Nokia 9500 Review
Review: October 2004. Updated April 2009.
Released two full years after the previous 9210i
Communicator, the 9500 Communicator has been eagerly awaited for
a long time. Technology has moved forward a long way since 2002, and
the 9500 has plenty of new features to offer.
The list of enhancements is extensive, but top of the list are:
- An enhanced 65k colour display (internal and external)
- 80 Mbytes memory
- Wi-Fi support and Bluetooth wireless connectivity
- Integrated VGA camera and video recorder
- Triband operation
The Nokia 9500 Communicator is compatible with most Lotus and Windows
programs that support currently available Microsoft Office formats (MS
Office 97 onwards).
The new TFT internal display is an excellent screen that is much brighter
and easier to use in bright sunlight. Both the internal and external
keyboards have also been improved, making typing quicker and more reliable.
Internally, there is much more memory available - both user storage
and RAM - and the processor is considerably faster. But perhaps the
most welcome feature for many will be the Wi-Fi support, enabling mobile
users to connect to the internet at broadband speeds, when located in
a suitable Wi-Fi "hotspot".
But what about the old bugbear of the Communicator series - its bulk?
Well, the 9500 is around 10% lighter than the 9210i and very slightly
smaller. Nokia are clearly trying hard, but this is still a bulky machine
to carry around.
The Nokia 9500 has now been replaced by the Nokia
Features of the Nokia 9500 include:
- Full QWERTY keyboard with 8 shortcut keys
- Five-way scroll key on the cover, nine-way scroll key on the PDA
- Inner display: Transflective LCD (65,536 colours, 640 x 200 pixels)
- Outer display: Active matrix (65,536 colours, 128 x 128 pixels)
- Symbian 7.0S OS (series 80 platform), Java MIDP 2.0
- Integrated VGA camera and video recorder
- Email: Access your work and private email accounts; supports SMTP,
POP3, and IMAP4 protocols
- Multimedia messaging: Combine image, video, text, and voice clip
and send as MMS to compatible phone or PC; use MMS to tell your story
as a multi-slide presentation
- Built-in applications: Word processor, spreadsheet viewer and editor,
presentation viewer and editor (Microsoft compatible), VPN, Calculator,
File Manager, Voice Recorder, Music Player
- Advanced contacts database with support for multiple phone and email
details per entry, also supports thumbnail pictures and groups
- High-speed data connectivity with EGPRS (EDGE
- up to 236.8 kbps)
- Wireless LAN access (WiFi, IEEE 802.11b - up to 11 mbps)
- Bluetooth, Infrared, USB 2.0, and Pop-Port interfaces
- Fax modem
- Integrated handsfree speaker
- Ringtones: use MIDI, WAV, AMR or AAC/MP3 files as ringing tones
- 80 Mbytes built-in memory, support for additional memory with memory
- Tri-band operation
- Size: 148 x 57 x 24 mm
- Weight: 222g
- Talktime: 4 - 6 hours
- Battery standby: up to 12 days
Nokia 9500 User Reviews
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Average rating from 101 reviews:
Reviewed by Ali from India on 16th Feb 2012
Just cannot name one feature to be unhappy with... never mind if it
is bulky or not... it almost replaces a laptop (well almost...) I own
one, not currently being used as one of the connecting hinge is broken
and the PCB running from the Inner Display & the Keypad is almost lost
contact... I am just dying to get it fixed. Having used many brands
and models I still am proud to own my 9500 communicator. IT IS THE BEST
EVER MADE BY NOKIA
Reviewed by Savvy from UK on 23rd Jan 2006
The best mobile & the most tech. features... Well the only downside
is the Size ..but then it almost replaces the need of carrying a laptop.
I have it now from over an year but cant think i would ever leave it...
SIMPLY LOVE IT...
Reviewed by James Dunne from United Stated on
13th Jan 2006
I switched to the 9500 from the IPAQ 6315 and I can tell you that I
absolutely love it. There are some down sides and they are as follows:
In the U.S. you can not find a carrying case. Also, as advertised in
the net, it does not have blackberry and apparently will not. Not sure
why it is available on the 9300 and not on the 9500. It is a tad large,
especially when you do not have a case. Notwithstanding, the POP3 via
GPRS is excellent. The battery life is incredible. The main point is
that it is first a phone and then a computer and its scores highly on
Reviewed by Enzo Raiano from Italy on 13th Jan
Actually 9500 is the best phone in the world!!! It's not for everyone.(u
love it or u hate it) .I travel a lot and it help me in all kind of
situations. .For me five stars is not enought.... enjoy it... CiAo
Reviewed by Bob from Singapore on 3rd Jan 2006
This is my second 9500. I sold my previous grey cover and got myself
a new classic silver cover one. More features being added and one thing
I noticed is that the screen tends to flickers and I tend to see shadows
behind the letter. I am not sure whether because the price has gone
down and so does the workmanship. I check with some other phones (same
models) they are all the same. Other then this faults, it execellent!
Reviewed by Nuno Fonseca from Portugal on 31st
I have a P900 and I buy this 9500 to replacet it, the 9500 takes a lot
of frezes,I have to take the batery at least 1 time every 2 days , and
i dont have any extra software . If i send more then 4 or 5 sms to multi
recepients the phone just frezz,one time i send 180 sms to multi recepients
and i just had to quit.ther is no T9 to send a quick sms ,i have always
to open the cover to write,ther is no vibra call, and the batery duraction
is 3 days maximum if i dont make my usualy calls,and the camera , please,
my wife have the 6600 and it have better image,if i call my last numbers
i get a busy message, if i call the phone list i get indisponivel for
a couple of seconds ,this is a great phone but have a lot of software
bugs , and i sorry to buy this, i hope the nokia guigue it atencion
and solve this bugs
Reviewed by Shanmugavelu R from India on 9th Dec
I wish to bring it your kind knowledge that the Spell Check facility/provision
be made available in Nokia 9500 Communicator. I have earlier used Nokia
9210 & 9210i Communicator. Later opted for Nokia 9500 Communicator since
it has got advanced features. After using that, I came to know that
my ultimate purpose was not fulfilled as the Communicator has no Spell
Check provision available in Nokia 9500. Another drawback is that it
is getting hanged up frequently. Bluetooth is not functioning properly
as it is disconnected very obviously. Another difficulty I come across
is when I access the mail through Laptop via Bluetooth accessing is
very slow (only 9 kb). I cannot send the outgoing mails from this Communicator.
