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Samsung m500 review

6.9/10 AVG.
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6.9/10
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The Samsung m500 currently has an Informr score of 6.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 65 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
1.9"
Camera
1+ MP



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Samsung released the m500 on November 20, 2006.


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Samsung backs up the m500 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
1.9"

The Samsung m500's screen size is 1.9 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
51 MB

Internal memory is 51 MB. An external, MicroSD expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
800mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 800 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 7 days standby time.

Samsung m500 Specs

Overview
Release date November 20, 2006
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage 51 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.44 W/kg
Body: 0.7 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 800 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Black, Red, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.3 x 4.6 x 1.7 cm (3.7 x 1.8 x 0.7 in)
Weight 79 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 1.9 inches
3D No
Secondary Display Color LCD (STN), 96 x 96 pixels, 1 inches, 65k
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 500
Multiple Numbers Per Contact 5 numbers
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client No
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
QCIF (176 x 144 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SPH-M500

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This phone was a piece of junk. It didn't even last a year when it stopped working. Bell wanted me to pay to have it fix... I went back to my old phone.

Its OK

Well, its been two year with this phone. Over the last two years you get to find out if the phone you bought is good or not. I can say that this phone is very strong. I STRONGLY suggest that if you buy this phone you dont get a case that goes around the whole phone, like the leather ones. I bought the...More
Well, its been two year with this phone. Over the last two years you get to find out if the phone you bought is good or not. I can say that this phone is very strong. I STRONGLY suggest that if you buy this phone you dont get a case that goes around the whole phone, like the leather ones. I bought the leather case for it as a i worrieda bout it getting scrathed. after 1 year my mom bought me another case for it. I toke the first case off. I found out that keyboard scratches easy with plastic on it. I got the keyboard replaced and the main interial screen, because the 5 key kept on rubbing against the screen and leaving little marks. i also did find that the battery drained quickly so i had it on power save mode for the last year and its hard to see the screen outside. This phone is very durable thought. I have dropped it once in the washing machine (full of water) and it survied its been throught the washed and survived. I had to replace the battery thought. I do suggest however if you tend to press hard on your keys that you dont get this phone. I press hard on my keys and i find now that they are sticking and i have to press the 5 very hard to get it to work. This phone is good for texting and calling not so much PIcs. Great for replacement or a pre paid phone, would not recommened on 3 year plan i have, you get board of the phone . The phone itself i has very many great features. The calling features on this is great. The only thing i hate when you are really calling on this is when you have to get to the speaker phone when driving. on most phones the speaker button is there and easy to access, however you much go to options and then click another button, and after all that you must do that ever call to have the speaker phone. The music player is not the best but it does it you have a broken ipod. I dont remeber if you can play it on the back when texting, i forget. the camera is great, well then again i come from phones that had VGA cameras, so look at other reivews to compare that. overall this phone is great it has very many feature, and even though i got an upgrade to the samsung vice, i am considering going back to this phone as it has very many great features on it and i have not had any major problems with it just the water damage, but did not affect it :) the browsing is also ok, i not a blackberry web or iphone but if you need to look at FB notifications and freinds wall, it gets the job done :) Hope this helps, I dont even know if this phone is out there anymore, its a shame, its a great first time phone Less

This phone sucks

I have problem with this phone for the first month when I bought it, it shut off even when you fully charged, the battery of talking time only an hour, when I took back to Bell which people call them Hell, they sent back manufactory to fix it, when I got it back, still the same problem, and I took it b...More
I have problem with this phone for the first month when I bought it, it shut off even when you fully charged, the battery of talking time only an hour, when I took back to Bell which people call them Hell, they sent back manufactory to fix it, when I got it back, still the same problem, and I took it back four times still has the same problem, they won't give another phone, and they can't fix the problem, I was so pissed. Less

Its ok

Well, its been two year with this phone. Over the last two years you get to find out if the phone you bought is good or not. I can say that this phone is very strong. I STRONGLY suggest that if you buy this phone you dont get a case that goes around the whole phone, like the leather ones. I bought the...More
Well, its been two year with this phone. Over the last two years you get to find out if the phone you bought is good or not. I can say that this phone is very strong. I STRONGLY suggest that if you buy this phone you dont get a case that goes around the whole phone, like the leather ones. I bought the leather case for it as a i worrieda bout it getting scrathed. after 1 year my mom bought me another case for it. I toke the first case off. I found out that keyboard scratches easy with plastic on it. I got the keyboard replaced and the main interial screen, because the 5 key kept on rubbing against the screen and leaving little marks. i also did find that the battery drained quickly so i had it on power save mode for the last year and its hard to see the screen outside. This phone is very durable thought. I have dropped it once in the washing machine (full of water) and it survied its been throught the washed and survived. I had to replace the battery thought. I do suggest however if you tend to press hard on your keys that you dont get this phone. I press hard on my keys and i find now that they are sticking and i have to press the 5 very hard to get it to work. This phone is good for texting and calling not so much PIcs. Great for replacement or a pre paid phone, would not recommened on 3 year plan i have, you get board of the phone and it may not last as long as you think it will. Less

