HTC Desire 300 Review

Call Quality

We had no huge issues with call quality on the Desire 300 as it was loud and sufficiently clear in most circumstances. The earpiece is louder than average and you might want to lower down its volume a bit in regular conditions for better clarity and less hiss. On the other end of the line, callers reported hearing our voice fairly clearly as well with only slight occasional metallic undertones.

Battery life

The Desire 300 comes with a 1650mAh battery with above average longevity. Quoted talk time on 3G stands at 11 hours and stand-by is excellent at 26 days. In reality, with lighter use you’d be able to have the phone last nearly two days which is okay.


The HTC Desire 300 is an interesting device. On one hand, we are really fascinated by its clean curvacious design and just-right size for our hand, but on the other hand we are underwhelmed by its slow performance. Is the compromise worth it?

After using the device for a few days, the slow performance and the middling camera performance started to weigh in on us. A slightly more expensive alternative with a less inspiring design, but more horsepower is the 4.5” Samsung Galaxy Core and it also has the superior camera. The LG Optimus L7 II is another alternative coming with just slightly better performance and similar price. The Windows Phone based 4.3” Nokia Lumia 720 is superior in almost every way, but comes at a noticeably higher price.

With all its downsides, we can see the case for the Desire 300. HTC has priced this well. If you can live with the slight lag and appreciate the design and in-hand feel, it is not a bad deal at its very affordable starting full retail price of around $200 (180 euro in Europe).


  • Appealing design
  • Vivid 4.3” display


  • Feels underpowered
  • Middling camera

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3 Reviews



1. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

This phone lacks desire.

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

7 is ok for this phone.

3. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

xperia m or l is way better and more powerful than this. or you can go for the sp for 50 bucks more. i love htc's design but the internals are really lacking. kinda like how sony ericsson phones of the past had gorgeous design but weak chipsets.

4. orca99

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

$200 for an outdated phone with a large screen. Save some more and buy something better.

5. mecool

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

xperia L is a better option....

6. edelxander

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

no camera flash..

7. kipperandliss12

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 24, 2015

Don't buy this phone. I bought my HTC desire 300 about 2 months ago, I had it for about a month and then it wouldn't go past the boot up screen. All the apps on HTC keep crashing and you have to constantly restart it. I wouldn't recommend this phone, only buy this phone if you're prepared to waste your money on a heap of crap like this phone
Desire 300
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1650 mAh(11h 3G talk time)

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