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Nokia 3500 Classic review

6.7/10 AVG.

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The Nokia 3500 Classic currently has an Informr score of 6.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 14 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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.

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.

Operating system
Screen Size
2+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


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 cl...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena

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Common Questions

Nokia released the 3500 Classic on June 18, 2007.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Nokia 3500 Classic user manual here.

Nokia backs up the 3500 Classic with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your 3500 Classic has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Nokia support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Nokia's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

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


There is a processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

2+ MP

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

There's no secondary front camera.

8 MB

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


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

3500 Classic Specs

Release date June 18, 2007
Regions available Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/1800/1900 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No
Internal Storage 8 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.43 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 820 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 12.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
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
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 1.8 inches
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
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 No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 2000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN, ICQ
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 2 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
2+ megapixels
8x digital
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
QCIF (176 x 144 pixels), 15 fps
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
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
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Nokia 3500

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