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Toshiba Portege G500 Review

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The G500 definitely has the appearance of a business-targeted model, made in gray and black color scheme. It has decent size, when we don’t count the thickness of almost one inch (22.9mm) which makes it looks just old-school, being twice thicker than modern regular phones, and even smartphones, like the i-mate SPL for example. The Vox is also a slider but has a QWERTY and still is 22% thinner at 0.7” (17.7mm).

Being in slider form-factor, it must be opened most of the time in order to be used, but this is not really pleasant operation: the only place where you can conveniently put your finger is the display, which will get stained very easily. There is a spring-mechanism to assist this, but it gets activated only when the slide is almost at end when the slide is opened or closed and is not very helpful. Although it is fat, G500 stays nicely in the hand thanks to the small length and width and the rounded curves. In the pocket, it is easily felt also thanks to the weight of 4.8 oz (135 grams) and we would have preferred to wear it in a leather case attached to the belt.

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Toshiba Portege G500 Review
On the front surface are located from top to bottom: the speaker with LED (left) and front (VGA) camera (right), PORTEGE branding, 2.3” QVGA display, TOSHIBA logo, navigation keys and numeric keyboard (bottom slider). This is a standard arrangement for a phone and the only strange thing is the LED which is hidden in the black glossy surface and looks as a sensor, as it is inactive most of the time.

The 2.3 inches size of the display is a good achievement considering the phone’s size. It isn’t the best screen on the market but does its job. The resolution is the standard one (240x320) which you will find in almost all modern higher-end phones. The colors have slightly yellow nuance, especially the white which isn’t clear white. The display cannot be compared to those of modern Nokia which have more saturated colors and live image. This one is not good for bright direct light, in which reading it will be hard.

Below, but on the same slider, are 6 small navigation keys and the 5-way d-pad in the middle. These are the two software keys, home and back and answer/reject. The home and back keys are smaller, being less important. The three rows are situated at different height, and you can easily feel them by touching, although there is no space left between. The 5-way d-pad is also easy to feel and the small size doesn’t reflect on its usability, which is excellent.

The block with the numeric keys also lacks space between the rows and columns, but the relief here is less noticeable, still the keys are slightly raised in the bottom part. The size is average but they press easy and with strong tactile feedback. The backlight of the whole keyboard is in dirty white and is not very bright.

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The phone has 4 more keys, but they are on the sides. On the right is the large and raised in the ends volume rocker and the small but very easy to feel camera shortcut. On the top is small circular power key. As a whole, the G500’s keyboard has very good relief and its keys are easily felt without looking at them, which is a great plus.

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Left side

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Bottom


On the top there is a hole for attaching a strap, on the left is the 2.5mm stereo jack, covered with plastic and on the bottom, also hidden, is the miniUSB port for cable/charger connectivity.

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Toshiba PORTEGE G500

Toshiba PORTEGE G500

OS: Windows Mobile Standard 5.0
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Display2.3 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (174 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 416 MHz, Marvell PXA270 processor
64 MB RAM
Size3.77 x 1.92 x 0.90 inches
(96 x 49 x 22.9 mm)
4.76 oz  (135 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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