HTC Desire 500 Review
HTC indicated it wants to go down market with its Android phones, risking to be crowded out of the exploding mid- and entry-level segments otherwise, and phones like the Desire 500 are a good indication of its strategy.
The handset sports a youthful, catchy design, with internals that are a mixed bag of midrange to low-end components, all for a decent price. Will the Desire 500 succeed in its market-expansion mission the way it is built? Read on to find out...
For the most part, HTC’s designers have done their job very well. There is one bit that they have somehow managed to mess up, but we’ll get to that later. Now onto the good stuff: the HTC Desire 500 looks great in white, complemented by contrasting color accents – a scheme that will surely attract the younger crowd. For those who prefer something a bit more conservative, a black variant is also available.
131.8 x 66.9 x 9.9 mm
4.34 oz (123 g)
130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98 mm
5.47 oz (155 g)
124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm
3.77 oz (107 g)
121.5 x 66.6 x 9.7 mm
4.07 oz (116 g)
Volume rocker (right)
3.5mm jack and power key (top)
microUSB port (bottom)
The sides of the HTC Desire 500
SIM and microSD card slots
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The HTC Desire 500 has a 4.3-inch LCD screen of acceptable quality. Its resolution is 480 by 800 pixels, which is okay given the smartphone’s class, but the 217 ppi count is unimpressive when compared to something a bit more pixel-dense. Fuzzy edges in graphics are easy to spot with a naked eye, regardless of whether you’re surfing the internet, reading an article, or just looking at the icons on your home screen.
Other than that, the screen on the Desire 500 is pretty decent, actually. The viewing angles are wide and colors are represented accurately. The display is sure bright enough to be usable outdoors, as long as the sun is not shining straight at it, of course.
4. wicpromd (Posts: 242; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
as if WINDOWS phone saved nokia
and finally they got sold
Nokia branding finished on smartphones
7. jeff_1 (Posts: 105; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)
for "intelligent" consumers they are still topnotch..sad to say as per research says 8 out of 10 consumers are marketing driven/(well stupid consumers in my vocabulary)
one of them pal?
3. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 28; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
Ummm since when does the Sony Xperia L have a weaker processor? Dual-core Krait processors are way faster than quad-core Cortex A5 processors
5. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 1511; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Pretty decent design I liked it.
Rated better than ZR... :)
10. AfterShock (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
HTC and a removable battery excellent, err wait this is not a flag ship no wonder.
Still, it has a curvy design to it and has options, why they didn't do this with the one or others is why they are losing me, never mind them saying recently their going to focus on eastern markets.
12. edelxander (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)
just bought this phone, its a pretty decent phone indeed. love the curvy design. the display was not disappointing at all. how ever there should be more option button..for example you cannot show the battery percentage on the top corner. the blink feed was excellent as well. well done htc :)
13. anshadashfaq (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
The capacitive buttons on the desire 500 ARE backlit. They light up only when its dark, or when the light is below a certain degree.
Bought this a few days back, EXCELLENT PHONE!!