HTC Desire 501 ReviewHTC Desire 501 7
HTC Desire 501 comes to take the reign from last year's Desire 500 midranger, sporting dual SIM capabilities, too, and quite the similar spec sheet. It, however, has completely revamped looks, supports 3G connectivity at the main SIM slot, has more internal memory, and a larger battery.
In the software department, though, the Desire 501 has taken a step back, shipping with an older version of Android, and even an older version of the HTC Sense interface than its predecessor. Does this make it a less compelling handset? Read on to find out...
In the box
- In-ear stereo headphones
- Wall charger
- MicroUSB cable
- Warranty and information cards
We dig the comfortable to operate and well-built chassis featuring premium design elements
Desire 501 sports a pretty, glossy plastic chassis, which can be had in several colors.We have the light pink variety, with checkered pattern on the back. Thankfully, it lacks the “cheapo” feel often associated with that material and market segment. The smartphone is well-built, has no squeaky parts, and fingerprints are barely noticeable on its shiny surface, though we'd imagine it will be different with the black option. We get a circular metallic plate around the camera area on the back, and metallic cutout for the front camera lens, so the overall design leaves quite a positive, premium impression. The phone sports a pretty LED light behind the front speaker grill, too.
Desire 501 fits very nicely in the palm thanks to its curvy back side, and its touchscreen can be operated single-handedly with ease. The buttons are metallic, easy to feel and press without looking, and with decent tactile feedback. The power key situated on the top is with a more shallow feedback than the volume rocker on the right, but nothing frustrating. The three capacitive keys underneath the screen are responsive and backlit for easier operation in the dark.
Desire 501 flaunts a removable back cover, with a cumbersome prying effort from the microUSB port. Lifting the lid off reveals the user-replaceable battery, the microSD card slot, and the two micro SIM card slots.
128.5 x 66.9 x 9.8 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)
131.8 x 66.9 x 9.9 mm
4.34 oz (123 g)
129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm
5.04 oz (143 g)
121.5 x 66.6 x 9.7 mm
4.07 oz (116 g)
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The screen sports fine image quality with decent resolution for the class
The HTC Desire 501 has a 4.3-inch Super-LCD 2 screen of acceptable quality. Its resolution is 480 by 800 pixels, which is okay given the smartphone’s class, with 217 ppi count. Still, 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 501 is pretty decent, with colors a tad blown up. The viewing angles are wide, and the display is sure bright enough to be usable outdoors, as long as the sun is not shining straight at it, of course.