Motorola C550 Camera Phone
18th November 2003
Motorola have produced some fine handsets
recently, from the innovative Windows-based MPx200
to the stylish V300
phones, it seemed that Motorola was on a bit of a roll
with their GSM lineup.
But it seems that all is not well in
the Motorola design camp, and the team that produced
the new C550 candy bar format camera phone seemed not
to have been paying attention to their coworkers in
the clamshell department.
There are some good points. The C550
weighs just 94 grams and measures 98x43x19
mm. It has an inbuilt VGA resolution camera with 640x480
pixels and it supports GPRS, MMS, polyphonic ring tones
and predictive text input.
there are plenty of bad points. Firstly, the screen
is only 96x65 pixels which is only 38% of the resolution
of a typical Nokia with 128x128 pixels. Talktime is
a poor 2-3 hours, although standby is a more reasonable
5-9 days. There's no Bluetooth or EDGE support, or camera
flash. Worst of all, Motorola have designed one of the
blandest phones on the market, so it doesn't even look
is a shame, because we know that Motorola can do better.
The V-series clamshells have always been pretty to look
at and technically clever, the A-series 3G phones may
be huge brick like things (like the Motorola
A835) but they are at least technically innovative,
the E-series phones are attractive and feature packed,
and of course the MPx200 is more of a handheld computer
than a phone. Really, the problem has dogged the C-series
Motorola handsets for a while - they are unattractive
and under-specified, but they are at least usually dirt
it's likely that the C550 is pitching for the bottom
end of the market, but the competition is probably the
Siemens MC60 which is
nicer to look at, has more features, better screen
and much longer talktime. The MC60 is lighter than the
C550, but somewhat larger.>
seems that Motorola have missed the mark with the C550,
and come up with an astonishingly dull mobile phone.
We can only hope that the next candy bar phone from
Motorola is up to the standards of their clamshells.