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HTC Desire 300 Review

HTC Desire 300 7.5

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Call Quality

HTC Desire 300 Review
HTC Desire 300 Review
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
PhoneArena rating:
7.5 Good
User rating:
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posted on 28 Oct 2013, 08:47 6

1. chunky1x (Posts: 270; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)

This phone lacks desire.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 09:00 1

2. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

7 is ok for this phone.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 09:08 4

3. tadaa (Posts: 267; Member since: 18 Apr 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.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 09:32 2

4. orca99 (Posts: 87; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)

$200 for an outdated phone with a large screen.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

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 10:09 2

5. mecool (Posts: 7; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)

xperia L is a better option....

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 02:33

6. edelxander (Posts: 55; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)

no camera flash..

posted on 24 Oct 2015, 05:11

7. kipperandliss12 (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Oct 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

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HTC Desire 300

HTC Desire 300

OS: Android 4.1.2
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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Dual-core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size5.19 x 2.61 x 0.40 inches
(131.78 x 66.23 x 10.12 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)

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