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Orange SPV M500

11th February 2005

 Orange SPV M500 Orange's take on the HTC Magician handset (as used for the T-Mobile MDA Compact) presents us with something of a problem. There's nothing wrong with this phone, because the HTC Magician (also commonly sold as the i-Mate JAM) has been very well received by customers and is a very impressive piece of kit. There's no reason to assume that the Orange SPV M500 will be anything other than pretty darned good. But.. we've pretty much seen it all before.

In case you've been living under a rock.. or you are possibly a Vodafone customer.. the HTC Magician / SPV M500 is a very compact Windows-based PDA-style Smartphone in a form factor and weight around 30% less than HTC's more traditional offerings. It doesn't compromise much on features, with a 320x640 pixel touch-sensitive display in 65,000 colours, 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, removal memory on SD/MMC cards and the Windows Mobile for Pocket PC 2003 operating system or whatever the heck it's called these days.

The only difference we can see between the Orange SPV M500 and other variants of HTC Magician is cosmetic. In fact, from the only picture available at the time of going to press, it appears that the Orange SPV M500 isn't as pretty as its equivalent handsets! But as we said, if you're an Orange subscriber looking for a compact PDA-style phone, then this is surely your best choice.

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Orange SPV M500 Provisional Specifications


Q2/Q3 2005


Tri-band GSM




240x320 pixels, 65,000 colours


1.3 megapixels


Compact PDA style device
105x59x19mm / 130 grams




Not specified




Not specified

Battery life:

Not specified


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