If you count the premium smartphones which are currently on sale on the market, you will probably say that there’s a lot. And we all can agree to the fact that these mobile handsets – such as Apple’s iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and the like – also have expensive prices tagged on them. Hence, it is a great advantage that some companies are also developing mid-range phones for consumers who consider what they can only afford. This comparative review will analyze the HTC Desire 500 and Sony Xperia M, which are both alternative handsets that individuals can take a look at. Read below for more information about these two devices.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of HTC Desire 500
The HTC Desire 500 is a handy mobile phone available in attractive colors of black and white (with appealing accents of blue or red). Visually, it has a metallic look that already adds a first-class impression to its users. Add this to the fact that this handset has an 8MP primary camera and audio output supported by Beats Audio. The Desire 500 is definitely a contender among other mid-range phones. Not only that, it also showcases slow motion recording and VideoPic which lets users take images while recording a video. On the other hand, the Android operating system incorporated with HTC Sense and BlinkFeed platforms also adds bonus points. It works flawlessly with the processor and responsive touch-screen which produces an astonishing mobile performance. Finally, this handset only contains 1GB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage but the manufacturers compromised by integrating a MicroSD card slot to expand storage at a maximum of 64GB.
However, the HTC Desire 500 is not a perfect device and still needs to improve on some of its specifications. The most important is the HTC BlinkFeed. It may sound pretty to the ears but there are reports saying that some users are not convinced by this new addition. Aside from the fact that they can’t turn it off if they really don’t like it, they are also unable to change the news sources that they prefer to read. Also, for a smartphone with an 8MP camera, don’t you think that HTC should have developed a higher display resolution for this smartphone?
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Sony Xperia M
The Sony Xperia M is a lighter mobile handset than its HTC rival but by only a few units. It is available in a wide array of black, white, purple, and yellow shell colors that are perfect for the younger audiences. The chassis that is smoothly built goes well along with the scratch-protected display screen. Speaking of which, it seems that Sony was able to incorporate a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels – which is higher than the Desire 500 but still considerably low. On the other hand, the Xperia M only has a 5MP primary camera but it comes with its own unique features. First, it lets users shoot photos even when the screen is locked. Second, it has less than one second capture function that is able to fire the camera even if the phone is in sleep mode. Now, users never have to miss moments and can take pictures all they want.
The Sony Xperia M, unfortunately, also has blemishes on its own. First of all, it has a very low resolution camera – with only 0.3MP – at the front of the device. Users can use it to take self-portraits or web chat with friends but it will only display low quality images. Also, Sony should improve on the battery life of this device. The maximum use of almost 10 hours is definitely short compared to Desire 500’s 12 hours. Although the difference is small, it always matters for the consumers know which device they can use at a longer period of time.
The Bottom Line
The HTC Desire 500 has better architectural choices with its latest operating system and large storage facility. It also showcases a camera with higher resolution and very functional features. To top that, this handset also has a high definition audio support and longer battery hours. Alternatively, the Sony Xperia M has a larger display resolution even with a smaller screen size – which makes it lighter and easier to carry around. The camera features are also very distinctive and innovative.
At Sony’s official online store, the Xperia M has a suggested retail price that starts from $249.99 which will change depending on the mobile carrier. On the other hand, the Desire 500 is only available in the UK at the moment but it has a starting price of £230 which is almost $370.00 dollars. It is fairly more expensive and consumers might want to think twice first before buying this product.
Do you think these mobile handsets are competitive enough to be the alternative choices?