Good Phone

I`ve owned my Samsung m500 for 2 years now and there isnt much I can complain about. I basicly use it for texting and calling and all goes well. The key pad is easy to use, calls are clear. The speaker phone is terrible though, very staticky and no one can hear yo unless you are right up to the phone,...More
I`ve owned my Samsung m500 for 2 years now and there isnt much I can complain about. I basicly use it for texting and calling and all goes well. The key pad is easy to use, calls are clear. The speaker phone is terrible though, very staticky and no one can hear yo unless you are right up to the phone, which defies the purpose of a speaker pone option. Texting is easy but I get annoyed with the T9, it a serious pain in the neck and will put whatever it wants intsead of what you usually put in certain places, my big issue is it putting``i`m`` instead of ``in`` all the time!!! The music player is alright but when I uplaoded more than like 12 songs it would chopsongs in half and mix them with others, half of the song would be played and the the ending of another would play all of a sudden. The camera is alright, I dont expect a fancy camera on a phone because its a PHONE. I have an excellent digital camera for my picture taking needs. If you hold the camera still you get good enough pictures. The video opition is good too, but again its CELL PHONE quality and not CAMCORDER quality. Ive never used the internet or anything other than what I mentioned on this phone so I have no further comments on the other applications. The only problems Ive encountered are: One day my screen just went blank, nothing to be seen and it was on. SO I held the power button till I thought it would have powered down then tried again to turn it back on and it did. And if I use undergorund transport it tends to continue looking for service once I return to above ground in areas where there is most definately serviceĀø. Ive had to urn it off and back on again for it to register that its in a service area. But try to find a phone with ABSOLUTELY no problems....its impossible, so this phone isnt too bad at all. Less

LOVE IT DEFENTIALY WORTH THE MONEY

I bought this phone on bell for a 3 year contract. this was my first cell phone. At first I thought this sucks this does not even have a full keyboard. Though, at the time my mom bought a blackberry pearl. My phone had more opions then hers and it was not even a smart phone. She returned her blackberry...More
I bought this phone on bell for a 3 year contract. this was my first cell phone. At first I thought this sucks this does not even have a full keyboard. Though, at the time my mom bought a blackberry pearl. My phone had more opions then hers and it was not even a smart phone. She returned her blackberry for the full refund and got my phone instead. She and I have no regreats about buying this phone. This phone is very strong. I have accedentially put it through the wash around 3 times and each time it came out nothing was wrong with it. I have dropped i down my highschool stairs and i got a scratch on it. The fall was only about 5 or 6 feet. The camera on this phone is the usual cell phone camera. You have to hold it still to get a very clear picture but all in all the camera is very good. This keyboard is made of a plastic and it is hard to break and scratch. The phone itself has very many features to it. Bluetooth mp3 camcorder gps internet picture and video messaging and just texting. It is very easy to text and you dnt have to go through a thousand steps to send a text unlike a blackberry. you just pick a contact and type away. The battery on this phone last a while. My last around 9 days. Though i turn mine off during night or i put it on power save mode. I LOVE this phone, it does not break easy :) and all in all it is a great phone. I defentially recommed this phone to anyone. I will be keeping this phone as my next phone even when my contract is done. I LOVE THIS phone Less

Amazing

I have had this phone for two years now and i absolutely love it, I have never ever had a problem with it! The worst thing is that i dropped it over the side of my stairs, like maybe 8 feet ? and the memory card got messed up, but if you're a clumsy person, like me it is an extremely durable phone. It...More
I have had this phone for two years now and i absolutely love it, I have never ever had a problem with it! The worst thing is that i dropped it over the side of my stairs, like maybe 8 feet ? and the memory card got messed up, but if you're a clumsy person, like me it is an extremely durable phone. It is a small, thin phone that can easily fit in your pocket, it's simple, easy to use and pretty much perfect ! I recommend this phone 100% ! :) Less

Its Alright

Has many features. Suits all my needs Nice keypad Battery lasts a couple days Nice and slim and tiny However... Some text messages take a while to get. Scratches easily, paint chips easily (who knows, this one ay be my fault) camera takes a while to load up I have been using this phone for 2 and a half years now. Rarely complain.
Has many features. Suits all my needs Nice keypad Battery lasts a couple days Nice and slim and tiny However... Some text messages take a while to get. Scratches easily, paint chips easily (who knows, this one ay be my fault) camera takes a while to load up I have been using this phone for 2 and a half years now. Rarely complain. Less

Biggest piece of junk.

When I first got this phone, I didn't mind it as much. The battery lasted at least two days, phone was sturdy, and easy to use. However, problems with the phone got progressively worse and this has to be the worst phone I've ever had because of the following: - texts can take 2-3 hours to be sent or r...More
When I first got this phone, I didn't mind it as much. The battery lasted at least two days, phone was sturdy, and easy to use. However, problems with the phone got progressively worse and this has to be the worst phone I've ever had because of the following: - texts can take 2-3 hours to be sent or received - some of my texts apparently don't even get sent or will send someone the same message 5 times - camera phone is AWFUL, absolutely terrible quality! - battery power is now recently not lasting as long - overall settings design is not attractive ugh, i hate this phone and i have a year to go with it. NOT IMPRESSED AND NEVER BUYING A SAMSUNG AGAIN. Less

Problems with Samsung M500

I recieved this phone as a recondition unit after a long process over another phone. Problems I notice is inconsistence phone battery charge. Some day it barely lasted 2 hours and other times it would stay charged for 3 days. Now I have no sound from the keys and can not talk to those I call or call me...More
I recieved this phone as a recondition unit after a long process over another phone. Problems I notice is inconsistence phone battery charge. Some day it barely lasted 2 hours and other times it would stay charged for 3 days. Now I have no sound from the keys and can not talk to those I call or call me. So I have a pager now. I am with Canada Bell Mobility system. Less

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