Specs summary

Screen
1.8"

The Nokia 3500 Classic's screen is 1.8 inches with 128 x 160 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
8 MB

Internal memory is 8 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 2 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
820mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 820 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 12.5 days standby time, 240 minutes (2G).



Reviews summary

6.7/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 14 reviews

Do you remember the Reeses Peanut butter cup commercial when the chocolate and peanut butter crash into each other, creating a fabulous taste sensation? Well, the Nokia 3500 Classic has modern day, trendy attributes in a familiar candy bar shape with a familiar key arrangement.

The Nokia 3500 is an entry level tri-band candy bar phone from a proven and respected manufacturer that offers a feature set geared directly toward those customers looking for a durable phone with a few extras. It measures 107 x 45 x 13.1 mm, available in grey and pink and has a modest 128x160 pixel display.

Running on the Symbian OS, it boasts a 3 hour talk time, comes with a modest built-in camera and includes both USB and Bluetooth connection options. With the 3500 you can talk, text, take pictures and video.

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In standard candy bar format, the screen is on top and a standard keypad below, along with the well placed “send” and “end” keys. Between the screen and keypad is a four-way navigation key that is a bit small but functional.

The phone comes with travel charger, user guide, headset, 128 memory card and pouch.

If you don’t need your phone to flip, swivel, slide or backstroke, take a look at the Nokia 3500 Classic. It's a basic but competent phone.


Reviews (6.7/10 Avg. rating)


GSMArena

Offers good general performance with a nice snappy interface

from GSMArena

Nokia 3500 classic offers good general performance and you can count on it that every part of its specs sheet is well covered in terms of software. It has nice snappy interface and is generally a pleasure to work with.

On the other hand, the screen really killed all the pleasure for us. Nokia 3500 classic might be a bit better looking and a tad cheaper than the Nokia 6233, but the extra few bucks on a better screen just can't be more worth it.

As we mentioned at the beginning of our review, the budget handset segment is really overcrowded so picking the right phone for... Full review

i had this phone for a year and a half

i have had dis phone fo a year and a half . its very good in camera and everything but mah contract is sxpiring dis june so all i can say is buy it . great phone but if they improved it a lil more like qwerty keyborad and all but all and all very excellent phone
i have had dis phone fo a year and a half . its very good in camera and everything but mah contract is sxpiring dis june so all i can say is buy it . great phone but if they improved it a lil more like qwerty keyborad and all but all and all very excellent phone Less

OK phone

This phone worked well for me for a few months before it started shutting itself down, with full battery. The only way to get it to start up again was to remove the battery ,put it back, and press the power button.
This phone worked well for me for a few months before it started shutting itself down, with full battery. The only way to get it to start up again was to remove the battery ,put it back, and press the power button. Less

great great phone!

Pros: everything, great camera Cons: no usb cable I had this phone for 9 months and never had a single problem with it. I lost it and nobody evver returned it. If Fido still offered this phone, I'd buy it. Great phone!
Pros: everything, great camera Cons: no usb cable I had this phone for 9 months and never had a single problem with it. I lost it and nobody evver returned it. If Fido still offered this phone, I'd buy it. Great phone! Less

Great Phone

I Got This Phone For My Birthday And Now 1 And A Half Years Later It Still Works Great.
I Got This Phone For My Birthday And Now 1 And A Half Years Later It Still Works Great. Less

Nokia 3500

OK I got this phone too, I had owned -prior to this one - Samsung, LG, Siemens, Alcatel, Sanyo, Sony-Ericsson, Nokia, Audiovox, Ericsson (prior to alliance with Sony).. I had used cell phones since 1993. Phone itself is cheap and not bad. What Fido did to it... - you cannot delete pre-installed g... More
OK I got this phone too, I had owned -prior to this one - Samsung, LG, Siemens, Alcatel, Sanyo, Sony-Ericsson, Nokia, Audiovox, Ericsson (prior to alliance with Sony).. I had used cell phones since 1993. Phone itself is cheap and not bad. What Fido did to it... - you cannot delete pre-installed games - it is very hard to configure menus - caller ID works very selectively especially when roaming In one word - Fido took a reasonable low end phone and fucked it up. No surprise as we have no competition in Canada and our cell phone service is roughly at the level of mid to late 1990's elsewhere in the world or even behind that. Just for the record - I have or had cell phone plans with Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone, O2, AT&T, Rogers, Bell, and Fido. I had seen services provided by NTT/DoCoMo, ChinaMobile, TeliaSonera, SingTel, EMT, etc etc I own a small company that is a partner with Rogers and is now in early talks with Verizon. My opinion: take it or leave it as I do not care - we have zero competition, we are sold dysfunctional services and obsolete phones for usurious prices. You can go to Thailand or Romania - or anywhere else - and find better and cheaper service than at home. Thank you Bell/Rogers/Telus and primarily CRTC and Govt of Canada (both cons and libs). Best regards Thomas thomasj1248@yahoo.com PS Feel free to email me but I do not guarantee a response especially not from gov't or telcos. I have to work for living. Less

