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Nokia 500 Auto Navigation

alaTest has collected and analyzed 283 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the design and screen are on the whole positive. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the memory.

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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 79/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Nokia 500 Auto Navigation

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 71 user reviews of Nokia 500 Auto Navigation from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com.

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70% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Nokia 500 4.3-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator

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Large size, Blandly colored maps, Weak FM transmitter, Outdated POI list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

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Nokia 500 Auto Navigation

 

First announced at SEMA 2007 , the Nokia 500 Auto Navigation system is finally hitting the streets. It's the second portable navigation device we've seen from the Finnish cell phone manufacturer (the first being the Nokia 330 Auto Navigation ) and it's...

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.

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"Not recommending to buy this gps."

 

I only know the Nokia 500, but there's got to be better models with better service.

- looks nice and appealing, with a lot of extras, but see my cons below

- DO NOT DOWNLOAD UPDATE. Your bluetooth will not work afterwards and

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"NOT FOR OFFROAD USE"

 

I bought this product to guide me in deserts. That purpose is completely defeated. This is only for those who only drive on roads. It cannot show the track through which we came so that we can return along same. FM transmitter switch off after 1...

Reasonable price, good screen & sensitivity. good maps. good signal reception.

Bulky, No map given on CD. windshield fixing stand is enormous - like an elephant tusk. charging full takes hours & hours. map in on sd card. - No internal memory. Cannot keep track of route taken offroad. Nokia support people doesnt knowthe features

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Maybe not the best but not the worst!!!!

 

Accurate, work well, easy to use. Bluetooth, work well with my Iphone

Did not find anything wrong

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YES NOKIA SUPPORT AND SERVICE IS REALLY TERRIBLE

 

I had similar problem. There was a problem and had to return it to Nokia service center. Dealing with them is a nightmare and they refuse to replace it. The excuse was don't have any in stock but I could place a new order that would be filled. Go...

Nice screen, works smoothly when it is working

Not work purchasing because if something goes wrong then good luck with customer service

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"NOKIA - WARNING! Support Is Terrible"

 

The Nokia 500 looks great but when received from Buy.Com it did not work. Buy.Com does offer support service and sent me to NOKIA. Nokia made me mail it to a service center. After 5 weeks (they did not call or respond) I called them and they said it...

None.... it never worked from Brand New

TERRIBLE SUPPORT FROM NOKIA MAKES THIS A VERY BAD CHOICE!

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NOKIA - WARNING! Support Is Terrible

 

The Nokia 500 looks great but when received from Buy.Com it did not work. Buy.Com does offer support service and sent me to NOKIA. Nokia made me mail it to a service center. After 5 weeks (they did not call or respond) I called them and they said it...

None.... it never worked from Brand New

TERRIBLE SUPPORT FROM NOKIA MAKES THIS A VERY BAD CHOICE

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Excellent GPS. It has all important functions

 

I do not see any problem with this device. It is not complicated, and user interface is not bad at all. I do not agree with Bonnie about that. All functions are there, and they are working. What is very important, bluetooth work well with my Palm Treo...

Bluetooth works well with Plam Treo 750. Exellent Menu button bellow the screen - makes life easier

Graphics is not the best. The name of the street on the map are small, not ease to read

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Great GPS for the price

 

Many people complain about this GPS for little glitches it has, but if you forget the idea "you get what you pay for" for a moment and stop finding its flaws, it's really good GPS for the price. Decent map data, Free Traffic info, nice Blue-tooth...

1 Decent map data and navigation software ; 2 Good bluetooth functionality ; 3 Free Traffic information through TMC ; 4 MP3 player with audio-out (recommended) or FM transmitter is great ; 5 Lots of small perks like pedestrian mode, world maps, ect

1 Sometimes slow to acquire satellite signal, no signal in-doors ; 2 Might become sluggish at moments ; 3 FM transmitter is weak ; 4 Plays only Quicktime MP4 videos, no DivX ; 5 No option to select qwerty keyboard ; 6 Car charger might get stuck in the...

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!

Battery

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

Built-in Display

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

Digital Player (PF)

Digital Player: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.9in
Height:3.4in
Width:4.8in

GPS System

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

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