Samsung D500 Review
Review: October 2004.
Announced by Samsung in October 2004, and now available in the UK,
the D500 combines the very best of Samsung's techology in every field:
from cutting-edge TFT screen to megapixel digital camera to wireless
connectivity. The phone is aimed both at high-end business users and
the technology-hungry personal user market.
many respects, the D500 can be viewed as an enhancement of the D410,
which itself has much in common with the best-selling E800.
Like these phones, the D500 has a slide-up design, which enables a large
screen to be placed within a compact phone design. Many of the phones
features are conveniently available on the front face, but a gentle
push will make the slide mechanism open and close automatically, giving
access to the full keypad below. Unlike the D410, the D500 has an internal
aerial, giving it a more modern appearance, and removing the possibility
of damage to the aerial. The phone is also lighter than the D410 at
The display on the D500 is quite exceptional. With a size of 1.9 inches,
a resolution of 176 x 220 pixels and 262k colours, it knocks most other
phones dead, and is even bigger than the display on the D410. The screen
uses TFT technology, making it bright and clear, suitable for use even
in direct sunlight.
The camera has a resolution of 1.3 megapixels, making it simply the
best camera phone available at the time of launch. The camera has a
flash for low-light photography and a 7x digital zoom. The camera can
also be used as a camcorder for making videos, with a 4x digital zoom.
The phone comes with an MP3 player, with bags of memory for storing
audio tracks. MP3 clips can also be used as ringtones as an alternative
to the 64-voice polyphonic MIDI ringtones that come supplied. MP3 ringtones
offer the highest possible quality audio.
The phone incorporates some of the advanced technology introduced in
the E800 to enhance voice clarity. The phone automatically senses the
volume of the background noise and will increase the volume and clarity
of the incoming call to make it more audible. In addition there is an
integrated handsfree speakerphone.
The D500 is the first Samsung phone in the UK to incorporate Bluetooth
wireless connectivity, and the phone also has a USB port for easy connection
to a computer. The Bluetooth support is a full implementation, enabling
data to be transferred as well as for connecting to a wireless headset
or car kit.
The memory available in the D500 is a whopping 80 Mbytes - more than
enough for storing videos and MP3 tracks, and enough for demanding business
users too. For example, the phone can store over 1,000 megapixel images,
60 minutes of video, or up to 20 MP3 tracks.
Is there anything missing from the D500? The phone clearly addresses
any shortcomings with the D410 by introducing an internal aerial, Bluetooth
wireless connectivity and an expanded memory. Perhaps the only thing
missing is the option to plug in an additional memory card - although
frankly 80 Mbytes is more than adequate for most users. The phone lacks
the Symbian operating system of a smartphone, which means that third-party
applications are limited, but the D500 isn't a smartphone and it's not
fair to compare it with one. In its class, we believe that the D500
is simply the best! The Samsung E720
is similar to the D500 but has a conventional clamshell format instead
of the D500's slide-up design.
As mentioned, the D500 is now obsolete, and we recommend the newer
Samsung D900i or Samsung
Features of the Samsung D500 include:
- 1.3 megapixel camera (1280 x 1024 pixels) with flash and digital
- Video recording & messaging (176 x 144 pixels)
- 262,144 colour TFT LCD display (176 x 220 pixels)
- Music player (MP3/AAC)
- Java games (3 embedded games)
- Ringtones: 64-voice polyphonic and MP3
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB, IrDa, SyncML
- Integrated handsfree speakerphone
- Messaging : SMS (with learning T9), EMS, MMS
- E-Mail client (POP3, IMAP4, SMTP) / vCard / vCalendar
- Personal organiser functions
- Phonebook (max 1000 entries)
- Memory: 80 Mbytes
- WAP 2.0, GPRS class 10
- Tri-band (900/1800/1900MHz)
- Size: 94 x 46 x 24 mm
- Weight: 99g
- Talktime: up to 6.5 hours
- Battery standby: up to 300 hours
Samsung D500 User Reviews
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Average rating from 102 reviews:
Reviewed by Martin from UK on 18th Jan 2012
I've only just given away my old D500, which I've had for nearly six
years and which has served as a reliable backup whenever newer phones
have gone wrong. It's obviously very dated now, but I shall miss it.
It's very user-friendly, good to make calls on as the speaker is very
clear and it's ultra-reliable. Best handset I've ever had, without exception.
Reply by Oli from UK on 23rd Aug 2012
I absolutely agree!!!
Reviewed by zhao lou from manchester on 11th Jan
Reviewed by gaz from enland on 9th Jan 2005
this is the best phone out at the moment. got it for xmas and i love
it. great picture quality on photos, and videos are outstanding
Reviewed by zed from UK on 9th Jan 2005
I agree with footpump!! Hey man.. ur style of writing reviews is superb!
U shud do it professionaly! very entertaining read :)
Reviewed by S johnstone from uk on 9th Jan 2005
This fone is brilliant, dont believe these ppl who are saying there
is problems with the build or the mp3. they just either dont know how
2 look after the fone or dont know how 2 use the fone. i certainly do
and i have no problems atall with this great handset the mp3 and camera
are brill and pretty much everything else(2 many things 2 name in this
review) this is the best phone in my opinion and deffo the best looking
handset around. 10/10!!
