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In some ways the Orange SPV M500 is the worst phone I’ve ever used - but as strange as it sounds I still really like it. You see if you want a regular phone the SPV M500 is not for you. On the other hand, if you’re want a great little smartphone, you can’t go wrong with the SPV M500. It’s the little brother to the SPV M2000 – not only in size but also in functionality.
Measuring 58 x 108 x 18mm (W x H x D) and weighing 150 grams with battery, it’s larger than your average mobile phone but it fits much more comfortably in the hand than the larger PDA phones such as the M2000 and you certainly won’t look quite as daft talking in it. With a 320 x 240 resolution screen you get the same desktop real estate as you do with the SPV M2000, although on a smaller 2.8in TFT display. The colour depth is still 65,536 colours, not quite up there with the best phones, but good enough for its intended tasks.
The SPV M500 is tri-band and works in GSM 900/1800/1900 networks and supports GPRS class 10, but not 3G. So if you need high-speed Internet access, you’ll have to wait for the next generation of devices. Bluetooth and IrDA is also part of the specs, but not Wi-Fi. However, you can use something like a Sandisk Wi-Fi card with the SPV M500 to get wireless network access as the top mounted SD card slot supports SDIO.
At the core of the SPV M500 is a 416MHz Intel XScale PXA270 processor backed with 64MB of ROM and 64MB of RAM. There’s also 7.6MB of flash memory to which you can back up your contacts, appointments, tasks and connection settings. Any information stored to the flash memory won’t be erased in the case of a flat battery.
A 1.3Mpixel camera is also part of the package and takes pictures at a maximum resolution of 1,280 x 960 pixels and it can also be used for recording video at a maximum of 320 x 240. There is no photo light, but you get a self portrait mirror.