The my501c is an entry-level clamshell phone which has attempted to blend a slim design with a few extra functions for the budget conscious individual. It measures 93mm by 44mm by 23mm and at just 99 grams, it's pretty lightweight.
It features a clear external colour display screen detailing basic information such as time, battery life, reception and caller ID. One problem we did face a couple of times during testing was the difficulty in reading the display screen when outdoors.
The alpha-numeric keypad is set out in a wave formation, so pressing the buttons was a joy. (This is important if you are a frequent text messenger!) The phone has a five-way navigational pad which is not entirely original, but certainly is functional. We did find there were a number of clicks required to action tasks, however there are some handy shortcuts once you get accustomed to the new navigation.
The my501c's feature set includes Bluetooth, GPRS, WAP, SMS and MMS functionality -- including T9 predictive text input -- along with support for polyphonic ringtones.
There is USB connectivity so you will be able to make the phone act as a modem with your personal computer. Better still, you can also charge the phone once plugged in to your PC, which is very handy should you lose your charger or forget to take it with you on the road.