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Orange C500 review

The C500 runs Windows Mobile 2003 SE, is Java-enabled and comes with a portrait screen

The C500 was touted as the ‘world’s smallest smartphone’ when it was released back in 2004. It’s still among the most diminutive Windows phones around, and is an obvious gaming handset too.

Capable smartphone, just avoid games

Orange’s SPV runs Windows Mobile 2003 SE, so there’s a wealth of worthy titles to be downloaded via the Orange World portal. Since it’s also Java-enabled, there’s an ever-growing catalogue of independent mobile developers supplying some tidy titles to the Java faithful.

Unfortunately, the SPV’s rocker switch isn’t ideally suited to gaming, faring better with less frenetic strategy games like the legendary Lemonade Tycoon.

The screen is useable but it’s portrait rather than landscape – stop us if we’re being overly harsh here – so a hardcore gamer this is not.

A killer title to indulge in here would be Splinter Cell Chaos Theory (www.gameloft.com). As Sam Fisher, you must deal with some of the world’s most notorious cyber criminals and put an end to their reign using a mixture of stealth and force. So, it’s not ideal for gaming duties, but still worth a fiddle for its smartphone abilities. 

Stuff Says…

Score: 3/5