Review: Microsoft Lumia 550
Affordable device for the productivity-minded
Price (N): 35,000
The Lumia 550 is a cheaper Windows 10 option, as it cuts down the glossy specs of the 950 and 950 XL. It comes in a 4.7in LCD screen running at 720p (315ppi, quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor and 1GB RAM .
With Windows 10 you get a seamless desktop-to-mobile experience. The same Windows apps that work on your desktop also works on your phone as well.
The Microsoft Lumia 550 comes bundled with a host of features such as the new Microsoft Edge browser, revamped Outlook mail, OneDrive, Microsoft Office, Cortana digital voice assistant, and Glance Screen.
On the top edge of the phone is the 3.5mm headphone jack. At the bottom is the micro USB port for charging and data transfer. On the rear are an understated silver Windows logo, and the 5MP rear-facing camera with a single LED flash. The back of the phone is removable, enabling access to the 2100 mAh battery, nanoSIM slot and the microSD slot.
The front is home to the comfortably-sized 4.7inch screen, which proves to be a nice compromise between maximum screen real estate and easier one-handed use. Above this is the 2MP front facing camera, along with a brightness sensor.
Although it does not boast the greatest range of viewing angles, suffering from flat colours at the extremes, the Lumia 550 is nonetheless comfortably bright in a variety of viewing environments.
Battery Life, Memory and Connectivity
The Microsoft Lumia 550 has a 2,100 mAh battery. That is not massive but it should be enough for a phone of this size and power. The phone runs on 14 hours of talk time, 60 hours of music or 672 hours of standby.
This device comes in just one size and it is not big at 8GB, but it also has a microSD card slot with support for cards of up to 200GB, so you will have a lot of space to play with. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G and Bluetooth 4.1.
Why You Should Buy
The Microsoft Lumia 550 is packed full of features. The star of the show, other than the price, is surely Windows 10 Mobile itself, which gives users a whole lot of power, with a suite of apps, customisation options and improvements.
Although this phone is not the most powerful phone around and it lacks advanced features such as NFC and fingerprint scanners, the Lumia 550 is the cheapest Windows 10 smartphone out there, and it is a good pick for anyone looking to either dip their toes in some Microsoft functionality, or someone looking for a simple, straightforward, and cheap mobile phone, that still brings about excellent smart-phone connectivity options.