Even though my system is facilitated with Global Roaming facility, I
cannot send the mails from abroad also. After upgrading the Nokia latest
Software the said points were not solved. Hence I request you to kindly
look into the above said practical difficulties to sort it out at the
earliest so as to enable the Communicator users like me to work in a
more efficient and effective manner. Regards/ Shanmugavelu R e-mail
id: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Reviewed by Jamil Mugal from Pakistan on 4th Dec
This phone is outstanding! This is a excellent Phone for Bis nisss.
It is expensive for good.
Reviewed by Constantin Radu from Romania on 3rd
It's a excellent mobile phone (PDA), and... all in one for your pleasure
in communications! Buy it and tell as...! Bye-bye...! Radu
Reviewed by jk from Germany on 24th Nov 2005
i think for business purposes, all applications are jumpacked into 1.
Well, i'm still looking if I can change the screensavers. I defy those
problem with bluetooth connection because it's really outstanding!
Reviewed by David from UK on 20th Nov 2005
Can i not give it ten stars?? Outstanding piece of kit!! Built quality
is top notch, very sturdy unit. Had a SE P910i for a while, altho that
is also an excellent handset too, there's nothing like having a qwerty
keyboard you can actually use on a mobile, and this has it. Great screen
clarity, I think the battery has a nuclear reactor, I havent charged
the phone in 6 days, have made and recieved calls totalling 90 minutes,
sent more texts than I can count and it still has 2 bars left on the
display. Wi-Fi is a breeze to use anywhere, and you'd be surprised how
many places you can use it. Nokia PC Suite software is a cinch to use,
after a 5 minute setup just plonk your handset in its cradle and in
sync's silently with no intervention and no hassle. Signal quality is
excellent on Vodafone and T-Mobile, not tried the others yet. THis fone
is a big improvement over the 9210i I had in the past. Telnet applications
work just as well as on the 9210i also, which is half the reason I bought
the fone. The only downside is no backlit qwerty keyboard and no vibration
feature, but those I can live without on such a cool fone. Well done
Reviewed by Jervis Emanuel Kobinski from San Jose, USA
on 13th Nov 2005
An utter junk...I wish I hadn't forked out an obscene amount to buy
this pos. It could be nothing more then a morons delite. I am sure all
those who bought this phone must have bought it in a drunken stupor,
else, I am sure nobody in their sanest existence would have touched
such a reppulsive pencil box of a handset. I am more to be blamed coz
I am amongst the group of programmers working for SYMBIAN technologies...
I for one should have opted to buy SE P910 instead. all those who are
singing praise to this can call or email me and buy my 2 week old handset
at an handsome discount. firstname.lastname@example.org
Reviewed by Darius Rodrigues from India on 2nd
The bluetooth is pathetic, it keeps disconnecting from the handsfree
Nokia HS11W. The phone & the handsfree was replaced by Nokia however
the same problem persists. The phone hangs. Nokia has upgraded the software
5 times but still no effect. They have again voluntered to replace the
handset with a new one with additional two months warranty - I have
demanded for a refund. Surprising the top of the line model to have
such a problem. The service personnel at Nokia are not even worth mentioning,
the phone has been surrendered to them 20 days back & I am yet waiting
for a response.
Reviewed by Jerry Ani from Nigeria on 1st Nov
It’s a first class phone for business men, I only miss the vibration.
Reviewed by toby from United Kingdom on 31st Oct
wot i can say about this phone is that it is made specially for businessmen
not for children
Reviewed by akanji dhulqarnain from Nigeria on
28th Oct 2005
an excellent phone of excellent qualities. Not just an ordinary phone.
Reviewed by MUHAMMAD SAEED from PAKISTAN on 12th
Excellent!Full Fill The All Mobiles Technologies.
Reviewed by Teemu Tynjala from Finland on 9th
Hi, I'm used to travelling a lot in places where there is either both
GSM/WiFi, or one or the other. This phone has worked absolutely marvelously.
I used to own Nokia 9210i, and that phone was garbage compared to this
one. The camera on the 9500 is also much better than I anticipated for
a VGA quality. So, what's the best thing there? Being able to download
big attachments for emails straight to the phone, and even open PDF
files if need be. WiFi hotspots are also fun, because you don't have
to carry your laptop over to be connected. What I would want in the
future -- An FM radio for 9500.. That would be awesome. Also, having
Xpress-On GPS covers would be great when travelling abroad and finding
routes. All in all --- an excellent piece of technology, and 100x better
value for the buck when compared to the old 9210i Communicator.
Reviewed by Patrik Heggberg from UK on 8th Oct
As a business phone I find the phone is excellent. I spent hours deliberating
which of the Nokia's to go for either 9300 or 9500. It did take a bit
of getting used to. I found this site very informative so look at all
the other reviews too!
Reviewed by lewis a from great britain on 7th
this fone is the dogs no doubt about it. i am a very picky dude and
this 1. well there r no bad points bout it apart from it is a bit chunky
but i cud put up with it. its a nokia for heavens sake there bound 2
be exelent quality which it is so all i can say is. YEA MAN
Reviewed by Nick Squires from UK on 30th Sep 2005
Quite frankly this machine has transformed the way I work in business.
Reviewed by John Swainson from UK on 25th Sep
When the screen on my hugely reliable 9110i started to fail after I
had dropped the phone - I thought the 9500 would be a good replacement.
No so though. As others have already mentioned it is limited in its
facilities compared with other devices of same genre and price - the
lack of a vibrator and the fact that you have to search for a log to
check that messages have been delivered rather than getting a resident
screen message or a txt message is a real pain especially as there is
no record of time of delivery in the log - but more importantly its
reliability is an issue. Aside from straightforward mechanical looseness
of the various covers, it crashes and freezes and loses time. Each time
I talk to Nokia they brush aside the freezing etc and time loss instead
of getting to grips with it. I was advised that a firmware upgrade would
make the phone more reliable but if it has its not obvious that it has
done so. While my 9110i lacked the frills at least it was reliable.
