Microsoft Lumia 550 Review: Low-Five: Display In Detail And Battery Life

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Display

The Nokia Lumia 550 employs a 4" Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) classy screen with 720 x 1280 resolution. This works out a pixel density of 315ppi, which brings the Lumia 550 in the Retina display territory of the iPhone 6s (326ppi) and indeed it's visually quite sharp - we couldn't wish for more in this price bracket.

Here's a microscopic image of the screen's RGB matrix - it does come with a standard pixel arrangement.


Text and images render smoothly and even small fonts are fairly readable. Colors are nice and punchy and viewing angles are quite decent too. There's only small color and contrast loss even if you see at it at an extreme angle.

The Microsoft Lumia 550 has excellent maximum brightness of 546nits. The contrast is about average based on all phones we have tested, but it’s certainly very fine for the price range.

In terms of color accuracy, the Lumia 550 Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) classy screen is clearly not color calibrated (Avg. DeltaE 5.2) but we’ve seen worse even from flagship phones. Even better, you can work with the provided Color Profile setting to adjust the output by making it warmer and slightly less saturated and you would acquire a much more accurate result (Avg. DeltaE 3.4). Going to a warmer color representation however would bring the maximum brightness down to about 505nits.

Display test

50% brightness

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Microsoft Lumia 550 0.21 203 958 0.57 546 963

Microsoft Lumia 950 0.00 105 ∞ 0.00 328 ∞

Samsung Galaxy J2 0.00 177 ∞ 0.00 346 ∞

Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor - - - 0.00 480 ∞

HTC One A9 - 110 ∞ - 366 ∞

LG Nexus 5 0.31 298 948 0.54 526 967

LG Nexus 5X 0.17 236 1430 0.30 455 1542

LG G4 0.09 108 1240 0.43 532 1238

Apple iPhone 6s 0.10 148 1542 0.36 536 1481

The smartphone did fairly okay in our sunlight legibility test, the classy screen is a bit reflective, but crank up the brightness and it is usable outdoors in a colorful sunny day.

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Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Nokia 808 PureView

    4.698

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    4.615

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    4.485

  • HTC One A9

    4.274

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

    4.241

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

    4.124

  • Samsung Galaxy S6

    4.124

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    4.09

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4

    4.033

  • Apple iPhone 5

    3.997

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    3.997

  • OnePlus X

    3.983

  • Oppo R7s

    3.964

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    3.895

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor

    3.879

  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor

    3.873

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    3.859

  • Apple iPhone 6

    3.838

  • Microsoft Lumia 950XL

    3.837

  • Motorola Moto X (2014)

