Sony Ericsson S500 Review


Although the phone is not of the Cyber-Shot or Walkman brand, it has quite a lot of their multimedia functionality.

The first noteworthy feature is the 2 megapixel camera, unfortunately without an auto-focus or a flashlight as in the Cyber-Shot series. It is activated from the menu or directly from the camera button and the time lapse pressing and actual activation is less than 2 seconds. The camera is portrait-oriented and the standard information is displayed on the screen: number of photos in the available memory, resolution, and location of storing. Activating any additional functions will be presented by the respective symbol

One can select one of the 3 possible photo resolutions: VGA, 1 and 2 megapixel.

One must take into consideration the absence of a flashlight when taking pictures indoors; in darker places the ability to do so will be limited. At good light the images are of medium quality: there is some blurring of the details but almost no “noise”. With the light going down, the pictures get less clear with even the object of the photo hardly recognizable, so as a whole the result is unsatisfactory. The lack of macro mode is also noticeable; as you can see for yourselves, it is practically impossible to make out the inscriptions. The results are much better outdoors, but the quality of the image is once again basically dependent on light. The photos feature good color presentation, yet one can perceive the lack of detail and the blur of the background objects. Take a look at the images that we have taken in order to get an idea of what the 2 megapixel camera can achieve in reality.

One has no choice of resolution when doing video-clips: it is the same as with the older company series – 176 x 144 pixels – and the respective result rather unsatisfactory, rendering the videos unusable in reality for anything but MMS.

Media Player:

According to information, supplied by the manufacturer, the music and video players of S500 support the following file formats: AAC, AAC+, E-AAC+, MP3, MP4, M4A, WAV. We tested the player and see that it doesn’t have any problem with MP4 H.263 video. Viewing streaming video is also possible due to the 3GPP support of the device. To enjoy music, one can also make use of a Bluetooth stereo headset since the phone supports the A2DP profile, providing a wireless stereo signal.

The music player is the one from non-Walkman smartphones. It can sort the music by some artist/album but the interface won’t visualize album cover during playback.


The phone comes with a preinstalled two web based application, called AccuWeather, providing information and weather forecast after connecting to the Internet, and with Audible you can download spoken audio entertainment, information, or educational programming.

And killing time is secured by the Lumines Challenge game – a modification of Tetris, and Brain Juice, which displays differently shaped and colored images, requiring the fastest possible answer to a question that has been asked beforehand.

Of course, one can always complement this software with favorite games or programs thanks to the Java MIDP 2.0 support.



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  • Display 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Storage 0.012 GB
  • Battery 900 mAh(9.00h talk time)

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