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HTC Desire 500

HTC Desire 500
alaScore 87

740 reviews

Jan, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 740 reviews of HTC Desire 500. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and price. The usability and performance also get good 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 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for HTC Desire 500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of HTC Desire 500 from The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on People are impressed by the performance. The price is also appreciated. The reliability and battery get mixed reviews, and there are some negative reviews about the usability and portability.

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50% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jan, 2021

Expert review by : GSMArena team (

HTC Desire 500 review: Here To Charm


Desire has long been the signature of the company's tier-2 lineup. With past offerings varying from capable midrangers all the way down to entry level, going for a smartphone bearing the Desire moniker has largely been a hit-or-miss affair.

Quad-band 2G and dual-band 3G support ; 4.3" 480 x 800 pixel TFT capacitive touchscreen with 217ppi ; Android OS v4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Sense UI 5.0 ; Qualcomm MSM 8225Q Snapdragon 200: quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A5, 1 GB RAM, Adreno 203 GPU ; 8 MP...

WVGA screen resolution ; Not the most powerful of chipsets ; Disappointing stills and video, no Full HD video recording ; No active noise cancellation for voicecalls ; Poor video codec support out of the box ; Limited inbuilt storage, only 1GB...

You may not be able to tell going by the financial reports alone, but HTC has produced plenty of fine hardware in 2013. The company has consistently delivered well-built stylish smartphones with lots of character and the HTC Desire 500 is no exception.

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Daniel Schuster (

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.

Sep, 2013

Expert review by : Daniel P. (

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,...

Sep, 2013

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

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

Feb, 2014

Expert review by : Chris Hall (

HTC Desire 500 pictures and hands-on: Sense 5.0 on the cheap - Pocket-lint


The HTC Desire 500 is pitched at the entry-level, bringing the latest look and feel of HTC Sense 5.0 at a more affordable price than the premium flagship

Aug, 2013

Expert review by : Thomas Thorn (

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

Worth a look if you're after a phone that you can fill with music and use to take the odd snap, but it falters heavily if you plan to watch a lot of movies or install any apps on the very limited storage. The Galaxy S3 Mini is better.

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : (

HTC Desire 500


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

Apr, 2014

Expert review by : Basil Kronfli (

HTC Desire 500 Review: In Depth


The HTC Desire 500 is a relatively inexpensive mid-range phone aimed at the type of buyer who wants something solid, but not necessarily cutting edge. ...

Beats Audio response

Low internal storage

So, should you buy an HTC Desire 500?

Apr, 2014

Expert review by : David Court (

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...

Dec, 2013

Expert review by : Jonathan Bray (

HTC Desire 500 review


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

The camera is one of many things we like about the HTC Desire 500. It has a great display, it's slim, light and good-looking, and we like the Sense skin. However, it's pricey compared to the Moto G, its battery life is poor and performance is sluggish.

Mar, 2015

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