The ME550 attempts to steal some of the lustre of LG's Shine handset and serve it up in a more affordable package.LG has certainly made some impressive looking phones in its day and although the ME550 isn't quite up there with the Shine or Chocolate handsets in terms of looks, it's not altogether unappealing to the eye. The mirrored surround on the screen is certainly attractive and the keypad is bathed in a pleasing blue glow from the backlight. Only the slightly plasticky finish detracts from the overall look.
The phone is pretty straightforward to use as its menu system is based around a standard grid of animated icons. The T9 predictive text implementation is also good, but the buttons on the keypad are small and overly smooth. As a result, they feel very slippery under your thumb and fingers when you're tapping out messages. Another anomaly with the keypad is that it doesn't have a hang-up button. Instead this is bizarrely -- and rather annoyingly -- placed on the right hand edge of the phone.
On the rear of the handset you'll find a 2-megapixel camera, complete with a micromirror for self portraits and an LED flash for low light shooting. The snaps it takes aren't bad as they capture relatively naturally looking colour, but the detail is obviously limited by the relatively low resolution.