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Nokia 5500 Sport Cell Phone with Pedometer

Nokia 5500 Sport cell phone with pedometerNokia has announced the 5500 Sport, a cell phone with a built-in pedometer. Sales in the US are expected from around September 2006.

According to the official company announcement:

A single button serves to activate three dedicated "modes" - a phone mode to stay in touch, the music mode to unwind or power-up, and the sports mode to help you break a sweat. The Nokia 5500 Sport also offers "text-to-speech" technology. Don't take your eyes off the track or that magazine, just tap the Nokia 5500 Sport and the message is read out to you. In sports mode, the Nokia 5500 Sport reads the status of your workout, allowing you to stay focused on the task, or the exercise, at hand.

When music is on your mind, the Nokia 5500 Sport gives you a jump start. Supporting a multitude of different digital music formats and memory cards of up to 1GB (microSD), the Nokia 5500 Sport can hold approximately 750 songs. With your music collection in hand, every activity has its own soundtrack!

Switched into sports mode, the Nokia 5500 Sport helps you keep track of work or your work-out. The integrated pedometer feature serves to monitor distance walked or calories burnt -during a busy day in the city or that breathtaking cardio session. For extra durability, the Nokia 5500 Sport features an ergonomic stainless steel casing, complemented by a splash and dust resistant shell and rubber grips. The sleek Nokia 5500 Sport is engineered with materials used in the latest high performance running shoes which make it look good on and off the court.

The Mobile Review website has published a most extensive report:

Nokia 5500 Sport is starting point for whole new line-up, it is interesting too. Integration level for sport mode, phone’s design and ergonomics level are amazing, they deserve separate praise. It’s been a while since we had a masterpiece at our hands, well-thought interface and particular functions, their integration, the whole thing is amazing. This phone is very neat looking and after two weeks you feel sympathy towards it.

As a bonus for those who already acquired Nokia 3250, we should tell you that Nokia 5500 has identical music part, although it is not positioned as music solution. Same number of settings and other minor things, as well as sound quality. I will highlight the fact that since Nokia 5500 is not a music solution, its capabilities are great, and this gives additional advantage.

In the end we have a perfect niche solution (this is not a mass-market, just like any other phone with protective case), it does not have direct competitors, and there’s little chance that any will appear in nearest future. This model is extremely successful and deserves special attention. This is one of the best smartphones in Nokia’s and S60 history. In case the company will be able to provide same level of integration for other niche products, we will see a rise of those, and a horde of clones too, attempts to replicate Nokia’s success. The way in which company is moving becomes clear now, these are first successful products for S60. There’s only one disadvantage for this product – battery life.

Gizmodo wrote:

I recall hearing once that customers perceive things that are yellow or red as being “sturdier” and “better made.” We’re not sure about the 5500, Nokia’s sporty model with rubber cladding, but it sure looks like it could withstand 4Gs and a brushfire.

Interestingly enough, the 5500 actually has a sport mode which includes a training diary and stopwatch. There is a switch on the side which locks the phone into one of three settings, sport, music, and standard. Finally, it has a text-to-speech feature for reading out SMS messages on the run. It’s also tri-band and should be in stores this summer for 300 euro. No pricing or US availability, but it looks promising.

* Get the Latest Price on the Nokia 5500 Sport Phone.

See also my report Guide to Buying the Best Pedometer. And check out the pedometer bestseller rankings at Amazon.com, updated hourly, to see what people are currently buying.

Here are links to reports I've written, summarizing reviews of the most popular pedometers for sale:

Accusplit Pedometer
Freestyle Tracer Pedometer
Nokia 5500 Sport Cell Phone with Pedometer
Omron HJ-105 Pedometer
Omron HJ-112 Premium Pedometer
Omron HJ-720ITC Pocket Pedometer
Omron Pedometers
Oregon Scientific MP121 Waterproof MP3 Player and Pedometer
Oregon Scientific PE316CA Pedometer
Oregon Scientific Pedometer
Sony Ericsson W710 Walkman Cell Phone with Pedometer
Sony Network Walkman with Pedometer
Sportline Pedometer
Strollometer
Yamax Pedometer

Updated: December 12th, 2009

 

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