2012-02-15 14:29 - last edited on 2012-02-15 14:36 by Sheldrick
After the update screen went through, I had my fingers crossed, and despite the screen saying “15 minutes remaining,” the update was finished in about 5 minutes.
Upon startup, there was a line of dots (….) which lighted up on after the other sort of like a loading bar and it was. After the loading came the usual language selection and Ovi suite options (“Create an Ovi Account” “I have an account” and of course “Later.”) after going through the Ovi suite options (literally took 10 seconds) my carrier had charged me about 0.45cents (USD cents) for the tips I had signed up on while I still had Symbian Anna on the device. Nokia suite was installing support software after the phone booted up and after 5 more minutes, I set the date, time and location and I was presented with the home screen. The standard home screen as on other Belle devices with the Flip clock, Ovi Social widget and 4 icons (Camera, contacts, Angry birds [oh yea!] and Maps) at the last widget’s position; at the bottom edge of the screen are menu, call and home screen options. The widgets take a few seconds to load but once they load they don’t lag. The second home screen has “Favorite contacts” widgets and 4 more icons (Messaging, Store, Calendar and Web), the third home screen has a Music player widget and the 4th home screen is blank for the user to customize. Unlike other Nokia/Symbian Belle devices, the Nokia 500 only has 4 home screens as opposed to 6.
The lock screen is similar to the Anna screen and is only redesigned. The Belle home screen allows usage of a background unlike Symbian Anna’s.
Now the menu: unlike Symbian Anna, the menu does not have an applications folder so everything is spread out on the home screen creating a mini mess. Luckily, there is an option to create a new folder in which to put your apps in.
In Symbian Anna, the keypad for ‘Call’ was not very user friendly as the ‘*’ and ‘#’ where not where they would be on a physical alphanumerical keypad, but on Belle, the keypad is identical to the physical one and very responsive.
While Symbian Anna lagged on the Nokia 500, Nokia Belle is very smooth. I don’t see any major changes with the camera on the 500 and the quality remains the same. There have been some rumors going around about the Nokia 500 getting HD video with the Belle update but these rumors are not true and the Nokia 500 remains with the usual 640p*313p video. While on Symbian Anna, there was no ‘Gallery’ icon but there is one on Symbian Belle and a separate ‘Videos’ icon is there too for easy access to downloaded videos (yes downloaded videos or those NOT taken with the phone’s camera). The angry birds app is a hugely wanted app for the Nokia 500 and is very identical to the computer version. Actually, it IS the computer version in smaller scale. Symbian Belle still allows the user to kill unwanted applications running in the background by holding down the menu key and clicking the ‘X’ icon. Ovi maps on the device is version 3.06 as predicted and even if not version 3.08, it still gets the job done.
The settings menu is the same and nothing major there too. On Symbian Anna, the Nokia 500 has many themes for different colors but on Symbian/Nokia Belle, the 500 only has one “Nokia Evolve” theme which means the users have to download their own themes for personalization.
Overall, the icons seem a bit smaller especially on the home screen and this makes the phone look abit tiny which it is. The size was not brought out in Symbian Anna but in Belle we can see how small the screen on the phone is compared to devices like the E7, N8 and Nokia 701.
With Symbian Belle, the Nokia 500 is able to really show its 1Ghz processor at work and even if it might not be able to play (fancy) 3D games due to the lack of a OpenGL compatible GPU, it can still allow us to play OpenVG games such as “Asphalt 6: Adrenaline” and “Nuke Defender 3D” available from Ovi store.
Review by: Hamdhan
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If i have helped at all a click on the white star below would be nice thanks.
I really disappointed when nokia 500 was left out in the belle update list. But now its very happy to see the update within a short period alongwith this brief review
Thanks a lot
Woah guys! Just realized a negative impact of symbian belle on the Nokia 500!
The Nokia 500 can no longer play simple 3D games like SPEEDFEST which worked on Anna.
@Hamdhan or anyone who had upgrade to belle
I have all my apps and games installed to my memory card . I am wondering if upgrading to belle would have any impact on them. I don't really care for the apps which I can always reinstall them but for the games , in which i have progress. I also have a backup to ovi suite , if that changes anything. If I upgrade without my memory card inside is there any difference?
P.S my product code is waiting for approval . Nokia 500
Great to see you are a happy user. I have just bought two Nokia 500 phones (another for my wife), upgraded to Belle, and both have the same infuriating problems:
- system crashes half a dozen times a day without any warning (during calls, browsing, text messaging)
- if I change the language for text messages, I cannot type anything (SMS) any more
- when phone goes to sleep, it often won't wake up and I need to remove the battery (after doing this 4-5 times a day one starts to get very frustrated).
I am very disappointed and cannot recommend the phone to anyone. First Nokia that I feel this way with.
Phone is a Fab.... but the main problem with the phone is it lags speaker sound....Camera quality is good. but dont have flash..
speaking on the belle which i updated 1 month ago... i found it made my phone quite easy to use.. "BUT".. AFTER UPDATING TO BELLE I M HAVING PROBLEM WITH MY GALLERY... Gallery pics dont open until i scroll down... and the pics i delete keeps a shadow in the galley.. which is annoying me... Will take my phone to Nokia Care Soon....
But overall it is a good phone 1 can have.
I Give 3.5/5
Hi, anyone know how to project nokia 500 screen to a PC? I get live TV from my service provider and would like to view that on a larger screen if possible.
Thanks n regards