Pros The call quality, reception, display, mp3, camera, and Internet features are solid
Cons Battery life is horrid. The glossy top and bottom plate are extremely scratch prone
Summary I live in a 3G service area, and got a pair of 6555s to replace aging Sony Erricson phones.
First the good:
The phone has a vibrant display, great reception, and call quality, functional MP3 player and decent Internet and voice dial capabilities. For the price, the features make this phone a winner... BUT
Both new handsets have extremely poor battery life, validating the Editor's review. After two full charge cycles, I was able to get 100 minutes talk time and less than 2 days standby before the battery was completely dead. That was with no Internet or SMS usage.
Also, the glossy front and back covers are very scratch prone. Don't put this phone in your pocket with loose change, keys, or anything else hard. If you do, you will be dissapointed to find scratches all over. These phones are as scratch prone as the 1st Generation iPod Nanos.
If you don't mind sacrificing phone durability and battery life for a sleek, feature rich phone at a good price, this is a great choice. If not, look elsewhere. I will be returning these phones.
Pros Good Looking, Call Quality, Multimedia, Easy GUI
Cons Horrible Battery Life, Bad Camera Quality, PTT Button
Summary Picked this phone up at the local AT&T store after my v551 died. For the $49.99 price (2 year contract), it seemed the best option. It is a full featured phone that seems competitive with the Razor V3xx. Unfortunately, the battery on this phone lasts exactly ONE (1) day. I seriously only make 3 phone calls (20min/each) and this is ready for charging. This is unacceptable given the phone is brand new (3 days old). I doubt this phone is a lemon given all of the other reviewers mentioning the same thing. I can't imagine using any other of the features that might drain the battery even more. Another annoying feature is the the PTT (push to talk) button on the side. Every time you 'by mistake' hit it, it asks you if you want to initialize the PTT. There is no option to turn this off. Needless to say, this phone is going to be returned to the AT&T store...I appreciate the 30 day return policy, but they should pull phones that are known to have problems..so that the consumer doesn't have to find it out for themself.
Pros Call quality and rich with features for the price.
Cons Battery life isnt the greatest, but I've found it to be acceptable.
Summary I've had this phone for a week now and so far, I love it. Coming from an LG CU500 which was notorious for dropping calls, this phone sounds better, looks better and seems to handle the transition from 3G to Edge towers seemlessly.
The display is vibrant and bright. I've not had any issues seeing the screen in sunlight.
Mine came preloaded with 3 instant messenger clients, AOL, Microsoft and Yahoo. It also comes with web mail clients for most major email providers.
Call quality is really really good. Probably one of the best sounding phones I've owned. I've not used the speaker phone yet so i cant speak to it. I had no problems pairing up with my Plantronics Voyager bluetooth headset.
The browser seems to work well. Web page load times were acceptable and in line with other phones I've tried.
For music, The speaker sound is ok. It seems to become a little distorted at nominal volumes. If this is an important feature to you, ask the sales person for a demo before you buy.
Battery life, as others have reported is less than some other phones. I personally am one of those people that charge my phone nightly. It's not been an issue for me. I would consider myself to be an average cell phone user. I text a lot and talk a few hours per day. For the sake of comparison, I let the battery run down (after the initial charge) and after three days, I needed to recharge. I got about four hours of talk time, at least 1/2 on a bluetooth. Received about 5 calls on vibrate and sent a hundred or so text messages.
All in all, the phone seems like a great value. Since it's a relatively new phone, there are some great deals out there with rebates.
If you can deal with charging your phone a little more than you may be used to, I would highly recommend this phone.
Pros Good looking phone with nice display and feature set
Cons You better keep a charger handy if you want to talk very much
Summary Unlike the reviewers, I find the display on this unit to be very attractive. It's got a nice feature set and is a good looking phone. Battery performance is abysmal, even with bluetooth turned off, packet networking in "use only when needed" mode, power saver and sleep mode both enabled for the small display. And if you have to turn off all these features, what good are they?
Hardly talking at all (<30 mins) I get two days standby time with <30 mins of internet usage. Pitiful.
Pros Good sound, good UI
Cons For power saving, screen darkens - but too quickly
Summary On the first call I made with it, the person I called said it sounds like I'm in the next room. Battery life may be poor and that's certainly a consideration if you are a heavy user. Otherwise, a great display and easy to use.Updated
Very short battery life...Display turns off within 5 seconds with no option to adjust.
TURNS OFF RANDOMLY. See AT&T Support Forum. Lots of people are complaining about this problem. What does AT&T do? They send you another nokia 6555 with the same flaws.