HTC Desire 500 

Released September, 2013
  • Android 4.1.2
  • 3.5G
  • 4.3"
  • Quad core 1.2 GHz
The display is sure bright enough to be usable outdoors, as long as the sun is not shining straight at it, of course.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2013)
Which browser you choose is going to rely a lot upon your own preferences, but we have to say that HTC has provided a lot of customisation to its browser that makes it a very decent rival to Chrome.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
5.9 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the HTC Desire 500

Performance

Processing power and speed

Desire 500
5.8
Desire X
5.6
One mini
6.1
Passmark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Desire 500
n.d.
Desire X
n.d.
One mini
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Desire 500
5.2
Desire X
5.2
One mini
n.d.
Talk time (3G), Talk time, Standby time (3G), Standby time and 1 more

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Desire 500
7.4
Desire X
7.6
One mini
8.2
Reviews from pocket-lint.com, techradar.com, gsmarena.com and phonearena.com

5.9

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Desire 500
5.9
Desire X
5.8
One mini
6.8

Benchmarks Real world tests of the HTC Desire 500

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Desire 500
1,552
One mini
2,161
Desire X
1,207

Reviews Word on the street for the HTC Desire 500


7.5
But in reality, its SoC is far from the speediest out there – a low-tier Snapdragon 200 clocked at 1.2GHz is in use, paired with 1GB of RAM.

7.0
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.

Overall

7.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

Power saving mode is also easily engaged via the notifications bar, allowing you to limit CPU power, the display brightness, disable vibration and data connections.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
The viewing angles are wide and colors are represented accurately.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2013)
It is light, and the 4.3-inch screen means that it sits very nicely in the hand.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

Apps

Many users will find that they have other email addresses, and HTC has catered for this as well, with a rather well designed email app.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
We’ve been playing with it for a while now and while we can confirm that the phone is responsive most of the time, we are annoyed by the laggy process of switching between apps or interface elements.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2013)
The Gmail app is a very pleasant app that provides the Desire 500 with all the features that are found on the desktop version, such as labels and the three different inboxes for standard, social, and promotional emails.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

Video

The player does also manage to play a large variety of movies, thanks to its support for the DivX, XviD, MP4, H.263, H.264 and WMV file types.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
Whilst perfectly capable, the lower resolution does mean that web pages don't seem to have the same gloss as HD smartphones like the HTC One Mini do.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
We wouldn't recommend watching HD movies on the Desire 500, but you can put in a fair whack of music.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

Camera

This made launching into the camera app a lot quicker and easier, and we were glad to see that we didn't have to input our pin when loading it.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
The fancy filters on the camera are also unavailable whilst filming, and won't be applied to any photos that you snap during filming.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
You can choose between a set focus, or whether the video will refocus as you're filming.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

Storage

Sony's Xperia L also deserves your attention here, with a cool design and more internal memory, but weaker processor and camera worse than the Desire 500.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2013)
As we mentioned in the media section, the internal storage is pretty low.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
We really do mean any apps, as there is just so little storage on offer.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Size 4.3"
Resolution 800 x 480
PPI 216 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1.2 GHz
Number of cores Quad core
RAM 1 GB
Internal storage 4 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDXC
  2. SDHC
  3. SD

photo & video

Camera 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 1.6 MP
Video resolution 1280 x 720 @ Unknown

cellular

Generation 3.5G
Networks
  1. GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
  2. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  3. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  4. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
  5. HSDPA (7.2 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 1,068 min
Talk time (3G) 726 min
Standby time 24,048 min
Standby time (3G) 26,064 min
Capacity 1,800 mA·h

form factor

Weight 123 g
Thickness 9.9 mm
Size 66.9 x 131.8 x 9.9 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes

music

Supports FM radio No

software

Operating system Android 4.1.2
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
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