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Review: Samsung u550

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Menus Calls/Contacts Messaging  

As with other Verizon phones, the messaging center of the u550 can be accessed a couple of different ways. The menu system takes you there, as does a dedicated function key on the home screen.

Once in the message center, the default action is to initiate a new message. With a new message, you have to choose which type first, be it a text, picture or video message. Once in the messaging tool, entering numbers, text and selecting pictures of videos is easy enough.

In this menu, you'll also find email, IM and chat. The email option fires up the Web browser and takes you to Verizon's WAP email portal, which provides access to Hotmail, AOL, Yahoo, etc. The IM application plays with AIM, Yahoo IM, and Windows Live Messenger. Signing into and using the IM services is no different than on any other phone. The Chat option is another selection that takes you to Verizon's WAP portal.

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Typing out messages using the u550 is pretty simple. If you want to find the u550's version of T9 or the symbols, you have to use the left soft key to access that menu. I found the T9 dictionary a little frustrating at times, in that if I typed in a certain key configuration that could lead to two or more different words, the u550's dictionary always picked the one I didn't mean. This isn't the biggest gripe in the world, though, and probably won't bother everyone.


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