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HTC Desire 500 Review

HTC Desire 500

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Call quality

HTC Desire 500 Review
Phone calls made with the 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
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posted on 05 Sep 2013, 05:19 6

1. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)

better ratings than ZR??

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 05:48

6. vipervoid123 (Posts: 163; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)

PA is hate Sony ~

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 05:19 1

2. jeff_1 (Posts: 105; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)

another android..sucks

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 05:33 4

4. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)

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

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 06:06 1

7. jeff_1 (Posts: 105; Member since: 30 Aug 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?

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 05:27 6

3. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 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

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 06:06

8. tadaa (Posts: 267; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)

+1 bro, wonder why the reviewer said that

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 06:46

9. vipervoid123 (Posts: 163; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)

Reviewer sleeping xD ~

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 05:44

5. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 07:28

10. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 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.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 21:13

12. edelxander (Posts: 55; Member since: 01 Oct 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 :)

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 14:13

13. anshadashfaq (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Dec 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!!

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HTC Desire 500

HTC Desire 500

OS: Android 4.1.2
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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8225Q, Quad-core, 1200 MHz, Cortex-A5 processor
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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