Sony Ericsson Z500a

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6.6/10
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The Sony Ericsson Z500a currently has an Informr score of 6.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 120 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Other
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
No
Camera
VGA (640 x 480)



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Sony released the Ericsson Z500a on February 2, 2005.


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Sony backs up the Ericsson Z500a with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
No

The Sony Ericsson Z500a's screen size is Unknown with 128 x 160 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

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

Camera
VGA (640 x 480)

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard VGA (640 x 480) camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery. Sony's performance ratings are 11 days standby time.

Ericsson Z500a Specs

Overview
Release date February 2, 2005
Regions available No
Networks
GSM:
900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory No
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity No
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: 11 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Lagoon, Urban Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.3 x 4.9 x 2.4 cm (3.7 x 1.9 x 0.9 in)
Weight 110 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates Yes
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 65k
Resolution 128 x 160 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size No
3D No
Secondary Display LCD
Graphics Yes
Themes No
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 Yes
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 Depends on system memory
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 No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Unknown
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs
WiFi No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
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
VGA (640 x 480)
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio -
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Yes
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony Ericsson Z500

Melody composer/MIDI (MusicDJ), MPEG4 Video
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Amazon

Won't last long

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Love Sony Ericsson because of their battery life but this one no longer charges! My husband and I have both had this phone for a little over a year and both of ours have encountered the same problem. We stick them on the charger and it doesn't register or charge...therefore the phone is useless. Lov...More
Love Sony Ericsson because of their battery life but this one no longer charges! My husband and I have both had this phone for a little over a year and both of ours have encountered the same problem. We stick them on the charger and it doesn't register or charge...therefore the phone is useless. Lovely phone if you don't need it to last long. A little big and bulky though. And you can't turn the speaker phone feature on unless the places call has been answered on the other line. Less

The phone would be useless with a bad battery! Did you even think of purchasing a new battery?
Amazon

Won't last long

from Amazon
Love Sony Ericsson because of their battery life but this one no longer charges! My husband and I have both had this phone for a little over a year and both of ours have encountered the same problem. We stick them on the charger and it doesn't register or charge...therefore the phone is useless. Lov...More
Love Sony Ericsson because of their battery life but this one no longer charges! My husband and I have both had this phone for a little over a year and both of ours have encountered the same problem. We stick them on the charger and it doesn't register or charge...therefore the phone is useless. Lovely phone if you don't need it to last long. A little big and bulky though. And you can't turn the speaker phone feature on unless the places call has been answered on the other line. Less
Amazon

Good enough

from Amazon
I bought this for my wife who uses it for emergencies and then a litlle more. It's not your top of the line phone but it is reliable and it works very well. We've had it for over two ears now and it's still as good as new.

charging problems

My daughter and I each have this phone and the only problem is the charging ...sometimes it just will not charge.go back later...no problem..and we have three chargers..

Crap Phone Dont buy

- Phone Resets on its own - Phone Locks up - Signal strength is good - Battery life good - Keeps telling me i have an invalid sim card - Tells me i must insert my sim card - Took the phone to get fixed after a year and i got it back still broken I would not recomend this phone to anyone. nothing but problems
- Phone Resets on its own - Phone Locks up - Signal strength is good - Battery life good - Keeps telling me i have an invalid sim card - Tells me i must insert my sim card - Took the phone to get fixed after a year and i got it back still broken I would not recomend this phone to anyone. nothing but problems Less

This phone really stinks.

I've had it for about a year and a half. Nothing but grief. It blanks out and you have to remove the battery. It drops calls (probably partly to do with Cingular crappy service). It get's massive dust under the face plate. Now it won't charge either. Do yourself a favor and steer clear of this pi...More
I've had it for about a year and a half. Nothing but grief. It blanks out and you have to remove the battery. It drops calls (probably partly to do with Cingular crappy service). It get's massive dust under the face plate. Now it won't charge either. Do yourself a favor and steer clear of this piece of crap. I would have rated it a zero on performance but there wasn't a zero category. Less
Amazon

Not bad.

from Amazon
I'm a pretty tech-allergic person. I've had this phone for about a year, and have been very happy with the reception I've gotten in and around urban and rural areas. Cons are that the camera lens and external display are not very well sealed, so dirt is sneaking in to fog them up. Unattractive, but...More
I'm a pretty tech-allergic person. I've had this phone for about a year, and have been very happy with the reception I've gotten in and around urban and rural areas. Cons are that the camera lens and external display are not very well sealed, so dirt is sneaking in to fog them up. Unattractive, but not life-threatening. In addition, the external display seems to have gotten confused these days and doesn't consistently display the time and other icons, but rather a blank blue screen. The other day, the audio stopped working, meaning that people can call me, but I can't hear them, even though they can hear me. Despite all that, I am trying to replace it with the same model because I like the basic features and don't need fancy bells and whistles. Less
Amazon

