HTC Desire 500 ReviewHTC Desire 500 7.5
HTC Desire 500 stand out with above average quality. Voice tones sound very loud and natural both through the earpiece and on the other side of the line. There is no secondary mike for noise cancellation, however, so speech might get a bit more difficult to understand when in noisy environments.
We get a removable, 1800 mAh battery with the Desire 500, and the capacity is enough for cited 12 hours of talk time in 3G mode, an above average value. With this processor and screen the handset isn't a power hog, so it should easily get you through your daily routine with it.
The Desire 500 is a pretty good shot at the booming lower midrange market for HTC, fusing together an entry-level screen and processor, which, however, do their jobs fine, with some more upscale features like a good 8 MP camera and an eye-catching, youthful design lines.
There are some hiccups here and there, like the lousy power key, but overall the handset's performance is solid in most aspects that matter. HTC has priced it adequately in the $300 segment, too, so it has every chance to become a popular choice.
This niche is crowded with pretty strong competitors, but fortunately for HTC you can't get anything much better for this price. Shopping around for alternatives, the well-rounded LG Optimus L7 II pops up, with a tad weaker specs, but lower price tag and larger battery. Sony's Xperia L also deserves your attention here, with a cool design and more internal memory, but weaker processor and camera worse than the Desire 500. The Sony Xperia SP gets you a larger 4.6” HD screen, but you have to shell out a bit more for it.
Things get a bit more hairy for the Desire 500 when you consider last year's LG Optimus L9, which can be had for less now, and records 1080p video, though at 4.7” it is not a direct replacement for your pocket.
Software version: 1.10.401.3
- Good still photos
- Cool design
- Nice call quality
- Uncomfortable physical keys
- Capacitive keys aren't backlit
HTC Desire 500 Review - Call Quality, Battery and Conclusion
|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|