    3.816

  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

    3.799

  • Apple iPhone 6s

    3.783

  • Meizu Pro 5

    3.781

  • Vivo X5Pro

    3.706

  • Samsung Galaxy A7

    3.679

  • Oppo R5

    3.678

  • Samsung Galaxy K zoom

    3.675

  • BlackBerry Priv

    3.645

  • Nokia Lumia 930

    3.567

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    3.565

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    3.549

  • Nokia Lumia 735

    3.547

  • Motorola Nexus 6

    3.543

  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus

    3.53

  • Alcatel Idol X+

    3.527

  • Apple iPhone 5c

    3.512

  • Microsoft Lumia 950

    3.512

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    3.509

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    3.499

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    3.487

  • vivo X5Max

    3.472

  • LG G Flex2

    3.465

  • YotaPhone 2

    3.453

  • Samsung Galaxy J7

    3.422

  • Motorola RAZR MAXX

    3.42

  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III

    3.419

  • Meizu MX5

    3.416

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

    3.406

  • Nokia Lumia 925

    3.402

  • Gionee Elife S5.5

    3.386

  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4

    3.352

  • Oppo R7

    3.32

  • Samsung Omnia W

    3.301

  • Samsung Galaxy J2

    3.235

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    3.222

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    3.174

  • Samsung I9000 Galaxy S

    3.155

  • Samsung Ativ S

    3.129

  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini

    3.127

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom

    3.118

  • LG Nexus 5X

    3.092

  • Huawei Mate S

    3.073

  • Nokia N9

    3.069

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

    3.065

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus

    3.023

  • Samsung Galaxy Note

    2.97

  • Samsung Galaxy Premier

    2.958

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    2.95

  • HTC One S

    2.901

  • Lenovo S90 Sisley

    2.892

  • Sony Xperia Z5

    2.876

  • Samsung I8730 Galaxy Express

    2.861

  • BlackBerry Q10

    2.856

  • Microsoft Lumia 550

    2.851

  • Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II

    2.832

  • Sony Xperia Z3+

    2.824

  • HTC Desire Eye

    2.815

  • Gionee Elife S5.1

    2.812

  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus

    2.801

  • BlackBerry Z30

    2.79

  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact

    2.784

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    2.765

  • LG V10

    2.744

  • Sony Xperia M5

    2.69

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    2.672

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P1

    2.655

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    2.641

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    2.618

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    2.616

  • Sony Xperia T3

    2.609

  • BlackBerry Passport

    2.595

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    2.574

  • Microsoft Lumia 640

    2.563

  • Nokia Lumia 900

    2.562

  • Motorola Moto G 4G

    2.546

  • HTC One Max

    2.537

  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

    2.525

  • Nokia Lumia 720

    2.512

  • HTC One

    2.504

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    2.503

  • Motorola Moto G

    2.477

  • vivo Xshot

    2.465

  • Sony Xperia Z

    2.462

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    2.424

  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini

    2.422

  • Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro

    2.416

  • LG G Flex

    2.407

  • Huawei Honor 7

    2.406

  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo

    2.382

  • HTC Desire 820

    2.372

  • HTC One (M8)

    2.371

  • Motorola RAZR i

    2.366

  • Meizu MX4

    2.366

  • Meizu m1 note

    2.362

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    2.352

  • HTC One M9

    2.334

  • LG G4

    2.317

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II

    2.307

  • HTC One E9+

    2.305

  • HTC One (M8) for Windows

    2.291

  • Oppo R1x

    2.281

  • Oppo Find 7a

    2.279

  • Alcatel One Touch Hero

    2.272

  • Apple iPhone 4S

    2.269

  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim

    2.262

  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

    2.253

  • Nokia Asha 311

    2.25

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    2.235

  • Xiaomi Mi Note

    2.234

  • Motorola Moto G (2014)

    2.233

  • LG Nexus 5

    2.228

  • Huawei P8

    2.196

  • Nokia Lumia 820

    2.193

  • HTC One (E8)

