Microsoft Lumia 550 review: Low-Five

GSMArena team, 14 December, 2015.

Telephony

People Hub hasn't changed much since Windows Phone 8.1 It is the phonebook that you'll find on any Windows device and supports multiple accounts, including social ones, and has multiple pages like the rest of the WP interface.

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The people app Quicksearch Vieweing a contact Editing a contact

The cell reception and call quality with the Lumia 550 are very good and we had no receptions issues or unpleasant sound problems.

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The dialer app

The speaker on the Lumia 550 scored Very Good in terms of loudness. Its audio quality is OK, but not impressive, as the sound isn't very deep, but that's ok.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
LG Nexus 5X 61.2 65.8 61.7 Below Average
Apple iPhone 6s 66.5 64.6 65.8 Below Average
HTC One A9 65.0 64.9 67.2 Below Average
Samsung Galaxy J2 67.7 75.6 64.8 Good
LG G4 66.9 71.8 74.7 Good
Microsoft Lumia 550 75.1 74.7 72.0 Very Good
Microsoft Lumia 950 71.9 73.0 77.2 Very Good

Messaging with Skype integration

Windows 10 Mobile now fully integrates with Skype and once you sign in, you actually don't need the Skype app at all. The Messaging hub now supports Skype IM messaging and you can sent and receive Skype messages as they were texts/MMS. Attachments are available, too.

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The messaging app with Skype integration

Microsoft has made the QuickType keyboard even faster and smarter, plus there is a new dot, which acts as a virtual D-pad and allows you to move quickly through the text.

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Microsoft's QuickType keyboard

The native email client is the mobile version of Outlook Mail. It looks a lot like its desktop app and works like a charm. It supports multiple accounts, and syncs across all your Windows devices. It is available on Android and iOS as well and we often prefer it over other solutions.

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Outlook Mail