Expert Review of Nokia 500
Nokia 500 runs the most familiar Nokia operating software, “Symbian Anna” and has 1 GHz ARM processor. The handset is also JAVA with MIDP 2.1 enabled. The handset bears a very rich look with its stainless steel panel. And since it is available in black/white with covers in black, purple, khaki, orange, azure blue, pink, silver, coral red, and green, the kind of range that one gets is truly adorable. Nokia 500 bears phsical dimensions of 113.8 mm x 53.8 mm x 14.1 mm and its weighs 93 gm. Other facilitated features for a superior user experience with Nokia 500 are predictive text input, Flash light 4.0, and voice dial/command. Nokia 500 is available since September, 2011, at an approximate market price of Rs. 10,000.
User Interface and UI functionality
Nokia 500 comes with exchangeable battery covers with multiple home screens and that sounds really attractive, isn’t it? Also, there is Flash Lite 4.0 UI layer available with Nokia 500 and that assures users with a good UI experience. The other facilitated services are that of predictive text input, digital compass, etc.
There are very nice touch screen UI supporting aids in the form of an accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotation and proximity sensor for auto turn-off. It is thus certain that the phone boasts a TFT capacitive touch screen. The touch display screen of Nokia 500 comes with 16M colors and is sized at 3.2 inches (~229 ppi pixel density). It renders 360 x 640 pixels resolution and is decently bright for comfortable viewing over it even outdoors.
There are MP4/H.263/H.264 video player and MP3/WAV/еAAC+/WMA audio player in Nokia 500 handset. The phone also boasts of a very good audio quality via its 3.5 mm mobile sound enhancement jack. Not to forget, users can use vibrations, MP3and WAV ring tones over Nokia 500. The multimedia features get a startling addition in the form of 5 mega pixels camera. Not only can it shoot good quality pictures, but also capture amazing video.
Pictures and Video quality
The 5 MP camera modules of Nokia 500 can capture 2592 x 1944 pixels resolution pictures and also use fixed focus and dual LED flash like advanced features to get best outcome. Photos and videos can also be geotagged. The video facility over Nokia 500 is also commendable as its camera can shoot videos in VGA at 15fps.
Nokia 500 runs on the quad band frequencies of GSM network over 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz network. GPRS class 33 and EDGE class 33 are available on Nokia 500 along with 3G HSDPA (14.4Mbps), HSUPA (5.76Mbps) network connection.
The web browser of the device is WAP 2.0/xHTM, HTML5, RSS feeds. The speed of downloads and uploads are quite good, thanks to the 3G support and apart from streaming other Internet-based work can be easily done over the device.
Internal and External Memory
Nokia 500 boasts both internal and external memory and thus has 2GB storage, 512MB ROM, and 256MB RAM as internal memory and provision of micro slot SD card. Its phone book and call logs memory, however, is practically unlimited. Yet, one can retrieve the detailed call records of past 30 days easily.
It is certain that memory expansion can add a lot to the memory space of Nokia 500. A compatible microSD card of 32 GB can be put inside Nokia 500 with ease and that will easily take care of all the data accommodation needs of its users.
Applications and Gaming
Nokia 500 is a kind of handset that has not facilitated users with earth shattering applications and games. It is not suggested either that the phone completely lacks any apps. Nokia 500 has a digital compass, organizer, photo editor, calculator, clock, memo pad like standard apps that a JAVA enabled Nokia handset is supposed to have. Users can also download games on the device apart from playing the installed games.
Nokia 500 contains a standard Li-Ion 1100mAh battery which is truly an asset considering that it is capable of delivering talking time of up to 7 h for 2G and 5 h 30 for 3G.
Music play time is up to 50 hours on the phone and that would have been again impossible without such a robust battery backup. The phone stand-by time is up to 500 h for 2G and up to 450 h for 3G.
Battery depletion also depends on the embedded processor strength and the 1 GHz ARM processor of Nokia 500 seems to be doing its part well.
Nokia 500 has USB on-the-go support with microUSB v2.0 and WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g). Blue tooth v 2.1 with A2DP, EDR is also available on the device for local data sharing and transfer.
The phone also supports email and messaging extensively. One can use push mail feature also on this device as easily as one sends text messages, picture messages and similar other stuff.
HTC Wildfire S is one phone which can be easily compared to Nokia 500. Both are at par in most of their specs list spread and we find that HTC Wildfire S also has 3.2 inch wide TFT capacitive touch display, 5 MP camera, HTML browser, 3 G HSDPA connection, expandable memory and a good battery.
Where HTC Wildfire S scores over Nokia 500 is in its all encompassing HTC Sense UI 3.5 and Android Gingerbread operating system. Users admire these two things more than anything else these days. Android is the most popular OS and HTC Sense UI is also a hot favorite. This is probably the primary reason behind pricing the HTC device at a little higher side. Also, the Bluetooth version of HTC Wildfire S is more advanced. It uses the Bluetooth v3.0 for connectivity and data transfer which has additional features.
However, every buyer must also note that Nokia 500 has a revamped Symbian OS, popular as Symbian Anna and its CPU processor is also better than that of HTC Wildfire S, being clocked at 1 GHz. It is available in a huge range of back cover color panels that also suggests that an array of nice and changeable home-screens is available with this phone.