HTC Desire 310 Review
Photos are acceptable-looking, though video capture disappoints.
On the technical side, the Desire 310's camera is kind of unimpressive if we consider this a mid-range device. We've got a 5-megapixel shooter at the back with fixed focus and no LED flash for even a chance at low-light photography. But we've seen other phones, like the Nokia Lumia 525, make such a configuration work. Does the 310?
Simply put – not really. But lets first talk camera UI. Unsurprisingly, we again have the stock camera UI, which is fairly simple, but not very easy on the eyes. You get a fairly rich set of shooting modes, including HDR, Panorama (with pretty low-quality output), Auto Scene, and Smile Detection. On the whole, the camera was quick to take a snap and then commit it to its memory.
Alright, so let's talk about image quality. Well, color reproduction with stills is fairly good, and exposure was consistently set properly, despite the murky day outside. On the down side, images come out pretty soft and noisy, a combination which manages to obscure what fine detail the snapper can capture. Indoors, in low light environments, we got mixed results – some of our shots were perfectly acceptable, but others came out with a weird color balance. As the Desire 310 lacks flash, it will sometimes opt for really long shutter speeds, like 1/8 sec, resulting in blurry shots if you are not perfectly still.
As for video, on paper, we have very good specs, with great 1920x1080 resolution. In reality however, the resulting clips are just disappointing, as they have a very poor amount of detail. Otherwise, exposure is, again, set correctly, and colors are also true to what we were seeing with our eyes. So, in a nutshell, the results are usable, but definitely not high definition.
1. HTC Desire 310 Sample Video
2. HTC Desire 310 Indoor Sample Video
The usual stack of Android multimedia app are at your disposal.
Taking care of your multimedia needs is the usual vanilla Android stack – Play Music and the Gallery's built-in photo viewer and video player. As always, these are all down-to-the-point, non-flashy tools, so if you're looking for something a tad more functional, you'll have to go fish.
So how does the 310 perform in this department? Well, this is actually one of the few things that HTC has gotten right. Both headphone and loudspeaker output is pretty loud, though sound fidelity has taken a hit, but not a too harsh one. The chip powering the phone also manages to render 1080p videos with a variety of encodings with ease, and we weren't put off by the relatively low pixel density when watching clips off YouTube, for example.
Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
HTC Desire 310 0.78
Motorola Moto G 0.53
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
HTC Desire 310 79
Motorola Moto G 87
1. faizan-sharif (Posts: 55; 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 $120
17. sgodsell (Posts: 1433; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
They should have at least doubled the on board storage and memory. The dual sim is a nice feature, but I would rather have more memory and storage then dual sim.
19. GTR722 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)
You can even get an Xperia L, a better phono for like 170$ in amazn...HTC went full tard...
2. boosook (Posts: 1087; 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: 1161; 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: 1518; 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: 69; 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: 1161; 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: 3616; 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: 26; 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