HTC Desire 310 Review
A shockingly bad earpiece.
Call quality is another area in which the Desire 310 disappoints, though the in-ear speaker proved far, far inferior to the microphone. So whereas the latter offered middling performance with no extreme distortions, the former was just downright horrific. Overall sound quality is simply bad – voices are distorted, they're bass-y, and their natural timbre is gone. We could honestly be fooled by whoever is on the other side, if he or she so desired.
Agreeable battery longevity.
A removable, Li-polymer battery with a capacity of 2000 mAh is what we have underneath the shell of the HTC Desire 310. That's actually a decently-sized cell when you take the rest of the internals into account, and provides a satisfying day-and-a-half or more of usage, depending on how hard you push it.
HTC's own measurements rate it good for up to 11 hours of talk time and 35.5 days of stand-by time on a 3G network. The first figure is a tad underwhelming, though we definitely noticed just how well the 310 keeps its charge when not in use – it refuses to drop more than 3% to 4% of charge during the night with no connectivity options disabled.
We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.
In conclusion, at $220, HTC is just asking way too much for what is rightfully a device belonging in the $150 pricing tier. Quite frankly, competition from the likes of the $179 Motorola Moto G, the $165 Nokia Lumia 525 or even the more exotic new Lenovo S660 is just too much for the unsatisfying Desire 310 to handle. With the exception of the Lumia 525, which basically matches the 310 internal-for-internal, HTC's device is just outclassed by Motorola's and Lenovo's offerings. Whether we're talking about the cookie-cutter design and underwhelming display, or the stitch job of a software and unacceptable call quality, it's safe to say that we are expecting more of a bang for our buck at this point in time.
- Speedy processor ensures a smooth operation generally
- Has two SIM slots
- Way too expensive – competitors have better products up for less
- Chunky, cookie-cutter design
- Extremely poor display in every regard
- The interface is a weird mix between Sense 5 and stock Android
- Unimpressive camera even in this price range
- Shockingly bad earpiece
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