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Samsung SCH-U550 Review

Samsung SCH-U550

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Samsung SCH-U550 Review
The Reception and Voice Quality of the U550 is quite good and equal to that of both the Gleam and FlipShot. When comparing the U550 to the VX8350, it produced the cleanest sounding and most “pleasing” voice quality through the earpiece speaker, without any background noise or interference. People that we called on a landline also agreed that the U550 produced good sound quality, with our voice being clear and lacking any interference. Also, the reception was better than that of the VX8350 and could be used to place and receive more calls while in fringe areas. Despite the this being an entry-level phone, and at a lower price than the Gleam and FlipShot, we are pleased that Samsung did not “cut corners” in regards to its reception and voice quality, since we believe those two features are the most important. The Speakerphone uses the mono speaker located in the back, which means it’s not as loud as some other phones, but it is also distortion free, even at high volumes.

Accessing any of the downloaded applications is easy and there is very little delay in opening them up. We also did not encounter the random re-boot problem that happened a few times while we were testing the Gleam. The User Interface is fast, regardless of which theme and layout we chose. The U550 only comes with 25MB of internal memory, and 8MB of that is used out of the box, leaving only 17MB of free memory to the user. Thankfully, the phone can support microSDHC cards up to 8GB in size, which provides plenty of space for storing pictures and MP3 files.

The included 800mAh battery is rated by Samsung to have 3.5 hours of talk time or 8 days of standby time on a full charge. Our testing showed that the U550 and Gleam both get 3 hours of talk time or 4 days of standby time on a full charge.


Even though the Samsung U550 isn’t a major upgrade from the U540, we believe that for an entry-level device, it is overall a better phone than the LG VX8350. Both the call quality and reception were excellent, and equal to that of phones costing much more. Not to mention that U550 has a better build quality and overall feels more durable than the VX8350. We also like the color scheme more than the Gleam, since its not as shiny, but it does give up a few extra features. We highly recommend the Samsung U550 for anyone that is looking for a no frills cell phone, while staying on a budget, and without sacrificing call quality.


  • Excellent call quality and signal reception
  • Can use up to 8GB microSDHC memory cards
  • Customizable pastel theme
  • Bluetooth music support


  • Small external display
  • Mono speaker
  • WAP Browser has problems displaying large HTML sites
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Display2.1 inches, 176 x 220 pixels (134 ppi) TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size3.77 x 1.93 x 0.64 inches
(95 x 49 x 16 mm)
3.35 oz  (95 g)
Battery800 mAh, 3.53 hours talk time

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