Nokia 5500 SPORT

The 5500 Sport model is a bean-shaped body with an unusual square-shaped display, lots of rubber and steel, and resistance to splashes and dust.
It runs on Symbian 9.1, so it’s a genuine smartphone – but in a neat standard-size package. Clever extras include interesting backlighting effects (red when the ‘sport’ mode is active, green when you’re listening to music, white for standard phone functions).
That sport mode includes measure of calories burned, walking or running speed, distance covered, and more; and there’s a text-to-voice function too, so you don’t have to interrupt your exercising (the phone can read you your text messages, for instance, or report how many kilometres you’ve covered).
In use the 5500 feels comfortable enough – that bean shape works well in the hand – and the keyboard is generally adequate, with only a few really undersized keys. There’s not much internal memory for music, but Nokia is shipping the 5500 with a 64MB microSD card.
The worst features are the somewhat toy-like finish: at first sight the 5500 seems a bit cheap. But it’s very demonstratable – lots to show ‘n’ tell – and will appeal to a particular lifestyle purchaser.
• Interesting sales opportunity (but could be better)

Length 107mm
Width 45mm
Depth 18mm
Main display   
TFT, 256K colours 208×208 pixels
2mp, 1600×1200 pixels, video
Triband GSM, Bluetooth, USB, EDGE, WiFi
Standby 270h
Talk time 4h
Music player, FM radio, Visual Radio, 64MB built-in memory with 64MB MicroSD card
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