iPhone 3GS Rival Alert : Nokia 500 Now From £100

The price of the Symbian-based Nokia 500 smartphone has dropped to under £100 at Carphone Warehouse (plus a compulsory £10 top up), a £50 saving off the previous price.

There are three things that set this phone aside from the competition; it is one of the very few sub-£100 handsets that come with a large capacitive touchscreen, it has a fast 1GHz chipset and it is based on Nokia's Symbian operating system.

Although the latter is on borrowed time, it is still a very capable mobile platform only let down by the relative paucity of applications. Running on Symbian Anna, it should be upgradable to Belle over the air in the near future.

The rest of the specification sheet is pretty compelling and almost unheard of at this price; you get Nokia's OVI maps, USB, Wi-Fi, GPRS and Bluetooth connectivity, a five megapixel camera, a 640x360 pixel 3.2-inch screen, up to seven hours talktime, 2GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, all in a chassis that's less than 100g and is available in a number of colours.

The competition consists mainly (only?) of the Orange San Francisco II which costs the same but comes with a bigger screen, higher resolution and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.