Its high time Nokia stopped the customer led R&D on the 9500 and brought
an upgrade package that sorts all the problems out once and for all.
I know - in my dreams!
Reviewed by ching ling chon li. HBL Riskie from china
on 16th Sep 2005
The poorest phone ive ever had.......................................
Just 4 words of advice......."go buy a SENDO"............you will be
suprised how much better a sendo is than is rubbish phone
Reviewed by muneef suleiman from Yemen on 16th
I have used the Nokia 9210 communicator which i found very helpful when
messaging writing all that i needed to write then go to menu/tools/spell
check replacing to corrected words and finaly there it goes my message...
But it was to my shock and sadness after waiting and looking forward
all this time for the nokia 9500 communicator i find out that it has
no English spell checker and correcter...such a thing made me have a
feeling that all the beauty of the 9500 is nothing beside the spell
checker that is in the nokia 9500... beleive me this is no mistake this
is a crime from your side i suffer a lot now in my messaging and writing
ability due to this unreasonable action. So can you help in this regard
which i can see is more important than a E.E dictionery ..
Reviewed by Sanjeev from INDIA on 21st Aug 2005
I sat down and compared my I-MATE PDA2K with a NOKIA 9500.Here is what
I found:- MOST USER FRIENDLY PDA2K, not NOKIA 9500. APPEARANCE : PDA2K
has a screen that you cant take your eyes off. Nokia 9500 has a longish
screen which opens out like the bellows of a Harmonium. The keyboard
though big, is more difficult to use, you need to sit down somewhere
and then start typing, whereas with the PDA2K u can do it standing or
even walking. OPERATING SYSTEM : PDA2K uses the extremely user friendly
WIndows Mobile OS, and compared to SYMBIAN 7.0 OS, I must say Windows
Mobile is faster, reliable and user friendly, intuitively designed.
CONNECTIVITY : Both o have the same connectivity capability, so I did
not go into that comparison at all. VIBRATOR: The designer perhapsfelt
people dont like VIBRATORS but that is an oversight. While not using
the PDA2K as it comfortably sits by my waist,I can feel the Text or
MMS messages flowing in, and they will not disturb my work with a loud
noise if I choose to, whereas Nokia 9500 simply does not vibrate. SOUND
REPRODUCTION: PDA2K has a ery soft sounding speaker, not too loud, and
here Nokia takes the lead,does sound a lot louder, but look at it this
way, if you really wantloud sound, you can buy a pair of JBL portable
speakers. I feel more comfortable with the PDA2K for some very crucial
reasons. I think I did the right thing when I decided not to buy the
Reviewed by bob down from australia on 19th Aug
what a piece of junk, i just bought one and i hate it. nothing works
and the picture quality is terrible. my advice is - don't buy one!
Reviewed by Neil from UK on 29th Jul 2005
Very temperamental both 9500 and the 9300 series. Just received phone
and was doa straight out of the box. Have spoken to other people concerning
this matter and they have experienced similar problems. The phone is
excellent to use, but prone to device failure under normal use.
Reviewed by Paulo from Portugal on 23rd Jul 2005
With this phone you never miss working projects and your fun life. Size
matters...if you want to pose just buy Nokia 8800 and burn some money.
Reviewed by Rupert Gale from ENGLANG on 20th Jul
I got this fone and it was very big but it has alot of gd thing on it
it is a good fone you done well nokia
Reviewed by Saad Tasneem from United Kingdom on
20th Jul 2005
The Nokia 9500 is an awesome phone! Even though its big and bulky the
features on it are the selling point, unless your going to use all the
functions on it dont bother buying it. Its the kind of phone for someone
who will appreciate the technology that this phone holds and is capable
of. All kinds of software are available for this phone, MSN Messenger
beeing my favourite. The Wifi feature of the phone is a great feature
which, allows you to use the phone as a phone and a laptop! Compared
to the 9300 yes its bigger but its alot better. After looking at many
phones to suite my needs this one comes out top!
Reviewed by Deborah Chan from U.K. on 11th Jul
I bought this phone for its key functions, but I absolutely hate it.
It is an ugly phone, purely masculine; it does not vibrate, which makes
me miss a lot of important calls in noisy enviroments; the choice of
ring tone is very limited, and the ones available do not suit my taste
(my last phone came with a lot of tasteful classical music ring-tones);
there is no voice-dialling; the contact list has a mind of its own,
and does not follow the abphabetical order: I have set it to arrange
in the alphabetical order of everyone's first name, but somehow company
names take precedence, and there is no way to change it; it is very
fiddly to set the ring-tones for groups: it doesn't let you assign a
certain ring-tone to a certain group, you have to do it individually
(I've 182 entries in my address book), one by one; most of the settings
cannot be done on the cover phone itself; the battery is very difficult
to remove; unlike my last phone, it does not have auto switch-off; it
does not give a range of choice for the start-up tone, and there is
no shut-down tone. In short, the Nokia 9500 does not please my eyes
and ears. So I only treat it as a tool (half-useful), but I can never
like it and treat it as a valuable/indispensable property, because it
does not give me enough choice to personalise it to my convenience.
Reviewed by Dylan Marnel from South Africa on
7th Jul 2005
the 9500 is outstanding. i'm using the phone to right this message now.
the phone has features for all your needs e.g wifi is perfect for connecting
at hotspots, etc. on the whole, an excellent phone
Reviewed by Alexey Kononenko from Russia on 28th
First excitement went, and reality hits. First, there is no fax modem,
as it written above. It's just a modem, because when you connect it
eg. to notebook modem properties\query AT+FCLASS=? says zero, that means
no software like MS Fax service is able to send faxes through the phone.
