Siemens S55 phone and camera combo

The S55’s detachable camera is the first to include a flash, although it’s a bit of a gimmick — the interface is fiddly to use and you’re bound to forget to pack the camera attachment when you leave the house in the morning. Captured images are awful viewed on the S55’s screen, as it can only display 256 colours, but they look acceptable once transferred to a PC.

For PC owners, the S55’s best features are the address book, calendar, tasks and e-mail that can be synchronised with Outlook. The synching software isn’t the easiest to use, but it’s worth the effort — once synchronised, the S55 becomes a competent, albeit basic, palmtop. The phone connects to a PC or notebook via Bluetooth, infrared, or the provided serial cable.

Using Siemens’s Data Suite software you can change the way the S55 looks and sounds with just a few mouse clicks, which is handy if you’re averse to ploughing through mobile menus. You can also compose, send and read text and multimedia messages via your PC’s keyboard.

Siemens has created a lightweight, nifty mobile that’s packed with handy features, including the must-have camera attachment. Travellers will appreciate the Bluetooth and tri-band support, and everyone with a PC will like the ability to synchronise with Outlook.

Price: $899
Vendor: Siemens
Phone: 13 7222

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