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Desire 500 - £190

Desire 500
Desire 500
Desire 500

All features

Date Announced23/07/2013
Operating SystemAndroid
Storage Capacity4 GB
Touch ScreenTouch Screen
Camera8 MP
Front Facing Camera1.6 MP
Screen Size4.3"
External StorageExternal Storage
Performance Rating70
Battery Life13 Hours
Dual SimDual Sim
Processor TypeQuad Core
Ram1 GB

Available Colours

Why this smartphone is built for you


The HTC Desire 500

The Desire 500 is a mid-range smartphone running a version of Android Jelly Bean that has been augmented with HTC's 'Sense' UI. It is reasonable priced and combines an attractive design with impressive set of features.


This phone has a 4.3 inch touchscreen that displays in 217PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The average PPI for a modern smartphone is 255.


The Desire 500 has an 8MP camera, can record video in up to 720p and has a 1.6MP front facing camera for taking selfies and making video calls.


Performance is provided by a 1.2GHz quad core processor and 1GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 70 out of 100.

Battery Life

The Desire 500 has an estimated battery life of around 13 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 1800mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh. This phone has a removable battery.


1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The Desire 500 comes with 4GB internal storage and an expandable memory card slot which makes it possible for you to add a further 64GB external storage. It also comes with Google Drive installed which gives you an additional 15GB of free cloud storage.


The Desire 500 has Bluetooth which enables it to communicate with other Bluetooth devices (such as a Bluetooth handsfree kit). It has Wi-Fi which means that it can connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi hotspots such as those available in many coffee shops, cafes or hotels. It is able to connect to DLNA enabled devices (such as a laptop or smart TV) meaning that you can stream content both to and from your phone wirelessly. The Desire 500 also has NFC compatibility which enables you to make contactless payments and share files with your friends.

Dual SIM

This phone comes in a dual SIM version (called the Desire 500 Dual) that enables you to pop in two SIM cards at once and choose the one you want to use. This comes in handy if you are planning to use your phone abroad extensively or want to keep your business and personal calls separate.


The HTC Desire 500 has an FM radio and an MP3 player with sound supplied by Beats Audio. It is able to integrate with social media via designated Facebook and Twitter apps and has HTC's BlinkFeed app installed to help you stay on top of your messages, news and updates. The Desire 500 comes preloaded with Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube. Other apps, such as Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Spotify are available to download from the Google Play Store, along with the latest music, films, TV shows and games.


The Desire 500 is an attractive mid-range smartphone. It promises good performance from a desirable manufacturer and at an affordable price.