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★★★★☆

“Overall the Orange SPV C550 is a good solid mobile...”

Written on: 13/02/2006 by pablo995 (4 reviews written)

Good Points
Wonderful large colour screen, great sound with MP3 playback, Windows Mobile operating system.

Bad Points
Battery life, keypad, other headphones need adaptor (supplied).

General Comments
Overall the Orange SPV C550 is a good solid mobile phone with a truly wonderful screen, good stereo sound, decent camera and a large 512mb storage card for music. Supplied PC software is easy to install and use, no problems at all downloading music using Windows Media Player sync. However, there are some flaws to be aware of...Firstly, a standby time of only about 60 hours with minimal usage as opposed to claims of up to 250 in the handbook; not very impressive when compared to most phones these days. The individual keys are not flat so any serious texting is a nightmare and very frustrating; amazing it went to production like that. To use any standard headphones you need to use the supplied adaptor which seems a bit daft as they could have simply used the larger jack input. The charger socket/headphone cover flap on bottom of phone isn't removable and gets in the way when open (which is quite often if you listen to music a lot). Still, I do prefer it to the Sony Ericsson 800i Walkman phone which is truly awful.