Samsung Galaxy 551 Review: Value Line: Conclusion

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Final words

After a number of CDirect Memory Access (DMA) QWERTY messengers deployed stateside, Samsung’s intentions are clear – continue to serve an underserved niche. There’s nothing particularly exciting about the Galaxy 551 in terms of styling or features but Samsung’s first QWERTY messenger droid to work on European networks won’t suffer from lack of attention.

An affordable smart messenger will be a remarkable option to consider for many current feature phone users. The Galaxy 551 opens the door to the exciting world of Android and you don’t have to wait to acquire Froyo. With a complete connectivity package (Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) N, HSPA, GPS) and a remarkable QWERTY keyboard, it’s a whole recent level of performance.

As usual, the recent territory is duly signposted: some are quick to frown at the TouchWiz user interface but it does assist brand-loyal users feel at home. There are small but vital novelties here - such as the recent and improved task manager and upgraded notification area with rotation lock.

The Galaxy 551 enjoys access to both the Android Market and the Samsung Apps repository. The WQVideo Graphics Array (VGA) classy screen resolution won’t let you fully tap the Market’s potential, but the handset wasn’t meant to be the ultimate multimedia device in the first place. On the other hand, Samsung will surely offer some free apps and updates through its own service.

Currently the Galaxy 551 costs about 230 euro, which certainly is a competitive launch price. The competition is there but we guess that Froyo will create the incompatibility where necessary.

Let’s see at the rivals in ascending order. One of the cheapest Android messengers to find is the LG GW620. It’s a nicely built smartphone with a fine enough QWERTY keyboard but runs the already obsolete Android 1.5 Cupcake. If budacquire is of utmost concern, you may have yourself a deal for about 160 euro.

LG GW620

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 mini pro currently costs less than the Galaxy 551 too. The smallest of QWERTY messengers runs Android 2.1. It will easily match the Galaxy 551 performance and is more compact and personalized. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 mini pro

Another couple of QWERTY Droids will offer brecent design and a customized interface for about 200 euro. The Motorola BACKFLIP has a one of a kind reverse flip QWERTY keyboard, but runs the outdated Android 1.5. It only makes sense in the US where the Eclair 2.1 update is already available. The eccentric Moto FLIPOUT is running Android 2.1 Eclair – it’s small in size but social and with an ear for music.

Motorola BACKFLIP • Motorola FLIPOUT

Motorola’s first Android phone – the original MILESTONE – is about to acquire its Froyo update. And it has been getting cheaper. It’s still a tempting package with a gigantic and high-res screen, superior imaging, the complimentary 8GB memory card and metal on the body. The MILESTONE still sounds a remarkable deal. Let’s just hope Motorola haged their promise and finally release that Froyo update.


The Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro costs the same as the Galaxy 551, but recent Symbian inside puts a gigantic question imprint on the whole thing. Solid imaging and media are something you can’t hold away from it though.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro

Back to the Samsung Galaxy 551, it seems priced correct and ready to hold on a market where most of the competition is aging. It is not a phone to acquire excited about – but you’d be wise to haged an eye on it. With the correct kind of support from carriers, it might be a smart buy. Whether or not it’s your first smartphone buy.



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