Nokia 500 User Reviews
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Everyday usage7.6/10UI speed7.8/10Camera6.4/10Multimedia7.7/10Internet7.7/10Battery6.4/10Call quality8.9/10Display8.1/10Reception8.2/10Build quality8/10Text input7/10
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posted on 12 Dec 2013, 00:08 (Posts: 0; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)
A good phone, but fails to compete with the phones of the same price group!
Sailesh has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
This phone is robust and feels great in the hand, but fails to compete with the other phones which fall in the same Price Group. Excellent for simple use but not for the people who love to MultiTask. Preserving the "Nokia Built", drop it a hundred times but it wont give up. Not a phone for Social Media Enthusiasts. The Operating System fails to compete with the Windows and the Android OS.Build quality 9/10Reception 3/10Call quality 8/10Internet 4/10Multimedia 6/10Camera 4/10UI speed 6/10Everyday usage 7/10Text input 2/10Display 6/10Battery 6/10
- Good Looks
- Good build quality
- No Camera shutter button
- No Flash
- Outdated UI
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posted on 19 May 2013, 10:59 (Posts: 412; Member since: 18 May 2013)
PorkyBurger has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I am dissapointed with build quality of the phone. I have always trusted Nokia, for it's amazing build quality, but this time I don't. Though it has a 1Ghz ARM11 processor, its rather slow than speedy, especially when you update it to Nokia Belle Refresh.Build quality 5/10Reception 6/10Call quality 9/10Internet 5/10Multimedia 7/10Camera 6/10UI speed 5/10Everyday usage 6/10Text input 5/10Display 7/10Battery 5/10
- Sharp display.
- Nice call quality.
- Nice design, changable battery covers.
- Poor build quality, no screen protection.
- Small display, aspect ratio not suited for such small screens.
- Battery lasts a day.
- Camera's quality is dissapointing.
- Poor recording for a 5MP camera.
- Web on a stock browser is dissapointing, laggy.
- No 3D GPU. Many elements in OS are laggy, because of it.
- Death-grips in reception.
- Poor Wi-Fi connection .
- Small keyboard on portrait mode.
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posted on 09 May 2013, 03:34 (Posts: 0; Member since: 09 May 2013)
MY FIRST SMARTPHONE: Good! but ready to move on and up!
wpymes has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I loved its price, the size, the screen resolution, call quality and fast processing. I hated the unconfortable size of the screen for typing, the camera without autofocus (useless for scanning documents), the very short battery life, the limited apps for Symbian Belle. I keep it in a soft case to avoid risk scratching or falls and It does feel cheap and squeaky when pressed!Build quality 5/10Reception 8/10Call quality 9/10Internet 5/10Multimedia 5/10Camera 3/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 7/10Text input 5/10Display 7/10Battery 3/10
- Value for the money!
- Battery Life
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posted on 02 Jan 2013, 14:51 (Posts: 0; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)
A phone for hating.
OrangeFarties has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Well I dont like this phone. It has its cheap build,which scratches so easily. And it makes those, squeeky noises while pressed in hand.Performance of this phone is a shame, especially while talking about web surfing. Browser has big lags, sometimes impossible to use. When it comes to Adobe Flash, lets say, nice, but browser lags even more because of it. Well there are some more problems with it. Lags, freezes, most of the time restarting. Camera isnt nice, too. Photos have too much noise anf sometimes images are even blurry. Well, compared to Samsung S5230 3MP camera, which has sharper and much colorful images, its a shame for Nokia. One thing I hate about Nokia's Symbian phones. The resolution, which makes display narrow, and hard to type, but by the way pixel density is nice and display is kinda sharp. Lack of 3D GPU makes searching for a lot of good games a nightmare. Actually, its not a nice phone. Better grab an Android or even Bada phone in its price range.Build quality 4/10Reception 7/10Call quality 8/10Internet 3/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 5/10UI speed 6/10Everyday usage 7/10Text input 4/10Display 9/10Battery 4/10
- Sharp display
- Bad camera quality
- Sluggish, laggy UI. Sometimes smooth.
- Lacks 3D GPU.
- Battery doesnt last long. And more... I just gotta go to toilet and watch a movie. BYE
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posted on 19 Nov 2012, 08:36 (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
shegzyplanet has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
the phone is a disaster cos of its RAM...camera wont open after a while, it hangs and restart by itself...TOO BAD... Nokia should have known that such a RAM will be too small to handle the processes of a phone like this...Build quality 7/10Reception 10/10Call quality 8/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 6/10Camera 8/10UI speed 5/10Everyday usage 7/10Text input 6/10Display 10/10Battery 5/10
- reasonable price
- poor RAM...
