WIND Mobile Nokia 500 Review

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  • JustAnotherDan

    More Nokia = +1
    More Huawei = FAIL.

    Good for WIND for carrying Nokia phones.
    Now just start supporting Windows Phone 7. 😉

    • Robert

      Regarding the Reception:

      When WiFi is enabled, the Nokia 500 keeps getting switched to Wind Away.

      My older Huawei U7519 gave me Wind Home where I live.

      Not sure if the Wifi is causing me to go Wind Away but it certainly seems like it.

      It wont even search for Wind Home since it has a good Wind Away signal.

      Since I am not official covered in the map I cannot complain to Wind Mobile.

      Also I do not want to disable Wind Away, because if it loses the signal I will miss important calls.

      I think Wind Mobile made modifications to the firmware which is causing issues.

  • Tom

    Regarding the intro…

    This is a smartphone, so I think it is comparable to a low-end Android.

    And if I’m going to buy a low-end smartphone I’d rather it have an OS that is viable and healthy – not one that is dead.

    Just wish I could find a low-end Android with the ‘fantastic call quality’ that you ascribe to this phone. Anyone know of one?

    Too bad Nokia doesn’t make Androids!

    • Me Ted

      Nexus S

  • cheenachatze

    “These folks are a diminishing bunch.” Do you have any statistics to back this claim? Or do you base it on you and your two best friends?

  • They see me Trollin’, they Hatin’

    If it doesn’t have WP7 on it, it’s garbage.

    • Mark

      Are you the one and the same who earlier was “throllin”? Why the big change?

  • T H

    I always enjoy when the 20th Anniversary Optimus Prime makes an appearance in Daniel’s test shots. Nice touch!

  • Magneto

    Hmmmmmmm this or the Galaxy Nexus???

    lolol

    • Raoul

      Are you trying to be funny?…Or are you just stupid?

    • Wil

      Great comment! Good to know that you think Galaxy Nexus is so bad that it should be compared to Nokia’s cheapest entry level smartphone. By the way, you’ll get about three (3) Nokia 500s for the price of a single Galaxy Nexus. The decision which one to select should be a no-brainer, at least for those people who need to use their own hard earned cash to purchase their smartphones.

  • T H

    It’s okay, Magneto, I think Raoul is one of those unfortunate souls born without the sarcasm gene… 😉

  • roman129

    Your review missed one important aspect. Reception.
    I’ve had a Nokia 5230 (predecessor of the 500), and it was awful, but it had amazing reception. In areas where my current Nexus S can barely hold on signal, the 5230 has half of its signal bars intact.

    I imagine the 500 retains Nokia’s legendary reception performance, and that’s the only reason I would consider this phone, especially on Wind’s newer, less dense network.

    • Daniel Bader

      @roman129, I thought I did address this, but if you need further clarification, I found the Nokia 500 to give me full bars where other devices wouldn’t. The antenna appears to be very strong and I never lost a signal or dropped a call.

    • amc

      reception very much same as 5230, i mean excellent.
      i had 5230 for almost 2years (and unfortunately broke it), so, i can really compare it with 500:

      500 pro:
      – much faster
      – 1.5Gb of free storage, it does not have annoying “disk full” problem when you can’t install in phone memory because too much space taken by your mailbox.
      – wifi
      – much better home screens, not at android level yet, but far away from awful old symbian
      – better design

      500 cons:
      – unstable symbian^3. it does reboot once a day or more often.
      – dramatically less app selection: you may not be able to find 5230 app for 500.
      – no skype (did i say app selection is bad? yes it’s VERY BAD)

      500 advantage over cheap androids (200$ less)
      – NOKIA reception quality
      – screen. have you tried to use 240*320 cheap android? it’s useless.
      – battery life

      Final:
      1. 5230 is (was) better because you have much better apps selection. you may end up without something which are using every day or every week, like no skype on 500. so, 500 looks better, but 5230 functionally better.
      2. never buy cheap android. never. if you can’t pay 300+ go with nokia. it’s unbelievably better.

      disclaimer:
      it’s my point, based on personal experience. and i fully expect someone else may have totally different opinion.

    • Robert

      This is NOT true.

      When WiFi is enabled, the Nokia 500 keeps getting switched to Wind Away.

      My older Huawei U7519 gave me Wind Home where I live.

      Not sure if the Wifi is causing me to go Wind Away but it certainly seems like it.

