HTC Desire 500 ReviewHTC Desire 500 7.5
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
HTC Desire 500 Review - Interface and Functionality
|Display||4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) TFT|
Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8225Q, Quad-core, 1200 MHz, Cortex-A5 processor
1 GB RAM
|Size||5.19 x 2.63 x 0.39 inches|
(131.8 x 66.9 x 9.9 mm)
4.34 oz (123 g)
|Battery||1800 mAh, 17.8 hours talk time|