HTC Desire 500 Review

HTC Desire 500 Review

Introduction


HTC indicated it wants to go down market with its Android phones, risking to be crowded out of the exploding mid- and entry-level segments otherwise, and phones like the Desire 500 are a good indication of its strategy.

The handset sports a youthful, catchy design, with internals that are a mixed bag of midrange to low-end components, all for a decent price. Will the Desire 500 succeed in its market-expansion mission the way it is built? Read on to find out...


Design


For the most part, HTC’s designers have done their job very well. There is one bit that they have somehow managed to mess up, but we’ll get to that later. Now onto the good stuff: the HTC Desire 500 looks great in white, complemented by contrasting color accents – a scheme that will surely attract the younger crowd. For those who prefer something a bit more conservative, a black variant is also available.


HTC Desire 500

HTC Desire 500

Dimensions

5.19 x 2.63 x 0.39 inches

131.8 x 66.9 x 9.9 mm

Weight

4.34 oz (123 g)

Sony Xperia SP

Sony Xperia SP

Dimensions

5.14 x 2.64 x 0.39 inches

130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Dimensions

4.91 x 2.41 x 0.35 inches

124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm

Weight

3.77 oz (107 g)

LG Optimus L7 II

LG Optimus L7 II

Dimensions

4.78 x 2.62 x 0.38 inches

121.5 x 66.6 x 9.7 mm

Weight

4.07 oz (116 g)

HTC Desire 500

HTC Desire 500

Dimensions

5.19 x 2.63 x 0.39 inches

131.8 x 66.9 x 9.9 mm

Weight

4.34 oz (123 g)

Sony Xperia SP

Sony Xperia SP

Dimensions

5.14 x 2.64 x 0.39 inches

130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Dimensions

4.91 x 2.41 x 0.35 inches

124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm

Weight

3.77 oz (107 g)

LG Optimus L7 II

LG Optimus L7 II

Dimensions

4.78 x 2.62 x 0.38 inches

121.5 x 66.6 x 9.7 mm

Weight

4.07 oz (116 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



While the HTC Desire 500 is made of glossy plastic, it lacks the “cheapo” feel often associated with that material. In fact, the smartphone is well-built, has no squeaky or slippery parts, and fingerprints are barely noticeable on its shiny surface, at least with the white model. Most impressively, the Desire 500 does have a removable back cover even though its seamless construction implies that it doesn’t. Lifting the lid off – a procedure that takes nerves and patience to execute – reveals the user-replaceable battery, the microSD card slot, and the micro SIM card slot.


The HTC Desire 500 fits nicely in the palm thanks to its curvy back side and its touchscreen can be operated single-handedly without much effort. Its buttons, however, are rather uncomfortable to feel and press. No, we’re not talking about the capacitive ones below the screen; those work fine and are easy to reach, though not backlit. It is the smartphone’s power key – situated on the top – that we’re frustrated with. It is way too flush with the side rim, with little tactile feedback, and feeling it with a finger is close to impossible. The volume keys on the right are a bit better in the feedback aspect, but HTC has gone design-fancy, introducing them as parts of the blue side rim endings, so finding a key with your finger without looking takes quite a bit of getting used to.



Display


The HTC Desire 500 has a 4.3-inch LCD screen of acceptable quality. Its resolution is 480 by 800 pixels, which is okay given the smartphone’s class, but the 217 ppi count is unimpressive when compared to something a bit more pixel-dense. 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 500 is pretty decent, actually. The viewing angles are wide and colors are represented accurately. The display is sure bright enough to be usable outdoors, as long as the sun is not shining straight at it, of course.

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12 Comments

1. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

better ratings than ZR?? LOL

6. vipervoid123

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

PA is hate Sony ~

2. jeff_1

Posts: 105; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

another android..sucks

4. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

as if WINDOWS phone saved nokia and finally they got sold Nokia branding finished on smartphones take it

7. jeff_1

Posts: 105; Member since: Aug 30, 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?

3. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 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

8. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

+1 bro, wonder why the reviewer said that

9. vipervoid123

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Reviewer sleeping xD ~

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Pretty decent design I liked it. Rated better than ZR... :)

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

12. edelxander

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 01, 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 :)

13. anshadashfaq

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 01, 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!!
Desire 500
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.6 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1800 mAh(12.1h 3G talk time)

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