Reviewed by ABACADO from UK on 7th Jan 2005
This fone is like 1 of the best ive seen dude, like it so totally rocks!!!!!
no but seriously this fone look serious and so good i mite just melt.
The graphics on this phone unbelievable and 2 be honest i think that
if ny of u out there are wantin 1 of the best fones out this day then
they shood choose this 1!! DUDE!!
Reviewed by mikee from uk on 6th Jan 2005
Just been converted from my trusted Nokia! Pleasantly surprised with
the ease of use of the menu system ... on a par with Nokia's and much
better than other manufacturers. The screen quality also knocks the
pants off its competitors! Was initially concerned with the bluetooth
(being Samsung's 1st attempt in this area), but its found everything
I've flung at it without any problems. Basically its a very good piece
of kit, and the large majority of people will be happy with it. On the
downside ... well it doesn't hook up to outlook so doesn't do the synchronising
contacts/calendar thing etc .... but then again its not a "smart phone".
Also no voice recognition for your contacts, so bit more difficult to
make that call thru' your bluetooth headset... your fingers still have
to do some walking! If these 2 things are really important to you ...
then prob best to look elsewhere. If they don't matter / or you can
live with it ... find a good deal and go for it!
Reviewed by steve from uk on 6th Jan 2005
without doubt the best phone on the market!! we have four of them now,
sujest retailers should not sell them to numptys who have no technical
nowledge, ie blue tooth tongle ebay £15, welcome to 2005 wally
Reviewed by rUdE gAl from EnGlAnD on 6th Jan 2005
ne1 man dissin dis 4ne has a serious prob wit their brain dis is da
top notch n da market. at d mo u cnt get ne beta. der iz no competition
wit dis 4ne its a livin mechanism itz cool... i wud giv mor dan 5 *'s
if it waz poss. i wud reccomend 2 ne1....go 4 it!!!!
Reviewed by PoolMan from England on 5th Jan 2005
Well, after hunting all over to get this phone on the 02 newtwork I
finally managed it theough mail order. All the advertised functions
are outstanding. As a phone the sound is clear, the ringtones are LOUD
and the screen is clear. As a camera it is as good as my trusty old
Camedia 1.3 MPixels. As a camcorder, well, it's just a bit of fun really
so don't expect THX . . All the other features are great, buid quality
is solid and the buttons are easily navigated by your thumb. The only
drawbacks are probably the lack of a radio which I would have loved
(as I do not intend to use this as an MP3 player to save space for pics)
etc. and the fact that it does not remember I like to use T9 predictive
text input. It seems to keep reverting to old style of hitting the keys
three three times for the last letter in the key . . . am i doind something
wrong here ? GREAT phone, one of the leaders at min I reckon.
Reviewed by mush1 from england on 5th Jan 2005
There are only a few words to say what this phone is great,faboulous,stylish
and most thing of all it is really easy to use. The camera is breath
taking. if people give this a poor rating they need their brains testing.
ITS FABOULOUS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by magic from uk on 5th Jan 2005
i just bought the phone its gr8 its the best phone i've ever had it
has got everything you could want and more, the camera quality is outstanding
the bluetooth acess is excellent everything about the phone is great
and i thik everyone should buy it because it is worth every penny the
fone is WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by me from uk on 5th Jan 2005
you must see and use this phone before you buy it it is a brillint phone
nd all its missin is infa red n radio dont buy this phone unless you
realy want it look around first have u seen da price tag fink of how
much phones cu down in price afta da 1st 6 munths
Reviewed by Mo Bobat from England, UK on 4th Jan
I originally ordered the new Nokia 6170 on O2 from One Stop Phone Shop.
I got it and within 15 mins I got bored - the Nokia has no features
whatsoever (unless you want PTT [Push To Talk]?!). I sent the Nokia
6170 back and got the Samsung D500 instead. I read the review on this
website and a few others and was instantly hooked. The real thing did
not disappoint! I got the phone on Orange and first thing, they have
made a bit of a balls of it! Orange have put their infamous "side-bar"
on the main screen - basically shortcuts to Call History, Messages (SMS,
MMS, email), Calender and WAP. The Orange sidebar takes about 1/6th
of the screen - it's not huge, but its very annyoing when you have,
like me, a favourite photo of your little boy as the wallpaper :( That
aside, another boob Orange have made is changing the Samsungs factory
set MENU GRID icons to their own - which are basically naff and boring.
The icons for the menu have no style or depth and rather spoil the phone
on first look. However, you get used to the dull icons and skip the
screen quick to get to the sub-menus which haven't been tinkered with.
The phone I got was the dark grey colour (or Platinum, as I like to
call it). It is light in weight and only just heavier than my previous
Samsung E700. The SCREEN is huge for a phone its size. The colurs are
sharp and vivid. The CAMERA is superb - 1.3 megapixel of fun! It has
a built-in flash at the back which can be set to flash just before the
picture is taken or it can be set as a constant light. Folks, don't
be fooled by the little light - it is extremely powerfull and can EASILY
light up the darkest of rooms! SMS & MMS are your usual fare - its easy
to text, send and receive messages and the options to store and forward
are great. The PHONEBOOK is as you would find in most new phones: Customisable
with photos of the person you're calling or is calling you, set different
ring tones and groups, etc, etc. The MP3 PLAYER and VIDEO are SUPERB!
