Motorola V500 Review

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The Motorola V500 lies in functionality somewhere between the V300 and the V600, and is similar in many ways to both. Although the V300 is arguably more stylish, and the V600 has a couple more features, after reading this review you may find that the V500 is the right mobile for you.

Unlike the V300, which came in a highly attractive dark blue, the V500 is offered in a more standard silver shade. The device is still attractive, however, with sleek curves all around, and in order to entice you away from the V300, Motorola has included Bluetoothä connectivity, allowing the V500 to synch with other devices wirelessly. As Bluetoothä is quickly becoming a must for savvy mobile phone shoppers, this is a welcome bonus.

Compared with the V600, on the other hand, the V500 is missing the ability to record and play videos. The MPeg4 playback is nice, but you have to decide how much video really means to you when purchasing a phone. If it is not high on your list of necessary features, then go with the V500 instead.

The V500 has a low Megapixel digital camera with a flash and a 4 X digital (as opposed to optical) zoom. The photos it takes are clear, and represent a vast improvement over some older digital camera/phone hybrids.

With 65,000 colors and the all-important TFT technology—allows the display screen to stay vibrant even in direct sunlight—you can view your pics easily on the 176 X 220 pixel internal display. The external display on this phone just has the basics, time, date, incoming calls, etc.

Although this phone allows you to play MP3 as well as polyphonic ringtones, it does not house an MP3 player, as many recent models do. For many people, an integrated MP3 player is becoming as important as a digital camera was a couple of years ago, and the big phone companies are changing in order to meet this demand. Unfortunately this phone was released before an MP3 player could be reasonably expected to be present, so it does not have one. You can still play your favorite songs as ringtones, however.

This is a very good phone, with cool gameplay, ringtones, camera, and connectivity, but it is not the top of the line. Make sure that the V500 has all the features you want before purchasing this phone.

The main features of the Motorola V500:

  • Quad Band: GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Speaker Phone
  • Digital Camera
  • Javaä Games
  • 32-Tone Polyphonic and MP3 Ringtones
  • Bluetoothä Connectivity
  • Predictive Text
  • E-mail
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • 65,536 Color Internal Display
  • External Display
  • External Antenna
  • Flip Form
  • Javaä Games (Stuntman, Monopoly)
  • Organizer (Compatible with Microsoft Office)

Technical Specifications of the Motorola V500:

  • Weight: 114 g.
  • Talktime: 5 h.
  • Standby time: 200 h.
  • Battery: 700 mAh
  • Memory: 5 MB
  • Height: 89 mm.
  • Width: 49 mm.
  • Depth: 25 mm.
  • Internal Display Width: 176 pixels
  • Internal Display Height: 220 pixels

The features that the Motorola V500 is missing:

  • MP3 Player
  • Infrared Connectivity
  • FM Radio
  • Touchscreen

Accessories available for the Motorola V500:

  • Extended Capacity Battery
  • Handsfree Device
  • Car Cigarette Lighter Charger
  • Desk Speaker Stand
  • Memory Attachments