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LG’s reasonablypriced 550 music phone


April 9, 2006

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April 10, 2006 Dave Weinstein reports from CTIA that LG showed off a new music phone called the LG 550 - an EV-DO capable 3G device that supports music and video on demand. LG wouldn't confirm which carrier the phone would ship with, but a bit of experimentation revealed that it was Sprint. This looks like it's going to be a very solid music phone, with a few unique features - Bluetooth stereo support, a 1.3 megapixel camera, and user changeable face plates. There’s also a FM transmitter for listening on a nearby (e.g. car) radio which is a feature that is a must for all MP3s to eventually incorporate – let’s face it, everyone has an FM radio in the car and in the vast majority of cases it’s a quality unit, and you can’t drive a car with earphones on and … about time! The "humm a toon" method of creating ringtones is interesting too.

There’s also a microSD/TransFlash slot for storage and a speakerphone. The 262k colour, 176x220 TFT display is excellent and the front of the clamshell when it’s folded reminds me of something… I wonder where the inspiration came from?

Though they hinted that the 119g (4.2oz) device would be very reasonably priced no figures were mentioned other than that it measures 96mm x 48mm x 20mm.

Finally, the faceplace is interchangeable on the LG550, enabling you to change the colour of your phone to suit your moods (which I guess doesn’t auger well for the green and black), or to differentiate between two phones in the same household.

No timing yet, but we'd suggest it'll be Q3.


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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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