By the way, this is possible with 6260, 8310 and some others. Phone
menu became too stricted, lots of valuable features have migrated from
"Phone" menu to "Smartphone?" control panel. The last one is really
ugly. Another thing is that "Java" OS (Symbian) and build-in Opera web
browser can't open java applets - financial reports, etc. E-mail tool
cant use SMTP TCP port other than 25 - lots of people use different
ones. You cannot print or send faxes from 3rd party applications like
Adobe Acrobat - oh, it is able to send primitive text message or a document
from built-in text processor as fax. This Acrobat Reader version doesnt'
have international support. Just to resume - 9500 is not for customers
, it's just a marketing thing. Too much promises in all directions,
but non of them has been successfully finished. Well it's expensive
though! For such money I'd better buy Qtek 2020i - really successfull
device. P.S. 9500 has been presented to me on birthday by my younger
wealthy brother who thought to bring some magic in particular life of
computer systems geek.
Reviewed by Nitin from India on 25th Jun 2005
I have been changing mobiles since one and half years but after buying
this, i feel my search is over. I miss only 2 things in this phone one
is the FM stereo and another is vibrator. But i guess its worth missing
such feature for this incredible Nokia 9500 Communicator.
Reviewed by Miroslav from The Netherlands on 23rd
Have this phone for 2 day's now, and in one word Outstanding. I work
as a security officer and have a lot of documantary to cary on with
me. So i had a PDA, a mobile and papers wich i loose in a while. With
de Nokia i have evrything in one. I had the V 3 razr of Motorola for
2 months, but sold it and took this one. It's a machine with everything
in it. Go Nokia......
Reviewed by Dupe Garber (vmobile) from Nigeria on
19th Jun 2005
the first phone i used was a nokia 3310 and since then i knew nokia
was a force to reckon within the telecomm industry. right now i am using
the 9500 and i think it's just an outstanding phone, i can now work
away from work. it's a phone any body working in the telecomms industry
ought to have, not for a status symbol, but as a rugged work horse to
help maximise efficiency of work performance. nokia should look into
adding a vibrating function into this master piece of a creation. thumbs
Reviewed by Gunnar Englund from Sweden on 19th
I do not change phones very often. My Ericsson T39m had served me well
for many years when someone told me about the new smartphones. Next
day, I found myself in a phone shop. I had no idea what make or type
I needed. But I knew that I wanted some kind of a PDA/phone and finally
I had to choose between an Ericsson 910i and the 9500. The 9500 had
no vibrator, a lousy camera and no radio. And sooo big and heavy! But
I walked out of the shop with my new 9500. Why? Simply because it suits
me better than any other phone on the planet. The built-in office package,
the full(sized) keyboard, wide screen, easy IR and Bluetooth, the hands-free
and many other features made it an instant success. And it still is.
If I only could figure out how to activate the "advanced calculator"!
I can get the four-banger started OK, but the advanced one?
Reviewed by giatay ning bataa from philippines on
18th Jun 2005
i dont why i don't like this mobile. Maybe because of its size, poor
image quality, keyboard, and its design. It's just a waste of money
buying this mobile.. You better try another phone models..
Reviewed by Hawaiian Kava Center LLC from USA on
16th Jun 2005
I haven't found the perfect phone, but I'm very pleased with the Nokia
9500. I find its integration of personal technologies an exponential
improvement over working with a separate PDA, phone, laptop, MP3 player,
etc. The 9500 will save you the nuisance of carrying separate gadgets
- and remembering to bring them along or losing them - and ties them
together so that one feature's specific output can be used within another.
For example, save an MP3, use it for listening pleasure, but also use
it as a ring tone. Snap a friend's picture for posterity but also use
it in the contacts database. Bluetooth just about anything in/out. Start
a conference call but also use the voice recorder record the conversations...
It's all there and I don't know of any other phone that can do it so
well and conveniently. For me, drawbacks such as no vibrate or larger
size, are quite forgivable as they're low on my priority list. The value
the Nokia 9500 provides was slam dunk and useful purchase for me. I'm
happy to carry it around in my pocket everyday. BTW, the slightly smaller
size over its predecessor, makes it easier to find a case for it, e.g.,
certain sunglass cases, or Breitling zip-up watch cases.
Reviewed by Roy Estrella from Davao Phil on 30th
Simply the best! you enjoy browsing the net for free on a particular
establishment if they have a LAN. no one can beat nokia.just throw the
stylus you don't need it, because communicator is already fully loaded
Reviewed by v.karthik from india on 28th May 2005
Kudos to nokia for comming up with a gr8 phone, its a long way from
7650 with loads of function.It has everything that an executive on the
move needs, whether it is buetooth,wi-fi,full fledged keyboard,a large
screen, camera,and the sucessful symbian operating software. But for
this price there can be some improvement in graphics, the camera should
be a megapixel and screen resolution should also be increased.Nokia
should also consider decreasing the size and the weight a bit, it might
encourage some more sales.As 4 me it is still a little cumbersome to
carry a phone this big. Overall an excellent phone no doubts.
Reviewed by DENEVIN MACARANAS from PHILIPPINES on
23rd May 2005
SIMPLY ON OF THE BEST PHONE AVAILABLE IN THE PLANET TODAY!
Reviewed by Vodacom Employee from South Africa on
19th May 2005
If there were six stars then this phone would win them. Working for
the Vodacom company, which is the leading cellular network in SA, I
have had a lot to do with the Nokia 9500, but didnt own one myself,
untill three or so days ago. These are my impressions: To start off
with, the size thing really isnt such a big issue. Yes, it is big and
all that, but does it really bother all that much? My thoughs are that
it is big and bulky, but it is also of a STURDY CONSTRUCTION. I have
seen way to many Nokia 6100's and Motorola V3's that come in becuase
of their flimsy and fragile disigns. Fact of the matter is that it is
a good, solid phone. The software on the phone is a joy to operate.
The response times are very good, and the features are well balanced.
Yes, the phone is aimed at the business user, but there are enough "fun"
features to keep the fun lover occupied. The Symbian OS does require
the user to have a slightly above-avarage knowledge, but not so much
so that the phone is unusable. Take the OS on the 9210i for example.
I hate it, coz I can not get my head around it. The phone itself is
the best I have owned thus far, and I change phones about once a month.
