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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 (opens in new tab) (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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.