Meet the smartphone that is more concerned about your social life than you are – the Desire 500 from the house of HTC. Always on and sensitive to your needs, the phone is one that brings together fine design packaging finer performance.
With a 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen that has a WVGA resolution, the phone operates on Android and an HTC Sense User Interface that blend smooth performance with sleek looks. Choose what you what to display on the home screen that refreshes instantly to find content for up to this very second with the HTC Blinkfeed, ensuring that you are always in the loop without even having to try.
With a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Quad Core processor built into its lithe body which is backed by 1 GB of RAM, the phone adopts speed as its middle name. Switch between applications, perform multiple tasks and game - all without even the slightest lag. It also comes with an internal memory of 4 GB that can be expanded up to a massive 64 GB to ensure that all your files and media have ample space.
The 8 megapixel primary camera with LED flash comes with a multi-shot burst mode, the speed of which ensures that better quality images are captured faster with less hassle. Along with HD video recording capabilities, the VideoPic mode allows you to capture video and photos simultaneously making sure you freeze special frames while capturing the whole event.
The phone is also capable of compiling the highlights from all the photos of an event and allows you to make a mini movie with a background music theme of your choice as well with the Automatic Video Highlights function. The camera is backed by the HTC ImageChip that ensures even low light and shaky situations are brightened and lit up to ensure you capture only the best. What’s more, 1.6 megapixels of the secondary camera ensure that your video chats have better quality now.
Connectivity and Communication
Capable of supporting two GSM microSIM cards, the HTC Desire 500 allows you to have the best of both networks and lets you keep the business and the personal separate at all times.
Connectivity options galore, this HTC smartphone comes with GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support. It also has a battery backup of up to 12 hours on 3G with a Li-Polymer 1800 mAh.
Sleek and built to be just the right fit in your palm, the HTC Desire 500 is a smartphone that gives you the best of both worlds without burning the pocket.
|Model ID||Desire 500|
|SIM Size||Micro SIM|
|SIM Type||Dual SIM, GSM + GSM|
|Touch Screen||Yes, Capacitive|
|Operating Freq||GSM - 900, 1800, 1900; UMTS - 2100|
|User Interface||HTC Sense, HTC BlinkFeed|
|Processor||1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, Quad Core|
|Resolution||WVGA, 480 x 800 Pixels|
|Primary Camera||Yes, 8 Megapixel|
|Secondary Camera||Yes, 1.6 Megapixel|
|Video Recording||Yes, 720 x 1280|
|Other Camera Features||Primary Camera: Auto Focus, Continuous Shoot and Video Pic, HTC Image Chip, BSI Sensor, HTC Share, Slow Motion Video Recording with Variable Speed Playback, Multi-shot Mode, Burst Mode, Rapid Fire Shutter
Secondary Camera: BSI Sensor
|Type||Li-Polymer, 1800 mAh|
|Talk Time||12 hrs (3G)|
|Standby Time||435 hrs (3G)|
|Memory and Storage|
|Expandable Memory||microSD, upto 64 GB|
|Memory||1 GB RAM|
|Internet & Connectivity|
|3G||Yes, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA|
|Wifi||Yes, 802.11 b/g/n|
|Navigation Technology||A-GPS, with Google Maps|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Music Player||Yes, Supports WAV, MP3, MIDI|
|Video Player||Yes, Supports MP4, ASP, 3GP, WMV 9, 3G2, AVI, HD|
|Sound Enhancement||Studio-quality Sound with Beats Audio|
|Phone Book Memory||Yes|
|Sensors||Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor|
|Additional Features||Audio Recording, 30-second Mini Movie, Games, Multi-tasking|
|Important Apps||Social Network|
|Warranty Summary||1 year manufacturer warranty for Phone and 1 year warranty for in the box accessories|
well... mobile geek here..do a lot of research and have used quiet a few mobiles... so yeahhh an unbiased and honest review..
HTC here, the name is enough i believe :P :P ... and rahul....really?? bro..u wanna know why htc??? seriously?? ill give u many reasons.... namely-
1.. beats audio--heaven, people u have to experience it ( xloud is also good but this is just awesome)
2. htc blinkfeed- there aint anything like this in the market...( samsung and sony and lg still scratching their heads )
3. sense 5 UI- this is cherry on top of the cake-- its just amazing..htc beat all others just with their UI for one reason!!!
soo about the phone now --- DesIre 500!! an awesome phone for many reasons again--
1. processor(1.2ghz quad core(4 cores) processor, no lags, very fast and ultimate performance)( it certainly behaves like a 1.4 ghz)
2. sense UI-just awesome!!!
3.camera-8mp with led flash ( reallly fantastic with superb low light images) 1.6 mp front cam reallly good!!
4. gpu-adreno 203- not amazing , but good enough... dont require much gaming when u have this beauty ;)
5. memory-4gb internal and 64 gb expandable... this is one thing which cold have been better but with the preloaded apps like facebook,twitter and sounhound for music, i dont think its a problem
6.people keep over viewing the fact that it is a dual sim!!! appreciate it people!
7.resolution is nice, 4.3 inch touchscreen looks and feels amazing with crisp viewing angles
8. build quality is amazing and feels really good in the hand
9. in call quality and mic quality is just awesome!!! everything is crystal clear
10.battery life-9/10.... lasts a day easily... on heavy usage 16 hours on avergae( well with such specs its amazing, come on guys we dont expect it to have 10/10 like the htc pico :P )
11. wifi and internet signals are pretty good and covers long distances too
12. 720p hd recording with slow motion video option-awesome experience!!!