problems as soon as it was out of its 12 month warranty

This is the first nokia I have had reliablilty issues with, and it was after 13 months, so it was out of warranty. "contact service provider" would appear on the screen, if I managed to turn it on at all. I was not able to use the phone for calls texts or even finding contact numbers. Removing and... More
This is the first nokia I have had reliablilty issues with, and it was after 13 months, so it was out of warranty. "contact service provider" would appear on the screen, if I managed to turn it on at all. I was not able to use the phone for calls texts or even finding contact numbers. Removing and replacing the battery and sim card didn't do anything. Resetting the phones system didn't do anything. 3 weeks, 4 long phone calls and one long email to fido, and nokia, without resolution. Fido blamed nokia, nokia said they would look at it if I couriered it to them, in ontario, but I would have to pay for any repairs. After 3 weeks the phone finally fully turned on, and I wrote down all my contact numbers on a piece of paper. Showed it to the techs at Future shop and they couldn't find what the issue was. Suggested it was probably fido. 2 days later and the phone crashed again. So now I have to roll the dice on another phone and provider. All the wizz bangs in the world don't mean anything if the phone doesn't work. Less

Lousy phone, last time I buy a nokia..

I bought this phone because it was the cheapest available after dropping my last one in a toilet. I have no idea why I chose to go with a Nokia again. It's good for texting, it's fairly nice looking, and that's about all I can say that's good about it. Sure it does everything else okay, but every ti... More
I bought this phone because it was the cheapest available after dropping my last one in a toilet. I have no idea why I chose to go with a Nokia again. It's good for texting, it's fairly nice looking, and that's about all I can say that's good about it. Sure it does everything else okay, but every time I would miss a call it would freeze for an extended period of time. Sometimes it would just be frozen for no reason. I don't think Nokias are okay for people who use their phone a lot. It just doesn't seem like they can handle it without freezing. This is the last time I buy one from this brand. Plus, cause it's so cheap, they load it with ads for things you can't remove, and the memory is pretty low. Only can fit about two pictures before I need to delete stuff. Less

Pretty Decent Phone

Been using the phone for about a month now. -Camera is alright in bright day light but is not so hot when it gets darker -Mp3 Player is great, keeps songs well organized -You can add up to a 2gb mini SD -Nokia PC Suite (comes loaded on the phone and loads itself automatically when you connect to yo... More
Been using the phone for about a month now. -Camera is alright in bright day light but is not so hot when it gets darker -Mp3 Player is great, keeps songs well organized -You can add up to a 2gb mini SD -Nokia PC Suite (comes loaded on the phone and loads itself automatically when you connect to your PC) is awesome for loading MP3's and downloading photos off of your phone -Battery life is average, dont expect to leave this phone away from a charger for more than a day or 2. -Decent for texting, buttons arent to small -connects to your PC via any old USB-Mini USB cable (from a camera or MP3 player) -Doesnt come with any good ring tones, they all seemed a little annoying to me -Internet loads fast and the screen provides a surprisingly good resolution to view facebook/hotmail stuff. -Plays java based games and also plays 3gp video files This phone can be bought BRAND NEW for LESS than 100 bucks, You getta lotta phone for little money. Great phone, I really have no complaints. Less

Nice Phone

It has a nice shape and decent colours. Clear and nice pictures.
It has a nice shape and decent colours. Clear and nice pictures. Less

POOR

After six months, I cannot even charge the phone. The battery life is really bad. I am on my third battery and the phone dies very quickly after being fully charged.
After six months, I cannot even charge the phone. The battery life is really bad. I am on my third battery and the phone dies very quickly after being fully charged. Less



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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 18, 2007
Regions available Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory
8 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS No
Digital compass Unknown
FlightMode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Unknown
SAR Head: 0.43 W/kg
Languages English, French, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 820 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
240 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 12.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA No
Material Unknown
Colors Black, Blue, Pink
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.7 x 4.5 x 1.3 cm
(4.2 x 1.8 x 0.5 in)
Weight 81 grams
(2.9 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 128 x 160 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 1.8 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Unknown
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Unknown
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Unknown
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity 2000 entries
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type WAP 2.0, HTML
Browser Unknown
Javascript No
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, EMS, MMS, IM (AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ)
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD (up to 2 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Unknown
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 8x digital
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info No
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP
Video Recording Parameters QCIF (176 x 144 pixels), 15 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Unknown
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer Unknown
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps -
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Nokia 3500

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