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The Sony Ericsson S500i is a slider phone inspired by nature, which is reflected with the materials and patterns, changing its themes and menu to match the season and from day to night. In other words, the mood lighting glows different colours when you receive a call or text – a nice touch. Another neat little extra is that the handset vibrates slightly as you move from item to item in the main menu.
It is a fairly large device - 47 x 99 x 14 mm, growing to 130 mm when slid open and weighs 94 g. It comes with a flash-less 2 megapixel camera and basic Web connectivity but excellent music - as one might expect with Sony. There is the Disc2phone PC music software that originally shipped with the Walkman handset, useful either for transferring your existing computer library or ripping CDs.
The S500i is adequate for SMS, MMS and email messaging and basic Web browsing – GPRS only (no EDGE or 3G). A flash-less 2 megapixel camera is only really good for snaps, but with only 12 Mbytes’ internal memory it would soon need a memory stick (there is a microSD slot) to provide the storage.
The music player, supporting all popular formats, is enhanced by a five-band equaliser and delivers good volume. Battery life is rated at up to nine hours’ talk time and 15 days on standby from a full charge.
- Built-in handsfree
- EDGE for high speed data access
- FM Radio
- MP3 Player
- Multimedia Service MMS
- Polyphonic ring tone
- Slide phone
- SMS - text messages
- Video recorder