Conclusion: So, should you buy an HTC Desire 500? If you’re of the TL;DR persuasion and we’ve just caught you at the end of this review, you’re probably going to want to know if it’s as good as other phones in the same price range.
Pros: Great design, Smart, stylish interface, Beats Audio response
Cons: Poor battery life, Average camera, Low internal storage
Summary: For its price, the Desire 500 generally makes a good case for itself. It delivers fast performance, takes good pictures, gives you the option of having two SIM cards on the phone and it makes listening to music a whole new experience.
Pros: Nice design, practical size, fast processor, Dual SIM feature, high audio quality all for an affordable price.
Summary: HTC's struggled in the last year, yet its flagship phones have never been better. The same is true of its mid-range phones like the HTC Desire 500, which is handsome, crammed with apps and comes packing (relatively) up to date software.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: 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 autofocus camera with 1/3.2" sensor size, 1.4µm pixel s...
Cons: 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 available to the user
Conclusion: The HTC Desire 500 is in all honesty, quite a good phone. It’s designed for people who want to experience their first smartphone, but don’t want to splurge on the latest devices, while at the same time buying something mediocre.
Summary: Plastic version. The Desire 500 has a 4.3-inch display, just like the HTC One Mini. However, both devices could not be more different. The mainstream device has a quad-core SoC, expandable storage, a plastic case and is also significantly cheaper than the One Mini.
Pros: Bright display, Price, Good main camera, Viewing angle stability, The display has a high luminance, you can use the smartphone outdoors without problems. The viewing angle stability is also excellent.
Cons: High black value, Energy consumption during standby, Battery runtime, No playback of Full HD movies, The battery runtimes could be better and the performance of the SoC is disappointing, the quad-core cannot even handle Full HD videos.
Summary: The HTC Desire 500 is the Taiwanese handset giant's attempt to address the lower mid-range smartphone segment. The phone tries to pack in some major features of its elder siblings, the HTC Desire 600 and the HTC One, in a budget friendly compact plastic shell and relatively inferior hardware...
Pros: Good, Decent build quality, Dual-SIM support with dual-standby
Conclusion: 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 has a more recent version of Android, a better screen...
Pros: Affordable, quad-core processor, solid design, better than average battery life.
Cons: Older Android version, screen could be better, not as good value as the Moto G., Nothing.