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Sony Ericsson S500 Review

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At first the S500 was available in two color versions: Spring Yellow (our unit) and Mysterious Green, with a very futuristic design and later two new versions were released: Ice Purple and Contrasted Copper. It is mid-level “your average phone” and is not part of either the Cybershot or the Walkman family, but still packs multimedia features.

Sony Ericsson S500 Review
Sony Ericsson S500 Review
Sony Ericsson S500 Review

S500 is mid-sized slider with average weight (94 grams )and relatively slim profile measuring 0.6” (14mm). It fits nicely in the hand, and for the opening of the slider, spring mechanism assists you. We don’t like that its movement is not smooth and when you open it to the half, the mechanism pushes it sharply to the end. Also, the upper slider doesn’t cover the whole bottom part, and you cannot push from the bottom, but should push the front side instead.

Model Dimension (Inches) Dimension (mm) Weight (oz) Weight (Gramms)
Sony Ericsson S500 3.9" x 1.9" x 0.6" 99 x 47 x 14 3.3 94
Sony Ericsson W580 3.9" x 1.9" x 0.6" 99 x 47 x 14 3.3 94
Samsung E840 4.0" x 2.1" x 0.4" 101.5 x 52.5 x 10.6 2.9 83
Samsung D900 4.1" x 2.0" x 0.50" 103.5 x 51 x 12.9 3.0 85

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2-nd image, from left to right - Sony Ericsson S500, Sony Ericsson W580, Sony Ericsson K850, Sony Ericsson K530
3-th image from bottom to top - Sony Ericsson S500, Sony Ericsson W580, Sony Ericsson K530, Sony Ericsson K850

When closed, the phone has mat yellow finish applied to the front and back and the sides are in contrasting white. When opened, you see that the front of the bottom slider (where the keyboard is) and the back of the top slider (where is the camera) are in silver metallic color. This is unusual combination of colors which is extravagant, and makes the phone stand out of the crowd.

The display and the navigation buttons are on the front side of the top slider. The display is QVGA with 262k colors and size of 2 inches. It is bright and contrasting unit but as it was with the W910, the colors could be more and the transition from one hue to another is not very smooth.
Below are the navigation keys, including two software buttons, back (arrow) and clear keys, internet button and shortcut. Typical for Sony Ericsson, they are small but with good relief and enough space between each other. In the middle is the circular 5-way d-pad which is illuminated in signal green-yellow.

QVGA display - Sony Ericsson S500 Review
Navigation keys - Sony Ericsson S500 Review

QVGA display

Navigation keys



Right below, located on the front side of the top slider is the loudspeaker, which is used for ringtone playback. It is loud one, but one of the tracks preloaded with the phone had noises when put to highest level.

The numeric keypad is almost totally flat and they keys are small, grouped together in rows. We would prefer them with bigger size, using the space otherwise left in areas around them. The whole keyboard is illuminated in white. Working with the buttons is easy, so one will hardly have any trouble with it – even the small selection keys are pressed without any difficulty. It is also a convenient feature that the basic operation keys are available at a closed telephone, thus making it even easier to use.

Sony Ericsson S500 Review
Sony Ericsson S500 Review
Sony Ericsson S500 Review


On the right is the proprietary jack, and on the left is the volume control rocker, which is the only side key. Rather strange for the brand is that this key is on the top slider instead on the bottom one. The two sides also pack elongated LED lights, which blink in bluish (theme dependent) color. When a call comes, they blink in Red-Green-Blue, but don’t indicate a missed call with any color.

Left Side - Sony Ericsson S500 Review
Right Side - Sony Ericsson S500 Review
Top Side - Sony Ericsson S500 Review

Left Side

Right Side

Top Side


The top side houses the tiny power button and the slot for M2 memory cards.

The battery cover lid takes no less than the half of the phone’s back; more precisely – its lower part. It is well secured, without any instability or play and the ends are slightly curved. The pursuit of Sony Ericsson to secure it tightly has led to a fairly difficult opening – even more difficult than that of S500. The easiest way to remove it is pressing in the middle and then pushing it away with a jerk. One gets accustomed to this after a few tries, so irritation might fade away a little; and still, it is rather annoying not to be able to open your phone at the start, or open it in the end, but only after minutes of unsuccessful attempts to do so.

Sony Ericsson S500 Review

We noticed another, though small, inconvenience – when inserting or replacing the SIM-card one has to press it a lot to the inside until the mechanism clicks. In case you cannot rely on fingernails, you must have another object at hand in order to press it; for us the most frequently used one was the corner of the back-lid.

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Display240 x 320 pixels TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size3.89 x 1.85 x 0.55 inches
(99 x 47 x 14 mm)
3.31 oz  (94 g)
Battery900 mAh, 9 hours talk time

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