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HTC Desire 300 Review

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HTC Desire 300 Review

Introduction


HTC Desire 300 Review
HTC Desire 300 Review
HTC Desire 300 Review
HTC Desire 300 Review
The HTC Desire 300 is a new mid-range Android smartphone that is surprisingly well built and good looking.

Outwards, the Desire 300 looks great with its pleasing curves and a spacious but not excruciatingly large 4.3-inch display. Moreover, it comes at a very affordable price.

However is it as pretty on the inside as it is on the outside, or has the lower price taken its toll? And how does it all stack up? Read on to find out.


Design


The Desire 300 is a plastic device, but we would not count this against it as it feels every bit as good as plastic can. HTC has nestled the innards in a curvacious yet still thin soft-touch plastic body. It feels great to hold and since it’s matte plastic it does not stain easily so the phone looks as clean as new even after long use. In case you somehow ruin the back, though, it easily comes off and can be replaced.

In terms of build quality, the whole device feels very solidly put together without any screaking parts. It does not feel fragile at all and that’s a good thing.

In a world of 5-inch and larger phones, this comparatively smaller handset feels very comfortable to hold and great to use with one hand. The physical buttons are located on top and on the right side and we find them clicky, easy to press and to find without even looking. There is a volume rocker on the right and a lock key on top.

Overall, with very clean and eye-pleasing design and great ergonomics, the Desire 300 has the good looks and feel, close to that of premium devices. HTC offers the phone in black and white color versions.



HTC Desire 300
5.19 x 2.61 x 0.4 inches
131.78 x 66.23 x 10.12 mm
4.23 oz (120 g)

HTC Desire 300

Samsung Galaxy Core
5.09 x 2.66 x 0.35 inches
129.3 x 67.6 x 8.95 mm
4.37 oz (124 g)

Samsung Galaxy Core

LG Optimus L7 II
4.78 x 2.62 x 0.38 inches
121.5 x 66.6 x 9.7 mm
4.07 oz (116 g)

LG Optimus L7 II

Nokia Lumia 720
5.04 x 2.66 x 0.35 inches
127.9 x 67.5 x 9 mm
4.52 oz (128 g)

Nokia Lumia 720

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display


HTC Desire 300 Review
The HTC Desire 300 features a 4.3-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. With no on-screen virtual buttons, the handset has all of the 4.3” screen real estate to itself and the display does not feel undersized. The screen is not among the sharpest out there, but it’s not terrible either; we have to admit that text and icons are pixelized.

We are pleased by the vibrant colors that the Desire 300 puts out, especially given its affordable price. The screen has very deep blacks and nice contrast to it. It is not without its slight flaws of course and if we had to pick the nits, we’d mention that colors tend to be on the colder side and reds appear a bit muted.

The screen is not the brightest out there, but it has enough luminance to be readable in broad daylight. Viewing angles are very good and images preserve their natural colors even at more extreme angles.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Nokia Lumia 720 740
(Excellent)
15
(Poor)
1:1066
(Good)
6988
(Excellent)
2.08
6.39
(Average)
5.64
(Average)
HTC Desire 300 441
(Good)
28
(Poor)
1:1373
(Excellent)
7866
(Average)
2.29
4.56
(Average)
5.88
(Average)
LG Optimus L7 II 363
(Average)
7
(Good)
1:1108
(Good)
6826
(Excellent)
1.92
6.21
(Average)
6.39
(Average)
Samsung Galaxy Core 343
(Average)
10
(Average)
1:895
(Average)
7844
(Average)
2.14
7.54
(Average)
5.17
(Average)
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6 Comments
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posted on 28 Oct 2013, 08:47 6

1. chunky1x (Posts: 254; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


This phone lacks desire.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 09:00 1

2. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2767; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


7 is ok for this phone.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 09:08 4

3. tadaa (Posts: 254; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


xperia m or l is way better and more powerful than this. or you can go for the sp for 50 bucks more. i love htc's design but the internals are really lacking. kinda like how sony ericsson phones of the past had gorgeous design but weak chipsets.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 09:32 2

4. orca99 (Posts: 87; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


$200 for an outdated phone with a large screen. Save some more and buy something better.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 10:09 2

5. mecool (Posts: 7; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


xperia L is a better option....

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 02:33

6. edelxander (Posts: 43; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)


no camera flash..

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HTC Desire 300

HTC Desire 300

OS: Android 4.1.2
view full specs
Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
512 MB RAM
Size5.19 x 2.61 x 0.40 inches
(131.78 x 66.23 x 10.12 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)

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