IFA 2007 Report: Samsung SGH-i550 with GPS navigation and Google apps
As far as I can tell, there was no official announcement of Samsung SGH-i550 Symbian based GPS phone yet.
Neverthless, Samsung i550 GPS is prominently displayed at IFA trade show, along other officially announced phones like Samsung F330 Music or SGH i620 Windows Mobile 6 smartphone.
I managed to play a little bit with Samsung SGH i550 today and I can say I’m impressed. It has everything cool 3G phone has to have – 3.2 mpx camera with flash, 3.6 Mbps connectivity, big and bright 2.6″ display and, of course, built-in GPS navigation.
Samsung SGH i550 is a Symbian OS S60 based smartphone , so the navigation and overall look and feel was very familiar for such hard core Nokia user as me. It has also a very tight Google integration, with Google search box appearing right at the bottom of the front screen.
I especially liked the trackball navigation device on Samsung i550. If you ever used a trackball on older laptops, you can tell that it was not the best navigation option around. But it works really well on a small screen. I was able to blaze through various interface options with lightning speed and it took me well under a second to get to the menu item I want in the menu window.
Another nice feature on Samsung SGH i550 GPS were dedicated keys for direct access to Internet, Music and GPS applications. Unfortunately, the keys are pretty small, so you have to be really careful getting to the right app.
With the dimensions of 115Ã—53×13.8 Samsung i550 GPS might appear pretty big, but it does not feel that way. Actually, even though it is a bit tall for a Samsung phone, it’s also pretty thin and light which makes this phone quite easy to carry around.
Here’s how it stacks up next to Nokia N95:
And here’s how SGH i550 GPS looks next to N95 and Samsung i620:
Overall, I think that Samsung SGH i550 GPS is a pretty good phone and if you have a knack for Samsung or Symbian smartphones, this one has got it all.