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Bangalore India
The phone that's just a phone
Sep 12, 2005 10:58 AM 2042 Views
(Updated Sep 12, 2005 11:25 AM)

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I picked up my C55 in March '04 at a decent price of Rs.5300/-. All I wanted was a no frills, inexpensive phone with decent features.

Features that were a strict no-no were: [ all these came at a premium ]

  1. Color screen

  2. Camera

  3. Bluetooth

  4. Lots of memory with a provision for expansion

  5. Infrared

Features that were required were:

  1. Call screening

  2. Voice calling

  3. EMS [Enhanced Messaging. supports 760 char in the SMS]

  4. Decent sized address book

  5. WAP

  6. GPRS [ with gprs support, u can get wap-over-gprs which is faster than regular wap ]

  7. Good standby time [ Make sure u turn off the backlight ]

  8. Faster charging time

  9. Decent talktime

  10. Voice commands. [ I could turn the backlight on and off with a voice command ]

  11. T9

I looked at the Nokia 1100, Siemens C55, some model of Benq that had got introduced with a color screen. Of all the three, the C55 came loaded with all the features that I wanted. If someone wanted a comparison between a siemens phone and a nokia or sony ericsson, I'd say nokia/sony ericsson was Microsoft Windows and siemens was linux in the cellular world. The C55 is also a very sturdy phone and I have accidentally dropped my phone so many times and still it works beautifully. A problem that you might encounter is that many of the messages ur cellular provider might send are nokia and sony ericsson specific so u might think its a disadvantage, like the feature where nokia and sony ericsson phones display the area where u are, on the screen.

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