This phone I can see staying with me for quite a while, as I have owned
iMate and everything else, but have not (untill now) found a phone that
can do everything I need it to do. The keyboard, though it certainly
doesnt look it, is actually a joy to use.Typing email and sms has never
been faster or more effective. Yes, iMate and their touch-screens are
good, but have you ever tried "writing" and email when on the train
or on the bus? Another winner is the fact that, for the first time in
my experience, there is a phone that can make propper use of Midi files
as alert tones. In the past these files would be so soft when used that
they might as well have not been used at all. With the 9500 this is
a thing off the past, as Midi files are played back with a high enough
volume to actually be usefull. The same goes for MP3s and AACs. Battery
life is truly exceptional. On my SE V800 Vodaphone my battery would
last me a day at the most, forcing me to charge it every night when
I got home. Since getting the 9500 my usage hasnt decreased, but actually
increased, and my batter is still going on stong after the first charge.
Over all it is an astounding phone. Not having 3G network access isnt
that big a deal, as I can say from first hand experience that 3G isn't
all it is cracked up to be. Sure, video calls are nice, but what use
is it when no one has a compatibe phone.I give it another three or so
years before that particular technology will actually be usefull in
SA. Smooth, powerfull, and smart. Those are on my eyes the key elements
that make the Nokia 9500 what it is. It is a wonder of a phone, and
is going to be on the market long after iMate have retired their PDA2K,
and SE their P910i.
Reviewed by stu from uk on 10th May 2005
wangled a deal to get this monster. my first real phone was a the t28
world, which i loved at the time (i would probably still give that 5*).
i vowed to stick with the swedes. but then went american with motorola.
then a few samsungs later tested the depth with a nokia 8910i (singularly
the worst phone i have had. the build quality was so shoddy ... cheap
and its construction was poor ... i still have it in bits ... a monument
to my stupidity - a 1* ... the reviewers of that who give it 5 must
be on some kind of space dust that makes them think that expensive =
outstanding). another few phones later ... i decided to give the finns
another crack. this time with this brick. so far so good. it takes a
bit of getting used to but feels so much nicer than the swedes p910i
and it is functinally better. i'm no techy, but access to my website
is fine and that other than calls is basically what i wanted it for.
the bricknesses ... i can live with that with my gun-like holster ...kerpow
Reviewed by MD from UK on 7th May 2005
I am quite disturbed by ome of the comments made by others in this review.
As a developer on this and the 7710 I wonder why users are complaining
that it doesn't have a touch screen, I mean you bought it? The device
is a little slow we know this, you can't complain about the WIFI speed
though anything faster would kill battery life. Most of the problems
you have described can be fixed by getting your phones software updated
as with most products in IT they are perfected in maintenance. You should
be aware that testing is taken VERY seriously at the big N but no amount
of testing will account for real life use.
Reviewed by jim from uk on 6th May 2005
Reviewed by Deon de Villiers from South Africa on
26th Apr 2005
Just bought the 9500. It is big, ugly and heavy. It cannot be smaller
and still give the convenience of a reasonable QWERTY key board, size
is not an issue. It is ugly but then again, I have no desire to show
off my phone to my friends sporting the latest GT stripes. looks is
not an issue. It is heavy, I can live with it but to some it might be
a bit of an issue and perhaps rightly so. Physically there is a major
issue in that the phone opens too easily which makes it necessary to
be careful when one picks it up as it is inclinded to flop open. (I
hope the Nokia boys read this) The camera, which is very usefull to
have, is not as good as on other makes of phones. Considering 640x480
producing 80 to 100k file, the photo should be of a better quality.
Here again, it is not a big issue as a camera is a minor feature. I
am very happy with the 9500. It fits my business like a glove. I can
access my email and my website and SSH into my Linux driven system with
the greatest of ease. The screen does make a difference as apposed to
screens of other makes.
Reviewed by Andy Ward from UK on 16th Apr 2005
I'm just finding my way around the 9500 after using a Psion Series 5mx
and a separate mobile. So far, the 9500 has met my expectations - it
may be a little large for a mobile phone but there's a limit to how
small it can be and still incorporate a 'normal' keyboard. I find the
keyboard and 'mouse' a little too stiff - hopefully it might soften
up with use ? In general, it's a great device, I'm looking forward to
keeping my laptop and the 9500 completely in synch. I'd appreciate a
better manual in respect of the connection imformation for e-mail settings
Reviewed by Luke from UK on 13th Apr 2005
WOW, this phone has it all! The only downside is the size. Dont fall
over board with this in your pocket!!
Reviewed by cornelsky from philippines on 11th
I love this phone! aside from the very attractive appeal of this phone
here in the philippines the functions are fabulous, i can surf the news
bbc cnn inany where either thru GPRS or wifi, this phone is like a rolex
it says about the person using it
Reviewed by David Beckham from United Kingdom on
9th Apr 2005
Its ok , not one of the best phones ive ever have. i think it a all-in-one
phone - kind of . i prefer buisness men should have these for quick
access. i would stick with the D500. Because this phones video time
is 50 mins . and D500 is 1 hour. Bye Stars, David M. Beckham
Reviewed by Babar from UK on 8th Apr 2005
Is good phone but have some problem in software or hardware, In just
1 month i replaced 2 handset because of fault, some time voice is not
coming, some errors are coming on screen. when i open set, i cant hear
calls. selection Button is not user friendly. Also have not lot of common
options. Its great effort from nokia but should tested properly before
launching this set but nokia did not did that. Also dont have any Good
Reviewed by Dinesh Sharma from England on 8th
It IS THe best phone ever Made
Reviewed by Seun Adebayo from Nigeria on 5th Apr
Nokia has always been one of the world's best manufacturers in mobile
phone, so I'm not surprised that that this (Nokia 9500) phone has almost
everything, it's long overdue. Well, considering the price I would say
it's worth it, but...it wouldn't be bad if it comes down just a little.
Reviewed by Ronald van den Hurk from Netherlands on
2nd Apr 2005
Unfortunately, all new Nokia Communicators are faulty due to badly written
software and realy poor testing. I think this is an outrage, considdering
the very high price. I have used Nokia Communicators since the 9000
came out, so I know what I'm talking about. The new 9500 (I have software
version 4.44) is - I have to regret saying - no exception, in fact it
is worse than the 9210 and 9110 as they came out. Nokia even took out
a feature that I often used: from the front of the phone (e.g. in the
carkit) it is no longer possible to select a contact selecting the companyname.
