Sony Ericsson S500 review: Emotion vs Reason

Jan Horalík, 12 November 2007. Read the original review at MobilMania.cz
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The slider form factor debuts in the company's S line and in fact, this is the first Sony Ericsson slider that's not a Walkman. Speaking of which, Sony Ericsson S500 is a W580 in disguise. And some disguise it is: with this slim slider almost everything is staked on design. Nature-inspired patterns, audacious paintjobs and light effects all make sure the S500 won't go unnoticed.

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Some official photos of Sony Ericsson S500

Key features

  • Size: 99 x 47 x 14 mm, 94 g
  • Slim slider body
  • Appealing design and color options
  • Dynamic themes and wallpaper animation
  • Light effects
  • Good keypad
  • Good 256K-color QVGA display
  • M2 memory card support, up to 2GB
  • 2-megapixel camera
  • Email client and RSS-feed reader
  • A2DP enabled Bluetooth
  • Quad band support, GPRS and EDGE Class 10

Main disadvantages

  • Only 12MB of integrated memory
  • No indicator of missed events
  • Not operable without SIM
  • No autofocus and flash
  • No FM radio
  • Awkward handling of SIM card and rear cover

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Sony Ericsson S500 in closed and open position

The Sony Ericsson S line was until now reserved for the not so usual swivel handsets. A typical representative was the once hugely successful Sony Ericsson S700. Back then it was one of the first mobile phones to offer a memory card slot, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and a QVGA display. It was only a couple of years ago that this phone was sold for approximately 700 Euros. Today, however, its high price topped with its huge size would have been a sure fiasco.

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Size is pleasing • compared to a credit card • the retail box

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