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HTC Desire 500 Review

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Camera


The 8 MP camera is joined by an LED flash on the back and managed by HTC's Sense camera app, with its extensive list of scene modes and color effects. These include HDR shots, as well Panorama, Macro and Night shooting modes. Launching the app and taking the first pic from the lock screen takes about two seconds, while shot-to-shot times are almost instantaneous as it is customary with HTC phones lately.

Camera interface - HTC Desire 500 Review
Camera interface - HTC Desire 500 Review
Camera interface - HTC Desire 500 Review
Camera interface - HTC Desire 500 Review
Camera interface - HTC Desire 500 Review
Camera interface - HTC Desire 500 Review
Camera interface - HTC Desire 500 Review
Camera interface - HTC Desire 500 Review

Camera interface


The pictures exhibit accurate color representation and an amount of detail we'd expect from the 8 MP camera resolution. The scene exposure and white balance measurements are also correct in most situations, so you'd have a helpful little snapper on you with the Desire 500 most of the times you'll need a picture.



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The video capture situation is less impressive than the stills, as the phone records with HD 720p resolution, and the frame rate of our sample couldn't hit 30 fps even outside, but hovered around 24 fps instead. The phone's single mic picked quite a lot of wind noise while filming, drowning our narrating voice in the process.

HTC Desire 500 Sample Video



Multimedia


Editing capabilities are a staple for the HTC Sense gallery, and the photos can be shared through multiple venues, including directly to your social networks. Alternatively, you can make an HTC Zoe collage out of them, which glues them automatically with video clips, color effects and adds music for short, artistic collages that you can upload on HTC Share for the world to marvel.

Gallery - HTC Desire 500 Review
Gallery - HTC Desire 500 Review
Gallery - HTC Desire 500 Review
Gallery - HTC Desire 500 Review
Gallery - HTC Desire 500 Review
Gallery - HTC Desire 500 Review
Gallery - HTC Desire 500 Review
Gallery - HTC Desire 500 Review

Gallery


Music playback with the stock player is aided by automatic download of album art, artist info and lyrics, where available, and you have SoundHound track recognition functionality built right into the app's interface. The built-in speaker is average – it's okay in terms of sound quality for a cell speaker, but it's strength is not enough to hear it in noisy environments.

The phone plays MPEG-4, Xvid and MKV video files up to 720p resolution with no issues, though for some reason the player isn't licensed for DivX video support, so you'd have to resort to the Play Store and install 3rd party apps for that.

Video player - HTC Desire 500 Review
Video player - HTC Desire 500 Review
Video player - HTC Desire 500 Review

Video player


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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: 117; 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: 719; 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: 245; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


+1 bro, wonder why the reviewer said that

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 06:46

9. vipervoid123 (Posts: 117; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Reviewer sleeping xD ~

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 05:44

5. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2625; 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: 2801; 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: 33; 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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