Review of the phone Philips Xenium X5500.

Xenium is a line of Philips mobile phones with extended battery life. If five years ago you needed a phone with a clean design with a wide range of communication options and good autonomy, there were simply no alternatives to Philips Xenium. Today we have one of these phones in our edition – Philips Xenium X5500. In addition to the characteristics already listed, it has a 2.6-inch IPS-display, a slot for two SIM-cards and a memory card, a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, has a built-in antenna for FM reception and is able to broadcast music through an FM transmitter. The recommended retail price of the new item is UAH 1,430. Considering the price, the main question that we tried to get an answer to when testing the X5500 is whether a phone with a price like an inexpensive smartphone is capable of withstanding the competition from their side and what, besides impressive autonomy, it can offer.


The phone was delivered to our editorial office without packaging. All we got in the bargain was a 0.55 A charger and a USB cable.

Design and ergonomics.

As already stated, the Xenium line is designed for people who prioritize autonomy. It so happened that most of these people prefer the classic design of devices, at least if you do not take into account people leading an active lifestyle, for whom, in addition to autonomy, the security factor is also important. In view of this, it is quite expected that the design of the X5500 is kept in a strict style: no bright and a minimum of multi-colored panels, straight lines, good ergonomics. This impression is created when looking at the phone.

The dimensions of the device are as follows – 124x53x15.5 mm, weight – 156 g. The main reason for such an impressive thickness and weight is a battery with a capacity of 2900 mAh. The presence of such a battery allows you to work without recharging for up to three months – in standby mode, or 30 hours – in talk mode. During three weeks of testing, we only charged the X5500 once. At the time of writing the review, the charge indicator showed slightly more than half the capacity. For three weeks the phone was used as the main means of communication on one of the SIMs and, at times, on the second. On the main SIM-card the total talk time was more than two hours, on the second SIM – a little over an hour. During this period, about 150 text messages and about an hour of internet were sent. The screen brightness is set to the third of four possible levels. With this in mind, the announced battery life is not far from reality. It takes about six hours to fully charge the phone with the supplied adapter.

So let’s see what the Philips Xenium X5500 is all about. On the front part of the case there are the following elements: a speaker grid above the screen, to the right of it an indicator, below it the manufacturer’s name, as well as mechanical keys, consisting of nine separate blocks, and a microphone hole under the screen. The screen is covered with a protective glass, however, it is devoid of an oleophobic coating. The number keys are divided into six blocks. The keys are separated by a silvery strip, which is well felt by tactile. On the button with the number 5 there is a standard notch for phones, designed to help determine the center key blindly. Considering that all the buttons are made almost flush with the body, it is impossible to work with them without looking. The square central button with a round “OK” button inscribed in it has a textured surface. For the same reason as with the number keys, working with the center key is inconvenient, especially for those with thumbs. The manufacturer had to make the edges of the keys convex, or the “OK” button protruding or, on the contrary, recessed. This would get rid of false presses and would not require such concentration of attention when operating the phone. The backlighting of the keys is uniform, not straining the eyes when working with the phone in the dark, in contrast to the rather bright screen.

In general, the convenience of working with the keys can be rated in the top three. The most serious drawback is the almost complete impossibility of working with it blindly. The volume control button on the right side also does not add any advantages to the ergonomics, since it does not protrude above the body in the same way and has the same texture as the panel next to it.

Except for the metal insert on the rear panel, the back and sides are made of glossy black plastic. At the bottom there is a Micro-USB connector, on the right side there is a recess for removing the back cover, on the top there is a headphone jack. The hole for the ringer speaker is located at the bottom of the rear side. Above you can see the lens of the single camera, the flash and the second microphone hole.

Removing the cover reveals access to a thick 2900 mAh battery and three slots: two for SIM cards and one for memory cards.

The build quality is excellent, the case does not creak, and the details do not play. The weight of the phone is 156 grams, which means that it will be uncomfortable to carry it in the pocket of light / summer clothes.

At work.

The phone uses a proprietary operating system. Only Java applications are supported.