The built-in speakerphone is really loud and although I haven't tried
other Mp3's, the sample song sounds just dandy. The video is of the
same ilk: clear with no distortion. The phone has Infra-red but the
great thing about the phone is that it is the first Samsung mobile to
have BLUETOOTH! I have only sent a contact (name & telephone number)
through Bluetooth so far to try it out and it worked a treat. I have
just ordered a Bluetooth dongle from eBay to transfer mp3's and mini
videos over. The MEMORY is HUGE! Each phone comes with over 80mb, yup
80MB of memory - enough to store over 20 mp3's! There's no MMC CARD
slot (like in the Nokia 6230) but with 80MB the lack of a expansion
slot won't be greatly missed. Please remember, Samsung have not intended
this phone to be a Smartphone - it doesn't compare. But if you compare
this phone with other "standard" mobiles like the Nokia 6230, 6260,
6170, Siemens SL65, etc then it is by far the best mobile on the market
today (things may change tomorrow, but today it is the best!). The NEGATIVES
of this phone have been briefly highlighted above - although they're
not all Samsung's fault - blame Orange for 2 major ones. However, the
lack of a data cable is a little mean. You can buy one quite cheaply
on the internet like eBay or better still, get a bluetooth dongle for
about £15.00 which will come with software to transfer mp3's, wallpapers,
videos, ringtones, etc... OVERALL, this is the best phone I have had
so far. It has many features - some you may not have ever thought existed
like PIN protecting certain "folders" like your MMS msgs, Emails, Songs
or Video files. It is easy to use (I haven't looked at the manual once)
and will last a long time to come. The only problem is, I'm dying for
Samsung to better themselves and come up with an even BETTER mobile.
Is this possible? Of course it is and remember we're all invited!
Reviewed by MartinJ from UK on 4th Jan 2005
Phone's quality. I was looking for a new phone with an excellent camera
and was going to go for the se s700i, but they ran out of stock at the
shop, so i went for the d500 and, to be honest, i'm pretty glad as i
haven't found any kind of flaw with it yet. I love the camera quality
and the flash is definitely a good thing to have. The only reason i've
given it four stars and not five is cos i've only had it a short while
and so there's still a chance things could go wrong. Btw, can anyone
recommend a good case to get for it? Like anyone with any new toy, i
don't even wanna risk it getting scratched or damaged!
Reviewed by Suk D from UK on 3rd Jan 2005
Quite simply the best phone I have ever owned!
Reviewed by Steve from England on 2nd Jan 2005
Great phone but does anyone know where to get a data cable to transfer
mp3's from my PC (and what type). I can't do it via bluetooth.
Reviewed by Footpump from UK on 2nd Jan 2005
Firstly - WOW! What a great phone. I think the ratio between good and
bad reviews speaks reems so it's kind of pointless repeating the obvious
raves like the memory, styling, ease of navigation etc. However, I've
read some of the previous reviews with a mixture of agreement and sheer
surprise. Complaints about the standard of photos and vids ...buy a
digi camcorder (but it wont make phone calls so no doubt some of you
will complain about that!). Then there's the few dubious comments about
the speaker, the best has to be the person who asked what it's for -
maybe take a wee look at the instructions; even as early as page 9 should
give the game away as it's described as a "plug in speaker". I don't
think by any stretch of the imagination that my phone has added functions,
so why is it I have a built in speaker as well as the plug in? I assumed
it was a standard function but obviously not going by some of the "...it
should have..." comments. I suppose for listening to MP3's the plug
in is slightly better quality but for general hands free use, the built
in speaker is fine. Someone else seemed to think it doesn't have an
IrDA port but I wonder if they actually got a little confused as to
what phone they were reviewing. Oh yes, and the comment about the headphones
not suiting a particular person...go and buy another, more suitable
set then - they can't suit everyone and at least something has been
provided for instant use. The supplied headphones wouldn't be my 1st
choice but they work if needed in case my bluetooth headset vapourised
mysteriously. For anyone out there thinking of getting the D500 and
utilising these reviews for an informed decision, then go with the majority
- it is a great phone and does exactly what it says on the box! However,
if you want to use it as a full time MP3 player, then maybe buying an
MP3 player would be a better alternative. If you want to be the next
Spielberg or Lichfield, it may be best that you buy a camcorder/camera.
Finally, if the D500 screen isn't big enough for you, may I suggest
you go out and purchase a plasma TV from an electrical retailer. Sorry
if this sounds like a rant but please, why complain about things that
are never going to suit everyone? Better still, get to know your phone's
capabilities before commenting on them - you never know, reading the
instruction book might just help familiarise you with the layout and
functions. P.S. I am neither an anorexic or newborn but I am able to
use the keys effortlessly (but it doesn't do the ironing so maybe I
will have to conceed it's a rubbish phone... I think not!)
Reviewed by George from Manchester on 22nd Dec
The phone is absolutley awesome, so many great features!!!! Just buy
a standard samsung data cable, eg. for the e700 and just download the
new software from www.samsung.co.uk. works great!!!!
