attachments, about 3 out of 20 emails locked up the phone. The attachments were all picture files, very small too, and this happened at different times.

Reception has been one of Nokia’s strong points and it follows here. There were times where we were in basements but still able to continue our conversations, which is quite remarkable as most phones lost signal there all together.

Sound quality wasn’t as great on the other hand. Most of the time, both parties heard each other just fine, the voices came through clearly and it almost seemed as if they were right next to you, but when it came down to handset to handset talking, the person on the other hand sounded distant and distorted. It happened only occasionally and you could still make out what they’re saying with a little bit of focus. After trying to put the call on hold, change the volume, and even switch to a Bluetooth headset, the only solution was to call the person back.

Volume was up to the task as we had no trouble hearing the conversation. Even the ringer was load so long as it’s not going off in a very loud environment.

Well, all of this would be worthless if the battery couldn’t keep up so how well does it perform? From a full charge on a GSM network, we got 7 hours compared to Nokia’s rating of 5 hours. If you’re on a UMTS network, expect a lot less as it’s rated for only 3 hours and 15 minutes. In our tests, we kept traveling between GSM and UMTS networks and found that the battery lasted for a long time. The standby time is rated for 300 hours so even light to moderate users shouldn’t have to worry.


So, is the 6555 a great multipurpose phone at the end? Well, yes. Okay, so it may not get any awards or attract you from that iPhone or BlackBerry but that’s not what its goal is. The 6555 is there to get you through the day and still provide you with plenty of features in case you find yourself without say your MP3 player, internet connection, or camera. When you consider its price low price, the deal seems that much better.


  • Plenty of features to get you through the day
  • Long battery life
  • Good quality pictures considering the spec of the camera


  • Web browsing is very lacking
  • Location of microSD slot
  • Some sound issues

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1. unregistered

I have had the phone about a week and love it (that is comng from someone that changes phones like some do shoses) I have not used the internet or music features but found it to be great as far as texing, call quality and reception.

2. Jon Stafford unregistered

I dislike this phone intensely. Despite the fact that it is a flip phone, the keyboard locks when it is closed, and there is a delay before it unlocks upon opening it. So you can't just flip it open and start dialing -- you always have to wait. Similarly, I have found that you have to wait a tick upon answering it before you say "hello" or the person at the other end won't hear you. You have to scroll through multiple screens to put it in silent mode -- a major irritant when going to movies, etc. When IN silent mode, there is no beep to tell you when the call has been dropped, leading to many instances of my chattering away, only to find that there is no one there. The exterior screen has a very long delay before going black after closing the phone, which on many occasions has led me to believe that I had a message when I did not. Finally, the smooth, glassy surfaces of the casing attract grease and fingerprints like a polished grand paino in a household of toddlers. It always looks dirty. All in all, a disappointing phone.

5. unregistered

To put the phone in silent mode, all you have to do is press and hold the pound key.

3. Clarence unregistered

I haven't owned many phones so I can't say how many of them give you a "one button push" silent mode. I know My Motorolla v3xx doesn't. It does, however, have a one button push for vibrate mode - just like this phone. Is that what you meant Jon? Maybe not. If it is on silent mode, why would any phone make an audible beep to let you know you missed a call? It's SILENT. If you place it in vibrate mode, at least you know when someone is calling you. I don't even own this phone - yet, but I know it has a one button vibrate mode just by looking at the photos of the keypad supplied by this review. There's probably many other things this phone can do if one takes the trouble to read the user manual.

4. Shoe unregistered

Ptt button sucks. Every time I pull my phone out of my pocket, there is a screen asking me if I want to use PTT and that charges will apply. There is no way to disable this button and no, I don't want to lock my keypad. This is a terrible design flaw.

6. unregistered

Any ptt phone has the button on the side. Maybe that is something you should ask about before you buy the phone.

7. JubJub unregistered

You should still be able to reassign the button?
  • Display 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 1.3 MP
  • Storage 0.03GB
  • Battery 1020 mAh(3.23h 3G talk time)

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