Introduction


The dual SIM Desire 310 is seemingly intended to help HTC surge into the lower-cost segment, though its price tag of $220 in the US kind of disagrees with that notion and puts it into the mid-range tier. But no matter, the jury is still out on whether the 310 is enough of a phone to warrant what is a rather steep price tag. And that jury is us.

Let's take a look.

In the box:

  • Wall charger
  • In-ear headphones
  • microUSB cable

Design

Uninspired, cookie-cutter design that screams “disposable”.

As soon as one gazes upon the HTC Desire 310, all is told. It has the bearing of an entry-level, low-cost device, and its design and overall looks do not simply reinforce that notion – they're making the statement itself. The 310, which tips the scales at 4.94 oz (140 g), has that cookie-cutter, rounded slab look, with a chubby profile that measures in at 0.44 inches (11.25 mm). It is solidly-made, and has pleasantly rounded corners that our hands readily agree with. The matted polycarbonate back is also welcome, as it repels fingerprints with a decent degree of success.

Both the power button and the volume rocker have taken to the right side of the device, and though they're ergonomically placed, they offer unsatisfying tactile feedback and poor travel.

HTC Desire 310

HTC Desire 310

Dimensions

5.21 x 2.68 x 0.44 inches

132.44 x 68.03 x 11.25 mm

Weight

4.94 oz (140 g)

Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

Dimensions

5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches

129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Lenovo S660

Lenovo S660

Dimensions

5.39 x 2.71 x 0.39 inches

137 x 68.8 x 9.95 mm

Weight

5.33 oz (151 g)

LG L90

LG L90

Dimensions

5.18 x 2.6 x 0.38 inches

131.5 x 66 x 9.6 mm

Weight

4.44 oz (126 g)

HTC Desire 310

HTC Desire 310

Dimensions

5.21 x 2.68 x 0.44 inches

132.44 x 68.03 x 11.25 mm

Weight

4.94 oz (140 g)

Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

Dimensions

5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches

129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Lenovo S660

Lenovo S660

Dimensions

5.39 x 2.71 x 0.39 inches

137 x 68.8 x 9.95 mm

Weight

5.33 oz (151 g)

LG L90

LG L90

Dimensions

5.18 x 2.6 x 0.38 inches

131.5 x 66 x 9.6 mm

Weight

4.44 oz (126 g)

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



Display

One of the very worst displays we've seen, even in this price range.

A 4.5-inch glass with a resolution of 480x854 pixels is what you'll have to make do with as far as the Desire 310 is concerned. The IPS panel manages a pixel density of 218 ppi, which is not impressive, but not terrible for its class either.

What's terrible about the screen is its extremely cold color temperature of almost 19,000K, which results in some very bluish whites and grays. What's more, color reproduction is completely off, with pretty much every primary or secondary color showing sometimes downright critical discrepancies between target and actual colors. This issue is especially noticeable with green, magenta, and cyan.

Last but not least, the Desire 310's display is absolutely unsuited for use outdoors in conditions other than murky, overcast weather. Its peak brightness of just 288 nits is just poor, even in this class.





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23 Comments

1. faizan-sharif

Posts: 98; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

very stupid phone, their are many phones in the local market, alot more better than this and htc's pricing is $220 dollars is to be questioned by every one, who even love htc devices, when you have moto g 16gb at @199 why you wud go for it? according to spec diff with moto g it shud be max $120

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7195; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They should have at least doubled the on board storage and memory. The dual sim is a nice feature, but I would rather have more memory and storage then dual sim.

19. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

You can even get an Xperia L, a better phono for like 170$ in amazn...HTC went full tard...

2. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I didn't even read the review... a phone with 512MB of RAM in 2014 cannot cost more than $99/EUR99.

3. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Chris P. WINS FATALITY

4. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

Considering its main rival, the MotoG is much much, and i really mean much better in everything from value to features to performance. Unless you hate motorola or love htc there is absolutely no reason to choose this over the motoG.

9. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I tend to like HTC phones but only their higher end phones and there's no denying that the Motorola Moto G wins out here. If people can find used Moto X's for a similar price then all bets are off and the Desire just gets pulverized. Motorola has always been good about providing good quality for a reasonable price.

5. bokimaricu

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

Add a 100~ more bucks and buy yourself a One Plus One, avoiding this crap in the process.

11. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

And lets not forget Moto G. Isn't it even cheaper than this?

18. bokimaricu

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

Moto G too, of course. You can either get a lot more from your bucks or you can get it (even better than it, to be exact) for less money.

6. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Wow, $220 for this? And HTC is wondering why their phones aren't selling ...

7. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Moto G is the only phone that's not terrible at this price (not counting chinese ones)

10. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Hopefully Lenovo will maintain and even strengthen the Motorola brand.

8. zuliner

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 08, 2013

BBZ3....

12. bigv6691

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

Way over priced. I'll stick with my moto g and wait for the Desire 816 to come to the US

13. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

This is how HTC plans to turn the tides back and focus on lower market segments? If so, they have no chance of survival

14. rkaahean

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 23, 2014

I'm pretty sure this phone is not even ment for the U.S market. In India, where I live, this phone is ever so slight cheaper than the Moto g. It's got fairly good attention.

15. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Yeah crispy is right. Htc thinks it can put apple like pricing. Deserves that 4 score. If we look back 3-4 years ago htc was oppo like brand at best.

16. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

This has to be one of the crappiest phones ever released in recent years. HTC, stop digging your own grave.

20. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

HTC never learns

21. ianneo

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 15, 2013

The reason why these devices are made is because in 3rd world countries, the Moto G is pretty expensive. Even here is Australia, the 8gb Moto G is more that $250.

22. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

The back image made me think this was HTC's response to the Lumia 630/635

23. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

In Australia phone currently sells for $129.00 from Vodafone Website. But there was a special few weeks ago on dse.com.au. Here is a link to a video for the Vodafone Australia version of the phone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KgOstJARBM
Desire 310
  • Display 4.5" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor MediaTek, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2000 mAh(11h 3G talk time)

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