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HTC Desire 310 Review

HTC Desire 310

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Camera

Photos are acceptable-looking, though video capture disappoints.

On the technical side, the Desire 310's camera is kind of unimpressive if we consider this a mid-range device. We've got a 5-megapixel shooter at the back with fixed focus and no LED flash for even a chance at low-light photography. But we've seen other phones, like the Nokia Lumia 525, make such a configuration work. Does the 310?

Simply put – not really. But lets first talk camera UI. Unsurprisingly, we again have the stock camera UI, which is fairly simple, but not very easy on the eyes. You get a fairly rich set of shooting modes, including HDR, Panorama (with pretty low-quality output), Auto Scene, and Smile Detection. On the whole, the camera was quick to take a snap and then commit it to its memory.

Alright, so let's talk about image quality. Well, color reproduction with stills is fairly good, and exposure was consistently set properly, despite the murky day outside. On the down side, images come out pretty soft and noisy, a combination which manages to obscure what fine detail the snapper can capture. Indoors, in low light environments, we got mixed results – some of our shots were perfectly acceptable, but others came out with a weird color balance. As the Desire 310 lacks flash, it will sometimes opt for really long shutter speeds, like 1/8 sec, resulting in blurry shots if you are not perfectly still.




As for video, on paper, we have very good specs, with great 1920x1080 resolution. In reality however, the resulting clips are just disappointing, as they have a very poor amount of detail. Otherwise, exposure is, again, set correctly, and colors are also true to what we were seeing with our eyes. So, in a nutshell, the results are usable, but definitely not high definition.


Multimedia

The usual stack of Android multimedia app are at your disposal.

Taking care of your multimedia needs is the usual vanilla Android stack – Play Music and the Gallery's built-in photo viewer and video player. As always, these are all down-to-the-point, non-flashy tools, so if you're looking for something a tad more functional, you'll have to go fish.

So how does the 310 perform in this department? Well, this is actually one of the few things that HTC has gotten right. Both headphone and loudspeaker output is pretty loud, though sound fidelity has taken a hit, but not a too harsh one. The chip powering the phone also manages to render 1080p videos with a variety of encodings with ease, and we weren't put off by the relatively low pixel density when watching clips off YouTube, for example.



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PhoneArena rating:
4Poor
Display4.5 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (218 ppi)
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
MediaTek, Quad-core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
1 GB RAM
Size5.21 x 2.68 x 0.44 inches
(132.44 x 68.03 x 11.25 mm)
4.94 oz  (140 g)

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