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HTC P6500 review

Chunky smartphone with a wealth of appealing features

HTC P6500
The HTC P6500 is perfect for those not fussed about bulk and more concerned about screen size

Our Verdict

If you're not too fussed about your phone being ultra slim and sleek, this device has more features than you can shake a stick at


  • Great screen
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 2 expansion slots
  • Wi-Fi


  • Bulky handset
  • Battery life could be better
  • No dedicated headphone slot

The super-chunky HTC P6500 comes up with a high rating because if you need its features you simply won't find much competition out there.

However, don't even consider it if you are looking for something sleek and slim because these things it most certainly is not.

It is a massive 73mm wide, 137mm tall and 21mm thick and it weighs more than 200g. You'll need big pockets or a bag to tote it around.

Huge screen

On the other hand, if you want, say, a super-sized screen, then this one measure 3.5 inches, although the 240 x 320-pixel resolution is rather low.

If you need plenty of data storage space, the HTC P6500 has two SD card slots. And if you are after fantastic security, the P6500 has a fingerprint sensor.

Battery life isn't quite as good as you might expect. We got six hours of nonstop music from its 1500mAh battery, which means you'll get a good two days formal use from it. However, we feel HTC could have squeezed a more capacious battery into the casing.

Limited connections

The outer casing has a rubbery feel. There is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and a 3-megapixel main camera. This is a 3G device, but there's no front camera for two-way video calling.

Despite the sizeable casing, HTC still couldn't build a 3.5mm headset slot. Headphones have to share
the mini-USB with the mains power and PC connection. But then the typical user is probably not going to
want music too often. After all, the primary market is more likely to be couriers than students.