Samsung I550/i550w Review: Low-key All-in-one: Camera, Connectivity, Web Browser

By 04:12 Sun, 08 Aug 2021 Comments


Camera lacks in user-friendliness

The fact that Samsung i550 is supposed to be a business device has had a somewhat negative impact on the camera. For one, the lack of a two-step shutter key is quite a disappointment. It makes shooting with the autofocus capturing camera rather unnatural and makes achieving fine results harder.

The capturing camera interface isn't the most user-friendly we have seen either. The number of available features number is but moderate. White balance and effects are included and so are flash settings and self-timer. There are also three image quality options - basic, normal and high and that completes the list of options worth mentioning. You should bear in mind that the Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash is rather inadequate so usable pictures in low light conditions are not very likely to achieve with Samsung i550.







Camera user interface

At least the picture quality is on the positive side. Color rendering is precise and the detail levels are very good. The noise levels are acceptable even with not the best lighting. The image processing algorithm is also very fine and there isn't much detail loss due to noise reduction. All in all, it is on the better side of 3 megapixel shooters. We would have really liked it if it wasn't for the lack of two-step shutter key and the speed. The capturing camera of Samsung i550 is rather slow, taking about 5 seconds to hold a photo after you press the shutter key. Our guess is that a part of the reason is that the auto focus isn't the snappiest around and that really takes its toll.

Here are the sample images so you can see how Samsung i550 performs.

Samsung i550 capturing camera samples








As far as video recoding is concerned, the Samsung i550 is only able to manage QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution. Videos have a frame rate of 15fps and are saved in 3gp format. This means that most of the videos taken with the i550 will turn out useless but some exceptions might be expected. However we cannot assist ourselves but feel that Samsung i550 capturing camera and video are only a small short of being just great. Too poor the Samsung R&D team saved themselves the effort.

Check out the Samsung i550 sample video and judge for yourselves.

Connectivity at its best

Regarding connectivity, Samsung i550 is among the most tempting offers around. Well, we mean the i550w version only. We haven't yet come around to saying this but now might just be the correct time: we cannot see any point in purchasing the version without WLAN. After all, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) is among the make-or-break smartphone features.

But first thing first - let's start with the wired connectivity capabilities of Samsung i550. The Universal Serial Bus (USB) connectivity is truly seamless, as with any other Symbian device. You can set a default profile when a cable is connected or you'll be prompted every time.

"...The fact that Samsung i550 is supposed to be a business device has had a somewhat negative impact on the camera. For one, the lack of a two-step shutter key is quite a disappointment. It makes shooting with the autofocus capturing camera rather unnatural and makes achieving fine results harder..."

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