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Nokia 500 review: In search of Anna

24 October 2011 | Read the review | Post your comment
Nokia 500 review: In search of Anna - read the full textThe 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...


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> In reply to racerx77 @ 2011-10-28 22:04 from 0BFQ - click to readI am currently using a N8 and absolutely love it. Especially with the latest version of Anna. I have never had it hang and have continuous auto focus. Granted, the E7 should have had it's SOC scaled to match the 0.5in larger screen, but the camera was a comprimise for the keyboard

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  • 2011-11-04 10:36
  • YaxE

you need ferary at the ford price ????

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  • 2011-11-04 10:05
  • pkFB

i had it for more than a week now, has serious issues frequently hangs, screen goes dead , good with facebook and email though

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  • 2011-10-30 12:38
  • sXKE

> In reply to JGrove @ 2011-10-26 09:42 from YaxE - click to readI would not buy E7 (or N8 for that matter) if I were you. I have E7, and just trade it for my wife's xperia neo. E7 sucks a big time, slow, irresponsive, silly camera (this is a high end nokia phone, how could they even dare to put fixed focus crap camera in it?!?!). Nokia phones are nonesense, I will not prefer nokia over any modern android phone, ever.

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  • 2011-10-28 22:04
  • 0BFQ

i have purchased nokia 500 seven days ago and it always restart so make me very unhappy. i chosed wrong device damn :(

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  • 2011-10-28 15:44
  • fCZ{

Nokia 500 Applications
Music Player, Radio, Social client for social network feeds, Nokia Maps, Here & Now, Browser, Nokia Music Store, Store, Shazam Encore, WebTV widgets

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  • 2011-10-27 17:16
  • fsgj

> In reply to Sad & happy N97 @ 2011-10-25 05:47 from 0CYB - click to readAmazon has the E7 new for 386USD. A N8 with a bigger screen, lesser camera, but with a trick qwerty. Oh, and PENTAband HSPA. Give it another go, man.

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  • 2011-10-26 09:42
  • YaxE

> In reply to Sad & happy N97 @ 2011-10-25 05:47 from 0CYB - click to readDude, take a chill pill! You really are missing out if you aren't using a Symbian^3 device. I would especially recommend a N8 if you want USB-on-the-Go, HDMI (that doesn't just display pics and vids on tv, but mirrors the handset's display), the best camera on a phone to this day and a killer Sat Nav. 379USD sim free is a great deal. My Sony 16.3MP point & shoot cost more and is only better in low light Oh, and build quality that eats Sammys and craps LGs.
This 500 is ENTRY level. It also needs a bug fix apparently. Do no rely on it to display the beauty of a true lightweight open source OS on excellent handsets. Read about them all here.

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  • 2011-10-26 09:31
  • YaxE

I think this phone should have performed better with the 1Ghz processor... Just the best example of how things can go wrong if software and hardware is not optimised for each other.. Hope Belle would solve this issue(when and if it comes)...

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  • 2011-10-26 04:49
  • mcja

all this lag is because of the absence of the broadcom gpu....
they took the term budget phone too seriously it seems...

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  • 2011-10-25 18:12
  • 2@xi

Just a slight improvement over 5800.

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  • 2011-10-25 14:11
  • ut9d

Mayb coz its a budget device and nokia decided to use a basic gpu rather than the one(Broadcomm 2727)used in other symbian^3 handsets like n8,X7...It's a rather desperate move by nokia to compromise on hardware than the user end experience...shame on you nokia

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  • 2011-10-25 13:38
  • 2@Xw

> In reply to Sad & happy N97 @ 2011-10-25 05:47 from 0CYB - click to readI hope you're not judging Nokia solely through your bad experience with the N97. The later Symbian phones (S^3, Anna and Belle) slipstreams through the N97 faster than light and sleeker than any silk you can feel.

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  • 2011-10-25 13:00
  • PF5n

If it can't play 720p video then why is there a screenshot of it in the review?

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  • 2011-10-25 10:00
  • u{Jb

From the look of things, this is a big ol' fail. It does demonstrate that CPU is not everything: N8 can shoot high-quality 720p after all. But as a handset, I just have to wonder how it is that Nokia builds and tests such a device, yet finds it acceptable to go on the shelves. Selling handsets with a laggy interface, buggy software and low-performance features is what has got Nokia into trouble. Doing the same again isn't helping anybody!
Seems the only thing they could have done worse with this phone was put S60 on it! :--P

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  • 2011-10-25 07:08
  • PFeY

1 Ghz cpu + 5 mp camera and it only manages VGA at 15 fps. This shows just how crappy symbian is and has always been. Android with 1 ghz and same camera films 720p. Yes, i have a n97, strted of with a 6260, then N80, and now n97.. more Nokia for me ever, maybe , just maybe if they make a Mango phoen with hdmi( not mini hdmi or any other variant) and gyro, and capacitative, and miniSD, and and and....basicly hitting all the nails on the head, not missing any. MAYBE just like that i will buy another Nokia. I cant believe how cheated and dissapointed i am with N97..i honestly wich at times that Nokia goes to hell and back and bankrupt and all of it's chief designers responsible for N97 end up starving to death. I just hate them with a huge passion, the zise of a flipping paralel universe. GOD !!!!!! that's how crappy N97 is. Now i say i'm also happy ..why ? Cause i found a new case and i'm gonna refurbish the N97 my self and toss it on ebay and i'm aiming for replacing it with an xperia x10, hopefully xperia arc, neo, nexus one or galaxy s 1(but i'm still very very buged about the lack of camera flash), and very very hopefullyish an optimus 2x or atrix.

So, what can we learn from this ? Well...enough is enough Nokia. People ask for specific things for a reason...OK ? People know best, so just give it up and make a darn android phone. I know i'll buy it, if it has all the mentioned specs.

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  • 2011-10-25 05:47
  • 0CYB

nokia should make their screen size wider for better internet broswer experience

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  • 2011-10-25 04:53
  • u{Gi

no front-facing video-call camera?

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  • 2011-10-25 04:25
  • tA$9

Here in the Philippines, the nokia 500 only costs around 8600-9000pesos compared to the brand new 15k c6-01 so i will have to disagree with the comment saying that it costs the same. Moreover, my Nokia 500 comes with the preinstalled quick office so I could at least browse pdf files, powerpoint, excel, and word files.

My only complain would be the restarting problem and the lag that it experiences. Hopefully, the software will get better with belle.

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  • 2011-10-25 02:57
  • s{Ks

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