13. 1 gb ram-- delightful ,speedy and no lags whatsoever :) :)
14. audio quaity with beats audio-just awesome!!!
15. Htc blinkfEEd- ruling the world :P reallly amazing feature..thank u htc!!
soo for something as awesome as this -- 1.2 ghz quad with an amazing camera, front camera, beats audio, blinkfeed and htc sense 5 with dual sim .. i wont mind spending 2-2.5k more ... well quality comes with price mate...love u htc ...(R.I.P samsung,sony,lg(nexus roxx),xolo,micromax etc) i hope my review helps...... i strongly recommend this phone!
this i a good item until i heard about its price, i was expecting price range of 15k - 17k, because sony xperia m and galaxy core have the same specs with price range of 13k. its well known that htc tend to priced their product a tad high than other company but 20k is not what i expect, at all. if price is reduced to around 16k, i will still choose over xperia m or galaxy core, but i am not gonna buy desire 500 for 20k, not worth the price. if you are ready to shell out 21k, then consider lumia 820, xperia sp, xperia v, xperia c, galaxy grand, galaxy mega. if money is not an issue for me, than i would def buy this or wait for desrie 601 to be released, around 5k more than desire 500.
comeon htc, when will i ever gonna get one of your smartphone?? i have been following this smartphone for a month and the pricing of the product dissapoints me. good luck though, u gonna need it,
1. Camera : 8MP camera is definitely one of the better ones in this range. The camera is better than Sony phones but not sure how it fares against Samsung ones.
2. Sense UI: This phone comes with the latest Sense 5 UI that is quite a joy to use.
3. Decent build quality and a stylish design.
4. Polaris Office app : Comes with a full version of the Office Suite app which lets you view and edit Office documents. Even some flagships don't come pre-installed with such an app(full version).
1. Performance: The Snapdragon 200 quad core processor may sound impressive on paper but the four cores are of the older Cortex-A5 variety and the performance is not as good as even some newer dual core phones like Xperia L or SP.
2. Gaming: It's not mentioned in the specifications on this page but the GPU is Adreno 203 which pretty low end. This is inexcusable when even Xperia M at 13K and L at 15.5K have faster GPUs like Adreno 305.
Gamers stay away. You can get a phone with the beastly Adreno 320 at this price(Xperia SP).
3. Screen : 4.3" display with 800 x 480 resolution(WVGA) at around 217 ppi. Xperia SP gives an HD screen at 720p resolution at the same price though it has be said the viewing angles are better than Sony phones.
If you compare this phone with the SP, only things better in this phone are better camera(arguably), better viewing angles, better Sense UI although this is subjective and a removable battery(battery in SP is non removable but of much higher capacity). However, the performance difference between this phone and SP is HUGE.
It's still better than Quattro but not worth the extra 5K.
Conclusion: Would have been a decent phone at 5K less but at 20.5K it is roundly trounced by Sony phones like Xperia SP and C. Get this phone only if you are a fan of HTC phones.
Tired of seeing reviews comparing HTC phones to other companies's devices solely based on the specification on its cover. HTC might not provide the greatest spec in the given price range, but the hands on user experience, that's an entirely different story!
From all the devices I've used nothing comes close to HTC's user experience. Even their most economical phone, the explorer (with a 600 Mhz processor and 512 MB RAM) rarely lags and is a joy to use ( thanks to the SENSE UI). And I've had no problems with the device either, unlike my almost double priced Xperia =/
The Desire 500 should be treat to use with the impressive spec and SENSE on top!
Final Comment : If you can't judge a book by its cover, don't judge an HTC by its spec.
I saw this phone being sold in India sometime in last month and was under clear impression that HTC has gone insane with the pricing.
However when the day arrived when I had to purchase a phone for myself and had a budget of 20K only, I end up buying this one.
I purchased it outside Flipkart for 21,500. However recommend purchasing it from Fipkart since you could save more than 1K.
I walked in to a retail shop with following phones shortlisted:
1. Sony Xperia C
2. Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos
3. Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro
4. Sony Xperia L.
And to my surprise, none of the above could win my heart even at first glance but after handling them for 3 hours.
Sony's have a display which has to be viewed from certain angles only as well as the UI's looked horrible to use.
Samsung's were good in all terms but master of none. Also the quality of plastics used was a serious concern,
(These are my opinions and no offence to either any of these brands).
Then the salesperson offered me to see HTC desire 500, and Whoa !
The moment I held the phone in my hand, only one word came into my mind : QUALITY !
The phone feels very premium, lightweight to hold as well as tops in the design department. Will try to list out the pro's and con's here:
-Premium Build Quality
-HTC Sense 5 UI
-Bright 4.3 display with no buttons on it (this makes it true 4.3 unlike Sony Xperia L)
-Strong Battery Life (Usually lasts for more than 48 hours)
-Low light capture of 8MP camera
-1.6 MP front camera unlike VGA's of Sony
-Excellent performance derived out of the hardware provided, no lags at all.
-Supports USB on the Go (UTG)
-Can move apps to SD card without rooting the device.
-No Gorilla glass
-Screen resolution is WVGA only (Not even qHD)
-Glossy back panel is prone to make your hand slip.
-Internal Memory is 4GB only.
-Actual RAM is 768MB only (HTC mentions it as 1GB).
If you belong to a class where you want something exclusive in your hand, then don't go for on paper specs of this phone. It is just a perfect choice for quality conscious people.