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Nokia 500 Auto Navigation

Nokia 500 Auto Navigation
alaScore 81

106 reviews

Apr, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 106 reviews of Nokia 500 Auto Navigation. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Reviewers really like the durability and size. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably, but reviews are divided on the route planning.

usability, price, performance, size, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Nokia 500 Auto Navigation is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Troy Dreier (

Nokia 500 Auto Navigation


A cell phone maker tries its hand at GPS and delivers a dud.

Bluetooth for hands-free calling, Fast rerouting, Music, photo, and video features, Pronounces street names

Large size, Blandly colored maps, Weak FM transmitter, Outdated POI list

The FM transmitter was a big problem. It's weak and could play music over our car stereo only when the Nokia 500 was held directly against the radio. Even then, it was staticky. When the device was mounted to the windshield, we got no signal at all....

Aug, 2008

Expert review by : Bonnie Cha (

Nokia 500 Auto Navigation review


Nokia 500 Auto Navigation

The Nokia 500 Auto Navigation system offers text-to-speech functionality and traffic information capabilities. The GPS device also features a 4.3-inch touch screen, integrated Bluetooth, and accurate directions.

The Nokia 500's user interface and navigation software isn't as intuitive or easy to use as competing products from TomTom and Garmin. It's also expensive.

The Nokia 500 Auto Navigation improves over its predecessor and offers a decent set of features and performance, but the GPS needs some work in terms of ease of use and interface.

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : Digit Mobile Phones (

Nokia 500


The Nokia 500 is a stylish multimedia phone with excellent widgets. It has a large 3.2 inch TFT Touchscreen which is excellent to use and great for watching movies, videos, etc. It has access to On demand WebTV widgets so you can easily watch internet...

Jul, 2013

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

Consumer review (

Overall not good..!


I had Nokia GPS for more than 2 years, which I came across two issues. First it never says where the destination (right / left) and it is a puzzle most of the times! Secondly I could not find online updates for new maps!

Dec, 2010

Consumer review (

A not bad product you can buy it..


I have been using Nokia 500 from past 1 year and I did not find any problem with it. 1. The overall value of this product is good only problem I see is its size and the mounting.2. The performance of this product is not bad and the problem is it does...

Dec, 2009

Consumer review (

I now love this thing


I now love this thing, but now I'm no longer running the Smart2Go nav software that came with it. There is a web site that has a ton of info on how to unlock this device and load other nav programs. This is a WindowsCE...

Jun, 2009

Consumer review (

Great product for the Price


I'm now using this product for last 3 months and I'm very happy with this product. This product works as advertized. MP3 player, video player and FM transmitter works great. Bluetooth enables handsfree which is really excellent feature. It also allows...

Jun, 2009

Consumer review (

Complicated to use and very very limited POIs


This GPS is not easy to use. Bluetooth phone call quality is poor and the bad thing is that it has very limited points of interest. It should not cost more than $50 in my opinion. Nokia should have an update POI to suplement the deficiency in POIs.

May, 2009

Consumer review (

Very useful


Versatile and very useful. Not only I can get directions but also I can listen music while I am driving. Sometimes it wants to take other routes that are not the best ones, so I recommend you to look at google maps or ask somebody just to be sure.

May, 2009

Product Specifications

The super-efficient Nokia 500 Auto Navigation allows you to get to your destination quickly and easily, see who is calling, and make quality handsfree calls. The Nokia 500 Auto Navigation is Nokia's first handsfree dedicated personal navigation device for convenient in-car navigation and communication. In addition to integrated GPS and competitive in-car navigation features, the device also acts as a complete Bluetooth handsfree system for your compatible mobile phone. Its wide (4.3 inch) color screen makes it easy to search through your contacts and make and receive calls, and the handsfree speaker system with Digital Signal Processing (DSP) provides excellent audio quality. Navigating couldn't be easier - equipped with high-sensitivity GPS and Nokia maps navigation software, the Nokia 500 Auto Navigation gives clear spoken and visual directions (turn-by-turn, including street and city names). For longer journeys, keep yourself and your passengers amused with the Nokia 500 Auto Navigation's advanced entertainment features. Listen to music from the integrated music player or for those down-times on the road, view photographs or watch videos, making any road trip a fun trip!


Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1


Run Time (Up To):2hour(s)

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:4.3"
Diagonal Size (metric):10.9 cm
Resolution:480 x 272


Built-in camera: No


Color of product:Black / Grey
Form Factor:Fixed / Handheld/Fixed / Plug-in

Digital Player (PF)

Digital Player: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:4.3
Display number of colors:65536 colours
Display Resolution:480 x 272 / 480 x 282
Display size (HxV):4.3
Display size (HxV) (imperial):4.3
Native Aspect Ratio:16:9
Touch screen: Yes
Widescreen: Yes

Energy Management

Battery life (max):2
Battery Type:Built-In
Power source type:Battery

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, eAAC+, MP3, WMA / AAC, MP3, WMA
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPEG XR, PNG / BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG / BMP, GIF, PNG
Video compression format:3GP, MPEG4, WMV
Video formats supported:3GP,MPEG4,WMV

GPS System

GPS Functions / Services:Distance / Speed
Recommended Use:Automotive
Traffic Services:TMC (Traffic Message Channel)
Type:GPS receiver

GPS Type

Auto: Yes
Aviation: No
Geocaching (GPS stash hunt): No
Marine (chartplotters, sounders): No
Outdoor (hiking, trekking): No
Sport (fitness, running): No

GPS type



Model:500 Auto Navigation
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nokia


Ability to add maps: Yes
Map coverage:All Europe
Map view options:2D, 3D / 3D
Maps included: Yes


Compatible memory cards:miniSD, SDHC / SDHC
Included memory card size:2


House numbers: Yes
Traffic Message Channel (TMC): Yes
Voice commands: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):-25 - 55
Operating temperature range (T-T):-25 - 55

Other Features

Basemap: Yes
Bundled hardware:Personal Navigation Device PD-14\nMobile Holder CR-91\nUniversal Mount HH-12\nUSB Data Cable DKE-2\nMobile Charger DC-1001 (USB connector)\nMemory Card MU-36 (2 GB mini-SD)\nDVD ROM\nDVD ROM
GPS receiver:SiRF Star III LP
I/O ports:1 x miniUSB / 1 x miniUSB\n3.5 mm Jack

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Mini-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Battery life (max):2
Battery Type:Built-In
Power source type:Battery


Built-in processor:Samsung S3C2440A
Processor:Samsung S3C2440A
Processor frequency:400
Processor model:Samsung S3C2440A


Bundled software:Windows CE 5.0
Operating system installed:Windows CE / Windows CE 5.0
Operating system version:5.0

Technical Details

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Color of product:Black / Grey
FM Transmitter: Yes
Form Factor:Fixed / Handheld/Fixed / Plug-in
Image viewer: Yes
Interface Type:Touch Screen
MP3-player: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Number of Waypoints:Y
Text-to-speech message reader: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.886 / 3.4 / 3.43
Height:0.11 / 0.886 / 3.43