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HTC Desire 500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 746 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. People really like the design and price. The usability and performance also get good views.

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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 89/100 = Very good quality.

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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 really like the performance. The price also gets good comments. Reviews about the reliability and battery are mixed. There are some negative opinions about the usability and portability.

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

This summary is based on the products: HTC Desire 500 UK Sim Free Smartphone - Glossy BlackHTC Desire 500 UK Sim Free Smartphone - Glossy Black

Jun, 2018

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 (

HTC Desire 500 review


Quad-core packing HTC Desire 500 aims to shake up the mid-range

Bright display ; Sturdy build ; HTC Sense is inoffensive

Not cheap enough ; Horrible accent colours ; Meagre resolution

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. We're seeing many phones of a similar ilk these…

Great design ; Smart, stylish interface ; Beats Audio response

Poor battery life ; Average camera ; 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

Expert review by : paul_smart (

HTC Desire 500


In the past I have often asked to review HTC devices as they looked smart and had little extra bits of quality. My name never seemed to come to the top of the list, with this unit however I was offered it I did not even have to ask.

Mar, 2014

Expert review by : Alastair Stevenson (

HTC Desire 500 review


An affordable quad-core Android phone let down by poor timing

Affordable, quad-core processor, solid design, better than average battery life

Older Android version, screen could be better, not as good value as the Moto G

The Desire 500 is powered by a Lithium-ion 1,800mAh battery that HTC claims can last for around 13 hours of 3G use. The phone easily lived up to this claim with regular use. Taking the phone off charge in the morning and using it throughout the day,...

Jan, 2014

Product Specifications


Battery Capacity:1800
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Standby time (3G):435
Talk time (3G):12.1 / 23

Call management

Auto-redialing: Yes
Call blocking: Yes
Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating Alert: Yes
Voice commands: Yes
Voice dialing: Yes


3D recording: No
Auto exposure: Yes
Auto Focus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Face detection: Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.6
Front camera type:Single camera
Geotagging: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):8
Multi-shot: Yes
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3.2
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8
Rear camera type:Single camera
Second Camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:1.6
Self-timer: Yes
Sensor Type:BSI
Smile detection: Yes
Video capture resolution (max):1280 x 720
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:720p
Video stabilizer: Yes


Body SAR (EU):0.521
Body SAR category (EU):B
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified: Yes
Energy Star certified: Yes
Head SAR (EU):0.384
Head SAR category (EU):A
Specific absorption rate (SAR) value (EU):0.38


Colour of product:Black / Blue / Blue, White / Silver / White
Form factor:Bar


Aspect Ratio:4:3
Display diagonal:10.9
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:480 x 800 / 800 x 480
Display Type:TFT
Orientation sensor: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive


Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes


Internal RAM:1


Chat: Yes
E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes
Text prediction system:T9
Text prediction system type:T9
Text-to-speech message reader: Yes


Audio formats supported:AAC, AMR, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, AMR, M4A, MIDI, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, AMR, M4A, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGA, WAV, WMA / AAC, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA
Equalizer: Yes
FM radio: Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPEG XR / BMP, GIF, JPG / JPG
Radio Data System (RDS): Yes
RSS reader: Yes
Video compression formats:MP4
Video formats supported:3G2, 3GP, AVI, MP4, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, AVI, MP4, WMV, WMV9
Voice codecs:AMR


Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite): Yes
GPS antenna: Yes
Position location:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes


2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900 / 900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:900,2100
4G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP
Bluetooth version:4.0
Data network:3.5G, 3G
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM
Tethering (modem-mode): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other features

Java technology: Yes
Ringer type:MP3
T9 text input: Yes
Voice Recording: Yes

Packaging Content

Battery charger included: Yes
Bundled software:Android™ with HTC Sense™\n\nHTC BlinkFeed™
Cables included:USB
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes


Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Closed user group support: Yes
Exchange support: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.2
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / UL, CE, BSMI, VCCI, CCC, CB, EPEAT, EU, E-standby
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Widgets
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
Support for contact groups: Yes
SyncML: Yes
vCard: Yes
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:Micro-USB B
USB port:N / Yes
USB version:2.0


Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A7
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1 / 1.2
Processor Model:200


Exchange support: Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.2
SyncML: Yes
vCard: Yes


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal RAM:1024
Internal ROM:4096
Internal storage capacity:4
Maximum memory card size:64
RAM capacity:1
ROM capacity:4096
USB mass storage: Yes


Subscription type:No subscription


Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:6.69 / 9.9
Height :13.2 / 6.69 / 9.9
Width:13.2 / 6.69