Nokia 500


A new Symbian touchscreen phone

It is colorful, loaded of apps, smart and wanted! The Nokia 500 is the first mobile phone from Nokia that doesn’t use a letter in its name. As far as we understood, from now on, with the new naming system, the updated releases of the same product will have a bigger number and not a letter, as we all were used to. We tested this model and this is the review of this smartphone.

1GHz processor

The new Nokia 500 is a touchscreen smartphone running the good old Symbian operating system. It is packed with a 1GHz processor, 2GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, a 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen and a 5-megapixel camera, on the back, with no flash. The battery used is capable of 5 to 7 hours of talk time, more than 450 hours of standby and up to 35 hours of music listening. For the variety of the latter, the phone includes an FM radio and Internet radio along with an MP3 player.
As about connectivity, the ones we are accustomed with are available, like class 33 GPRS and EDGE, 3G, WLAN, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and v2.0 microUSB. The Nokia 500 also offers support for Java MIDP 2.1, Digital Compass, MP4, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player, Flash Lite 4.0 and a lot more. Nokia-500

Facebook and Twitter access

Apps are available for download from Ovi Store. Nokia 500 comes with included Lonely Planet and Michelin guides, Ovi Maps featuring turn by turn navigation. Directly on the home screen you can find uploaded the most used social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
Although it is of 3.2-inches, the screen looks a bit narrow but it isn’t disturbing while using the phone. It weigh 93 grams and comes with a set of colored covers which you can change from time to time, for diversity. Among the available colors are orange, khaki, purple, coral red, azure blue with green, pink and of course black. The camera of Nokia 500 can record videos in VGA , with a speed of 150fps but there is no other camera on the front, therefore no 3G.
The sound divides between vibration and MP3, it has loud speaker feature and a 3.5mm jack.

Accelerometer sensor

The phone also features an accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate and a proximity sensor for turn-off. We must say that both worked remarkably well, without annoying delay in the switch from landscape to portrait view.
As a general appearance the phone isn’t particularly unattractive. It has a shiny front face that will show in detail every fingerprint that touched it. It may feel a bit edgy, the difference from the round corners that Nokia XpressMusic (recently reviewed) has, for example. The back is also quite different that of most phones, as it appears to be sticking out, in away. However, this configuration makes it properly fit in tour palm, giving a friendly touch.
The Nokia 500 might be just you are looking for, that is if you are also looking for testing the Symbian Anna OS.

Review conclusion

Testing this model, we found no particular defects in its use, but as well, it didn’t leave a “must-have” impression either. As of specifications, we passed them all in review and this is a good phone, but with others available on the market, as LG Optimus Pro for examples, which also runs Android OS, it might be quite hard for Nokia 500 to get in front of line. We wish it good luck, anyway.

Technical specifications

Processor: 1GHz
Support for up to 32 GB with an external microSD memory card
Internal memory: 2 GB
Weight (with battery): 93 g
Volume: 73 cc
Size: 111.3 x 53.8 x 14.1 mm
Talk time (maximum):
* WCDMA (3G) up to 5 h
* GSM up to 7 h
Video recording time (VGA,15 fps, maximum): 1.5 h
Video playback time (maximum): 5 h 15 min
Music playback time (maximum): 35 h