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HTC Desire 500 Review

HTC Desire 500

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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

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.





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

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

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HTC Desire 500

HTC Desire 500

OS: Android 4.1.2
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PhoneArena rating:
7.5Good
Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
1 GB 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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