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2.6 out of 10

NEC DB500

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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 10
10
Features 6
6.0
Durability 10
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Looks 8
8.0
Battery performance 8
8.0

A good quality, reliable handset

ian1, Ciao
10 July 2001
  • Excerpt: "...the prowd owner of a NEC DB500 now for over 18 months now, from day 1 I have always been impressed by it. Yes, it may not be full of nonsence features, there is no picture messaging, no call vibrate, and no fancy ringtones. The phone is manufactured to an extraordinarily high standard, there are no rattles, the battery fits the phone perfectly and it is very ergonomic in its design. Another major factor is when the phone rings in the car ...
  • Pros: see opinion
  • Cons: lacks features
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Overall 10
10
Value for money 10
10
Features 6
6.0
Durability 10
10
Looks 6
6.0
Battery performance 8
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great for first-time owners

crammond, Ciao
20 May 2001
  • Excerpt: "This phone is not stunningly good looking, light or stylish but it works, the reception quality is good and it even works if you remove the ariel! It is solidly built and the user inface is well designed and simple to use. It is practical and is ergonomic. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a phone for the first time, it has all the funcitions you will need and is one of the cheapest around. The removable covers seem to be a blated ...
  • Pros: good build quality
  • Cons: slightly dull
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Overall 4
4.0
Features 2
2.0
Durability 6
6.0
Looks 2
2.0
Battery performance 2
2.0

What a load of rubbish

pjm123, Ciao
9 April 2001
  • Excerpt: "This is a terrible phone, and I am only to glad I paid £10 for it and not £50! Firstly, it actually looks a bad phone, and many people would class it as a 'brick'. The ringtones on it are almost embarrasing, and the message alert tone is so annoying you'd rather not recieve any at all than recieve some and hear the sound! The battery life is very poor, even with little or no useage, a maximum of about 2 days, which compared to my 3310 is a joke! The ...
  • Pros: erm .  .  .  .  .  . No, none !
  • Cons: where do I start .  .  .  .  .  .  .
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Overall 2
2.0

DB500 - stands for 500 Decibels when it rings

john.sw, Ciao
16 February 2001
  • Excerpt: "The NEC DB500 is the worst phone I have owned since the early 1990’s. Its design is old fashioned, it is cumbersome compared with today’s technology, and it is so lacking in facilities to make it a real dinosaur. The battery life is about two days – compared with 8 to 10 days on the new Nokia range, and it does not even have a simple calculator, which would be handy for fools like me who are useless at mental arithmetic and want ...
  • Pros: None
  • Cons: An anachronism
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 10
10
Features 6
6.0
Durability 10
10
Looks 8
8.0
Battery performance 8
8.0

A good second phone

christoph..., Ciao
10 February 2001
  • Excerpt: "I not had long with this phone, but all I can say, this is a good little phone. As with everything, there are good and bad points, and with some models, there is more bad than good. I am on a vodafone network for this phone, as this phone was free, so I pay nothing for the phone or the running of it, unless I make calls on it. The phone itself is quite light weight and pretty slim for a cheap phone, but the phone does live up to what it is made ...
  • Pros: Good network reception, cheap phone, slim and light weight
  • Cons: Very few tunes, poor battery as you have to charge frequently .
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Durability 8
8.0
Looks 10
10
Battery performance 10
10

Small and Dependable

xanado, Ciao
26 September 2000
  • Excerpt: "I,ve had my NEC500 for a Year and its never let me down.It recharches quikly and lasts about four days of average use.The call quality and reception are excellent.Mine came with interchangeble front covers and the size of the phone is very small(even compared to todays newer offerings)and slim.You dont get any games or diaries,but you do get lots of ring tones and a very small battery.The only problem I've had is that sometimes tha battery clip gets ...
  • Pros: Neat,slim,functional
  • Cons: watch the battery !
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 10
10
Features 8
8.0
Durability 8
8.0
Looks 6
6.0
Battery performance 6
6.0

cheap, bland but reliable

Deviant, Ciao
25 September 2000
  • Excerpt: "The NEC DB500 was given to me as a temporary phone while my Nokia 8210 was repaired. Compared to Motorola phones, the NEC is one big step ahead. With a standard input for a hands free kit, a up/down volume control on the side of the phone, and address book that is searchable when sending a text message makes this phone a pass for my basic standard tests. The phone is fairly easy to use, and the battery lasts a reasonable amount of time. As a cheap ...
  • Pros: cheap, reliable
  • Cons: cheap, bland
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Overall 4
4.0
Value for money 2
2.0
Durability 6
6.0
Battery performance 6
6.0

DON'T EVEN STEAL THIS PHONE!

Goodfella, Ciao
25 August 2000
  • Excerpt: "I was given this phone as a replacement by the Carphone Warehouse whilest my other phone was being fixed.....I have lost all respect for the Carphone Warehouse now. This phone does the job (just!) but can't keep up with the industrys standards. Its not exactly huge or heavy but it doesn't break any records, the problems is that its bland, very bland. Oh wow you can change the covers! but not in the Nokia way, basically you can change the facia of ...
  • Pros: You've got a mobile phone, Not much else
  • Cons: Everything
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Durability 6
6.0
Looks 8
8.0
Battery performance 6
6.0

A cute little phone

dcgirl200..., Ciao
7 August 2000
  • Excerpt: "I chose this phone because it was practical, had many of the functions on it that other phone producers were offering and also had interchangeable covers on the front. THe phone itself is lightweight and very cute, it also looks nice because rather than having a plain coloured front, the facias can be changed. This phone offers a phonebook which can store up to 90 names, 10 fastdial numbers, a text messaging service, caller ID, various security ...
  • Pros: easy to use, nice to look at, lots of functions
  • Cons: no calculator function or games included
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 10
10
Features 6
6.0
Durability 6
6.0
Looks 6
6.0
Battery performance 6
6.0

I chose this model because...

wensum, Ciao
27 July 2000
  • Excerpt: "The phone was bought in a One2One prepay package for £49.99. It's reasonably small and light, seems to last about three days before needing a charge (which takes about an hour and a half) and gets good reception. The package was chosen as an emergency /incoming phone and the prepay voucher system was ideal for this - no expiry and reasonable call charges. A £10 voucher included with the phone added to the overall value. No case with the handset, ...
  • Pros: Neat handset  -  works well
  • Cons: menu could be a tad better
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