Samsung D500 review
Samsung's D500 has been around for a while now, but its price has fallen dramatically.
It was a good phone when it cost several hundred pounds, and it's now a bargain at just £90. It's a small, slide-open handset with one large colour screen. When in standby this displays the time and date. The sliding action feels smooth, unlike that of the more expensive E370. The main keypad is inside, with menu navigation keys always available on the top of the device. All these buttons are responsive and make typing easy.
The main menu uses nine simple icons, with text submenus. A quick-launch menu allows you to open any messages or access the internet quickly. Sliding open the phone exposes a 1.3-megapixel camera with an LED light. It takes decent pictures, although without the detail of those from Sony's W810i.
The email client works well, but it displays messages in an annoyingly large font so you can't get much on the screen. The web browser, however, is better and uses a smaller font. You can play MP3 or AAC music files, but with 80MB of memory and no memory card slot this phone isn't suited to regular use as an MP3 player. If you want an inexpensive but well-made phone for calls and occasional short emails, this is a great choice.
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