HTC Desire 501 Review

Introduction


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

Design

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.

HTC Desire 501

HTC Desire 501

Dimensions

5.06 x 2.63 x 0.39 inches

128.5 x 66.9 x 9.8 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 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)

Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

Dimensions

5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches

129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 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 501

HTC Desire 501

Dimensions

5.06 x 2.63 x 0.39 inches

128.5 x 66.9 x 9.8 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 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)

Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

Dimensions

5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches

129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 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)

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Display

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.




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10 Comments

1. X.E.R.O. unregistered

What year is it!?

2. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

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

3. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Not everyone can afford 2013 hardware

4. Kriksis

Posts: 94; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

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

5. majp89

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

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

6. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 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....

7. iKrit

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 17, 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.

8. xiaomi

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 24, 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.

9. xiaomi

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 24, 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.

10. pbp_57

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Is HTD desire 501 Android upgradable to any newer version?
Desire 501
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor NovaThor U8500, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2100 mAh

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