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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.


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.


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


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


  • 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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