Siemens A52 Review: The Siemens A52 was released in 2003 and reflected the success Siemens had with its A50 handset released a year earlier. This had managed to make a name for itself in the markets and strongly emulated the success of Nokia by appealing to younger segments. The phone featured exchangeable covers and on-board games, features which were popular at the time.
The upgrade path was thus extremely gentle. The Siemens A55 was released at the start of 2003 and was pretty much an identical phone. Build-wise it offered an improvement as the handset was smaller and lighter without compromising the size of the screen. The Siemens A52 was released at the end of 2003 and was pretty much along the same lines. We can guess that the reduction in number reflected that the mobile markets moved quickly. Thus, the A52 had a much lower market positioning.
With colour screens coming in at this time, the A52 was thus relegated into a lower to mid-range market. The phone was pretty much identical in look to the A50, but came in a smaller size and at a smaller price point.
Siemens were onto a winner at this point and the majority of their handsets were similar in design. The colour screen feature would soon hit, and the next phone in the A-Series was the Siemens A60. This did feature a colour screen while keeping a similar design.
Siemens A52 Review Pros:
- The design of the phone was improved over the A50 with a 10% reduction in weight and also becoming slightly slimmer.
- The phone retained the popular features such as the changeable covers. Additionally the phone added a loudspeaker function.
- Sensibly, the handset retained a common dual handsfree/charger port. This made it easy for those upgrading from a previous handset.
- The battery gained an upgrade and now featured slightly longer talktime and standby times.
Siemens A52 Review Cons:
- The phone screen did not change in either size or resolution and was the same as the A50.
- Memory was limited on this model, which resulted in a rather low 25 message memory capacity.
- Unlike other competitor models, the phone did not support WAP or have a browser.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects
Many of these Siemens phones of this era looked similar, and it is difficult to tell them apart on first glance. They also are fairly cheap to purchase and do not have a strong demand. With plenty of common spare parts between them it may be that the components of the phone are worth more separated out.
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Siemens A52 Disassembly Guide
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Siemens A52 Video Review
Here is a video review of the Siemens A52 which showcases all its best features: