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      06.05.2011 19:15
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      Excellent and reliable

      I have had my Sony Ericsson S500i for nearly three years now and it is still going strong!

      After about a year and a half, I did start to have minor problems like crashing when deleting old messages but these issues were quickly resolved by turning off the phone and switching it back on again.

      I bought a floral cased one which is amazing on the eye and I love the buttons that light up the numbers because you can then see the keypad clearly in the dark. This is a great phone because it stores nearly 1000 SMS messages and has a reliable alarm which is the two things I desperately need in a phone (that and the facility to call people).

      The disappointing points about this phone are the rubbish camera (which was not even good quality at the time I'd bought the phone new) and the limited multi-media storage space - because it wants you to buy a memory card if you want more space.

      Overall though, this is the phone for you if you want something reliable.

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      18.03.2010 19:26
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      Great compact phone

      I thought seeings how I'd already reviewed my phone network I would now review my phone. As I had always had my hubby's old phone I was thrilled when about 18 months ago hubby treated me to my very own one.

      As I was not really up on what phones were what I asked him to suggest a few and then I decided from there. So what did I choose? Well a Sony Ericsson S500i Flowers edition. For those who haven't seen this version it's as the picture but silver background with pink and aqua green floral prints over it. Very girly but not childish.

      It cost about £114.00 for the phone; with standard charger, headphones, usb cable and car charger.


      *Getting Started*:

      Well you need to remove the back piece and remove the battery to be able to insert the sim card. After struggling somewhat to remove the battery cover; removing the battery and inserting the sim card was very easy. I only wish putting the battery cover back on was so.


      Note to self 'do not take the back off this phone unless you really have to'.


      So now just to charge the phone up; using the supplied charger; I left it for a couple of hours.
      Jump forward 2 hours and I turn on my new phone. There's a tiny black 'i' button at the top to the back of the phone. The first thing on the display is whether you want 'normal mode' or 'flight mode' and the language you want to use. It has a set up wizard to help you complete the set up with easy to follow instructions.

      Fortunately all my phone numbers and contacts had been stored on my old sim card so all this info just transferred when I'd inserted it into this phone.


      *The Phone*:

      The face of the phone has a display that is about 4 x 3cm in size and underneath has 3 buttons either side of a circular button that you use to navigate around the menus. To expose the number buttons you have to slide the phone up to open. To the right side is the charger slot and when the phone is slid open the camera is able to be used.

      It weighs 94g (3.3oz) and overall measures about 9.5 x 4.5cm.

      So what are the functions?

      By accessing the menu you find 12 symbols. As you'd expect you can make and receive calls, send and receive text messages, it has a camera to take pictures and video clips, playnow, internet, games, plays music, file manager, contacts, alarms, organiser and settings.

      As I don't use all these functions I will only review the parts that I use regularly to give you an overview of what I know.


      *Internet Access* -

      Although this is something I haven't used yet I have enabled it for use. By going onto the Sony Ericsson website I looked up my phone and after confirming my details and phone number I was sent a code to my phone that I then had to type in when prompted and done; I have internet access.

      *Camera & Video Recorder* -

      Ok so this camera is only 2.0 mega pixels but to be honest I have had some great results with this; to the point where the pictures have been more than adequate to put online for items that I want to sell. Using the camera and video recorder is very easy and the saved pictures can be found in the file manager. The usb cable allows you to transfer your files and photos to your pc. To do this you have to set up PC Suite which is available on a disc supplied or you can download this from the Sony Ericsson website; which is what did because I didn't realise the disc was in the bottom of the box. Again following the onscreen instructions was easy and I was up and running within minutes.

      *Messaging* -

      Now this is probably the function I use the most. You use the circular button to navigate through this menu and as you'd expect you can send and receive text, picture and voice messages. I have read other reviews where people have had problems with the buttons when texting but I can honestly say I've not found this. Everything appears to be robust.

      *Contacts* -

      As I already mentioned all mine came over with the old sim card but to add new ones is simple.

      *File Manager* -

      This is where you'll find your saved pictures, videos, music, themes, games etc. This is the file that is used to copy over to your pc.

      *Alarms* -

      I like this function. It allows you to set 5 different alarms. The time, recurrent for as many days as you like and a different alarm signal for each if you so wish. These can easily been turned on and off and can be saved or altered as needs be.

      *Calls* -

      This keeps a log of all calls received and dialled but is handy for checking missed calls.

      *Organiser* -

      Now where would I be without this? The calendar, calculator, timer, stopwatch and notes are a god send.

      *Settings* -

      There are 5 settings each with its own menu. General, Sounds and Alerts, Display, Calls and Connectivity. This is where you set your ringtones and levels, put it on silent, set your message alerts and other functions you want to use.



      This phone comes with a good selection of wallpapers and ringtones but using your own is possible. I have Danger Mouse and Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds depending on my mood and 'Everchanging' for my wallpaper which I really love because it automatically changes colour and flower display depending on the season and whether its day or night.

      Tiny features like being able to set the phone to answer and end calls when opening and closing the slide, having a large clock and date on the display screen make this phone for me and the battery life is good; only needing to charge it once or twice a week depending on use.

      This is a great phone that is packed full of features and functions and there are many that I haven't even mentioned like, Bluetooth, MusicDJ, VideoDJ, transfer music from cd, play games, update phone with the latest software to name a few but as I don't really use these I didn't feel I could really comment.

      As you can probably tell I am very happy with this phone and wouldn't hesitate recommending it to anyone.

      Sorry for anyone hoping for all the real techie info but I wanted to review this phone in laymans terms to help people who like me want to know if the phone is reliable, easy to use and overall a good buy.

      A great buy or present. Thanks hubby:)

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        25.01.2010 15:52

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        Not the best purcahsed i have made

        Im not overally satisfed with this phone. I find the keypad a bit stiff and texting takes a long time if you dont really give the buttons a good push. The internet screen keeps flicking from being the same way up as the phone then next time you use it it vertical?? why?? The design is really nice and u like slide phones and there is not issues with this.

        Making phone calls is easy but after one phone call.....all clear to hear, the speaker went muffled and makes scratchy noises even though this was on the day of purchase and i had only made one previous phone call.

        Overall its a a nice size and looking phone with good features but there are too mainy disadvantages for me to rate it highly.

        The camera isnt very good and the memory is poor so had to buy memery card when with other makes of phones there would have been no need to spend that extra money.

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        23.01.2010 16:04
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        Great phone, apart from the poor keypad.

        Although I admittedly chose this phone because I could get it in black and green, it has turned out to be a reliable little gem that has served me incredible well for a few years, with only a few minor flaws.

        The features on the phone are rather good, the music player holds plenty of albums, and the wallpapers and themes are divine - the main theme of 'ever changing' which varies your wallpaper colour and image throughout seasons and the day. Another fun feature is the lights on the side of the phone, the colour of which can be changed to over 12 colours, depending on your mood.

        Now for the flaws: the camera may be lacking for some people purely in terms of megapixels (2.0) but can produce good quality pictures when held still with adequate lighting. As with most reviews, I can report that most of the keypad numbers have cracked in the middle of the plastic.

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        07.01.2010 13:11
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        A good all rounder with a design fault!

        I bought this phone as it was a really good price for what looks like a very stylish phone. And it is stylish. Mine is bright purple. It's very pretty, I would say definitely a girly phone whatever colour you find it in. The themes and screensavers are all very feminine too, so no good if you're a man's man trying to look butch!

        The functions on the phone are great. Texting, making calls and using the alarm are all very easy, the three main things I use a phone for. The internal memory on the phone does not hold much but I bought a memory card and that was excellent. It was 2GB and hold lots of mp3's and photos. Music being a Sony speciality, I wasn't surprised that the playback quality was excellent, although I was surprised there was no radio.

        The Bluetooth function is a bit hit and miss -you can literally be sitting next to someone whose BT is turned on and not find the device, but pick up one 100 yards away. That can be irritating and often I have just given up.