Reviewed by Kevin from England on 22nd Dec 2004
A HIGHLY OVER-HYPED PHONE.....Advance "Hype" of this phone does it no
credit now that we can actually see and use it....The screen is quite
small, much smaller than current phones on the market. The screen size
is further compromised by quite large borders for Service Provider Customization,
giving you about 1 inch square of wallpaper!!....The camera is POOR,
don't be fooled by "Megapixel size", The amount of megapixels is not
the only determinant of pic quality. The pic quality is worse than an
old Sharp GX10i let alone Sharps newer models...Weirdly disappointing....Construction
and size is of the usual really "plasticky" mini-brick format..although
as a brick it's smaller than the usual mobile brick..a welcome element,
also the colour makes it looks more appealing than the silver plastic
usually served up.....Keyboard slider is firm and easy to use in one
hand, but the buttons can be tricky to use due to them being lowered
into a bay with high walls restricting your fingers ...Fine if you're
anorexic, but otherwise somewhat difficult. The letters/numbers are
also tiny, giving you a headache trying to read them even as they are
well lit. Bluetooth works extremely well, synching easily with everything
I threw at it. Menu system is very easy to use as are the nav buttons
except the centre "ok" button, which again requires one to be anorexic
or new born....And now for the most stupid thing I've seen on a mobile
phone....You have to dis-assemble a pyramid of plastic to reveal a 1
inch square module to plug into the side of the phone in order to use
it as a speakerphone!!! What were these designers on!! The colour of
the plastic being brown/greyish makes the phone look quite good, especially
as the overall size of it is quite small. Size of text is SUPERB, nice
and large/clear. Great for browsing web pages. Overall, a strange phone,
not what you would regard as modern or current. The fact that it is
a current model of circa 2004 shouldn't fool you in to thinking that
it IS like a modern and capable phone, which it isn't. Ultimately, the
tiny screen size, difficult to see and use keypad, "Plug in loudspeaker",
will consign it very shortly to the usual 1 week wonder's grave. It
would compete well in the market if the year were 1990, which ultimately
is how this phone looks/functions. It's only redeeming factor is it's
excellent bluetooth connectivity, which is not a 1990 feature.....I'm
just off to the Post Office to send it back.
Reviewed by oli from uk on 21st Dec 2004
This phone is perfect, it has everything i want and more. It can be
expensive depending on where you get it from, but i managed to find
a really cheap deal by shopping around on the net. Iv been waiting for
it to arrive for ages and now i finally have it, its even better than
i thought! all i need now is a little bluetooth adapter for my pc so
i can slap my mp3s on there :D
Reviewed by vatsal gupta from uk on 21st Dec 2004
it is the best phone i have seen. i melted in front of it when i saw
it. its imaging is superb and the only thing missin can only be and
irda port which as told below is not missed cause bluetooth and usb
overshadow it. thus this phone is simply the best
Reviewed by Lizzie from UK on 21st Dec 2004
Had this phone 2 days was really impressed until I dropped it completely
by accident. It now turns itself on and off, the screen freezes and
i can't get a wallpaper up on the screen. Not very good build quality
at all, as usual from samsung.
Reviewed by Tesh from UK on 21st Dec 2004
Try to use i-tunes (can d/l from cnet.com/downloads)and crop mp3 files
into the tone that you want. Should be able to then use these mp3 files
Reviewed by George from England on 21st Dec 2004
Try looking on ebay for a data cable, i picked one up for about £6.00,
works fine! PHONE IS GREEEAAATT!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Michael Laxamana from England on 21st
Easiest way to transfer files is by using a bluetooth dongle.
Reviewed by mobile lover from uk on 20th Dec 2004
by just looking at it makes u buy the phone with it's outstanding features
and designs. it's got the best u can ever get. everything u need is
there in D500 n a fabulous 80MB memory you can save all the joys u had
in that phone. i just loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
buy it now okkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
Reviewed by Me! from UK on 20th Dec 2004
Overall a damn good phone. Great sound (especially with the supplied
loud speaker). Massive memory, much more than other phones, even though
this one can't be upgraded with a memory card. Pics are good enough
for a camera phone, video is a bit jerky (but the novelty will wear
off soon anyway), the flash is very bright for pics in the darkest of
places!!! Answer to other people's question about a data cable, I'd
get a Bluetooth dongle for your PC, it quick and no messy cables. If
your after a small, feature-packed phone and don't really need a massive
screen, get this phone, you won't be disapointed!
Reviewed by Comhnall Ferguson from UK on 20th
I think its the most outstanding phone in the world because it has all
the features that you could think of
Reviewed by Niall Brown from Scotland on 19th
dis fone is the best samsung to ever be made the 1.3 megapixel camera
is great and the memory is mammoth it says yo can store 0 mp3 ringtones
but on mine you can store 34 isn't dat great.
Reviewed by fred from london on 19th Dec 2004
over hyped by all the people who have reviewed this phone. sad considering
people take notice of rewiews. but i do understand if you spend lots
of money on something then you have to make your self believe its good.
Reviewed by KUSH!! from UK on 19th Dec 2004
IT IS SO COOL
Reviewed by TONY from on 20th Dec 2004
YOU DONT NEED A DATA CABLE..JUST BUY A BLUETOOTH DONGLE (£20.00)AND
PLUG IT INTO YOUR PC..