Unbelievable! As I put the phone in the carkit, the radio mutes every
time i press a button on the phone. Switching off the keyboardtones
helps, but why? Synchronising the agenda and tasks with Outlook 2003
is not possible. Unbelievable! Why are these things not tested and solved
before the phone came out, since all users have these problems. The
phone is slow every now and then. I could go on, but I red that most
problems are solved by software version 4.51. I think it is an outrage
that we have to pay a lot of money to betatest a faulty product. I also
have to admit: if it works, it's the best phone in the world!
Reviewed by sayed ali from cairo eygpt on 30th
its very coooool when i saw it for the first time i said i will have
it all what can i say welldone nokia nokia 9500 is the best
Reviewed by AnGeL_eYeZ from england on 26th Mar
My Dad has this phone and its truly amazing. It might as well be a computer.
GO BUY IT..... TRUS!
Reviewed by sir camelot from - on 22nd Mar 2005
this phone is phat i miss the virbrate but taking the internet with
Reviewed by Kobus from South Africa on 15th Mar
It does not deserve 5 stars due to centre control button. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE
TO USE ACCURATELY.This button is k.a.k.
Reviewed by Corrie from South Africa on 4th Mar
Excellent improvement... Best Keyboard and very logic software design
this time...BUT..software can be faster and phone height(thickness)can
be reduced. Lock/Unlock is difficult!...Rest is like said excellent...And
it runs Celesta Smartforms 100%!
Reviewed by Nick @ The Link from England on 3rd
What a fantastic piece of kit. Top quality. Recommended to everyone
including YOU! don't delay buy a piece of wizardry today. Nokia have
put 110% into this phone. but dont trade that digital camara in just
yet the phones camara isnt good, so for those in the trade that requires
you to take photos use a camara! nick :D
Reviewed by Retarded_elf from England on 1st Mar
ok, you will laught at this, im a 13 year old with this phone!!! my
dad got it for me when i passed some freak exam. im loving it, all my
friends al like ooh ooh! lets go the cool sites and check it out!!!(you
know what i mean(perves))anyway, anyone who doesnt have this phone should
immediately get it
Reviewed by Torben from Denmark on 26th Feb 2005
I have used the Nokia 9500 for more than a month now. So far I am quite
pleased with the phone. In particular the display and keyboard is impressive.
Although the keyboard looks quite cramped it is actually very useful
and is a big advantage if you actually USE the device. I thought I would
need a touch screen but the software is made in such a way that you
don't need it. Well done. The not so good is too many (>3) bad pixels
in the display at annoying places (not up to IBM standards on this!)
and more severely that it is very, very slow! Time between recharge
is nothing less than impressive - althogh I use it a lot (and WiFi +
GPRS + Voice) as well as the PDA functions there is usually three to
four days between recharging. Guess the Li-Polymer battery is on top
of the situation. Syncronization works painless and is way better than
what I have seen with previous Symbian versions. WiFi was easy to set
up whereas HSCSD has so far caused more problems. The powerpoint application
has worked very well - even for 1MB files. In conclusion, given the
many useful applications, the processor is simply too slow and that
will cost the N9500 a star.
Reviewed by Cat from Aust on 26th Feb 2005
excellent phone worth your money!
Reviewed by declan collins from australia on 25th
i just got this phone yesterday and it rocks. good screen and well just
Reviewed by Stuart Gale from United Kindom on
21st Feb 2005
Such a brilliant phone, a great step forward from the 9210i which in
itself was brilliant. Nokia are showing the way forward and put the
XDA2 in its place. Well done Nokia
Reviewed by Andy Mkandawire from Manchester, England
on 19th Feb 2005
To Arne Furre, Australia, Wi-fi 802.11b runs at 11mbps which is quite
adequate for applications needed, 802.11g runs at 54mbps AND IS BACKWARD
COMPATIBLE WITH 11b. Both bandwidths run at the same quality. 802.11g
is only mega useful for streaming top notch video signals that the communicators
screen could not handle.
Reviewed by Jenna J. from England on 20th Feb
This stunning phone is like a mini-computer! WHat's not to like? I got
this phone from Carphone Warehouse in Bond Street - I've had it for
about 3 months now and it's worked superb. But I didn't give it a full
5* because one thing I noticed is it is VERY slow when you're accessing
WAP games or internet. But other than that it's brilliant. I'm always
on it. My friends are SO envius of me!!
Reviewed by Kim Knight from United States on 20th
I can't imagine what the designer's were thinking that designed this
phone. The whole phone is so clutsy and unintuitive. It takes 8 keystrokes
to unlock it, and this usually takes a few tries. The center scroll
button is impossible to depress exactly in the center, which is Select/OK
key for most everything. The screen is not a touch screen, which makes
web-surfing very difficult. It is not a touch screen and therefore has
no stylus. This phone is also a brick - much too big to carry in a pocket.
There's no button for Silent mode - only scrolling around through menus
to select a Silent Profile. It's very slow to scroll through Contacts,
and in fact overall phone is slow to react to user menu selections.
I bought this phone after having a Sony-Ericcson P900, and the P900
was a much better-made phone with better OS and user-interface.
Reviewed by Kev from UK on 19th Feb 2005
I have has the old 9210 for years, refusing to 'upgrade' to another
phone offered by orange,waiting for the 9500. in the end I had to switch
networks as Orange were not supporting it yet. This is simply the best
phone on the market. OK its stiil a bit bulky but so what. I didn't
get an i-Pod for Christmas, however getting this last month made up
for it. Well done Nokia! tips for Nokia, make the screen touch screen,
make the headphones to control the music player, let it support I-tune
Reviewed by ella from england on 17th Feb 2005
This phone is AMAZING!!!Sleek, well equipped, stylish-- it got some
stares! I would give it 6 stars. The screen can be easily seen in really
bright sunlight. Businesslike phone with lots of extras. BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!1you
wont be disappointed. I was a little unsure of it but got it free from
work and its amazing.
