This Siemens S56 review is based on a technical analysis of the cell phone's technical specifications, it doesn't constitute an actual hands-on review. It outlines the pros and cons of the Siemens S56. The strongest points are listed with a (+) sign while the weakest points have a (-) sign before them. This Siemens S56 analysis is generated automatically based on our specifications for that phone and given the fact that manufacturers do not always detail technical specifications clearly, some information may be missing.
(+) Weight and Size: The Siemens S56 weighs only 3 ounces. This is rather lighter than average and should make it comfortable to carry around(+) Camera: It includes a camera (Accessory Sold Separatly), which is certainly not necessary but may be handy and make your experience better.
(View the latest camera cell phones)(-) Phone Book: It only stores Variable phone book entries, which is sufficient for the casual cell phone user but, if you have many business contact or friends, this may not be enough for you. Look for phones with more contacts.(+) Built-in Speakerphone: It includes a built-in speakerphone, which will prove useful in a car or in other situations where you need to use your hands while talking.(+) Battery Performance: It has a maximum rated standby time of 250 hours and a talk time of 300 minutes, which is above average and should be sufficient for most users.(+) Color Display: The color display's color mode is unknown and its resolution is unknown. A color display is useful when browsing the wireless web or viewing pictures and, of course, the larger it is, the better the experience and, the more colors, the better your pictures will look.(-) Analog Roaming: It doesn't support analog roaming. Analog is the older North-American cellular technology, however North-American networks are increasingly converting to large digital-only networks, which makes analog a not-so-useful feature (check coverage maps for your area to discriminate on that aspect).(+) Bluetooth: It is Bluetooth-enabled, which is an interesting plus. Bluetooth is not really necessary but may be handy if you want to use a wireless headset or exchange data with your (Bluetooth-enabled) laptop, for instance.(+) Infrared: It has an infrared port. Infrared is convenient, especially if you own a laptop (most laptops are infrared equipped), you can then use your computer to transfer contacts, ringtones or pictures (if the phone supports these functions) to the Siemens S56.(+) Connectivity: It includes both an infrared port and bluetooth-support, which is the top in terms of connecting your cell phone to other cell phones, PDA's or computers. It means that if your computer has either Bluetooth or Infrared, you can instantly connect the Siemens S56 to your computer and download phone book contacts and ringtones or pictures, provided the phone supports these functions.(+) Text Messaging: It features a special way of typing text, either a full keyboard or some predictive text entry method such as T9 or iTAP. This is useful if you need to send short messages: it's much faster.(+) Voice Note: It features voice notes . A voice note system is quite useful to make quick notes and reminders while on the road.(+) Free Custom Ringtones: . It seems to support ringtone customization in a do-it-yourself manner, but we recommend double-checking. To help assess this phone's behavior with ringtones, check out the ringtone compatibility list.
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