Samsung D500 Review – New Generation of Slider Phone

Samsung D500 Review: Released in 2004, the Samsung D500 was an update of the Samsung E800. Here we were already seeing the slow change in these phones, as the flagship Samsung had changed from a flip phone to a slider phone. Broadly offering the same shape and functions, the new sliders looked cooler and allowed larger screens, although this came at expense of an second external display which some may find helpful.

The D500 also represented a slight change in design of the phone – previous models were silver and had rounded edges, whereas the default D500 came in black and was slightly more square. However, although less than a year had passed between this and the E800 this was a significant upgrade. The phone brought a larger screen and better camera to proceedings – a 1.3MP with flash – which was a better combo than the best-selling Nokia 6230i. Spec-wise this phone was actually superior, but the familiar Nokia OS at the time was still a large selling point.

The phone also kept up with the top phones of this year by adding Bluetooth and MP3 player support – two things that were becoming mandatory in any decent phone of the time. Although the phone did not have a memory card slot, the phone featured a hefty 96MB of internal memory, which allowed more than a few songs.

Full specifications here.

This phone was very popular and as a slider phone was ahead of the competition at the time. The successor was the Samsung D600 which came out early in 2005 and again was a significant improvement on this handset, and upgraded the spec in most ways.

Samsung D500 Review Pros:

  • The phone upgraded on the older E800 model and with only a small increase in size gave a bigger screen at higher resolution and greater colour definitions. Graphics were noticeably better on the phone.
  • Imaging was also a strong point and the camera resolution doubled to 1.3MP and a crude digital zoom function. It retained the flash, and the quality of images were much better.
  • Available on-board memory was increased by some way to 96MB – this allowed a much greater range of files to be kept, and Bluetooth was added to make transfer easier.
  • Increased screen size gave rise to improved functions on this phone, particularly for business as there was an e-mail client with Outlook synchronisation.

Samsung D500 Review Cons: 

  • Media consumption was limited on the phone, 96MB did not store many music or video files. There was no memory card slot to increase capacity, and other models at this time had that functionality.
  • Similarly audio was not that well provided for, with the propreitary port used for the headphones. Unlike the Sony Walkman series, there was no adapter provided to use standard headphones. It lacked the radio player option, which would have been handy.
  • Battery life was shorter than previous models, perhaps as a result of the higher quality screen. Certainly, this was not as good as the Nokia phones of the time.
  • The phone price carried a premium – at the release, one of Samsung’s most expensive handsets.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects:

This was one of the leading phones of the day and would be fondly remembered. Although the successor Samsung D600 was a much better phone than this there is likely to be little in between the pricing.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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