Reviewed by Damien from England on 18th Dec 2004
Although I am only 15, I want a say in how this has to be the phone
of the year! The phone itself very sleek, stylish and a definte trend
setter in its market. It offers features that surpasses todays similar
phones. I don't get why people are so critical of this phone, so it
may not be perfect, but yet trying to achieve this perfection it achieves
exellence. Just because I am 15, don't think my opinion doesn't matter,
infact my IQ is 143, that means I know what i'm saying. And i'm saying
that go out and buy this phone, it'll put a smile on your face just
in time for christmas!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by oliver from england on 18th Dec 2004
This phone is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you have to buy one!!!!
Reviewed by RAHUL from INDIA on 18th Dec 2004
It's a great phone that I have seen till yet with outstanding facilities
available in it that's why I love it.
Reviewed by Vinni from UK on 18th Dec 2004
What a beauty!I got this phone yesterday and I haven't put it down since
then! It has all the features I wanted and much more. The Best pnone
in the market! Iam proud to own one. Go get yours.
Reviewed by demetri papaiounnu from Greece/england on
17th Dec 2004
this phone is simply supberb. the quality of the camera and video is
the best i've seen but the camera is lte down a bit, due to a 3 second
delay when taking a picture.This however, is the only fault as everything
else beats all other phones hands down. FANTASTIC GET IT!!!! The only
other phone that compares with the D500 is the Motorola A1000 which
is also awesome!
Reviewed by jem from england on 17th Dec 2004
two months ago i purchased the E800, not knowing the D500 was being
unleashed.I thought the 800 was cool until this 500 came along.about
time samsung got it right on such a diddy phone,videoing ect.you will
be will be stuck on this phone.go and get one now,
Reviewed by MANAMI from CROATIA on 17th Dec 2004
GREAT, THE BEST! I HAVE IT! HA,HA,HA,HA,H,HA...
Reviewed by bev clemons from uk on 17th Dec 2004
wow!!! its as good as i thought, no better as it has great functions
and mp3 ringtones. its easy to use but i need to find out how to get
more mp3 tones onto my fone. anyway everyone stops to look at my fone
and comments on how nice it is. if you are after this fone GOOD LUCK
as i had to travel 30 miles to get one, but it was worth it!!! enjoy.
Reviewed by Faizan Hussain from Birmingham on
16th Dec 2004
My aunty got this fone i borrowed it. I like the camera. I bought 1
Reviewed by dave smith from liverpool on 16th
looks great but wont let me download any mp3's from my pc,spoke to samsung
customer services and basicaly they arnt interested
Reviewed by Mr King from England on 16th Dec 2004
Not the best from Samsung they have produced better phones in the past.
They've just not got the size right this time have they hey its just
too thick. It looks like a cheap and nasty toy, maybe silver would have
looked better, the features are reasonable as well they not special
Reviewed by Jono from England on 16th Dec 2004
Looking at the positives, this phone has it all (just read the main
review above), the only thing that I can pick on with this phone would
be that the camera is not quite as good as the latest Sharp models,
the pictures are a bit grainy when shown on the screen. The sound, memory
capacity, size and connectivity of the D500 though puts it ahead of
all other phones in it's market at the moment.
Reviewed by Chris from Liverpool on 15th Dec 2004
WOW! what can I say! This phone is just superb, and I don't give any
phone 5 stars easily! great camera as well as it being stylish. The
only down side to it is where can you buy the data cable and software
for the MP3's? Anyone know?
Reviewed by Dane from England on 15th Dec 2004
The Samsung D500 is the best phone around, it's a lovly colour and easy
Reviewed by lea from uk on 14th Dec 2004
o-m-g what can i say, white van man brought it to me yesterday, charged
it and can't put it down, xmas has come early to me, good pic's, nice
sound's and easy to use, video is good quality and easy to bluetooth
to pc, well done samsung, always had nokia's but no more. two of my
mate's have ordered them also now, just one moan, need a date cable!!
any one got a link.
Reviewed by john eccleston from liverpool on 14th
absolutly fantastic,camara=great,video=great, looks=great, i could go
on for hours, A MUST BUY!!!!!!
Reviewed by Natasha from England on 14th Dec 2004
It is a fantastic phone I did order the V3 first but that doesn't even
compare to the D500 anyone who is anyone should have one they are brilliant
and Orange talk plans are brilliant at the moment too!!! Samsung is
definately the best make aswell!!
Reviewed by mohsin from patel on 14th Dec 2004
its an excellent phone with outstanding looks and features
Reviewed by michael from uk on 14th Dec 2004
ok got it as free orange upgrade, looks very nice, adverage camera (but
it is only a phone) video not bad, but what no bluetooth licence, data
transfer very bad, no softwear supplied and took nearly 2 hours to download
on broadband. overall if you want a phone for phone reasons and not
much else it looks and feels great, but dont expect an mobile office.
Reviewed by Dan from U.K on 14th Dec 2004
Nice Phone but shame about the 3 sec delay when taking a photo!