Surprising from Sony

from Amazon
I bought this phone the minute it came out even though slimmer, more expensive phones were coming out around that time. I probably paid 170$ for the phone at the time. I had previously owned a Sony Ericsson T300/306 and found the phone to be bulky and impractical. All I knew was that I wanted a flip ph...More
I bought this phone the minute it came out even though slimmer, more expensive phones were coming out around that time. I probably paid 170$ for the phone at the time. I had previously owned a Sony Ericsson T300/306 and found the phone to be bulky and impractical. All I knew was that I wanted a flip phone with a camera and WAP. I demand a lot from a cellphone.. mostly reception, durability, and practicality. Being in a long distance relationship, my cellphone is stuck to my ear almost 24 hours a day. The shape and weight of the z500a is perfect, while open there's a place along the fold of the phone for your finger so your hand doesn't cramp while on long phone calls. The z500a doesn't have Bluetooth after all. Reception, I never had any difficulties. If anything, especially while traveling, my phone would have reception while my friends' phones wouldn't. The only dropped calls I ever had were the fault of Cingular itself. The battery, even after a year plus, still gave me just as much talk time as when I had first bought the phone. It's the little things that made me fall in love with this phone, mostly because the bigger things worked so well already. The colour external screen with caller preview in combination with the side buttons allow you to turn off the ringer or direct the call to your "busy" voicemail. I've also never taken pictures on accident with this phone, thanks to the foolproof hold-down-for-two-seconds camera button located on the side of the phone then a separate button on the other side of the phone to take the picture. I couldn't live without the nifty little applications, especially the stopwatch, timer, and alarm. My favourite part were the sticky notes that could be placed on your standby screen until being taken off. Owning this phone for more than a year with no problems, my z500a survived repeated droppings and even violent trips against walls, cement sidewalks, asphalt, cars, etc. Given the way the phone is built, it won't break into a million pieces when you throw it. At the most, it'll split into three parts, the top and bottom covers then the main phone itself. This makes putting it back together easy. So if you're clumsy or have a quick temper, you don't have to worry. This phone isn't for everyone. It's big compared to flip phones now a days, and very obvious in your pocket. If you're obsessed about (lack of) size, having this phone might weigh you down too much. The lack of Bluetooth could be a real set back in itself, though the shape of the phone makes up for it. And obviously reception isn't so stellar for everyone (or so other reviews say). But if you can live with its size, it's a very durable and dependable phone that's more attractive than the more recent z525. Less
Amazon

A phone that is finally better than the Nokia phones

from Amazon
Before I got this phone, I had a Nokia flip phone. Unfortunately my dog chewed it up, so I went to a Cingular store to get a used flip phone they had availible and that was the Sony Ericsson. Even though the screen was hard to see outside (it was also was the same thing with my nokia phone) and the cam...More
Before I got this phone, I had a Nokia flip phone. Unfortunately my dog chewed it up, so I went to a Cingular store to get a used flip phone they had availible and that was the Sony Ericsson. Even though the screen was hard to see outside (it was also was the same thing with my nokia phone) and the camera picture quality was a disappointing (worse than the camera on my nokia phone). I really don't care about using the camera feature on my sony ericsson anyways. Everything else had features I wanted and worked pretty good. The reception on the Sony Ericsson was alot better than the reception on the nokia phone I used to have. This phone was very reliable and I never had any phone related problems with it. Times that makes my phone act goofy is just because of the phone service carrier and their glitches (Cingular). Less
Amazon

Poor Quality

from Amazon
This phone was amazing when I got it. I've had it for about a year and I'm waiting for the day to get rid of it. The faceplate that is supposed to be "easy to change" is a tad bit too easy to change. It falls off almost every time I use the phone. It also has a problem with freezing. Every so often, th...More
This phone was amazing when I got it. I've had it for about a year and I'm waiting for the day to get rid of it. The faceplate that is supposed to be "easy to change" is a tad bit too easy to change. It falls off almost every time I use the phone. It also has a problem with freezing. Every so often, the phone decides to not work and either switches off or on or decides to stop working and won't turn off leaving me no option but to remove the battery. The camera isn't great. I've gotten decent pictures from it though. The games are dissappointing because all of them on my phone are demos and allow very little game time. Ringtones for this phone are horrible. None of them are decent. I've also found that on some days, the phone decides to just not ring. The only positive thing I've found about this phone is it's speakerphone function. Less

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