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The Sony Ericsson S500 is a mid-range sliding handset with quad-band 2G reception.

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Hardware is sleek and pleasing to the eye while its day/night, season-specific animated themes are also quite nice.

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Excellent battery life for a quad-band phone.

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Sliding the closed is a little awkward as it's likely you'll get finger smudges all over the display or hit a button by accident.

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Proprietary headset connector makes MP3 playback less desirable.

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Coloured sidelighting is "adjustable"... but only allows for adjusting incoming call colour (no contact-specific colour adjusting).

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Requires proprietary Disc2Phone software for any type of file transfer.

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Middle navigation button is surrounded by a raised frame, making menu navigation awkward.

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.


The Sony Ericsson S500 is a mid-range sliding handset with quad-band 2G reception. It has two different release names, the European/North American S500i, and the Chinese s500c, both with identical features except for the S500c's Chinese character inputs. The handset has a colored metallic keypad and 2.0"-diagonal 256k-color screen. It allows SMS, MMS, email and instant messaging, comes with NetFront browser, and allows subscriptions to RSS feeds. It has an mp3 player as well with track identification. Internal memory is 12MB, but this can be expanded via M2 stick up to 2GB. Also included is Bluetooth connectivity, downloadable ringtones and ringtone composer, and 2.0-megapixel digital camera with video recording. The S500 also has fairly long battery life, with up to 9 hour of talk time per charge.

  • Release Date: June 2007
  • S500i for North America/Europe, S500c for mainland China
  • Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • 256k-color screen with unique light effects
  • 12MB internal memory, up to 2GB with M2 memory stick
  • 2.0-megapixel digital camera with video capture
  • mp3 player with track recognition
  • SMS, MMS, EMS, email messaging
  • Internet browsing over WAP 2.0/xHTML
  • Bluetooth v2.0
  • Up to 9h talk time battery life
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