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Samsung R500 Hue review

5.8/10 AVG.

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The Samsung R500 Hue currently has an Informr score of 5.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 34 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Clearly Samsung understands that the cell phone market is not all about high-end, feature-rich smartphones. Many customers just want a basic, reliable phone, and that’s what they’ll get with the HUE.

A dual-band CDMA clamshell, the Samsung HUE has a distinctive red and silver two-tone exterior, complimented with a vertical display, similar to the LG 8700. This external display shows the date, time, signal strength, battery life and caller ID. The charger port/headset jack and volume rocker is on the left spine and the microSD slot and camera shutter are on the right. For the record, the volume rocker remains on the bottom half when the phone is open, making is easy to adjust.

Inside the HUE will be familiar to many, with a traditional keyboard layout and a navigation array consisting of a circular toggle with the OK button in the center. The navigation array is set above the keyboard proper, making excellent use of space and minimizing the possibility of errors. The 2.12 inch internal screen is a 220x176 pixel display able to produce 262K colors.

While the HUE does support Bluetooth and has a speakerphone, the feature set is otherwise entry-level, including an address book with a 500 contact capacity, alarm, calculator and world clock, unit converter, stopwatch and tip calculator. Talk time is rated at 3.2 hours and a stand by time of 22 days.

The HUE will allow you to make good quality calls, text, MMS, email, and provide a rudimentary web experience. Overall it is a good looking, reliable, entry-level phone for folks looking for a simple device.

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1+ MP

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Samsung released the R500 Hue on July 16, 2007.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung R500 Hue user manual here.

Samsung backs up the R500 Hue with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your R500 Hue has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung'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 Samsung R500 Hue's screen size is 2.1 inches with x pixels resolution.


There is a processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

19 MB

Internal memory is 19 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), 800 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 9.5 days standby time.

R500 Hue Specs

Release date July 16, 2007
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/1900 MHz
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. 0
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No
Internal Storage 19 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.27 W/kg
Body: 0.52 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 800 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: 9.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Blue, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.4 x 5.0 x 1.7 cm (3.7 x 2 x 0.7 in)
Weight 91 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 2.1 inches
Secondary Display Monochrome LCD, 32 x 128 pixels, 1.26 inches
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 500
Multiple Numbers Per Contact 5 numbers, Email address
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
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
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 No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
1+ megapixels
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Multi-shot, Night mode, White balance
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SCH-R500, Alltel Hue

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