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Nokia 500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 616 reviews of Nokia 500. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and price. The performance and usability also get good feedback, but many are critical about the text input.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Nokia 500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Nokia 500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Views about the reception and portability are on the whole positive. The battery and design also get good feedback, whereas there are some critical reviews about the performance.

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92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nokia 500 Sim Free Mobile Phone - BlackNokia 500 Sim Free Mobile Phone - Black

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Hall (

Nokia 500 pictures and hands-on - Pocket-lint


The Nokia 500 is pitched as an affordable, but colourful, feature phone and as we understand it, will be exclusive to Carphone Warehouse in the UK. It's

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: What Mobile (

Nokia 500 review


In February last year, Nokia dropped a bombshell on the mobile world: its new CEO, Stephen Elop, stood on stage in London with Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer to announce that it would begin to make Windows Phone devices. That was a remarkable about-turn...

Even if low price Android alternatives and Nokia’s Windows Phone debutantes didn’t exist, the Nokia 500 would still be a poor buy. With a tiny screen and old fashioned OS, the Nokia 500 fails from the very start.

May, 2012

Expert review by: Amalya (

Nokia 500 vs. Samsung Galaxy Ace


Several days ago I tried to compare the upcoming Nokia 500 with the HTC Wildfire S, and it came out that in many aspects Nokia's entry-level smartphone is even better than HTC's mid-range device. Now I want to compare the Nokia 500 with the Samsung...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: Amalya (

Nokia 500 vs. HTC Wildfire S. Which One is Better?


The Nokia 500 was announced only several days ago, but it has already caught the attention of many geeks with its Symbian Anna OS and low price. HTC is also offering quite an interesting device – the Android-based HTC Wildfire S, which isn't very...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: (

Nokia 500


The Nokia 500 may be 'cheap', but it's the first smartphone to come out of Finland packing a speedy 1GHz processor.

This respectable chipset powers the handset's 3.2-inch (640 x 320) capacitive touchscreen, which also arrives dressed in Nokia's Symbian Anna OS. As well as delivering Nokia Maps and access to Nokia's home-grown app store, the brand-new platform offers...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: GSMArena team (

Nokia 500 preview: First look


The Nokia 500 is not a phone Nokia desperately needs to succeed. They've got bigger things on their mind and we don't mean Windows Phone 7. With Symbian Belle just launched on two brand new handsets, the Anna-running Nokia 500 is beyond hope of getting...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Joseph Hanlon (

Nokia 500


The Nokia 500 isn't the big daddy of Nokia's 2011 portfolio, but, if the price is right, the 500 could find its way into a number of pockets and purses.

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: PhoneArena Team (

Nokia 500 Review


The Nokia 500 is the mass production of the new Nokia Symbian line, as it has the lowest specs out of the bunch announced in time for the holiday shopping craze. With that said, it's no slouch, as it sports a decent display with 229ppi pixel density,...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: S. R. Obbayi (

Nokia 500 Reviewed: Affordable and Feature-Packed


The Nokia 500 is an entry level smartphone fitted generously with a high performance processor and lots of memory. This touch-screen smartphone features the latest Symbian operating system with a much improved software performance, new Nokia Maps,...

The Nokia 500 is an entry level smartphone that gives good first impressions and does not disappoint. It may lack important features such as the camera flash, but this phone is rated as an entry level phone which relieves the user of high expectations.

Consumer review by: Suzanne (

Nokia 500


Compact to carry, clear screen, loudness on ring tones/alarms is good, good camera, clear sound on phone

screen too small for text input, difficult to find and recall path for features/functions, weather information inaccurate on installed app

May, 2012

Product Specifications


Battery Capacity:1110
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BL-4U
Continuous audio playback time:35
Continuous video playback time:3.25 / 5 / 5.25 / 5.3 / 5.4
Standby time (2G):500
Standby time (3G):455
Talk time (2G):7
Talk time (3G):5
Video recording time:1.5

Call management

Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating Alert: Yes
Voice commands: Yes
Voice dialing: Yes


Auto Focus:No / Yes
Built-in Camera:No / Yes
Built-in Flash:No / Yes
Camera resolution:2560 x 1920 / 2592 x 1944
Digital Zoom:4
Face detection: Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera:No / Yes
Geotagging: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):5
Maximum frame rate:15
Rear Camera Resolution:2560 x 1920 / 2592 x 1944
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5
Second Camera:No / Yes
Self-timer: Yes
Video capture resolution (max):640 x 480
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:480p
White Balance:Underwater
Zoom capability:2 / 4 / Yes


Colour of product:Black / Black, Blue, Khaki, Orange, Purple, Red / Grey / Silver, White
Form factor:Bar


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:8.13
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:640 x 360
Display Type:TFT
External display: No
Orientation sensor:No / Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive


Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes


Internal RAM:0.25 / 256


Chat: Yes
E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes


Audio formats supported:AAC, AMR, AU, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WAV, WMA, WVE / AAC, AU, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA / AAC, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA / AAC, MP3, WMA / eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA / MIDI, MP3
Document formats supported:PDF
FM band range:87.5 - 108
FM radio: Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, EXIF, GIF, JPG, PNG / BMP, EXIF, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF / EXIF, JPG
Radio Data System (RDS): Yes
RSS reader: Yes
Video formats supported:3GP, H.263, H.264, MPEG4 / 3GP, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VC-1 / H.263, H.264, MPEG4


Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite): Yes
Pedestrian navigation: Yes
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes


2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:800,900,1700,1900,2100 / 850,900,1700,1900,2100
4G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Data network:3G
EDGE multislot class:33
GPRS multislot class:33 / 6
Security algorithms:128-Bit WEP, WPA, WPA2 / WEP, WPA, WPA2
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MiniSIM
WAP:2.0 / Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g

Other features

Java technology: Yes
Music player: Yes
Polyphonic ring: Yes
Ringer type:MP3
Rotating: Yes
Slide show: Yes
Video Playback: Yes
Voice Recording: Yes
VoIP: Yes
Volume Control:Digital
Wireless Connection: Yes

Packaging Content

Cables included:AC, USB
Headset included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes


Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Exchange support: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Operating system installed:Symbian OS
Operating System Version:Anna
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Games, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, Recorder, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list / Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list
Personalization:Menu, Shortcuts, Themes / Menu, Shortcuts, Themes, Widgets
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
Support for contact groups: Yes
SyncML: Yes
Themes:Changeable colour, Pre-themes, Screensavers, Wallpapers
Video call: No

Ports & interfaces

AV output: Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Micro-USB A / Micro-USB B
USB port: Yes
USB version:2.0


Processor frequency:1


Exchange support: Yes
Operating system installed:Symbian OS
Operating System Version:Anna
SyncML: Yes


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / SD
Internal Memory:2000 / 2048
Internal RAM:256
Internal storage capacity:2
Maximum memory card size:32


Subscription type:No subscription


Video call: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.4 / 1.41 / 11.1
Height :1.41 / 11.1
Width:5.38 / 5.4