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Nokia 500

Aug 2, 2011
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  • Low pixel density screen (229 ppi)
  • Single-core processor
  • Too little RAM memory (256 MB RAM)
  • Low resolution display (360 x 640 pixels)
  • Low-resolution camera (5 megapixels)
  • The camera lacks autofocus
  • The camera lacks flash
  • Low-resolution video capture
  • No front-facing camera




The Nokia 500 is marketed as an entry level smartphone despite the 1GHz processor that is ticking under its hood. It features a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 360 by 640 pixels, and a 5-megapixel camera with no flash is located on the device's back.

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  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • Symbian (Belle, Anna)
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.38 x 2.12 x 0.56 inches (111.3 x 53.8 x 14.1 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 3.28 oz (93 g)
      the average is 5.2 oz (150 g)


  • Physical size:
    • 3.2 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 360 x 640 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 229 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 47.12 %
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor


  • Camera:
      • 5 megapixels
    • Features:
      • Geo tagging, Self-timer
  • Camcorder:
      • 640x480 (VGA) (15 fps)
    • Features:
      • Video calling


  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM11
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 256 MB RAM / 512 MB ROM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 2 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB


  • Talk time:
    • 7.00 hours
      the average is 15 h (884 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 21.0 days (504 hours)
      the average is 18 days (425 h)
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 5.00 hours
      the average is 15 h (913 min)
  • Stand-by time (3G):
    • 19.0 days (456 hours)
      the average is 24 days (580 h)
  • Music playback:
    • 35.00 hours
  • Video playback:
    • 5.25 hours
  • Capacity:
    • 1110 mAh


  • Music player:
    • Features:
      • Album art cover
  • Radio:
      • FM, Stereo, RDS

Internet browsing

  • Built-in online services support:
    • Facebook, Twitter


  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSDPA 14.4 Mbit/s, UMTS, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, EDGE
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS, A-GPS
  • Navigation:
    • Points of interest (POI), Turn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation
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  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.1, EDR
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB charging
  • Other:
    • Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Phone profiles, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Compass
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording


  • Officially announced:
    • 02 Aug 2011

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This device is also known as Nokia Fate

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