Like almost every mobile phone these days the SL500i plays music. It has 60MB of internal memory and a microSD card slot for adding more. Unfortunately the slot is in a hard-to-get-at location under the battery cover.
The phone can only find music stored on the microSD card if you put it in a specific folder. This is a bit irritating, and I expect phones these days to be able to scan a memory card for compatible file types and offer them up for import into the player’s playlist or for immediate playback.
The phone played tunes from a microSD card for a total of seven hours and four minutes from a fully charged battery. This isn’t wonderful by any means, but should be enough for most people on a daily charge. The charger shares the headset connector’s proprietary port.
The SL500i has Bluetooth and there’s a fair bit of software here. Calendar, to do list, three alarms, world clock, calculator, units converter, stopwatch, no less than five games and something called ‘health’ that works out your body mass index. I’m not entirely sure this is suitable for younger users who might be obsessed with their weight and size, actually Fly.
So, the pinkness of this handset is not great, but the general styling is good. The camera is a let-down, but the battery life is reasonable. There are a lot of low cost handsets vying for your £25, and this one sits neatly in the pack.
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