Siemens A55 Review – Internet Enabled Mobile Phone

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Siemens A55 Review: The Siemens A55 was released in 2003 and was a successor to the very similar Siemens A50. This was a quick refresh of the series as that phone had only been out a few months. During this timescale there had been several Siemens phones released at this level. Most of them showed the evolution that started with the Siemens C45: more friendly phone shapes and changeable covers.

The Siemens A55 was definitely more of a budget phone. Colour screens had already come in by this point, and Siemens had other colour devices such as the Siemens M55. The Siemens SL55 also appealed to the top end of the market which updated on the SL45. This phone featured not only a colour screen but an excellent slide design which put the phone on an incredibly small footprint.

By contrast, the A55 only provided a modest upgrade to those seen before it. There is very little change to the software or its features, but the phone has impressively shrunk in both height and weight.

Full specifications here.

The A-series split its ways after this. The Siemens A52 was related to this phone, but was skewed towards the budget side. It retained the look but lost the web browser. The Siemens A60 was an upgrade and the first in this family to offer a colour screen.

 

Siemens A55 Review Pros:

  • The phone shape was further refined over the Siemens A50. It was a similar style, but had lost around 10% in size and weight.
  • Common components such as the battery and handsfree kits make upgrading from an earlier model much easier.
  • A rudimentary WAP browser is on the phone. This is useful for sites that have WAP, although text only is displayed.
  • The A55 improves on the A50 by adding a loudspeaker for calls.

Siemens A55 Review Cons:

  • The screen was not improved on this phone, which featured the same size and resolution as previous models.
  • The memory on the device was low and translated into just 50 phonebook entries and 25 text messages being able to be stored at one go – not enough for the regular user.
  • There was little in the way of data transfer and no infrared port.
  • The operating system was a little less useful than the Nokia standard one and lacked apps such as a torch or radio.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects

Many of these Siemens phones exist of this vintage and many are similar in look. In some ways, this puts a downer on the price, but this ignores that many of these phones are solid and extremely durable. They should keep working long into the future.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

Siemens A55 Disassembly Guide

If you are interested in taking apart the Siemens A55 for repair purposes, here is a useful link.

Siemens A55 Video Review

Here is a video review of the Siemens A55, which shows the main features:

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