- no flash for camera
- freeze and restart sometimes
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posted on 25 Oct 2012, 06:45 (Posts: 0; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)
OLSTV has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Best touch screen phone i have come across among the price category.. speed is good..display is good.. but the only issue i noticed was poor music speaker. surfing is fine if you want to check news of stock market updates apps work just quite wellBuild quality 10/10Reception 9/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 6/10Camera 8/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 9/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- good ui
- poor speaker
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posted on 09 Sep 2012, 05:50 (Posts: 0; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)
ubaid137 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
The Nokia 500 is a good smartphone with Nokia Belle..The phone is powered by 1 GHz processor. It would be great if it has GPU and Autofocus in Camera..Any how the phone is better since it has low price...Build quality 8/10Reception 8/10Call quality 10/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 4/10UI speed 7/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 9/10Display 9/10Battery 8/10
- Nokia Belle
- 1 GHz processor
- Display (3.2 inches with 229 ppi)
- Light sensor
- Back covers
- Light weight (93 gms)
- Camera lacks autofocus
- No flash light
- no front facing camera
- low resolution video capture (VGA 15 fps)
- No GPU (cant play HD games)
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posted on 25 Jul 2012, 11:41 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)
Best Phone @ the range of Rs.10,000
AkashRockz has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
Its the Best Phone under its Price range. Its 5 Mega Pixel Camera take Great Pictures and after Nokia Belle Update its look is got more awesome. Its the Best Smartphone I ever used with its Super Fast Internet and Cool User Interface.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
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posted on 09 Jul 2012, 06:53 (Posts: 0; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)
Great phone, great price
philip10khor has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
The Nokia 500 has a nice interface, good price, decent features - but you've got to update to Nokia Belle for more.
I bought my 500 with Symbian Anna preinstalled. Experienced frequent restarts. However the Nokia Belle update resolved most problems and brought along an excellent user interface, compared to Anna. Microsoft Business Apps (Office)is also available as an optional update.Build quality 9/10Reception 9/10Call quality 9/10Internet 7/10Multimedia 7/10Camera 9/10UI speed 7/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 7/10Display 8/10Battery 9/10
- Nice UI
- Easy to use
- Lags at times
- Will not receive Feature Pack updates in future despit 1Ghz processor
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posted on 17 Mar 2012, 11:28 (Posts: 0; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)
rmails has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
i am using the phone for more than a month, updated to belle immediately on purchase, it was smooth as silk. have more than enough widgets for comfort, 4 screens. fast, both use and internet. had some freezing problems, the mobile would freez for abt 30 sec max, would resume function thereafter. very rarely [one weekly, or lesser] now. Google maps works fine, but like said by others jst leave the wifi 'on', even if you have no wifi connection available, it works smooth. absolutely satisfied with this mobile and at its price. The 5mp camera works fine even without autofocus, in most lighting condition, atleast for every use if would use it for, i dont use it as a dedicated camera, but serves all practical functions.
Build quality 9/10Reception 9/10Call quality 9/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 9/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 9/10Display 9/10Battery 6/10
- good overall, best price
- battery life
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posted on 26 Jan 2012, 01:07 (Posts: 0; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)
great piece of hardware at such low price.. nokia rocks.. keep bringing phones like that.. :-)
mikerev has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I bought this mobile a while back.. quite frankly I m impressed with its features.. especially the navigation, multimedia and the improved interface.. any regular user should choose this phne over android at this price point.. the phone is real good.. superb experience.. Thanks Nokia.. :-)Build quality 8/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 8/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 7/10UI speed 8/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 7/10Display 8/10Battery 7/10
- low cost
- good screen
- just fyn camera for eeryday usage
- AWESOME MULTIMEDIA
- nyc UI, fast enough
- nyc social networking integration :-)
- belle update is coming soon :-)
- great computer connectivity, nyc nokia suite
- exchangable back panels, good looks, small and light
- free lifetime navigation with A-GPS which is just awesome :-)
- lags sometimes
- ocassional restarts
- no flash
- no 3D games
- no hd videos
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posted on 03 Nov 2011, 01:06 (Posts: 0; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
avinfaldu has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
and performing superb
it also support new coming os symbiam belle
nice looking one.
it's video quality is amazing.
inbuilt 2 gb memory make it more faster.
it's hand's free is average performing as usual in nokia phone otherwise inbuilt speaker quality is good
just if it has on flash with camera than becomes one of the best selling phone of nokia.Build quality 10/10Reception 8/10Call quality 6/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 8/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 8/10Display 9/10Battery 9/10
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posted on 28 Oct 2011, 21:46 (Posts: 0; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)
muneeb has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Hi Guys, I bought this mobile and faced same problem of restarting, the battery backup was very low and sometimes my display goes off. I went to Nokia Care and they updated the software to Anna 10.31. They suggested me to observe for 3 or four days without using memory card. I did as they suggested and my battery backup with usage came around 4 days and my mobile didn't restart. I thought problem was fixed and then I inserted my memory card, then again started the same problem. Now I'm using my mobile without memory card, good battery backup and it didn't get restart. I'm confused, how to use the memroy card for my mobile.
Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 2/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 2/10Text input 10/10Display 3/10Battery 2/10
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