    2.185

  • Oppo N3

    2.181

  • Nokia Lumia 920

    2.17

  • Huawei Honor 6

    2.169

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    2.166

  • OnePlus Two

    2.165

  • HTC One X

    2.158

  • Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML

    2.149

  • LG Aka

    2.145

  • Nokia N8

    2.144

  • Nokia Lumia 620

    2.142

  • Nokia 515

    2.134

  • Archos 50 Diamond

    2.134

  • HTC Desire 500

    2.129

  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual

    2.12

  • Sony Xperia acro S

    2.119

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    2.119

  • Nokia Lumia 1020

    2.103

  • Oppo Find 5

    2.088

  • Huawei P8lite

    2.078

  • Sony Xperia SL

    2.078

  • Nokia Lumia 630

    2.056

  • BlackBerry Z10

    2.051

  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual

    2.026

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    2.024

  • Samsung I9295 Galaxy S4 Active

    2.022

  • Apple iPhone 4

    2.016

  • HTC One mini

    2.003

  • Xiaomi Mi 3

    2.001

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    1.992

  • LG G2

    1.976

  • Sony Xperia E4g

    1.972

  • OnePlus One

    1.961

  • Oppo R819

    1.957

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia ray

    1.955

  • Lenovo Vibe X2

    1.952

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    1.944

  • Sony Xperia E3

    1.943

  • Nokia Lumia 1320

    1.941

  • HTC One mini 2

    1.94

  • Samsung Galaxy Camera

    1.938

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime

    1.935

  • Sony Xperia J

    1.932

  • Acer CloudMobile S500

    1.931

  • ZTE Blade S6

    1.927

  • LG Nexus 4

    1.926

  • LG G Pro 2

    1.922

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

    1.913

  • Nokia Asha 308

    1.911

  • HTC Butterfly 2

    1.905

  • Sony Xperia T

    1.894

  • Meizu m2 note

    1.892

  • BlackBerry Leap

    1.892

  • Nokia Lumia 830

    1.887

  • HTC Desire X

    1.878

  • HTC Butterfly

    1.873

  • HTC Windows Phone 8X

    1.873

  • HTC Butterfly S

    1.867

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6

    1.865

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate

    1.845

  • LG G2 mini

    1.838

  • LG G3

    1.82

  • Nokia Lumia 1520

    1.813

  • HTC Desire 616 dual sim

    1.797

  • Sony Xperia V

    1.792

  • HTC Desire 816

    1.783

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    1.772

  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim

    1.769

  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini

    1.759

  • Sony Xperia U

    1.758

  • Meizu MX3

    1.754

  • LG Optimus G

    1.753

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    1.74

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

    1.735

  • Acer Liquid Jade S

    1.734

  • Sony Xperia SP

    1.733

  • LG Optimus 4X HD

    1.691

  • Oppo Find 7

    1.691

  • HTC One V

    1.685

  • BlackBerry Q5

    1.682

  • Asus Zenfone Selfie

    1.68

  • LG Optimus Vu

    1.68

  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)

    1.675

  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9

    1.672

  • LG Optimus GJ

    1.666

  • ZTE Nubia Z9

    1.659

  • LG Optimus 3D Max

    1.658

  • HTC Desire V

    1.646

  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2

    1.632

  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

    1.622

  • Microsoft Lumia 532

    1.615

  • Jolla Jolla

    1.605

  • Microsoft Lumia 435

    1.598

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    1.578

  • Sony Xperia go

    1.577

  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160

    1.566

  • Samsung Galaxy Core

    1.563

  • LG Optimus G Pro

    1.552

  • Motorola Moto E

    1.545

  • LG Optimus 3D

    1.542

  • Nokia Asha 302

    1.537

  • Samsung Galaxy Core Prime

    1.507

  • BlackBerry Curve 9320

    1.488

  • Sony Xperia M

    1.473

  • Oppo N1

    1.47

  • Sony Xperia E4

    1.467

  • Meizu MX 4-core

    1.462

  • Nokia Lumia 610

    1.432

  • Samsung Galaxy S Duos

    1.4

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo

    1.393

  • Sony Xperia M2

    1.393

  • Microsoft Lumia 535

    1.393

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

    1.38

  • Sony Xperia E1

    1.372

  • Nokia Lumia 625

    1.371

  • Gigabyte GSmart G1355

    1.361

  • Sony Xperia L

    1.351

  • Xiaomi Redmi 1S

    1.35

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8

    1.35

  • HTC Desire 510

    1.34

  • Sony Xperia M2 Aqua

    1.331

  • Sony Xperia miro

    1.324

  • Samsung I9082 Galaxy Grand

    1.321

  • Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam

    1.315

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2

    1.311

  • HTC Desire C

    1.3

  • Nokia X

    1.291

  • Sony Xperia C

    1.283

  • Nokia Asha 503

    1.281

  • Nokia Asha 501

    1.27

  • LG Optimus L7

    1.269

  • Nokia Lumia 510

    1.268

  • Samsung Galaxy Fame

    1.245

  • LG Optimus L9

    1.227

  • Meizu MX

    1.221

  • Samsung Galaxy Young

    1.22

  • Sony Xperia E

    1.215

  • Nokia XL

    1.204

  • Sony Xperia E dual

    1.203

  • Asus Memo Pad 7 ME176C

    1.198

  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket

    1.18

  • Nokia Asha 305

    1.178

  • Nokia Asha 306

    1.175

  • Sony Xperia neo L

    1.169

  • Sony Xperia tipo

    1.166

  • Nokia Lumia 520

    1.161

  • Samsung S6802 Galaxy Ace Duos

    1.148

  • Samsung Galaxy mini 2

    1.114

Microsoft Lumia 550 battery life

The Lumia 550 is equipped with a 2100 mAh Li-Ion battery and the manufacturers promises some nice battery life numbers such as 670h+ standby battery life and up to 14h of talk time.

In our test, however, the Microsoft Lumia 550 managed an endurance rating of 42 hours. We were quite disappointed from the phone's video playback results of a nudge over 5 hours. It's vital to note that at 50% brightness, the phone's display outputs 200 nits of brightness, which is relatively higher than recent phones we tested.

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Make note that our proprietary score also includes a standby battery draw test, which is not featured in our test scorecard but is calculated in the total endurance rating.

The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.


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