CNET First Look
Nokia 3555The Nokia 3555 has a schizophrenic feature set and dim displays, but it's not a bad buy *for* a midrange cell phone.
[ Music ] >> Hi, I'm Ken Sherman, senior editor at cnet.com. Today we're going to take a first look at the Nokia 3555, this is a new phone for T-Mobile service. This Nokia looks a lot like the Nokia 6555 which came out for AT&T last year. It has that same slender shape, it's very attractive I thought, pretty slim, which, you know, Nokia hasn't really gotten into the thin phone thing too much. It does have a royal blue color, also there's sort of an interesting design thing. You open the phone like that you can see that this stripe goes all the way down the phone. One thing I didn't like about the phone is that of a scaled down version of an earlier Nokia. First, it's got an external display. Instead of being [Inaudible] colors it's actually monochrome. So that means it won't show your photo color I.D., it won't work as a view finder for the camera that's right here. So that's a little disappointing. Internal display, it's 262,000 colors but the pixel resolution is a little lower. So things look a little blocky, you know, you can see kind of the pixels. Menu system is pretty easy to use, easy to understand as well. Key pad buttons and the navigation controls have just been a little bit redesigned as well. Navigation controls are pretty large, the key pad buttons are pretty large as well. Everything's flat with the surface of the phone, which you know, isn't the greatest thing over all, but still these weren't very slick, we could use them quickly but just dialing by feel was just a little difficult. Well, the phone does have voice dialing, a music player, Bluetooth, it does have a VJ camera. We really aren't seeing many of those any more, so kind of a weird feature thing and in fact some features are really mid range and one feature is pretty low range. Also, this phone is equipped for 3 G networks. We all know T-Mobile doesn't have a 3 G network yet, but possibly when -- they're supposed to launch it this year, then this phone will be able to get any kind of 3 G services. This is your micro USB port, and then you do the volume rocker right here. That is on the front flap which is a little unusual. Usually we see them on the rear flap of the flip-phone. So that means when you open it up it sort of changes a little bit of the position. I'm Ken Sherman and this is the Nokia 3555 [ Music ]