Reviewed by Carsley from England on 14th Dec 2004
The samsung d500 looks outstanding the best phone i've seen
Reviewed by nic from uk on 14th Dec 2004
can anyone say STYLE? the d500 is the epitome of style! i've had mine
for 2 days and i'm still amazed. i've had samsung phones since the t100
and would never get any other make, the d500 has renewed my faith in
the name. when i first saw it advertised, i thought it was gonna ba
a black e800, but its totally better! camera = great; memory = great;
phone = GREAT!!! and its unusual to see a black phone, they're all silver!
the d500 stands out as a modern classic! go out and buy it, u'l not
Reviewed by kabzy from UK on 13th Dec 2004
best phone ive had, n ive had many!! got everything. only thing i wanna
know is what is the pyramid looking thing that comes with the phone??????
Reviewed by Javed from UK on 13th Dec 2004
The phone is absolutely brilliant. However I will not be using it. I
have got it for someone very special and I hope she likes it as much
as I do!
Reviewed by Graham from UK on 13th Dec 2004
Got the phone yesterday from Carphone Warehouse and - WOW! Everything
about this phone is so refined...from it's looks, down to the way the
software works inside it. I'm amazed at how many features the phone
has and yet it works so flawlessly and fast - unlike my previous T610!
Camera = superb, Andy, you're a fool for knocking the phone over the
quality of the camera...it's perfectly acceptable and if you want super
quality...go buy a bloomin digital camera...NOT A PHONE! The screen
resolution and quality is outstanding...every single item is of high
resolution and very clear. Text is smooth and easy to read, with no
jagged edges as might be present on inferior phones (i.e SL55 :)) The
sliding mechanism is one up on the E800, a lot smoother, and no bad
noises when closing at speed. I don't know what Siemens were thinking
with the SL55 and not having it spring loaded...it just feels so rubbish
compared! MP3 player is a superb add-on feature. With 80MB of memory,
you can fit enough songs on it to keep you amused on your way to work,
and maybe even back again (although take the charger with you as you
might actually want to use it to call someone!) Messaging features are
in a league of it's own...writing text messages using either T9 or ABC
is effortless and once you've become accustomed to the keyboard, you'll
have messages whizzing away in seconds. The video recorder isn't something
I plan on making use of, but after having a little play, I must say
I'm impressed! It's no camcorder - by a long shot - but for those moments
where you just need to capture a video, the quality and resolution of
play back will more than suffice.
Reviewed by Grzegorz from England,London on 13th
No doubt,phone looks great,the materials they used are much better than
on the E800 and the other popular handsets. It's a shame that the set
doesn't come with USB wire - even the super cheap NEC 616V has got it
in box. To be honest the only advantage for me is a high resolution
camera and big memory, otherwise the phone is plain like the Nokia 7210
launched 2 years ago, and it hasn't got even radio. Obviously Samsung
did not think that in-ear headphones are useless for many people (including
me) so I can forget about listening the MP3, becouse I can't plug in
the one that suits me. You will also find the problems with managing
your phonebook which annoying me most!! Conclusion - this phone only
looks nice and it has a good camera. If you are the Nokia user, stay
with it!! In terms of functionality and reliability no one can beat
Reviewed by Tom from England on 13th Dec 2004
Reviewed by Jo Ang from UK on 12th Dec 2004
Just received this phone yesterday from Carphone Warehouse (sim-free)
... and I haven't been able to put it down! I was worried that trying
to txt on it would be a problem but its very similar to the Nokia OS
(without the annoying error msg coming up with 'App closed')! It's a
pity that there's no in-built speaker, but the additional accessory
(very cute triangular speaker) gives super sound quality - so no complaints
there! Camera quality is great (for a 1.3MP) and so is the zoom! The
flash on this camera is the best I've come across (compared to the Sony
Ericsson S700i)! It would be nice if Samsung had installed a copy +
paste function like on the more recent Nokia's ... but hey, you can't
have everything! Additional features, such as java games are fun to
fiddle round with for a while - but unless you're a hardcore mobile
gamer, don't fret! All in all, a great phone ... very cute to handle
and easy to get to grips with! BUY IT NOW, you won't regret it!
Reviewed by michael from inglaterra on 12th Dec
i love tjis fone but i feel a bit ript off by orange cos they gave me
txts that i have to use between 8pm and midnite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i love the design n stuff cmera :D:):):):):D
Reviewed by NSR from London, UK on 11th Dec 2004
Just received phone today 11/12/04, after being a 4x Nokia user for
7-8 years. Great little thing, calculator, time zones, convertors, MP3
Player, voice recorder, video, blueto, etc, etc.... Simple to use and
thats just after 5 hours. Nokia's are now history for me, until they
do the same - sorry Nokia!!!
Reviewed by erik from United Kingdom on 10th Dec
Nice bit of kit DOES HAVE INFA RED (dont listen to review below) Shame
you cant change the screen icons orange dump on but hey with a screen
this good quality who cares! buy it.
