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HTC Desire 310 Review

HTC Desire 310

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HTC Desire 310 Review
HTC Desire 310 Review
Call quality

A shockingly bad earpiece.

Call quality is another area in which the Desire 310 disappoints, though the in-ear speaker proved far, far inferior to the microphone. So whereas the latter offered middling performance with no extreme distortions, the former was just downright horrific. Overall sound quality is simply bad – voices are distorted, they're bass-y, and their natural timbre is gone. We could honestly be fooled by whoever is on the other side, if he or she so desired.

Battery

Agreeable battery longevity.

A removable, Li-polymer battery with a capacity of 2000 mAh is what we have underneath the shell of the HTC Desire 310. That's actually a decently-sized cell when you take the rest of the internals into account, and provides a satisfying day-and-a-half or more of usage, depending on how hard you push it.

HTC's own measurements rate it good for up to 11 hours of talk time and 35.5 days of stand-by time on a 3G network. The first figure is a tad underwhelming, though we definitely noticed just how well the 310 keeps its charge when not in use – it refuses to drop more than 3% to 4% of charge during the night with no connectivity options disabled.


Conclusion


In conclusion, at $220, HTC is just asking way too much for what is rightfully a device belonging in the $150 pricing tier. Quite frankly, competition from the likes of the $179 Motorola Moto G, the $165 Nokia Lumia 525 or even the more exotic new Lenovo S660 is just too much for the unsatisfying Desire 310 to handle. With the exception of the Lumia 525, which basically matches the 310 internal-for-internal, HTC's device is just outclassed by Motorola's and Lenovo's offerings. Whether we're talking about the cookie-cutter design and underwhelming display, or the stitch job of a software and unacceptable call quality, it's safe to say that we are expecting more of a bang for our buck at this point in time.


Pros

  • Speedy processor ensures a smooth operation generally
  • Has two SIM slots

Cons

  • Way too expensive – competitors have better products up for less
  • Chunky, cookie-cutter design
  • Extremely poor display in every regard
  • The interface is a weird mix between Sense 5 and stock Android
  • Unimpressive camera even in this price range
  • Shockingly bad earpiece
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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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