The HTC Desire 500 leaves us with mixed feelings. The smartphone has a nice appearance, but the glossy plastic back of the black version is very sensitive to greasy fingers.
The device is also not particularly compact. Although it has a 4.3 inch screen, its footprint is similar to the Nexus 4, equipped with a 4.7 inch screen.
The screen has a resolution of 480x800 pixels, which is on the low side, but the quality is good. The icons are not always sharp, but color display and brightness are good for a device in this price range. The Snapdragon 200 chip does a good job.
Navigating HTC's Android skin is smooth and even games are not a problem, although they do not look so impressive due to the low resolution. The Desire 500 has only 4GB of internal memory, so you can not save many games on the internal memory. That should in principle not be a problem, but it's because 3GB is already occupied by the system. Fortunately, you can expand the storage space, but that's a slight improvement.
The battery deserves a plume again. With a capacity of 1,800 mAh, it's on the small side, yet we could work for up to a day and a half. NFC support also receives an honorable mention, which is not common with phones in this category.
There is so much good to say about the Desire 500, but the limited storage is killing him. Then the cheaper Motorola Moto E does it better.
199 euros (at time of writing) www.htc.com
+ Screen quality; Battery life; NFC.
- Internal memory; Sensitive to greasy fingers.