Reviewed by Tishwant kanwarjit from England on
17th Feb 2005
This phone is the best any one can ask for! i've had it for 5 days now
and i haven't spent 1 second without it. I use to have the LG u8110,
but that's history now HAHAHAAH! Yea so anyway, howz yo family? HEY!
i don't Giv a damn about yo Family, so don't tell me. All i can day
to u iz, get this phone if you want to see your family again. p.s my
boyfriend nimish, loves the phone too
Reviewed by georgeoid from uk on 14th Feb 2005
Graeme Tough. i think that you will have to wait a bit for 02 to recognise
that youre phone 'exists'. then go onto the website an activate it from
Reviewed by R Chatterjee from OK on 5th Feb 2005
I bought one just because of the organiser. This more than lives upto
the name "Communicator". It is fantastic. It is crammed to the brim
with usefull well thought out and easy to use stuff ! I especially love
the organiser which is the same style as the good old psion REVO/5MX
only its better. You can view a whole year into your future (on one
screen) with this gadget. It will colour code the dates so you can (at
a glance) see how your future is booked up. The phone is just an added
benefit to this hand held mini computer. You can speak to people as
if its a mobile phone - or a desk top style speaker phone (away from
you head - if your worried about effects of mobiles on your grey matter)
You can surf the net on a nice wide screen and see everything as it
is on your own pc. The keyboard allows you to input data faster than
one of those touch screen hand-helds. This really is the world in the
palm of your hands. You can access whatever you want wherever you want.
Anouther difference over the handheld touch screen type devices is that
the spread sheet will produce graphs and charts where-as my HP/IPAQ
(pocket XL)could not do this usefull job. All in all this is a powerfull
all in one "must have" gadget of gadgets for 2005. I think NOKIA have
done a real nice job here. I just wish it used the smaller size of memory
/SD cards so I would not need a universal card reader.
Reviewed by Graeme Tough from UK on 4th Feb 2005
This is my very first mobile, ever. Mind's blowen. I'm not a comms.
junkie, I'll use it when it suits me. It is large and heavy compared
with the stuff the teenagers take out on the town, but it ain't aimed
at that market! I think it's awsome. Can't believe I'm surfin' the net
on this. Got everything going but MMS, if aynone's got any ideas? (O2
UK - O2 and Nokia's settings seem to conflict!) Regards, GT, UK.
Reviewed by Paulo from Portugal on 1st Feb 2005
State ot the art when in comes to take your work on the road... Let's
say 5 stars in features, 4,5 stars in performance and 4 stars in design.
Forget it if you want to look in style!
Reviewed by Arne Furre from Australia on 1st Feb
Just a comment that Nokia 9500 are using old technology when it comes
to the WIFI side of things. 11.b is used in lieu of what is the standard
Reviewed by matt from england on 27th Jan 2005
Reviewed by Jagbir from India on 27th Jan 2005
ITS THE BEST ONE CAN BUY. Its better that any other phone in the market
and the best part is quality of the Transreflective TFT LCD screen.
You can view it clearly in sunlight. As compared to P900/910 It is more
Durable and has a strong outer shell which perfectly protects the inner
PDA. A very practical phone with lots of features. WiFi is excellent
but little bit tough to configure. Camera quality is better than P900/910.
People who work on computers will find it very easy to use. especially
when working(Viewing, creating and editing) with word documents, Powerpoint
presentations and spreadsheets. Excellent support for HP printers. Its
very easy to use and shortcuts for connectivity(Bluetooth,IR), Screen
brightness and zoom provided on the QWERTY keyboard are a plus point.
Help feature is excellent and very easy to access and use. Sound and
image quality is the best in class. Its bulky but after all its an enterprise
class communicator device.I have both P910 and Nokia9500 but personally
i would prefer N9500 over P910, to me ITS A COMPUTER IN A SMALL PACKAGING
WITH A MOBILE PHONE. MUST BUY IT.
Reviewed by Azlan from Malaysia on 23rd Jan 2005
Im a proud owner of this N9500.Upgraded frm 9210i.Been reading the others
review about this phone and agreed on all pros point about the functions.The
size?,heyy,being "bulky" is just a trademark of the "Communicator Series"
ever since it appears in the movie "The Saint"(9110). Love everything
about this 9500.
Reviewed by Akshay from India on 23rd Jan 2005
FINE it's a fridge.. maybe bigger.. but no other fridge or "tiny little
fits-in-my-pocket" phone does HALF as much as this fella can do.. got
one after a lot of looking as this stuff is exclusivity material in
India during the first two weeks after launch atleast.. it'll probably
do every single thing on the planet except have your son's veggies..
worry not Nokia will probably bring out a 9600 that can do that as well
!! GO nokia !! This is the definition of a pure-to-the-core business
Reviewed by Maru-chan from Australia on 22nd Jan
my dad has this phone, and by the sounds of it he is very pleased with
the performance of this blacky piece of machinery. one phone from nokia
that i like. :D
Reviewed by Peter Meredith from New Zealand on
18th Jan 2005
Overall good phone, but why have Nokia dropped Voice Dialing from this
phone. What use is buying a Nokia Wireless Boom Headset HS-4W which
I also purchased at the same time, without having this feature!!. When
will they release it? Every other phone manufacturer in the globe has
voice dialing. Its a productivity tool. Come on Nokia get your act together.
Reviewed by John Gage from UK on 15th Jan 2005
Best business mobile yet, best keeboard, excellent screen but it is
an acquired taste and not for everyone. Slow processor, not small form.
Reviewed by Charles from England on 9th Jan 2005
Excellent phone. An embodiment of seriousness in a telephone, no cameras
or games. Very business-like!
Reviewed by Akshay Saxena from Nigeria on 8th
Its extremely awesome. I am very choosy with cell phones, was using
3650 for over 18months and got the last breath of it before seeking
a better option, that could last me another lengthy period. After purchasing,
the could last is definately would last now. Best features are the Symbian
OS, keyboard and the smoth screen in addition to MP3 and interconnectivity.
Forget those who say's size is an issue, and about its weight. The truth
is communicators still remain the classiest and phones for the respected.
