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HTC Desire 501 Review

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HTC Desire 501 Review
HTC Desire 501 Review
Call quality

Loud and comparatively clear sound on both ends

Phone calls made with the HTC Desire 501 come out with above average quality. Voice tones sound loud and natural both through the earpiece, and on the other side of the line. There is some distortion and hissing in the earpiece, but nothing significant. Unfortunately, we don't get a secondary mike for noise cancellation, so speech might get a bit more difficult to understand in noisy environments.

Battery

Above average battery capacity for the category

We get a removable, 2100 mAh battery with the Desire 501, and the capacity is enough for at least average endurance with these specs. It should get you through your daily routine, but HTC hasn't posted official talk and standby times yet.

Conclusion


The Desire 501 is a fine upgrade from its predecessor, introducing a design that stands out in its price range, and adding extra features where it counts most. It fuses well together basic hardware, with some more upscale features, like a good 8 MP camera, and eye-catching, youthful design lines.

There are hiccups, however, like the older Android and Sense UI versions the handset ships with, or the iffy HD video recording. HTC has priced it adequately, however, in the sub-$300 segment, so a few tradeoffs can be expected.

Unfortunately in that price range you can get a much better phone now, like the dual SIM version of the Moto G. That one has a larger display with higher resolution, and a more powerful processor, not to mention it is already on Android KitKat. For less money you can get the LG Optimus L7 II, with similar specs, though a much larger battery. If you shell out only a bit more, you can get a thin and light 5-incher like the Alcatel OneTouch Idol X, with beautiful 1080p display, and a 13 MP camera, though it's Dual SIM feature isn't a dual Active one.

All in all, if the Desire 501's youthful, compact design grabs you, and you need a dual SIM handset, it is a pretty good choice, so you won't have buyer's remorse that you could have gotten a much better handset for the money.

Software version: 1.10.707.6


Pros

  • Active dual SIM device with nice call quality
  • Good still photos
  • Better than average design for the category

Cons

  • HD 720p video recording is garbled, jumpy and unusable
  • Runs an old HTC Sense 4.5 version
  • Capacitive keys aren't backlit
  • Cumbersome back cover removal
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posted on 17 Feb 2014, 05:16

1. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)


What year is it!?

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 05:18 2

2. hboy857 (Posts: 230; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


I'm pretty sure it's 2011, lol.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 05:47 1

3. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 774; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Not everyone can afford 2013 hardware

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 07:26

4. Kriksis (Posts: 82; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


Funny enough Jolla phone with a bit better hardware gets a lot worse score...

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:04

5. majp89 (Posts: 104; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


I'm not seeing HTC's logic here. Why ship an updated model of a smartphone with older software?

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:16

6. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 657; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Their logic is to get completely Bankrupted.. They want to end up like Nokia/Motorola.. Both Excellent companies with awesome devices but are bankrupted.. Maybe HTC wants that Google acquires it....

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 18:13

7. iKrit (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


Moto G: High screen resolution. Good performance. Bad camera. Android KitKat!!!
Desire 501: Low screen resolution. Well design. Good camera. Android 4.1!?!?

If Moto G put a 8MP camera on it, it'll be a very best budget phone for everyone ever!
And if Desire 501 put a high screen resolution, it'll better than current Moto G too.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:50

8. xiaomi (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


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.1buy.es 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.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:51

9. xiaomi (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


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.1buy.es 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.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:32

10. pbp_57 (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Is HTD desire 501 Android upgradable to any newer version?

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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) S-LCD 2
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
NovaThor U8500, Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.06 x 2.63 x 0.39 inches
(128.5 x 66.9 x 9.8 mm)
4.59 oz  (130 g)

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