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HTC Desire 500 Review

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Interface


The Sense 5.0 user interface is loaded on the HTC Desire 500, coating Android 4.1.2. We get the HTC BlinkFeed news and status aggregator, as well as the HTC Zoe artsy collage maker that come standard with this UI as well. Granted, the visuals don't run as smooth and seamless as on the powerful HTC One, so prep yourself for some lag while swiping and scrolling, although it's nothing you can't live with.

The HTC Desire 500 comes with Android 4.1.2 - HTC Desire 500 Review
The HTC Desire 500 comes with Android 4.1.2 - HTC Desire 500 Review
The HTC Desire 500 comes with Android 4.1.2 - HTC Desire 500 Review
The HTC Desire 500 comes with Android 4.1.2 - HTC Desire 500 Review
The HTC Desire 500 comes with Android 4.1.2 - HTC Desire 500 Review
The HTC Desire 500 comes with Android 4.1.2 - HTC Desire 500 Review
The HTC Desire 500 comes with Android 4.1.2 - HTC Desire 500 Review
The HTC Desire 500 comes with Android 4.1.2 - HTC Desire 500 Review

The HTC Desire 500 comes with Android 4.1.2


Sense 5.0 is pretty uniform-looking and functional interface, with a lot of helpful features, but the default on-screen keyboard is not one of those. The keys are squished too tight to one another, with little distinction, making you tap two or three at once. At least the 4.3” screen size means you can do it with one hand without having to prop the phone with the other as is the case with so many big-screen handsets these days.

Messaging - HTC Desire 500 Review
Messaging - HTC Desire 500 Review
Messaging - HTC Desire 500 Review

Messaging



Processor & Memory


An uneducated buyer would go “wow” when they are told that the HTC Desire 500 comes with a quad-core processor. But in reality, its SoC is far from the speediest out there – a low-tier Snapdragon 200 clocked at 1.2GHz is in use, paired with 1GB of RAM. We’ve been playing with it for a while now and while we can confirm that the phone is responsive most of the time, we are annoyed by the laggy process of switching between apps or interface elements. When it comes to gaming, most games run fine, but some of those heavier 3D titles might run at unimpressive frame rates.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu GFXBench Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
HTC Desire 500 5046 11211 1348 / 12 fps 1650 / 390
Sony Xperia SP 7866 16413 4970 / 44 fps 2013 / 755
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini 6783 13341 3762 / 33fps 2088 / 685
LG Optimus L7 II 2823 6674


HTC chose to put only 4GB of native storage on the Desire 500, and most of it is occupied by system files, so in reality, the user has only a little over 1GB at their disposal. Thankfully, you get a microSD card slot, so that paltry storage amount can be extended quite a bit.


Internet & Connectivity


The stock web browser on the HTC Desire 500 is okay, but we have definitely seen better. In terms of speed, it loads web pages in a timely manner and then we cannot complain about lack of responsiveness while interacting with them. However, the zooming gesture behaves weirdly, causing the page to shift to the side when you zoom in. Having the text reflow feature turned off eliminates the issue.

The stock web browser on the HTC Desire 500 - HTC Desire 500 Review
The stock web browser on the HTC Desire 500 - HTC Desire 500 Review
The stock web browser on the HTC Desire 500 - HTC Desire 500 Review
The stock web browser on the HTC Desire 500 - HTC Desire 500 Review

The stock web browser on the HTC Desire 500


Also, the browser seems obsessed with reloading web pages when you switch between tabs. Even pages that we had opened a minute ago were loaded from scratch when we switched back to them. It is minor details like these that spoil the overall user experience. We must mention that the web browser comes with built-in Adobe Flash support, but don't expect it to work perfectly on all pages.

The phone sports European/Asian setup for its cell modem, and is not a 4G device, capped at mere 7.2 Mbit/s download speeds only. It also features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and DLNA connectivity, which is a pretty decent laundry list for the category.

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posted on 05 Sep 2013, 05:19 6

1. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


better ratings than ZR??
LOL

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 05:48

6. vipervoid123 (Posts: 114; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


PA is hate Sony ~

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 05:19 1

2. jeff_1 (Posts: 105; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)


another android..sucks

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 05:33 4

4. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


as if WINDOWS phone saved nokia
and finally they got sold
Nokia branding finished on smartphones
take it

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 06:06 1

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?

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 05:27 6

3. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 710; 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

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 06:06

8. tadaa (Posts: 243; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


+1 bro, wonder why the reviewer said that

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 06:46

9. vipervoid123 (Posts: 114; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Reviewer sleeping xD ~

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 05:44

5. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2591; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Pretty decent design I liked it.
Rated better than ZR... :)

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 07:28

10. AfterShock (Posts: 2798; 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.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 21:13

12. edelxander (Posts: 29; 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 :)

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 14:13

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!!

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HTC Desire 500

HTC Desire 500

OS: Android 4.1.2
view full specs
Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8225Q, Quad core, 1200 MHz, Cortex-A5 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.19 x 2.63 x 0.39 inches
(131.8 x 66.9 x 9.9 mm)
4.34 oz  (123 g)
Battery1800 mAh, 17.8 hours talk time

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