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HTC Desire 500: Pros and Cons

Android OS v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8225Q
Adreno 203
1 GB / 4 GB
4.3 inch (480 x 800 px)
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 px, autofocus

HTC announced the launch of the Desire 500 smartphone in 2013. The manufacturer is offering this smartphone with 4.3 inch TFT display, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8225Q SoC, and 1 GB of RAM. It comes with Android OS v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) out of the box, and a Li-Ion 1800 mAh battery. The 4.3 inch phone comes with a TFT display (480 x 800 px). This smartphone has a single camera on the back (8 MP, 3264 x 2448 px, autofocus). Is this phone a good value for its price? My review aims to answer that question by the end.

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This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the HTC Desire 500 smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device. The specifications below are from the official manufacturer data, but we also consider user reviews. If you've seen any mistakes or things missing in these specifications, please let us know.

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HTC Desire 500 specifications

BrandHTC
NameDesire 500
ModelD500
Release date2013

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight4.34 oz
Dimensions5.19 x 2.63 x 0.39 inch
Colorsblack, silver
SIM typeMicro SIM

The weight of HTC Desire 500 is about 4.34 oz with battery. This is average for smartphones of the same size. A micro SIM is a smaller version of the standard SIM card used in mobile devices.

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System, chipset, performance

OS versionAndroid OS v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8225Q
CPUQuad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A5
GPUAdreno 203

The HTC Desire 500 comes with Android OS v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) out of the box. The Android operating system uses the Linux kernel as its foundation. It includes a user interface, middleware, and many pre-installed applications. The mid-range CPU can deliver fast, efficient performance for many tasks. Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors work with Adreno GPUs. The processors are designed for the GPUs.

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Display type, size, resolution

Display typeTFT
Screen size4.3 inch
Resolution480 x 800 px
Multitouch supportyes

The 4.3 inch phone comes with TFT display. A thin-film transistor (TFT) features a thin-film transistor for each individual pixel. Smaller smartphones are generally more compact and easier to handle. The size of the screen is measured diagonally, from corner to corner.

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Memory, storage

RAM1 GB
Internal storage4 GB
Memory card slotmicroSD

1 GB of RAM is not typically considered to be enough for a smartphone. The needed RAM amount for good performance depends on factors. These include the OS, the apps, and the services you use. Most people think a smartphone needs at least 32 GB of storage. The Desire 500 has only 4 GB. You can expand the internal storage (4 GB) with a compatible microSD card.

Cameras, flash

Main camera8 MP, 3264 x 2448 px, autofocus
FlashLED
Selfie camera1.6 MP

The single camera can be enough for many smartphone users. It depends on their photography needs and preferences. The Desire 500 comes with a basic camera setup and lacks any advanced features.

Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetoothv4.0, A2DP
GPSA-GPS
NFCno
FM radioyes, with RDS
USBmicroUSB 2.0, USB host
Headphone3.5 mm jack

The 3G is obsolete now, because most phones can use 4G and 5G networks. This phone like all modern smartphones, is capable of connecting to Wi-Fi networks. The Desire 500 smartphone is capable of connecting to Bluetooth devices. This phone has a built-in GPS. The phone isn't NFC (Near Field Communication) capable. NFC is not essential for basic phone functionality, but it can be useful. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows you to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Ion 1800 mAh

The Li-Ion 1800 mAh battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The Li-ion is a low maintenance battery. It does not need periodic full discharge. You can simply buy a new battery from the open market and interchange it by yourself.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, proximity
SpecialsHTC Sense

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The Desire 500 smartphone has an accelerometer.

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this HTC phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • microSD slot

Cons

  • TFT display
  • limited-size screen
  • insufficient memory
  • insufficient internal storage
  • single camera setup
  • no OIS function
  • no 4G support
  • no 5G support
  • no NFC feature
  • no Type-C USB port
  • low-capacity battery
  • no digital compass
  • no fingerprint reader
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Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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