      It wont even search for Wind Home since it has a good Wind Away signal.

      Since I am not official covered in the map I cannot complain to Wind Mobile.

      Also I do not want to disable Wind Away, because if it loses the signal I will miss important calls.

      I think Wind Mobile made modifications to the firmware which is causing issues.

  • droidacolyte

    Man I wish Nokia made Androids. Nokia know how to make a PHONE. I like my smartphones. But they excel more as handheld computers rather than phones since they don’t exactly have good radio antennae. People will drool over the latest handheld computer from Apple, Samsung and HTC that just happens to have a radio antennae and readily give these phones high reviews. But rarely look at the reception. The iPhone 4 got a 9/10 from Engadget but it was plagued with reception and death grip issues. Critics are mostly fanboys who review smartphones based on how good they are as handheld computers. They don’t put enough emphasis on how great of a phone the device is.

    The Nokia may not have Android OS. But it’s not a POS like the Motorola Spice or the WIND Huaweis or Alcatels (I have a funny story about the Spice. I accidentally re-dialed a number and I hit the End Call button on the screen but the damn phone was laggy. So I hit End Call again and nothing. I started panicking so I hit it multiple times frantically to get the call to end but it didn’t. The other person finally hung up after hearing me cuss like a sailor on the other end in a fit of rage). Getting those low-end Androids is pretty much pointless. You are better off with the Nokia 500 or hell, even a featurephone, over those phones. Though stuff like the LG Optimus One (not available on WIND/Mobi but just using that as an example) appear to be decent for a low-end Android from what I heard.

    • astudent

      I own an optimus one in my arsenal of phones, it is a damn good phone for the price I paid. A lot of great developers are behind it over at XDA so its getting phenomenal support.

      You are right, Nokia knows how to make a phone; case and point n9/lumia 800. Its why my next phone is the lumia 800 once it comes to Canada. Its more for hardware quality although I do love wp7 as well.

  • T1MB1T

    WHAT are you waiting for! Support WIND!! So what if it does not work well WINDS needs subs! How else are they going to force the Government to lock out all the big 3 so WInd can buy all the spectrum!!!!

    WIND!!!

    • Rocco StiffReddi

      Well it seems it finally came out bitter.. Wind is shipping away all of the call centers jobs. No matter how much you cried amount it never going to happen it did. Justin Imbecile and the Steamed Veg all knew it to be true but they were quiet. Wind has less than 300k subs The imbecile confirmed that and the 5 billion? it was an offer of 500 million my friend BUT that is against the ownership rules and they will not do it because the big 3 will slap them with an injunction and not allow them to bid.. poor poor pay troll..

      Contracted, outsourced jabronied and now begging for pocket change.

  • kartic awasthy

    is nokia 500 a good option???

  • Gautam

    Nokia 500 Is that raely good?

  • Imran Khan

    THIS MOBILE PHONE IS VERY NICE.
    BUT NOT HAS VIDEO CALLING 3G & BATTERY BAKUP IS VERY WEAK

  • anees ahmad

    bohot zadardast mobile. ye mobile merai pas hai.

  • ibrahim srour

    can you tell me where is the nokia 500 made in ?

  • andrew mariki

    this phone is not good at all, it is now a week since i have got it, it keeps on crushing/hanged up whenever i opened the webpage or do more than one task….unless otherwise if there is any one who has it for more than three months and it is still function without any problem.

  • come at me bro.

    i just wanna know if the nokia 500 is good, because i might buy it. comment me whatcha think! 😉

  • samuel

    I am an android developer, and I hadn’t heard of symbian, I thought nokia had given up on their “smart” phones. I think that pretty much sums it up; don’t buy!

  • Alejandro Nova

    Please, for the love of everything divine, re-review this with Belle. Symbian Belle on this is like getting a new phone, no less than that. And that includes the slowdown problems, the unstability, the WiFi issues, and more. Also, you’ll feel like you had a display upgrade also (Belle, unlike Anna, has subpixel antialiasing) and a CPU upgrade (a 200 MHz overclock comes for free as part of the upgrade).

  • asian

    hey, can anyone help me how to enable wifi hotspot joikuspot lite? And if i purchace i, will it works anyway?

  • asian

    it*

  • Dixit ksvs

    Big failur model in nokia no stable in performance with symbian or belle os’s no longer application run use less model

  • nkbhagat

    sometime light upand down