First look: Sony Ericsson S500i Music player

Sony Ericsson's non Walkman phones, particular from mid-range upwards, have always had cracking built-in music players. The S500i continues this trend and although it's not Walkman flavoured, its music player has been seen in the likes of the K800i, K810i and the upcoming P1i smartphone.


The S500i also arrives with Sony Ericsson famed Disc2phone PC music software that originally shipped with its Walkman handset. Outside of iTunes it remains one of the easiest and most intuitive programmes around for either transferring your existing computer library or ripping CDs. It's a cinch to use. Sadly our review sample didn't include a Memory Stick Micro (the hotswapple slot is located on the top of the phone) so you will have to invest in a memory card to get the best out of the player. It's also worth knowing we shopped around for the new 4GB Memory Stick Micro and found sells a SanDisk version for £37.


The music player itself is simple to operate. You can access your music via Artists, Tracks and Playlists and once you're spinning the music you can enhance the sound via the five-band equalizer. You get normal, bass, voice, treble boost and a customisable manual setting. Bass is best for beefing up the sound and even though the bundled headphones aren't the best (these are connected via the pop port but shamefully doesn't come with a 3.5mm remote adapter), the audio performance is lively, highly listenable with good volume.

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