Nokia 500 review

Nokia 500

The Nokia 500 is one of the first smartphones from the 1GHz Symbian generation. The phone comes with the Symbian Anna OS and it will receive an update to Symbian Belle version. Have a look at its main features listed down here:

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
  • Penta-band 3G with 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support
  • 3.2″ 16M-color TFT capacitive touchscreen of 640 x 360 pixel resolution
  • 5 megapixel fixed-focus camera and VGA video recording @ 15fps; geo-tagging
  • Symbian Anna OS
  • 1 GHz ARM 11 CPU and 256 MB RAM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • GPS receiver with A-GPS support and free lifetime voice-guided navigation
  • Digital compass
  • microSD card slot
  • DivX and XviD video support
  • Built-in accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Stereo FM Radio with RDS
  • microUSB port
  • Flash and Java support for the web browser
  • Stereo Bluetooth 2.1
  • Smart dialing and voice commands
  • Social networking integration
  • Exchangeable rear covers

Full specs on the official site here.

Above the display besides the ear piece speaker it has the proximity and ambient light sensors. Under the screen it has two call buttons and the menu button between them. On the right side it has the lock button and the volume rocker keys while the left side is bare. At the top it has the microUSB port, the 2mm charger plus and the 3.5mm jack. At the bottom it has only the lanyard eyelet. The mouthpiece microphone is found in the display bezel above the hang call button.

The 3.2 inches display has 16 million colors. It has a pixel density of 229ppi and a nonstandard resolution of 360 x 640 pixels. The display has vibrant details and good details. The outdoor performance is average. The colors aren’t as crisp as on the ClearBlack displays.

The 5MP snapper isn’t too impressive. It has fixed focus and no LED flash. In the settings menu you can find features like face detection, white balance, sharpness setting, ISO, geo-tagging and others. On a bigger screen the photos aren’t impressive but on the phone’s screen they look great. The contrast is good, the colors are decent but the noise levels are too high.

At connectivity it has 3G HSDPA speeds up to 14.4 Mbps and HSUPA up to 5.76 Mbps, Wi-Fi with b/g standards, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP + EDR and a microUSB v2.0 slot. The web browser has good features and Adobe Flash Lite support.

The 1 GHz ARM 11 processor powers the phone and it is helped by 256 Mb of RAM and 512 Mb of ROM memory. The internal storage has 2 GB and it can be extended up to 32 GB through a microSD card. The phone has accelerometer, compass, light and proximity sensors. It comes in two colors: black and white and with nine different covers: black, azure blue, coral red, purple, khaki, orange, green, pink and silver.

The 1110 mAh battery offers a standby time of 500 hours and a talk time of seven hours.

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