HTC Desire 500

While HTC’s flagship HTC One device which received considerable success in 2013 was geared towards the upper end of the smartphone market, HTC have not forgotten that much of the smartphone market is concentrated in the mid-range to budget section. As a result, HTC have brought out the HTC Desire 500, a mid-range handset that is in the same league as the likes of the Nokia Lumia 625 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini.

htc desire 500

The HTC Desire 500 has a large 4.3 inch screen, making it both comfortable to read as well as comfortable to hold. The display has a resolution of 480 x 800 which, although it is nothing spectacular, is pretty respectable for a budget handset.

While oftentimes design is compromised in budget handsets, the HTC Desire 500 defies this trend and is actually quite a good-looking device. The device is nice and slim and comes in three great colour options: white accented with blue or red and plain black for those who prefer something simpler.

One of the great things about the HTC Desire 500 is that, like HTC’s flagship handsets, the device features BlinkFeed. A dynamic and fully customisable home screen that keeps users up-to-date with their latest news and social media feeds.

The handset runs on Android 4.1.2. While this is now a little dated, it is still a great operating system as it is incredibly user-friendly and gives you access to the Google Play store where you can download apps and games from Google’s ever-growing catalogue.

The smartphone sports a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor with 1GB RAM, making it a reasonably speedy device. The Adreno 203 graphic processing chip means that you can play games and scroll live feeds relatively lag-free. Equipped with 4GB of on-board memory and a microSD slot, the HTC Desire 500 is more than capable of storing all your apps, games, music and photographs.

The HTC Desire 500 has an 8 MP rear camera and a respectable 1.6 MP camera, that makes it stand out from most budget handset offerings. The main camera is equipped with an intelligent LED flash that adjusts the level flash according to the phone’s distance from the subject, meaning no more washed out photos!

Like many budget smartphones, the HTC Desire 500 does not have 4G capability, which may be an issue if super-fast browsing is one of your priorities. If this is the case, perhaps you should have a look at the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3, one of the latest offerings from Samsung at a wallet friendly price.