        Because Sony are good with music, it is easy to change the ringtone and message tone to mp3's. I have had phones that won't take mp3 format for the message tone, but this one works fine.

        As mentioned in other reviews, the camera is not brilliant, but good enough for everyday snaps, and I've snapped countryside, the kids, pets, night, day, and a rock concert with good results. I think for printing anything upto 6" x 4" the quality is fine.

        My main problem with this phone is the keypad. After a couple of months,some of the keys started to crack vertiacally. Another month and several were unusable. Because I bought it at Woolworths (!) I couldn't take it back. So I contacted Sony Erricsson who sent me a postage label to print out. Within eight days I had sent and received the phone back -with new buttons, phone sock, new battery and other goodies. There is a design fault in some of them so they were happy to rectify this. However, six months later and the same thing was happening again. Do you know how frustrating it is to text without a space button?

        After almost fifteen months everything on the phone is still workin fine, except the buttons. So I will send it off again,although I'm in no rush as I got a new Genio Touch for Christmas. Once it's fixed I'll donate it somewhere.

        Overall it is a good phone, fun and pretty.

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          11.07.2009 22:26
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          Camera and internet aren't too great but if you use it as a phone then it's a really good product.

          I've had this phone for almost a year now and it's generally been brilliant. The main attraction of this phone is definitely the look. I love the colour schemes and design of the entire thing. It's quite lightweight but still really durable and trust me - I've accidentally tested this out when it flow out of my pocket while playing badminton and it smashed two courts away. However, it's prone to scratching and the front is plastic so you need to keep it in pristine condition for it to look really good. The games are nothing special and the camera is alright but I wouldn't use it for the main purpose of photography (only 2 megapixels). Other issues are that the battery life shortens as time goes on and the message limit is too small (although this could be rectified by buying a memory stick). I haven't used the internet or put music on the phone but the usual functions (messaging, phoning, organising contacts etc) are all great. Basically, if you use it just as a phone then it's brilliant.

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          29.06.2009 12:44
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          A good looking mid-range phone with average features

          I am a Sony Ericsson addict, this is the third Sony Ericsson I've had and I'm not giving up on them yet! Overall this is a nice phone, I got this for free on an 18 month contract and have been happy with it for the most part.
          I think the main attraction of this phone is definately it's looks, it's stylish and fun and I love the colour change feature. The music features are not bad, but I've been using the headphones that came with my old walkman phone as the one's in the box are not so good.
          The camera is ok for viewing photos on your phone or computer, but as expected for 2mp they do not print very well, particularly indoor shots.
          I have had problems with the keys and have had them repaired twice, and recently I've found the phone has been switching itself off for no reason but I have had it for 18 moths now so I guess its getting old now in mobile years!
          If you're looking for a smart, good looking but pretty basic phone, you can't go far wrong with the S500i. But if you're looking for up to date features there are far better Sony Ericssons out there so you may want to keep looking!

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            12.06.2009 18:34
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            A really lovely little phone with very few problems - worth the money!

            First and foremost, this phone is the best I've ever owned. Sony Ericsson always seem to make really cool looking and acting phones and this is no exception. Really reliable and suitable to me needs.

            Looks:
            I own the flowery version of this phone and it's really beautiful - I'm always getting compliments on it! Another plus about this phone is the seemingly endless range of lighting effects and background themes available on it - I love the 'everchanging' effect which changes the colour of your menu screens it seems every few minutes - really pretty! Ability to set your own photos as background is fab!

            Ease of use:
            The layout is the same as a lot of other Sony Ericsson phones I've seen - menu screens are laid out with funky looking icons and animations. The 'slide and lock' style of handset works really well for me as it's unlikely to ring someone unexpectedly in your pocket. The buttons are small but ergonomic enough for you to be able to navigate and type out texts without too much fiddling. One problem I've had is that the internet browser button is very close to the 'back' button on the handset resulting in me putting my phone down without noticing that I've signed on to the internet - expensive!

