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Nokia 500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 333 reviews of Nokia 500. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and usability. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably, but there are some critical reviews about the text input.

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text input

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Nokia 500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Nokia 500 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on People really like the price and battery. The portability and design are also appreciated, whereas comments are divided on the durability. There are some critical comments about the performance.

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83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nokia 500 Sim Free Mobile Phone - BlackNokia 500 Refurbished on T-mobile Pay As You Go with £10 airtime credit

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: GSMArena team (

Nokia 500 preview: First look


The Nokia 500 is not a phone Nokia desperately needs to succeed. They've got bigger things on their mind and we don't mean Windows Phone 7. With Symbian Belle just launched on two brand new handsets, the Anna-running Nokia 500 is beyond hope of getting...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: PhoneArena Team (

Nokia 500 Review


The Nokia 500 is the mass production of the new Nokia Symbian line, as it has the lowest specs out of the bunch announced in time for the holiday shopping craze. With that said, it's no slouch, as it sports a decent display with 229ppi pixel density,...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: S. R. Obbayi (

Nokia 500 Reviewed: Affordable and Feature-Packed


The Nokia 500 is an entry level smartphone fitted generously with a high performance processor and lots of memory. This touch-screen smartphone features the latest Symbian operating system with a much improved software performance, new Nokia Maps,...

The Nokia 500 is an entry level smartphone that gives good first impressions and does not disappoint. It may lack important features such as the camera flash, but this phone is rated as an entry level phone which relieves the user of high expectations.

Expert review by: Pocket Lint (

Nokia 500 pictures and hands-on


The Nokia 500 is pitched as an affordable, but colourful, feature phone and as we understand it, will be exclusive to Carphone Warehouse in the UK. It's a compact Symbian Anna handset, offering up a vibrant 3.2-inch screen with a 640 x 360 pixel...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Joseph Hanlon (

Nokia 500


The Nokia 500 isn't the big daddy of Nokia's 2011 portfolio, but, if the price is right, the 500 could find its way into a number of pockets and purses.

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: What Mobile (

Nokia 500 review


In February last year, Nokia dropped a bombshell on the mobile world: its new CEO, Stephen Elop, stood on stage in London with Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer to announce that it would begin to make Windows Phone devices. That was a remarkable about-turn...

Even if low price Android alternatives and Nokia’s Windows Phone debutantes didn’t exist, the Nokia 500 would still be a poor buy. With a tiny screen and old fashioned OS, the Nokia 500 fails from the very start.

May, 2012

Expert review by: Steve (

Review: Nokia 500


Following on from Rafe's introductory look, on video, at the Nokia 500, the cheapest Symbian smartphone of the modern era, I look in more detail and its form, function and performance. It's worlds away from flagships like the N8, but does it still have...

The tech media has dismissed Symbian smartphones (utterly wrongly) for three years as 'no better than feature phones', and in the Nokia 500 they might have a point. However, I'd argue that it sits squarely at the intersection between the two markets...

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: Rafe (

Review: Nokia 500 (quick look video)


In this quick look video review, we kick off our review coverage of the Nokia 500. The video covers the key hardware and design features and also includes a look at the in-box content, plus a demonstration of the device's exchangeable back covers. At...

More details are available in our Nokia 500 launch story.

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: Amalya (

Nokia 500 vs. Samsung Galaxy Ace


Several days ago I tried to compare the upcoming Nokia 500 with the HTC Wildfire S, and it came out that in many aspects Nokia's entry-level smartphone is even better than HTC's mid-range device. Now I want to compare the Nokia 500 with the Samsung...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: Amalya (

Nokia 500 vs. HTC Wildfire S. Which One is Better?


The Nokia 500 was announced only several days ago, but it has already caught the attention of many geeks with its Symbian Anna OS and low price. HTC is also offering quite an interesting device – the Android-based HTC Wildfire S, which isn't very...

Aug, 2011

Product Specifications

Processor Brand:ARM
Processor Number:ARM11


Autofocus: No
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: No
Video Resolution in Pixel:640 x 480 (VGA)


Audio Playback: Yes
GPS Receiver:Built-in
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:GSM/PCN / WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:Symbian
Operating System Version:NOKIA/SYMBIAN
Operator:EE / MVNO / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Vodafone
Product Type:Mobile Phone / Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes


Processor Brand:ARM
Processor Number:ARM11