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HTC Desire 501 (2013)

Android OS v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8225
Adreno 203
1 GB / 8 GB
4.3 inch (480 x 800 px)
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 px, autofocus

The manufacturer offers this phone with a 4.3 inch TFT display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8225 SoC, and 1 GB of RAM.

Will it prove its worth? I aim to reveal that by the end of my review.

Table of Contents

This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the HTC Desire 501 smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device.

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HTC Desire 501 specifications

BrandHTC
NameDesire 501
ModelD501
Release date2013

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight4.59 oz
Dimensions5.06 x 2.63 x 0.39 inch
Colorsblack, blue, pink, white
SIM typeMicro SIM

The weight of HTC Desire 501 is about 4.59 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.

System, chipset, performance

OS versionAndroid OS v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8225
CPUDual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A5
GPUAdreno 203

The HTC Desire 501 comes with Android OS v4.1 (Jelly Bean) out of the box. Google has integrated many services with Android. These include Google Maps, Gmail, and Google Drive. This Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8225 CPU can be fast enough for basic phone operations. 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.

Memory, storage

RAM1 GB
Internal storage8 GB
Memory card slotmicroSD

1 GB of RAM is not typically considered to be enough for a smartphone. Having more RAM alone does not guarantee better performance. Most people think a smartphone needs at least 32 GB of storage. The Desire 501 has only 8 GB. We can expand the internal storage (8 GB) with a compatible microSD card.

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Cameras, flash

Main camera8 MP, 3264 x 2448 px, autofocus
FlashLED
Selfie camera2.1 MP

This single camera can be enough for many smartphone users, it depends on their photography needs and preferences. The Desire 501 does not have optical image stabilization (OIS).

Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetoothv4.0, A2DP
GPSA-GPS, GLONASS
NFCyes
FM radioyes
USBmicroUSB 2.0
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 501 smartphone is capable of connecting to Bluetooth devices. This phone has a built-in GPS. This phone is NFC (Near Field Communication) capable. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows us to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Ion 2100 mAh

The Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The Li-ion is a low maintenance battery. It does not need periodic full discharge. We can simply buy a new battery from the open market and interchange it by ourselves.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, compass, light, proximity

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The accelerometer provides information about the smartphone's movement in three axes. These are X (horizontal), Y (vertical), and Z (depth). The light sensor detects the level of light in the environment.

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 Type-C USB port
  • low-capacity battery
  • no fingerprint reader
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Updated: May 11, 2024

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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