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.

Conclusion


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).


Pros

  • Appealing design
  • Vivid 4.3” display

Cons

  • Feels underpowered
  • Middling camera

PhoneArena Rating:

7.5

User Rating:

9.0
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Desire 300

PhoneArena Score:

7.5

User Score:

9.0
  • Display 4.3 inches 800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera) 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 4GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 1650 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.2 HTC Sense UI

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