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HTC Desire 500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 73 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and responsiveness. The camera and value for money also get good comments. There are some negative reviews about the features. The build quality and battery get mixed opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the HTC Desire 500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 73 reviews)

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Review HTC Desire 500 Smartphone

 

Plastic version. The Desire 500 has a 4.3-inch display, just like

Bright display; Price; Good main camera; Viewing angle stability

High black value; Energy consumption during standby; Battery runtime; No playback of Full HD movies

The performance of the main camera is surprisingly good. A negative surprise is certainly the high energy consumption during standby.

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HTC Desire 500 Review

 

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,...

Good still photos ; Cool design ; Nice call quality

Uncomfortable physical keys ; Capacitive keys aren't backlit

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,...

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HTC Desire 500 review

 

With a quad-core processor for this price, something's gotta give, right?

MicroSD support ; BlinkFeed ; Decent camera ; Quad-core

Poor internal storage ; Low res screen ; Screen doesn't sit flush ; No 4G

The HTC Desire 500 is a phone that we really want to be able to love, with the blue and red versions that we encountered contrast nicely against the white chassis. Put on the wall of a mobile phone shop, it is a handset that will certainly garner a...

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HTC Desire 500 review

 

Going to go head to head with the Motorola G, Nokia Lumia 625, Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini the HTC Desire 500 boasts a quad-core processor

Bright display ; Sturdy build ; HTC Sense is inoffensive

Not cheap enough ; Horrible accent colours ; Meagre resolution

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HTC Desire 500 review

 

A good-looking phone which can't stand up to some extremely strong competition

Aside from the lack of a compass, we like the HTC Desire 500. It's a great-looking phone that shows you don’t need to buy a tedious black slab if you have less than £250 to spend on an Android smartphone. It also has a reasonable screen and good...

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HTC Desire 500

 

VIDEO REVIEW: A very capable mid-range Android smartphone with a Nexus 5 shaped problem

Nice, classy design ; Bright and clear screen ; Decent general performance

Camera slightly inconsistent ; Battery life a little weak ; Mediocre built-in speaker

Colour and contrast, meanwhile, don't reach the heights of an AMOLED screen, but are very good for a phone at this price. You'll have no complaints when viewing photos or watching videos.

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HTC Desire 500 review

 

The HTC Desire is one of the best looking smartphones available right now. Measuring it at 131.8 x 66.9 x 9.9mm, it's about the perfect size in terms of fitting your hand and weighing just 123g it's not a brick either.

The HTC Desire 500 is a great-looking device, with tons of unique software and solid mid-range smartphone specs on board. It's hard to find any real weaknesses with the phone, including its reasonable £199 price tag. To sum up, it's simply a very good...

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HTC Desire 500 review

 

The HTC Desire 500 looks cool, has a decent lineup of specs and at only £199 SIM-free, won't force you to empty your bank account to buy it. If you're after a decent all-round phone that stands out from the other budget Android blowers, it's a good...

Attractive design ; Affordable price ; Decent screen ; Easy to use interface

Only 4GB of internal storage ; Volume keys are hard to find by feel alone ; Screen resolution could be higher

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HTC Desire 500 Review: In Depth

 

The mid-range HTC Desire 500 carries forth the Desire name with quad-core power, an 8-megapixel camera and HTC Sense 5. Read our review »

Great design ; Smart, stylish interface ; Beats Audio response

Poor battery life ; Average camera ; Low internal storage

If you're not fussed about browsing the web or anything other than texting, calling, snapping the odd pic and playing music the Desire 500 is adequate, but let's face it, who buys a smartphone and doesn't want to get online?

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HTC Desire 500

 

The HTC One spent much of 2013 as our favourite smartphone, but if you don't fancy spending big on a flagship handset, HTC's Desire 500 has you covered.

The Desire 500 has a similar front-end to the HTC One (M8) and a good camera, but battery life and performance are both poor

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Product Specifications

Camera

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera:Double Camera
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:HD720p

Configuration

GPS Receiver:Built-in
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes

Connectivity

Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

Data Transfer

EDGE: Yes
GPRS: Yes
HSDPA: Yes
Technology:WCDMA (UMTS)

Display

Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Design:Bar
Operating System:Android
Operating System Version:Android 4.2 JellyBean
Operator:Sim Free
Product Type:Smartphone
Way of Buying:Sim Free

Messaging

E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
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