HTC Desire 500

Midrange Android smartphone

HTC Desire 500 review, rating and the UK's best deals and latest offers


The HTC Desire 500 is a mid range smartphone with a smart design and decent feature set. We review and rate HTC's latest handset and bring you the latest UK offers

Our rating
85

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HTC Desire 500

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  2. FREE handset
  3. 300 minutes
  4. 1GB data
  5. Unlimited texts
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HTC Desire 500

£299.99


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Main features

  1. FREE handset on contract just £15 a month
  2. Streaming live home screen
  3. 30 second mini movies
  4. Large 4.3 inch touchscreen
  5. 8 megapixel camera with burst mode


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by Mike Leader

The HTC Desire 500 is a mid range handset with a stylish design, not something most smartphones are renowned for these days as many of them fail to get past that plain black block of screen look. But looks aren't everything, so let's take a look at the bigger picture

Unique elevated screen design

HTC have chosen an interesting design, with a slightly raised screen which looks as if it actually sits on top of the casing. Above the screen, but set back, is a large curved speaker grille while the whole casing curves around to the gloss back panel, with a ribbed effect along the edges which help you to grip the phone.

It certainly scores in the design stakes, especially if you are fed up of the "me too" look of many smartphones.

Live animated screen

The large 4.3 inch screen has a resolution of 480 x 800 and with a pixel density of 217 pixels per inch offers you a good viewing experience with deep blacks and sharp colours, though you will have to zoom in to read very small text.

HTC's live screen is present here too, which they call BlinkFeed and the Sense UI interface

This gives you the ability to place live tiles on your home screen which updates with the latest news videos, Facebook messages and various other feeds of your choice. You can disable this if you wish to do so and stick with the standard screen filled with your choice of icons and widgets

Quality 8 megapixel camera

The Desire 500 features an 8 megapixel camera and in keeping with what we have come to expect from the Taiwanese manufacturers, it is of top quality. Features include a large 1/3.2 inch sensor size which allow more light through, ensuring your photos will be bright and clear even in lower light, and an LED flash helps out when the light gets too low, with some users reporting that the camera also takes decent shots at night

Face and smile detection is present here, as well as geotagging and 720p video recording at 30 frames per second. A secondary videocalling camera at 1.6 megapixels is also present, giving clear and sharp views of your undoubtedly stunning good looks during your Skype video calls

Processing power and memory

A quad core 1.2 GHz processor coupled with 1GB of RAM memory ensures that you have plenty of power on tap and keeps things running smoothly, but the 4GB of internal memory appears to be a little miserly. However HTC do seem to have recognised this and offer a much healthier 25GB of free online storage via Dropbox, and you can also add memory cards with capacities right up to 64GB

Stereo music with FM radio

The Desire 500's music capabilities are where this android smartphone really excels, with Beats audio providing the quality sound enhancement features with strong bass and excellent clarity being a hallmark.

The sound through the built in speaker is loud without suffering any distortion but the your music is best enjoyed via headphones through the 3.5mm socket, where the impressive sound quality really comes into it's own, even if you only want to listen to the built in FM stereo radio

Good connectivity suite

It's good to see DLNA included here. This feature enables you to stream your music and videos over Wi-Fi to a similarly enabled device, such as a smart TV. Other connectivity features includes assisted GPS for satellite navigation, Wi-Fi with support for Wi-Fi hotspot, and stereo Bluetooth

A active noise cancellation microphone ensures top notch call quality, in fact it is on a par with the flagship HTC One M8 which is praise indeed.

Our summary

Overall this is a decent midrange smartphone which doesn't have any particularly ground breaking features but does everything particularly well, and really a good all round performance is exactly what we would expect from a midrange handset. Notably it is particularly well built and has excellent sound credentials and a top quality camera.

The HTC Desire 500 won't let you down no matter what you want to use it for, so it's really a matter of whether you like the exclusive styling. We do, and we're happy to recommend this thoroughly decent android smartphone


HTC Desire 610 UK Price Comparison

Note: HTC Desire 500 has now been replaced by the HTC Desire 610

Don't worry, you can change price plans and options such as colours before you decide to buy. Other plans are available


Affordable
£18 a month
300 minutes
UNLIMITED texts
2GB data
FREE handset
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£18 a month
600 minutes
UNLIMITED texts
1GB data
FREE handset
UNLIMITED
£27 a month
UNLIMITED minutes
UNLIMITED texts
UNLIMITED data
FREE handset

Looking for sim free Pay As You Go?

Buy now securely with PayPal 

accepted at 1stMobile.co.uk


  1. FREE insured UK mainland postage
  2. Just £13 worldwide shipping (outside UK)
  3. FREE O2 Prepay sim included
  4. NO monthly contract
  5. Full 1 year warranty

IMPORTANT: Customers outside the UK MAINLAND MUST select the "worldwide" option from the drop-down list.

HTC Desire 500

£299.99


In stock now

Choose shipping option:
Colour (subject to availability)

Payments handled securely by Paypal. Credit/debit cards welcome.
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