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HTC Desire 500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 62 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the usability and design. The responsiveness and camera are also mentioned favorably, but reviews are divided on the screen. Many are critical about the battery.

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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 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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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

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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 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.

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

 

In the past I have often asked to review HTC devices as they looked smart and had little extra bits of quality. My name never seemed to come to the top of the list, with this unit however I was offered it I did not even have to ask.

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HTC Desire 500 review

 

An affordable quad-core Android phone let down by poor timing

Affordable, quad-core processor, solid design, better than average battery life

Older Android version, screen could be better, not as good value as the Moto G

In Short The HTC Desire 500 is a solid, affordable phone. It offers buyers a £199 quad-core Android experience and boasts a reasonably decent rear camera. But since it was released just weeks before the cheaper and higher specified Motorola Moto G that...

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