Reviewed by jerry from uk on 10th Dec 2004
A1 fantastic best phone ever looks good feels good outstanding small
phone i love it
Reviewed by shark from ireland on 9th Dec 2004
After i recieved my fone i waz alsoluty amazed at the camera. It was
fantastic thet they could get such a good resolution into a fone. i
waz also amazed at how easy it is to use. when entered the shop in which
i bought it i asked " i want a fone which is easy to use" there reply
waz a nokia. i waz very surprised. top of its range, but im sure all
fone manufactures are workin late hours to contend with this fone. Its
a must Buy
Reviewed by Jonathan Newman from England on 9th
Reviewed by denny from england on 8th Dec 2004
its the best phone i've ever had and believe me i've had most phones
on the market outstanding 5 stars
Reviewed by Michael Laxamana from England on 7th
After waiting for what seemed like years, I got mine yesterday from
Orange! Super little phone! BT connected paired with anything and everything,
good battery life, awesome camera and easy to use! Highly recommended!
Reviewed by Rajan Sharma from Birmingham, UK on
6th Dec 2004
Ordered it as an upgrade from Orange for £49! Can't wait to get
it. Has enough features to keep me occupied for a while. Played with
it briefly in shop and camera quality is awesome and the large screen
& black case makes it look like one of the best phones on the market
in my opinion. I prefer the styling on this to the Vertu phones and
its about £10k cheaper!
Reviewed by Janine from UK on 5th Dec 2004
Finally got me hands on this little beauty yesterday, and what can I
say........linked to the Bluetooth headset I purchased with it without
any problems. Am a little disappointed that there is no option to voicedial
from the phone book (but I can live with that) and to upload mp3's you
either need the Easy Studio software and data cable which it does not
come with, or an IRDA device which you also have to purchase separately,
although not from Samsung as far as I can tell (which is a bit frustrating,
but only cos I am impatient and want to do everything NOW). Even so,
it is still a fine little phone and is easy to use......60 mins of video
capture, great little camera, nice size screen....sharp and colourful.........meets
and in some cases exceeds what I was expecting!! :-)
Reviewed by emma from south wales(britain) on
5th Dec 2004
I bought my samsung yesterday from the link,they had about 5 in their
delivery and well i haven't left it alone yet and the battery is still
full,i'm blown away. There is plenty of things onnit to keep you technology
hungry people interested and its soooooooo small and sexy. Its loud
so you will definately hear it in your bag or pocket,I've had five samsung
phones in the past and they have all been brill but this beats all of
them and nokias too,the only thing is the camera is good but not as
amazed as predicted seems a bit blurred to me,maybe i need to adjust
camera sttings? I have a sharp gx30 as well and the camera is amazing,
i thought been as samsung is 1.3 mega pixels it would be better again,but
there you go,can't have everything eh! can someone let me know if they
think the same thing bout camera...buy it you will not regret it and
people will be sooo jealous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by chelsea boy from uk on 5th Dec 2004
purchased this phone earlier 2day because i think its something not
to be missed. bluetooth, mp3 player and ringtones, large memory, big
screen, 1.3mpx camera and video recorder all on a samsung phone. couldnt
miss the opportunity for this piece of art.
Reviewed by Andy Whitehead from UK on 4th Dec
I bought the Samsung D500 earlier today from The Link. After waiting
patiently for it's release how very disappointed I am now I've got it.
Excellent usual Samsung features but the quality of the camera and video
leave an awful lot to be desired. In truth it really is overpriced and
over-rated. I've taken mine back and bought the Sharp GX30 - they're
like chalk and cheese in every way. The Sharp totally loses the D500
Reviewed by Steve from UK on 4th Dec 2004
Just got the phone yesterday, not put it down yet. Superb style ease
of use and everything you need in a mobile for daily use , great size
to carry round nice slide action and lots of great features. GO AND
Reviewed by Alexandro P. from Kusu Islands - Singapore
on 4th Dec 2004
Cliche or no cliche i have to say , LOOK NO MORE. This phone is the
Ultimate role model for all phones in 2005. D500 is the phone to beat
for all phone manufacturers in 2005. It is the most versatile and best
all round featured master-piece. The BEST phone money can buy.
Reviewed by Zjelko from uk on 4th Dec 2004
WOW! WHAT A PHONE CANT WAIT TO GET MINE, IVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A PHONE
LIKE THIS FOR SOME TIME, NOTHING EVEN COMES CLOSE. O2 WILL RELEASE IT
ON 13 DEC ONLINE. HERE IS A GOOD REVIEW OF THE PHONE. http://www.mobile-review.com/review/samsung-d500-en.shtml
Reviewed by Craig from UK on 25th Nov 2004
Well what can I say Samsung have finally done some market research and
come to their senses. Finally givin the people what they want. Bluetooth
and mp3 players must now be standard in the rest of their phones. Minor
problems like this are what kept them back, but not anymore! Well done
the specs are awesome, the phone is impressive, im gonna get me a badboy
Reviewed by daniel kim from canada on 25th Nov
i agree it has amazing features....one of the best phones out there.....im
going to korea this winter.....deciding whether to get the samsung d500
or the samsung d710.....the d710 has symbian and series 60....but d500
has bluetooth....both phones offer very good features.................................do
u really have the limited red edition of d500......??? thats a little
bit odd....because i dont think it is released yet is it.
Reviewed by Janine from UK on 24th Nov 2004
haven't actually got my hands on this phone yet, but it looks to be
a beauty. I have had 5 samsung phones, only deviating once to the siemens
sl55, soon after which I saw sense. my latest is the smashing little
e800, which does all I need with exception of no bluetooth (and the
dictionary has a habit of forgetting words I've input). However I am
waiting on tenterhooks for the D500 to arrive on our scenes and I will
be there like a shot. Indeed Samsung with bluetooth will be hard to
beat, I am pretty sure.
