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HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle Review

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HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle Review


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


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
6.18 x 3.03 x 0.3 inches
156.9 x 76.9 x 7.7 mm
5.47 oz (155 g)

HTC Desire 10 lifestyle

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
5.97 x 2.99 x 0.31 inches
151.7 x 76 x 7.8 mm
5.96 oz (169 g)

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)

LG X Power
5.86 x 2.95 x 0.31 inches
148.9 x 74.9 x 7.9 mm
4.90 oz (139 g)

LG X Power

Sony Xperia XA
5.65 x 2.63 x 0.31 inches
143.6 x 66.8 x 7.9 mm
4.85 oz (137 g)

Sony Xperia XA

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


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.

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
HTC Desire 10 lifestyle 391
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) 423
LG X Power 348
Sony Xperia XA 568
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posted on 16 Dec 2016, 08:55

1. superkuiken (Posts: 167; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 16 Dec 2016, 09:09

2. FlySheikh (Posts: 417; Member since: 02 Oct 2015)

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

posted on 16 Dec 2016, 09:59

4. perfectnine (Posts: 195; Member since: 11 Mar 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?

posted on 16 Dec 2016, 10:35

5. nebula (Posts: 887; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)

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

posted on 25 Dec 2016, 02:30

11. yalokiy (Posts: 91; Member since: 01 Aug 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..

posted on 16 Dec 2016, 10:48

6. jellmoo (Posts: 1993; Member since: 31 Oct 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.

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 04:49

7. supa_dupa (Posts: 80; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Biased review

posted on 17 Dec 2016, 04:49

8. supa_dupa (Posts: 80; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Biased review

posted on 20 Dec 2016, 00:08 1

9. Gadgetex (Posts: 115; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)

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

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 07:43 1

10. Unbreakable1ali (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Dec 2016)

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

posted on 25 Dec 2016, 02:33

12. yalokiy (Posts: 91; Member since: 01 Aug 2016)

For $300 this is robbery. Wouldn't buy it even for $100.

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Display5.5 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (267 ppi) S-LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
Size6.18 x 3.03 x 0.30 inches
(156.9 x 76.9 x 7.7 mm)
5.47 oz  (155 g)

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