The Nokia 500 is actually a good effort by Nokia, it is an affordable phone which is powered with Symbian Anna and can be further updated with Symbian Belle.
The Nokia 500 lets you choose your favorite colors as it comes with changeable back panels.In terms of the internals on this device, it comes with a 1GHZ processor which is the fastest in its class, a 256Mb RAM, 2GB of internal memory and a 5 megapixel camera not powered with a flash. It also consist of a GPS and a full range of sensors it is an excellent value for money in hardware terms. For a phone which costs about 9500 Indian Rupees these features are actually quite good. \
Talking about the performance of this device, I am now using this device from last 2 weeks or so and I have to say this device stood-up to everything i virtually threw on it. No problems of hanging or stuff like that, multitasking is not a problem with the Nokia 500. It comes with a BL-4U 1000 mah 3.7v battery which performs amazingly well lasting up-to 2 days on moderate use.The expandable memory is upto 32Gb which again is another add on and enhances the phones capabilities.
Now coming to the design, it weighs about 93 grams which actually is very light in hand. It is dominated by the 3.2″inch TFT capacitive touchscreen. On the top side of the phone is a 3.5 mm head phone jack, a regular micro USB at the center, and the charging hole to the right.On the back side there is the loudspeaker grill (which actually provides good quality and loud enough music playback) to the side of the 5 megapixel camera.Towards the right edges of the phone is a lock key and the volume control key although the absence of the camera control key is a little disappointing. All in all the looks and design of Nokia 500 I can say are just okay but not at all a head-turner. The changeable set of back panel colors gives the phone a youth look but yet the simplicity and conservative approach towards the design makes the phone look ordinary.
Although Nokia 500 is such a good buy when one compares the price with the features provided, but what I understand here is that Nokia has played smart, it has given this phone a serious limitation, it lacks a GPU (Graphic Processing unit) and a 3D graphic co-processor.
This makes the phone sluggish when it comes to Video playback. The device plays crisp and clear videos which run at about 15 Frames per second as shown in the above picture, but when we play a video of over 15 Frames per second the phone either does not support the audio or sometimes the whole video clip, HD videos are not at all supported by this device so its better if we just do not talk about it, also the aspect ratio has to be adjusted manually each time you play a video either online or a video in your phones memory, so this one limitation one has to bear with the Nokia 500.
Actually the limitation is not only with the video play back but the lack of a GPU and a 3D graphic co-processor also does not enable HD gaming on this device.Although we may find Angry birds pre-installed on the device, but its a Java format game which has been specially designed for the Nokia 500.
I just tried to download some games for my Nokia 500 from the Ovi store but to my disappointment there were just handful of them also not that attractive.
No Tv Output and No camera flash are other limitation the phone suffers, looking at phones price one can understand the lack of a GPU and 3D graphic co-processor but I feel Nokia has blundered by not providing the Tv out and camera flash options.
I will wrap up the review saying that although Nokia 500 has its cons but when we weigh the pros against the cons the the pros win hands on.I would also like to add that people who have used other Nokia devices such as the C6-01,N8 or the C7 wont like this phone, it will actually be a downgrade for such users.
But users who have never used devices with Symbian^3 OS can actually buy this as a entry level phone and the price at which it is offered will actually persuade anyone to buy it.