Reviewed by rj from philippines on 6th Jan 2005
amazing phone, its beautiful and very usable. I travel alot and email
is necessary so i love this phone. I upgraded from a 9210i and im glad
i did. Though I hate the fact that the tables in my word documents gets
erased when i transfer from my computer to my phone but i usually work
with excel anyway so no problem there. quite big to make a phone call
though, but that doesnt really bother me coz i have a sony ericsson
k700i to make my phone calls so again no problem.
Reviewed by Jerki from USA on 5th Jan 2005
I love the phone and the internet brower. My only complaint is connecting
with Bluetooth. I pared my phone with my headset, laptops, and PC. The
only way for me to tranfer files with anything is if I send the request
from an item other than the phone. So I'm having a time trying to use
my Bluetooth headset. anybody interest in a over the head bluetooth
that's also a MP3. Check out this website www.sonorix.com the item is
OBH-0100 Any suggestions on connecting
Reviewed by pka from UK on 3rd Jan 2005
I bought this phone recently and tried using its WiFi facility. It worked
well for about ten minutes, and then it did something to my wireless
router, because both the router and the phone suddenly stopped working.
The only way I could get the phone to work again was to take the battery
out. But it took me two days of messing around to get my wireless router
to work again, and I still have problems with using it with one of my
laptop computers. I therefore took the Nokia 9500 back to the shop and
got my money back. Apart from that problem, it seemed like a good phone,
except that the operating system responded slowly to commands, the keyboard
was not as easy to use as I had expected because the keys were too close
together for easy typing, it lacked a touch-sensitive screen, and the
phone was bulky.
Reviewed by Kam from USA on 20th Dec 2004
Waited almost a week for this. Got it, and love the features, WiFi kicks
ass, but they could have made it so one don't have keep on connecting
it every time it's idle. Bluetooth completely sucks, can't connect a
headset since there isn't any voice recogniation. And yes, the size,
ohh my God the size of this heavy phone, I don't know if it's a Phone
a laptop or a paper weight. I hope Nokia 9300 is a bit better.
Reviewed by bob from finland on 14th Dec 2004
brilliant!!!!!! its like walking around with a laptop.Very spontaniouse
and buitiful shape. I LUV IT!!!!!!! u must BUY or face ur worst nightmare
Reviewed by john from South Africa on 13th Dec
great for bussines can sen e-mail anywere i love it 110%
Reviewed by Pupung80 from Indonesia on 10th Dec
Reviewed by Ivano from Italy on 28th Nov 2004
Pda phone like pc phone. You can forgot your notebook without trouble.
Two small problem: absebce of vibrating and to use of MMC instead SD.
Reviewed by Andy from England on 26th Nov 2004
This phone is an essential tool for a one man show like me, I can carry
my office with me whereever I go, I can quote rates, send e mails, use
wirless facilities on wireless spots and many more features, though
I am not a great friend of cameras/videos but it does come handy for
those who wants to carry their presentation in these mini Lap Top. It
was worth the wait....I would say one of the best handset ever used
after Nokia 9210i
Reviewed by johny from australia on 26th Nov 2004
this phone is classic and outstanding.problem is that this phone is
Reviewed by David Campbell from UK on 24th Nov
The nokia 9500 is a fantastic offering for an all in one multipurpose
box of tricks. What does it for me is the keyboard. Un-matched by any
phone or PDA out there. I love the ability to slot in MMC cards. I will
be buying a 1 gig memory card. I love the ability to play back mp3's.
With a gig of space that's more tunes than my old mp3 player can hold
by far. Ok not as much as an ipod but an ipod ain't able to browse the
internet, SMS, make voice calls, use office applications etc... I love
the fact I just land it on it's seat and it's USB connected to my PC
ready for me to transfer mp3's or whatever files I want. I like the
improved battery life. I love navigation and easy access to the organiser
and other key functions. I HATE THERE IS NO JACK CONNECTOR. I mean that
you can't connect up a normal headphone, you are limited to using the
nokia headphones which are terrible compared to what is available in
general. However, there are several ways around this problem. One of
them is to get a little nokia/jack adaptor which will then allow you
to plug any headphones with a jack connection. I think this is what
I will do! The only other considerable drawback with the communicators
is their size. It's a bulky phone, but then it's gotta be bulky to fit
all the features in (although there is still some space around the screen
and keyboard that is wasted imo... but I ain't an expert on phone design
either). I'm not massively keen on the look of the phone, although the
alternative cases look like they might be improvement to how it comes
in the box. I might try one out.
Reviewed by M from on 22nd Nov 2004
The phone is the best, only think I miss is vibrating ring!
Reviewed by Jayson from South Africa on 22nd Nov
The best phone in the world but it's missing a few things for it to
really be the ultimate piece of machine. *magic word activation (as
P900 & T610) *blinking Lights for battery life & bluetooth (as P900)
*reflector mirror for camera (as P900) *Touch screen ( a definate) *Torch
(lost carkeys in dark) *radio & stereo FM speaker *Ringtone composer
*TV Facility (IP Datacasting - as 7700) *800x 600 resolution *Stereo
earpiece *SD card capability *light on keyboard *GPS (world wide) *ringtones
for -Imelody,RMF,AU (as P900) *1.3 meg camera with flash *Allow (Pocket
pc) windows mobile apps *Thermometer,countdown,calerie,soundmeter,compass
*Chat sms *wallet *voice dial *auto key lock (as 5210) *Pic Identifier
on front of phone *3G net works with WCDMA/UMTS *TCP/IP network *send
pic messages (9500 can only receive) *series 60 on front *3D Java apps
*GPRS 12 Class (9500 10 class) *IR (CIR) home remote *18bit display
254 000K *Smaller than 100mm in size *Birthday reminder for age control
(as 6610) *minute beep reminder while on a call on/off (SE T610) *sms
with picture reciver (as SET610) *camera usage for scanning & edit documents
Reviewed by nick from england on 22nd Nov 2004
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is it a phone or a computer?It's cool but a bit complicated to use.Its
taken me 1 month to work out the basics and i design computers for a
living!Buy something cheaper and easier.Took it to work and all in the
office had a laugh trying to work out how to use it!