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Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review

Samsung Shark 2 S5550

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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.

Home screen - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
Main menu - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
Creating themes - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review

Home screen

Main menu

 

Creating themes



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.

Palringo - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
The browser of the Samsung Shark 2 S5550 - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
The browser of the Samsung Shark 2 S5550 - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
The browser of the Samsung Shark 2 S5550 - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review


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.

Camera interface - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review

Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Shark 2 S5550 - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Shark 2 S5550 - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Shark 2 S5550 - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Shark 2 S5550 - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Shark 2 S5550 - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Shark 2 S5550 - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Shark 2 S5550 - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Shark 2 S5550 - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review

Strong light - Indoor pictures with flash - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
Medium light - Indoor pictures with flash - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
Low light - Indoor pictures with flash - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
Darkness - Indoor pictures with flash - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Darkness



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.

Music player - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
Music player - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
Music player - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review


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.


Video playback - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review
Video playback - Samsung Shark 2 S5550 Review


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PhoneArena rating:
8.2Good
Display2.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (182 ppi) AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Size4.01 x 1.92 x 0.58 inches
(101.8 x 48.8 x 14.8 mm)
3.49 oz  (99 g)
Battery960 mAh, 11.7 hours talk time

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