The new generation of 1GHz Symbian- powered phones can get far. They need a place to start though and the Nokia 500 is happy to help. The common belief seems to be that there are more exciting things than Symbian on a budget. OK, well, the Nokia 500 is supposed to make you reconsider.
Never mind the sound of a 1GHz processor, this phone doesnít mind starting small. The Nokia 500 is hitting the shelves with Anna inside and the upcoming Belle gives it extra value. By the way, the Nokia 500 seems to make enough sense even without the most recent software. The Finns have more than a handful of basic smartphones whose owners will be delighted at the news of a next smartphone for the masses.
Nokia didnít skimp on hardware to give the 500 a bump in processor and data speed. The excellent connectivity package is hard to beat in the low end with goodies like free SatNav and penta-band HSPA coverage.
On the other hand, they needed to match the power hike with cuts in other departments. Itís always a matter of balance in the low end after all. The all-plastic finish and garden variety TFT display are things we can live with and we think the exchangeable covers will help the target audience agree.
The low-end imaging and media are things to warn against but we guess a long list of limitations is hardly surprising for a basic smartphone.
Anyway, no point wasting time on lengthy introductions. This isnít the first time we meet the Nokia 500. We know what to expect but focus this time will be on the actual performance. Canít do without our traditional hardware inspection though, coming up after the break.