HTC Desire 310 Review
We've got some kind of a Frankenstein stitch job of an interface that combines stock Android elements with HTC's Sense 5 UI.
It should be no surprise to hear that the 310 makes use of HTC's custom Sense UI, slapped on top of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, considering the phone makes use of a MediaTek chip, which is still due for an update to KitKat. The surprising part comes when you realize that this is some kind of a Frankenstein of a software we haven't seen from HTC before. Simply put, you have a partial Sense 5 look stitched together with stock Android. So while the homescreens and the drawer look like Sense 5, the status bar, including the options and the entire iconography is strictly stock Android.
Quite frankly, we weren't sure what to make of this – we don't mind the simplistic looks of stock Android, but it still felt sort of weird to have it fitted together with a sliver off HTC's Sense skin. So, the usual design and functional peculiarities of Sense – like the embedded social media and news aggregator homescreen, dubbed BlinkFeed, and the vertical app drawer – are here, but the rest is strictly vanilla Android. You do get Video Highlights, though – an app that automatically creates shorts made up from your pictures.
Down to the point and effective.
An undeniable perk of the Desire 310 is the availability of two SIM slots, which work in a dual standby configuration. Said in plain language, this means that you can only make use of one SIM at any one time, so if you're in a call on SIM 1, SIM 2 will be unavailable, and vice versa. It's also worth keeping in mind that only the first SIM slot supports 3G connectivity – SIM number two is stuck with 2G.
Processor and memory
Powerful processor for this class, though we wish we had 1GB of RAM instead of 512MB.
An entry-level model the 310 may be, but that doesn't mean you'll have to suffer through painful hangups and load times – navigating throughout the UI and, indeed, throughout apps, is speedy and responsive. Coupled with the low number of pixels it has to push, the quad-core MediaTek chip the phone is packing is actually quite potent for its class. Built on a 28nm node, the MT6582M processor is ticking at 1.3GHz and handles itself quite well. What's more, the silicon actually allows for some more serious gaming, thanks to its dual-core Mali-400 GPU, clocked at 416MHz, though the 512MB of RAM do put a ceiling on what it can do, both in terms of games and multitasking.
Speaking of a ceiling, the 4GB of on-board storage are also quite limiting, as only 2GB of it is user-available. Thankfully, there is a slot for microSD card, and obtaining one is pretty much a must.
Higher is better
Motorola Moto G 8512
HTC Desire 310 5968.6
Higher is better
Motorola Moto G 17014
HTC Desire 310 17215.3
Higher is better
Motorola Moto G 499
HTC Desire 310 581
Vellamo HTML 5
Higher is better
Motorola Moto G 1933
HTC Desire 310 1983
Lower is better
Motorola Moto G 1223.8
HTC Desire 310 1277
Internet and connectivity
The MediaTek chip renders pages in a very agreeable timeframe.
Browsing on the Desire 310 is actually pleasant, as load speeds are acceptable, and navigating around even larger pages (think panning, zooming) is done without a hitch for the most part. Unfortunately, image-heavy websites do sometimes cause some strain, but that's just the way it is when you've got such limited amounts of RAM available.
As for connectivity options, we have 3G speeds of up to 21Mbps, Bluetooh 4.0, and GPS with GLONASS support.
1. faizan-sharif (Posts: 56; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)
very stupid phone, their are many phones in the local market, alot more better than this and htc's pricing is $220 dollars is to be questioned by every one, who even love htc devices, when you have moto g 16gb at @199 why you wud go for it?
according to spec diff with moto g it shud be max $120
17. sgodsell (Posts: 1446; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
They should have at least doubled the on board storage and memory. The dual sim is a nice feature, but I would rather have more memory and storage then dual sim.
19. GTR722 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)
You can even get an Xperia L, a better phono for like 170$ in amazn...HTC went full tard...
2. boosook (Posts: 1094; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
I didn't even read the review... a phone with 512MB of RAM in 2014 cannot cost more than $99/EUR99.
4. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 400; Member since: 24 May 2011)
Considering its main rival, the MotoG is much much, and i really mean much better in everything from value to features to performance. Unless you hate motorola or love htc there is absolutely no reason to choose this over the motoG.
9. JC557 (Posts: 1164; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I tend to like HTC phones but only their higher end phones and there's no denying that the Motorola Moto G wins out here. If people can find used Moto X's for a similar price then all bets are off and the Desire just gets pulverized.
Motorola has always been good about providing good quality for a reasonable price.
5. bokimaricu (Posts: 40; Member since: 21 Dec 2013)
Add a 100~ more bucks and buy yourself a One Plus One, avoiding this crap in the process.
11. ihavenoname (Posts: 1524; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
And lets not forget Moto G. Isn't it even cheaper than this?
18. bokimaricu (Posts: 40; Member since: 21 Dec 2013)
Moto G too, of course. You can either get a lot more from your bucks or you can get it (even better than it, to be exact) for less money.
6. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)
Wow, $220 for this? And HTC is wondering why their phones aren't selling ...
7. xperian (Posts: 72; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)
Moto G is the only phone that's not terrible at this price (not counting chinese ones)
10. JC557 (Posts: 1164; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Hopefully Lenovo will maintain and even strengthen the Motorola brand.
12. bigv6691 (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)
Way over priced. I'll stick with my moto g and wait for the Desire 816 to come to the US
13. livyatan (Posts: 753; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
This is how HTC plans to turn the tides back and focus on lower market segments?
If so, they have no chance of survival
14. rkaahean (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 Mar 2014)
I'm pretty sure this phone is not even ment for the U.S market. In India, where I live, this phone is ever so slight cheaper than the Moto g. It's got fairly good attention.
15. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3620; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Yeah crispy is right. Htc thinks it can put apple like pricing. Deserves that 4 score. If we look back 3-4 years ago htc was oppo like brand at best.
16. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
This has to be one of the crappiest phones ever released in recent years. HTC, stop digging your own grave.
21. ianneo (Posts: 30; Member since: 15 Dec 2013)
The reason why these devices are made is because in 3rd world countries, the Moto G is pretty expensive. Even here is Australia, the 8gb Moto G is more that $250.
22. Jinto (Posts: 410; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)
The back image made me think this was HTC's response to the Lumia 630/635
23. buggerrer (Posts: 288; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)
In Australia phone currently sells for $129.00 from Vodafone Website. But there was a special few weeks ago on dse.com.au.
Here is a link to a video for the Vodafone Australia version of the phone