With its glossy white back and colourful bright blue accents, the Desire 500 is one of the most attractive budget handsets I've seen in a while. It's eye-catching, fun, and above all stands out from the usual slew of black and grey mobiles that you'd typically find for this price. It's available in white, with red accents too if blue's not your thing, or you could ditch the colour completely and opt for the all black model -- but that's just not as fun. The shell is made from glossy plastic. It doesn't have the same luxurious aesthetic as the all-metal HTC One, but it does cost a lot less, so it's probably a fair compromise. It feels pretty sturdy though and I find the design generally falls on the side of stylish, rather than cheap.
It measures 132mm long and 67mm wide, which is quite big, considering its 4.3-inch display, That's due to its fairly wide bezels and large amount of room above and below the screen, The space above the screen houses what looks like the same front-facing Boomsound speaker from the HTC One, but it's only the speaker for making calls, rather than the loudspeaker for playing music, The loudspeaker for music is around the back, It bears the Beats audio name and I found it to ted baker chillie iphone 8 soft feel shell case - tranquillity black reviews be sufficiently loud for YouTube in the kitchen, but you'll want to use headphones to get decent sound quality..
Built into the blue edging on the right hand side are the volume buttons. They sit flush with the surround, so they're quite difficult to find by feel alone, particularly when the phone's in your pocket. You'll find the usual 3.5mm headphone jack and micro-USB port on the top. Under the plastic case is a microSD card slot, which allows you to expand the meagre 4GB of internal storage. Thankfully, you can move some apps to the SD card too. The 4.3-inch display has an 800x480-pixel resolution, which isn't amazing, but about what I'd expect on a phone of this price. It naturally doesn't have anything like the same pin-sharp resolution as its top-end sibling -- small text and icon edges look a little fuzzy -- but it's perfectly adequate for most tasks like tweeting and posting updates to Facebook.
It's not the brightest display I've ever laid my hands on, but it was at least bright enough to counter some of the reflections from the CNET UK office lights, It might not stand up too well to the bright summer sun, but if you don't plan on leaving England, that's not going to be a problem for you, It has fairly decent colours -- perfectly fine for some Netflix shows -- and its viewing angles are good, It's certainly among the better quality ted baker chillie iphone 8 soft feel shell case - tranquillity black reviews displays I've seen on budget phones, The Desire 500 comes running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, which is quite an old version of the software, Most Android phones -- even budget ones -- tend to arrive with the more up to date 4.2 or 4.3 by now and even they're behind the times, given the launch of 4.4 KitKat on the new Nexus 5..
The first great smartphone of 2015. Beautiful and bold..with complications. The new no-compromise MacBook. A stellar on-ear headphone. Crave-worthy curves for a premium price. The Good Attractive design; Affordable price; Decent screen; Easy to use interface. The Bad Only 4GB of internal storage; Volume keys are hard to find by feel alone; Screen resolution could be higher. The Bottom Line 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 choice to go for.