Nokia 6555 (Music Phones Under $50) Review

Laptop Mag Verdict

For 50 bucks, the Nokia 6555 is a capable multimedia phone for your listening pleasure.

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Comfortable Features

AT&T's Nokia 6555 comes in black, red, or sand, and features a handy 3.5mm headphone jack. The 3G handset also offers a comfortable keypad that makes typing e-mails or text messages an enjoyable experience.

Downloading Music

If you have a Napster account, you can download music to your PC and then transfer those tracks to the phone. Unfortunately, the Nokia 6555 is not compatible with AT&T's eMusic over-the-air download service, but you can access streaming XM Radio ($8.99 per month) and Cellular Video through AT&T MEdia Net ($15 per month).

Nokia 6555 Performance

We enjoyed listening to music using a stereo Bluetooth headset with the Nokia 6555; we didn't experience any popping, and the music was crisp, albeit lacking some bass. The handset accepts 4GB microSD Cards, so you can add your own tracks easily.

Calls on the Nokia 6555 were satisfactory, although callers had a slight watery sound to their voices and conversations weren't as clear as they were on the Samsung Juke. Web browsing was slower than on other 3G phones; loaded in 17 seconds. Battery life was sufficient; we talked on the phone casually for 3 days before having to charge it.

The Verdict

The 1.3-MP camera is mediocre, but the Nokia 6555 is a stylish and feature-rich multimedia phone for the price.

Nokia 6555 (Music Phones Under $50) Specs

Bluetooth TypeBluetooth Stereo
Camera Resolution1.3 MP
Data Other
Display (main)2 inches (320 x 240 pixels, 16.7 million colors)
Display (secondary)1.4 inches (160 x 128 pixels, 262,000 colors)
FM RadioNo
Form FactorFlip
Internal Memory30MB
Memory Expansion TypemicroSD Card
Size3.9 x 1.7 x 0.8 inches
Talk / Standby Time6 hours/11 days
Weight3.4 ounces