HTC Desire 500

  • HTC Desire 500
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  • Bright display.
  • Price.
  • Good main camera.


  • High black value.
  • Energy consumption during standby.

Expert reviews and ratings

By PC Pro on 50

The Desire 500 has a similar front-end to the HTC One (M8) and a good camera, but battery life and performance are both...

By GadgetSpeak on 76

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...

By The Inquirer on 60

FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS technology companies have been working to bring smartphones to the masses, releasing a steady stream of semi-affordable handsets. But these affordable smartphones have generally featured poor internal components and offered...

By Wired UK on 70

The HTC Desire 500 is a decent midrange phone with a good look, but the so-so screen and processor are starting to look a bit behind the curve for the price, with the likes of the Moto G offering more for less. Specifications Software ...

By Expert Reviews on 60

A good-looking phone which can’t stand up to some extremely strong...

By PC Advisor on 80

The HTC Desire 500 is an excellent option if you're in the market for a mid-range smartphone . It looks great, has excellent specs and a very reasonable price tag. Read our HTC Desire 500 review to find out if it is it the best mid-range smartphone...

By 3G UK on 80

the HTC Desire 500 is a great entry into the crowded mid-range smartphone market - with HTC Sense and Blinkfeed being its most significant unique selling points. HTC Desire 500 is currently available to buy from Amazon and the Carphone Warehouse. ...

By on 60

Had it been released six months ago, the HTC Desire 500 would have been the best affordable Android handset available, offering quad-core performance while costing a rock-bottom £199. However, with the arrival of the even higher-specced and cheaper...

By CoolSmartphone on

It’s got many of the HTC One features, but it’s much cheaper. Currently you can pick one up unlocked for less than £200, so does the HTC Desire 500 perform?SpecsWeight – 123gDimensions – 131.8 x 66.9 x 9.9mmDisplay – 4.3″ WVGACPU – Quad-core 1.2GHz...

By on 80

For the most part, the HTC Desire 500 performs well, squeezing the best out of its mid-range components and looking good while it does it. The WVGA screen will put off buyers looking for the better resolution that now seems to be a staple of other...

By TechRadar AU on 70

The HTC Desire 500 is a phone that we really want to be able to love, with the blue and red versions that we encountered contrast nicely against the white chassis. Put on the wall of a mobile phone shop, it is a handset that will certainly garner a...

By T3 on 60

The HTC Desire 500 is a good phone, but we feel it's a few years too late and easily outdone by other similarly priced devices on the market. If you have to have Blinkfeed head this way, but for everything else, keep on moving.

By Know Your Mobile on 60

Overall I'm quite disappointed by the HTC Desire 500. It looks and feels like a great little phone, but it's impossible to view it in isolation and on the current market there are choices which present better value for money at (and in fact below) this...

By TrustedReviews on 80

The HTC Desire 500 is a very good phone that's perfect for light, relatively undemanding users who don't want to put up with the very cheapest phones around. But enthusiasts looking for a good deal are better off looking at the Nexus 5, which offers a lot more for not that much more money.

By on 60

HTC's struggled in the last year, yet its flagship phones have never been better. The same is true of its mid-range phones like the HTC Desire 500, which is handsome, crammed with apps and comes packing (relatively) up to date software. But that...

By CNET UK on 80

The HTC Desire 500 looks cool, has a decent lineup of specs and at only £199 SIM-free, won't force you to empty your bank account to buy it. If you're after a decent all-round phone that stands out from the other budget Android blowers, it's a good...

By GSMArena on

You may not be able to tell going by the financial reports alone, but HTC has produced plenty of fine hardware in 2013. The company has consistently delivered well-built stylish smartphones with lots of character and the HTC Desire 500 is no...

By on 84

The HTC Desire 500 is in all honesty, quite a good phone. It's designed for people who want to experience their first smartphone, but don't want to splurge on the latest devices, while at the same time buying something mediocre. The Desire 500 firmly...

By IT Pro Portal on 70

The quad-core CPU toting HTC Desire 500 might seem like a bargain at this price point, but it has a bottom drawer quad-core processor. While I do like most aspects of the design of this phone, its internal memory shortage and slightly below par screen...

By NotebookCheck on 85

We used our Desire 500 review unit over the last couple of days. The smartphone is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core SoC and supports the common wireless standards WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS and even NFC. Contrary to many HTC devices you can...