            Extras:
            Cool range of games and ringtones but nothing extraordinary. There is the option to add your own MP3s (obviously, being a Sony Ericsson) and turn those into ringtones and message tones which I find really cool! Unfortunately, you do not get a memorycard with this phone and tis restricts you from the amount of games, tones and pictures you can hold on it.

            Camera:
            Being a 2megapixel camera, it's not amazing quality but it's fine for my needs - if you've got an amazing digital camera you don't really need an amazing camera phone!

            Battery:
            Lasts a few days - not great. Seems to run in A LOT quicker when searching for signal or when playing MP3s.

            Sound:
            Really pleasantly surprised with the sound - quite loud for such a small speaker. I've heard Ipod docks with worse sound quality so all round, not bad.

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            08.06.2009 21:23

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            Good overall phone

            i had this phone before i got my current phone. it was a brilliant little phone and supplied me with eveything that i needed, good memory, great sound, good mp3, good picture quality. the s500 i in my opinion is one of the best sony ericsonns that you can get, you can get it many skins, such as white ones and purples ones. i had a purple one and never had any trouble with it, i would have carried on with it if i hadnt had lost it. i was one of my favourite phones i have ever had. the layout is really simple to use which makes it easy to use for any one of any ages boy or girl. the shape of the phone is slim and sleek which makes it easy to keep in your pocket or bag, without taking up too much room ! you wont regret it !

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            16.02.2009 09:34
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            Wouldn't bother

            My friend bought this phone, roughly a year ago at a what was a fair price back then.

            The S500i is aimed at women, and has a special feature that will change your theme (when you open and close your phone, by sliding it). In January you will get cold colours which will slowly change and become lighter and greener, perfectly in time for spring and so on. I've heard it is quite nice in December when it is christmassy. And with a black cover and green keypad it can look quite nice.

            The menu is fairly simple and can be changed, but basically has 12 icons. Like most sony ericssons.

            On the front you have two soft keys, the back key, the clear key and two shortcuts. You also have the navigation buttons and the the middle button has a contrasting green trim.

            But why I am reviewing my friend's phone...? Well you will soon know.

            The phone is a slider phone and has a 2.0 mega pixel camera that you see when sliding the phone open. This also reveals two little lights that also change according to the date.

            So this is just your average phone really. A few clever tricks like red eye removal and 'Photo DJ', 'Music DJ' and 'Video DJ' you can play music at a fair level and put in your own M2 memory card. There is nothing complicated about this phone.

            So at £60 It sounds quite good, right? WRONG.

            So the reason I am reviewing this is that my friend bought it roughly a year ago, as I said. And the phone has completely failed. Half the keys don't work. She can't read texts. She can't hang up. The keys cracked ages ago and maybe you can say it's her fault she text's too much. But It's only been a year and you expect a phone to last longer before it starts crumbling. So I have had to lend her one of my phones until she gets a nice one on her birthday. I don't understand how nearly every where says this phone is great and gives it roughly 4/5. It was quite a nice phone, while it lasted. It's kind of like those phones that will "now self-destruct".

            So I say make your own mind up. Maybe she got unlucky

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              01.02.2009 17:15

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              Overall good phone.

              I have had this phone for just over a year and I think it is an overall good phone.
              It has a attractive look to it which is inspired by nature, I have the black and green coloured phone but other popular colours are yellow and silver, and purple and silver and more.
              It has a 2MP camera which is an ok camera and I have captured many great pictures with it.
              One problem I had with it was that the number buttons cracked not long after I had bought it, but they do still work and have never been much of a problem for me. Another thing I have found with it is the picture memory because I take lots of pictures of nature, I found that you can't view the pictures if you have too many of them and when this happens the phone goes wrong like you can't change your wallpaper/screensaver and you can't see what your typing in your text messages, but this shouldn't be a problem unless you overload the phone.
              Overall I think it is a good phone and I'm glad that I bought it.

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              22.01.2009 19:55

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              Not worth investing in - Im out!

