Excerpt: Vodafone’s 555 Blue may not be the first Facebook phone, and it’s certain not to be the last, but it’s the first to arrive without Android. This one is truly a Facebook phone; all the other phone functions are integrated into your Facebook profile. Does it all work?
Vodafone 555 Blue - Facebook will never be too far away
29 September 2011
Excerpt: Facebook integration seems to be the name of the game, at least as far as integrating social networks with smartphones is concerned. We reviewed the HTC ChaCha sometime back (http://goo.gl/4Cj8r), and that was the first indication of how deeply Facebook can be integrated with the smartphone.
Excerpt: Dubbed as another Facebook phone, like HTC’s ChaCha , the Vodafone Blue 555 seems to be designed to cater to just the hardcore FB fans and no one else. Being far more affordable than HTC’s smartphone, this Java-based handset offers a USP that really isn’t for everyone.
Summary: Affordable and decent build quality laden Vodafone 555 Blue is a pocket friendly feature phone with a full Qwerty keypad and dedicated Facebook key. Vodafone has recently announced a pocket friendly mobile phone - 555 Blue, with social network Facebook integrated to its core.
Pros: Affordable, Decent and premium looking build, Dedicated and programmable Facebook Key, Conditional free year long Facebook data usage
Cons: No WiFi, 3G, Lack of regional language support
Conclusion: When Pocket-lint went to the launch of the 555 it was clear that much of Vodafone's market research was done in emerging markets for the mobile industry, such as India and South Africa – where Facebook is high on the agenda for young people, but where access is difficult.