HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle Review

Introduction


The HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle is a mid-range Android smartphone that's not for everyone. While it does have its pros, there are more than enough cons to weigh it down.

The handset isn't available in the US, but European customers can get it for around $300, which makes it a bit more expensive than most of its competitors. We'll let you decide for yourself if the price is worth it. So, let's get straight into it, shall we?

In the box:

  • HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
  • USB to Micro-USB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Hi-res audio headphones
  • Wrist strap
  • Various booklets

Design


HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle Review

The HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle comes in four color variants – Polar White, Stone Black, Royal Blue and Valentine Lux (a gentle light blue). We have the Stone Black up for review, and we have to admit it looks pretty good.

The device features some gold-coloured accents on top of its all-plastic design, which really make it stand out. We would prefer metal or glass, but the price sort of justifies the materials.

HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle Review
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle Review
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle Review
And despite the all-plastic design and bigger form factor, the phone feels pretty good in the hand. It doesn't slip and slide anywhere, and it feels sort of natural to hold. The physical power button on the side has a nice clicky feel to it that provides more than enough tactile feedback without being too flimsy.

The top and bottom bezels around the 5.5” screen could use a bit of trimming, but they're not that big either. Especially considering that the bottom one houses three capacitive touch buttons.

The volume rockers on the right side of the handset feel a little awkward to use. They're way too flat and, unlike the power button directly below them, don't provide much feedback when pressed. But with enough time to get used to them, they could be deemed as passable.

The left side of the device houses the two Nano SIM slots and a microSD slot for storage expansion. According to the official specifications, it should be able to handle a microSD card with up to 2 TB of capacity.

The bottom side of the phone holds the wrist strap hook, micro USB port and the handset's speakers, while the top only has a 3.5 mm port.


HTC Desire 10 lifestyle

HTC Desire 10 lifestyle

Dimensions

6.18 x 3.03 x 0.3 inches

156.9 x 76.9 x 7.7 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)

Dimensions

5.97 x 2.99 x 0.31 inches

151.7 x 76 x 7.8 mm

Weight

5.96 oz (169 g)

LG X Power

LG X Power

Dimensions

5.86 x 2.95 x 0.31 inches

148.9 x 74.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.90 oz (139 g)

Sony Xperia XA

Sony Xperia XA

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.63 x 0.31 inches

143.6 x 66.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.85 oz (137 g)

HTC Desire 10 lifestyle

HTC Desire 10 lifestyle

Dimensions

6.18 x 3.03 x 0.3 inches

156.9 x 76.9 x 7.7 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)

Dimensions

5.97 x 2.99 x 0.31 inches

151.7 x 76 x 7.8 mm

Weight

5.96 oz (169 g)

LG X Power

LG X Power

Dimensions

5.86 x 2.95 x 0.31 inches

148.9 x 74.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.90 oz (139 g)

Sony Xperia XA

Sony Xperia XA

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.63 x 0.31 inches

143.6 x 66.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.85 oz (137 g)

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



Display


HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle Review

The Desire 10 Lifestyle features a 5.5” LCD screen, with a resolution of 720x1280 pixels. This makes for a pixel density of 267 ppi, which is good enough for browsing the web or reading e-books.

When it comes to colors, you have a choice. The HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle offers a color temperature slider in its settings, which lets you customize how cool or warm you want your colors to be. By default the display is somewhat cool, however.

Viewing angles probably present the biggest compromise in the display department, as visuals get rather washed out when viewed at medium to wide angles.



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11 Comments

1. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

What a shame, it was such a good looking phone.

2. FlySheikh

Posts: 443; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

This phone isn't bad at all. Though a 7.5 would have been better

4. perfectnine

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

This is the part I don't understand. "The device does feature some pretty loud stereo speakers, but still, don't expect wonders from them. They may sound a bit noisy at times, especially if you listen to busier songs, with lots of instruments playing at the same time. " - What were you expecting, a busy song yet not noisy? :O Does the 10 lifestyle have a separate DAC like the HTC 10?

5. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

"Snapdragon 400 is a passable mid-range quad-core CPU" It is the upper passable budget CPU.

11. yalokiy

Posts: 842; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

It's a SoC that is an absolute shame to use in the end of 2016 in a device with no outstanding features and ask for it $300..

6. jellmoo

Posts: 2523; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The phone looks great, but they really cheaped out on the individual pieces. It just doesn't offer great value for the price at all.

7. supa_dupa

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Biased review

8. supa_dupa

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Biased review

9. Gadgetex

Posts: 181; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

6/10 lol.. Poor HTC, can't they ever learn from their mistakes?

10. Unbreakable1ali

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 23, 2016

I wouldn't give it 1/10 !!! Snapdragon 400 and an HD screen for 300 $ !!! Seriously !!!

12. yalokiy

Posts: 842; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

For $300 this is robbery. Wouldn't buy it even for $100.
Desire 10 lifestyle
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2700 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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