              Chose this phone because it was the nicest looking free phone that came with a free Xbox deal from the carphone warehouse. When it arrived I thought wow - looks really nice, sleek design and nice colours used on the phone, overall was very impressed with what it look like

              Functionality: Everything worked as it was supposed to for about 2 months, then the notorious keys cracked as i had read about, the speaker went every now and then meaning i couldn't hear anybody when i called them and would cut off my calls when i was in the middle of talking to people - not great.

              Had the phone back and fourth between me and carphone warehouse about 4 times because i kept getting my phone back with the same problems happening over and over again before i got offered a different phone.

              Got offered 3 seriously inferior phones that looked kak and turned them down, they then offered me another 3 phone which were slightly better but looked nothing anywhere near as good as my S500i

              took one of the phones offered to me but still didn't compare to the s500i for looks, but at least it did everything it was supposed to


              I know this is more of a rant at carphone warehouse but the phone and the service wasn't good, i should be able to use a product and not have to return it 3-4 times and have it still fail on me. Nice looking phone sony, just sort out the way it works please!

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              06.11.2008 20:55
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              good if you dont mind the need to get it repaired.

              I purchased this phone in april and i had no problems with it at first. I read reviews other people with this phone wrote sayin about the keys cracking and other problems but i thought i would give it a shot also the contract deal was good and i liked to design of the phone.
              After a couple months they keys did crack and the actuall phone had become slightly loose and wobbly. This doesnt effect how the phone works though.
              It took me a while to figure out how to get the back off at first with out being to ruff with the phone.

              It is a good phone and has bluetooth and music player, it looks nice and comes in a range of colours which is good for everyones taste. The camera is satifactory but good for a 2.0 mega pixel, except i did have some trouble in the past few months when going onto the camera, it kept sayin ''another application is running, please close that program and open this one'' but today it suddenly just randomly let me on again. The everchanging theme is really good, the wallpaper changes through the seasons and gets darker and lighter according to the time. On new years it has fireworks appear on the back ground which i find very groovey.

              The music player i find is louder than my sony ericsson W810i which is a walkman.

              I would recomend this phone to people but only if you dont mind either putting up with cracked keys or having to send it back to be repaired.
              It has all the things you need in a phone and has fun stuff to amuse or pass time with.

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              11.10.2008 22:29
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              A great litte phone that won't break the bank.

              This is a great phone. I was a Nokia faithful until I needed a new phone and this was the only decent phone that I could afford.

              It has all of the features that you would want in a phone. The camera is great and the video footage that you can take is quite clear for a mobile phone. It has Bluetooth and I believe it is quad band.

              I have the purple coloured one and it is very stylish. The sliding design means that you won't actually call anyone by accident when the phone is in your bag or pocket.

              The best feature of the phone is the 'everchanging' wall paper that you can have. Everytime I open the phone, it is doing something different. Sometimes it will be raining, snowing, eyes in the bushes (at night), leaves blowing everywhere and on valentines day, there were hearts floating all over the screen. Sometimes there are also butterflies!

              This is a really fun and entertaining phone. The battery lasts for a few days and doesn't take long to charge.

              I would recommend this to anybody.

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                11.10.2008 01:35
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                Great, girly phone but with a few minor flaws!

                I bought this phone in December 2007 and since then have had a few problems with the phone although I love it! Firstly, a common problem seems to be that the buttons crack quickly. This doesn't affect how the phone works though, it is a cosmetic problem. Another annoying thing is that sometimes the screen just blacks out and takes a couple of seconds to return to life. Doesn't sound like much but gets annoying when you are half way through writing a text or something! The other problem I had with this phone is that a lot of the time people couldnt get hold of me as the phone was constantly 'emergency calls only' or 'no network available'. I rang O2 and they told me it was a signal problem. However, when in the room with other people with Sony Ericsson phones who are on O2, this only happens to me! So that is a bit weird and annoying too.

                However in many other ways this phone is great! I have the purple one and it's gorgeous. I love having a phone that isn't black. I also love the light effects that show on the side of the phone, and the animated background which is very pretty with butterflies and flowers.

                I would say that this phone seems quite girly, which is what I like most about it! And as it was fairly cheap (approx £90) I am pleased with it, despite the few annoying problems I have had.

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