Features Key features of the Galaxy S III mini  vs Desire 500 

screen size

screen resolution

Galaxy S III mini
800 x 480
Desire 500
800 x 480



Galaxy S III mini
Dual core
Desire 500
Quad core

camera resolution

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Store more stuff 16 GB vs 4 GB 4x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Better theoretical download speed 14.4 Mb/s vs 7.2 Mb/s 2x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Back view of HTC Desire 500

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Much newer operating system Android 4.1.2 vs Android 4.1.2 Newer Android OS; Get all the latest features and security updates with a more recent version
Supports NFC Yes vs No Somewhat common; Enables payment by phone and other wireless communications
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Higher resolution front camera 8 MP vs 5 MP 60% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Faster processor 1.2 GHz vs 1 GHz Around 20% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Bigger screen 4.3" vs 4" More than 5% bigger screen
More battery capacity 1,800 mA·h vs 1,500 mA·h 20% more battery capacity
Longer standby time (3G) 26,064 min vs 21,600 min More than 20% longer standby time (3G)

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S III mini  vs Desire 500 

Outdoor visibility isn't very good, just like on most other AMOLED screens.
Galaxy S III mini

Colours are bright and there is a good level of contrast.
Galaxy S III mini


8.0 Out of 10
7.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Galaxy S III mini  vs
Desire 500 
Size 4" 4.3"
Resolution 800 x 480 800 x 480
Multitouch Yes N/A
PPI 233 ppi 216 ppi


Clock speed 1 GHz 1.2 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Quad core
Internal storage 16 GB 4 GB
Supported card formats

photo & video

Camera 5 MP 8 MP
Resolution 5 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 0.3 MP 1.6 MP
Video resolution 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps 1280 x 720 @ Unknown


Generation 3.5G 3.5G
HSDPA (14.4 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
Unknown (14.4 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


Talk time (3G) 469.8 min 726 min
Standby time 27,648 min 24,048 min
Standby time (3G) 21,600 min 26,064 min
Capacity 1,500 mA·h 1,800 mA·h

form factor

Galaxy S III mini  vs
Desire 500 
Weight 120 g 123 g
Thickness 9.9 mm 9.9 mm
Size 63 x 121.5 x 9.9 mm 66.9 x 131.8 x 9.9 mm


Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes


Supports FM radio Yes No


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


Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC No Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
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