Reviewed by Ferry from Netherlands on 23rd Nov
It's a great mobile phone, the only negative thing is that it's just
1.3, it should be 2.0. I have him in red, that's the limited edition.
Reviewed by Jonathan Bruce from England on 22nd
Definately THE phone of the moment! I've had Samsung phones before and
liked them. My mistake was upgrading to a Nokia6600. This phone does
everything i want from a phone and more, i do hope that Samsung bring
out more phones with Bluetooth. This will then put Samsung back at the
Top of the Mobile Ladder! It is so much easier to use than the nokia
i had, and even the battery life is an improvement over the old T100
i had years ago.
Reviewed by Joseph Whitehouse from United Kingdom on
17th Nov 2004
Having seen and played with the phone, I must confess it is an absolutely
outstanding handset, and the printed images, meet up to expectations
too! Bluetooth on a Samsung is an unheard of, so this truly is a break-through!
Initial prices are currently ranging from between £350-380 Sim
free, online to pre-order! It is a handset that is greatly sort after,
and the best (in my opinion) to come out over the next 6 months.
Reviewed by Islam Choudhury from United Kingdom on
14th Nov 2004
This phone is a MUST, the first Samsung mobile to combine features and
style to its max. It's a monster but a tiny monster, whatever the price,
this is a MUST buy as it is going to be the best phone around for a
Reviewed by Clee from on 10th Nov 2004
Wow, what a great phone, looks stylish, i know i;ll be taking it everywhere
i go....and guess what ima buying it as soon as i see it out Benefits:
- Camera with flash, eg 1.3 megapixels - really big screen etc u can
go on forever, much preferred
Reviewed by M from England on 9th Nov 2004
This phone looks really good!! 60 minz recording and u can store up
to 1000 pics! wow!! does anyone know when its coming out??
Reviewed by Jim from UK on 9th Nov 2004
It looks absolutely fantastic. Samsung have finally realised what people
want and given them a phone that provides it. Those features compare
extremely well against a lot of the top phones from Nokia, Sony Ericsson,
Siemens, etc. Im definitely gettin this as i have heard people saying
that it has Bluetooth and Infra Red, both fully functional. File transfers
between phones that works. At last!
Reviewed by Orwiean from England on 9th Nov 2004
Well Dave Harris I will be giving you a race to buy this BEAAUUUTYYY
first!!! I like i mean... i LOVE this phone it is so sexy cant wait
for santa to give me it this christmas. look out girls!! this is a turn
on and guys who want some videos let me know!!!
Reviewed by Ron from Ireland on 8th Nov 2004
The phone is due on November 29th on o2, jsut thought id let you all
Reviewed by Jonnie Ry from UK on 6th Nov 2004
I was going to upgrade my e700 to the e800 today ... but i had a last
look over the internet. Glad i never upgraded. This fone is a dream
come true. Will definitley be getting ASAP. Features are astonishing.
I think i'll be getting the silver fascia version. Anyway, amazing!!!!
Reviewed by Linda from UK on 4th Nov 2004
Had Samsung phones for my last 2 ! Cant wait till December when my contract
is due so can upgrade !!
Reviewed by ani from uk on 3rd Nov 2004
Wiked man im gona get it and no shop is stoppin me watch out fone shops
im on da lookout 4 it xxxxx Wiked Samsung keep da fones up
Reviewed by Togo from UK on 3rd Nov 2004
In terms of looks the phone looks amazing, but cant be classed as business
phone. Samsung delivers amazing build phones in terms of design and
style. I think its time for samsung to deliver phones with OS! i just
wished this phone had Symbian OS like the N6600 or UIQ like the SE P800/900
series. Thats why my next phone is going to be Moto A1000 or P910i.
But if you just want to make phone calls and want to show off your phone
this is the phone.
Reviewed by Andre@ from Italy on 3rd Nov 2004
Wonderful phone, it's really a must..the only 2 thing "bad" in it are
not expandibility (SD/MMC card) and, for me, no OS like Symbian of the
Nokia and other phone.. ..but it's really beautiful!
Reviewed by onyx from UK on 2nd Nov 2004
Phone sounds excellent, i got a E800 which is not bad, but compared
to the D500 its a puppy... like the features. I'll be trading in mine
when its born...
Reviewed by julie from england on 2nd Nov 2004
Its a bad up phone, I have to get it, I have had samsung phones in the
past, but this is the BEST!!!!
Reviewed by chester from philippines on 2nd Nov
although most of the phone specs are really great, one feature of the
E800 model was left out - night mode - and of course, extra memory (sd/mmc
or flash cards).. anyway, liked it... thanks samsung, you've done well...
Reviewed by alio from uk on 1st Nov 2004
Looks brilliant but it will cost loads, best of getting the SE K700i.
Reviewed by phillip mcrack from uk on 1st Nov
i like the way its black and has a colour screen. well done samsung
for this telecomunnications device
Reviewed by Rakesh from India on 1st Nov 2004
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Will it be ever available in India or is just for European markets??
looks absolutely cool