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. But that doesn't change the fact that these second-tier handsets are seldom a better buy than last year's flagship phone, or even this year's.
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. So it’s definitely an interesting choice, if however you have 1000 EGP more to spare and you’re looking for something with higher specs and more features, then you should take a look at the HTC One mini.
Pros: Nice design, practical size, fast processor, Dual SIM feature, high audio quality all for an affordable price.
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. It's actually a bit more expensive the Motorola Moto G, the benchmark by which all budget Android phones should be judged right now. Is it as good as the Moto G? For the most part, no.
Pros: Great design, Smart, stylish interface, Beats Audio response
Cons: Poor battery life, Average camera, Low internal storage
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. The handset looks fresh and up-to-date, and delivers handsomely for the price.
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 size; LED flash, 720p video recording @ 24fps with stereo audio, slow-motion video, 1.6MP front-facing camera, 720p video recording, Wi-Fi b/g/n, DLNA, GPS with A-GPS, 4GB of b...
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
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. An interesting alternative to HTC's metal smartphone?
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 basics HTC's had a tough 2013. Despite releasing easily one of the best smartphonesof the year in the mighty metal One, it's largely been ignored, thanks to Samsung and Apple's enormous marketing campaigns. While it's recently catered for those with giant hands courtesy of its One Max phablet, it's now going for something a bit more restrained in size with the HTC Desire 500.
Pros: Samsung may know how to sell clumps of plastic by the million, but we'll say this: HTC really knows how to make a pretty phone. The HTC Desire 500 may not be made of metal, but it's a beautifully crafted bit of kit nonetheless, 9.9mm thick, light, rigid and easy on the eye. Our test model came in white and a striking metallic turquoise but there’s also a more muted black option. Out of the box, it runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It's not KitKat, no, but it's still fast a...
Cons: Though HTC's ported some of the One's features over, you can't expect everything. There’s no UltraPixel super sensitive camera, for instance, or handy Zoe burst shooting mode. Those we can live without. More bothersome is the screen - an 800 x 480 LCD panel that looks out of date compared to rivals' 1080p plus displays. Unless you're a camera fiend (the eight megapixel shooter is expectedly ordinary) or pixel enthusiast - in which case you probably already own a more ...
Summary: After they achieved great success in the android market with the masterpiece HTC One, One mini and so on, Smartphone giants HTC are ready to take their chances on a mid range android handset with pretty good offerings known as the new HTC Desire 500. Coming with a quad-core processor and much more internal features will this 4.3 inch android junior turn out to be a success for HTC? In order to find out, lets take a quick overview of the new HTC Desire 500.
Conclusion: The HTC Desire 500 is a decent midrange phone with a good look, but the so-so screen and processor are starting to look a bit behind the curve for the price, with the likes of the Moto G offering more for less.
Pros: Distinctive good looks, Sense UI, good camera
Cons: Screen could be sharper, processor on the sluggish side, only 4GB memory on board