Samsung Galaxy 551

The mid-range Smartphone with full keyboard and Android operating system shows only a few weak points.

  1. Samsung Galaxy 551
  2. Data sheet
  3. Rating

With the Galaxy 551, Samsung extends Android series to the first model with a full typewriter keyboard. Coming out is a little visually spectacular slider Smartphone in a shiny plastic look.

The test device is in a discreet black enclosure, which shows very open-minded to fingerprints. If you prefer something more unusual like the attacks to the white model. The recommended price is both at 349 euro, however, the duo on the Web already for ever around 220 euros is to have, for example, on our site.

Writing Professional with small shortcomings

The keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy 551 strongly reminiscent of the version of the Samsung Wave 533 Bada-model – also here rubberized and illuminated perfectly bright pushers take over entering the texts. The individual keys are sufficiently large, there are your own buttons for news and Google search as well as a fully fledged Navikey control.

All in all leaves a good impression the keyboard, prolific writer will complain yet little pronounced pressure points and barely noticeable demarcation of the keys.

Turns out the 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen as another shortcoming in the connect test. This resolves some coarse pixels with 240 x 400, what causes frequent scrolling especially while surfing on the Web and probably represents a tribute to the price. Then also the icons and fonts appear slightly rough, also displayed significant moire already with light pressure.

After all: The display is bright and intense colour and responds to touches very directly and without appreciable delay, so that one can quickly zap through the menus of the Android 2.2 model.

Thanks to the Samsungigens UI Touchwiz 3.0 the main menu of the Galaxy 551 is also much cleaner than in the original Android solution. At fleet operating speed, the processor should have a weighty proportion with its maximum clock frequency of 600 MHz whereas the 145 MB of internal memory somewhat lean.

Practical facilities

At the facilities, the Samsung Galaxy 551 shows only a few gaps. So the smart phone with HSDPA, WI-FI offers diverse talents navigation or even Geotagging when shooting with the 3.1-megapixel camera with n functionality, as well as GPS for the pre-installed Google.

The accounts for email and social networks will be under the item “social hub” collected and can be reached quickly and easily. About the software gravel which is free available for download on the Samsung website, manages the synchronization with Outlook.

No problems in the laboratory

Also in the laboratory, the Galaxy 551 hits more than properly. So is the Smartphone on reception for a maximum of 24 days, allowing also just escorts calls the E. To join the good reception properties, as well as a clear acoustics during the phone call.

Data sheet

FACILITIES
SYSTEM
Operating system Android 2.2
Processor / clock speed (MHz) K.a.. / 600
internal memory (MB) 145
Memory card slot MicroSD
QWERTY keyboard / touchscreen / multitouch / /
Battery type / variable Li-ion /.
SCOPE OF DELIVERY
Headset / data cable Stereo headset /.
Size of memory card 1 GB
Charging cable for the car / holder for your car /
CONNECTIVITY
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / / /
GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / LTE / / /
HSDPA / HSUPA 7.2 /.
Wi-FI standard 802.11b / g / n
Bluetooth…
… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP / /
… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP / /
… SIM access, phone book / HID / /
USB type / storage / charging / /
DISPLAY
Type / size (inch) TFT / 3.2
Resolution (PX) 240 x 400
Number of colors 16.7 m
PHONE FUNCTION
Call list / language selection /
Brokering
Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert 2 /. /
Handsfree / mute /
MESSAGING
Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML / / /
SMS / MMS /
PIM
Contact management
Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact) 7 / 3 / 3
Image / notes field / date of birth / /
Appointment management
Day / week / month view / /
weekly / annual events /
Alarm clock when device is off
Sync: Outlook / Mac optional /.
Notes: Outlook-sync
ToDo-list
OFFICE
Look at Word / edit /
Consider Excel / edit /
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo / /
BROWSER
Web / frame / Java / Java scripting / / /
Flash / https / home / Favorites / /
MULTIMEDIA
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC / / /
Video player / full screen display /
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV / /
Integrated camera
Resolution (megapixel) 3.1
NAVIGATION
Receiver GPS / A-GPS /
Navi-software / onboard / offboard Google Maps Navigation /. /
Navi / route planner Full version /.
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Dimensions in mm 111 x 55 x 16
Weight (grams) 116
MEASURED VALUES
Endurance D power (hours) 7:16
Endurance interview E-Netz (hours) 9:46 am
Endurance conversation UMTS (hours) 4:14
type. Endurance (hours) 4:46
standard radiation factor / SAR value (manufacturer) -0.64 / 0,375

Rating

TEST RESULTS
ENDURANCE (100) very good 87
Endurance talk (35) 29
Persistence display mode (65) 58
FACILITIES (170) poor 84
System (15) 6
Scope of delivery (10) 3
Display (40) 20
Connectivity (15) 8
Phone features (10) 8
Messaging (15) 12
PIM (15) 10
Office (5) 1
Web browser (15) 6
Camera (15) 2
Music and video (10) 6
Navigation (5) 2
HANDLING (140) satisfying 102
Ease of handling 40
User interface 47
Processing quality 15
MEASUREMENTS (90) well 71
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30) 25
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30) 21
Acoustic measurements send (15) 12
Acoustic measurements receiving (15) 13