HTC Desire 510 Review

HTC Desire 510 Review
HTC Desire 510 Review
HTC Desire 510 Review
HTC Desire 510 Review
Introduction


The HTC Desire 510 has the legitimate honor to be the first Android smartphone to ship with a 64-bit processor. Surprisingly, though, this isn't a hot-shot HTC flagship, but quite the opposite - a basic entry-level smartphone. It's the successor to 2013's HTC Desire 500, which was a fine, but not exceptional low-end phone back in the day. Targeting budget-conscious customers across the globe, the LTE-enabled Desire 510 is rivaled chiefly by the Moto E, Moto G, and the Lumia 635. Is this a smartphone worthy of considering against those two?

Design

A plain smartphone made of glossy plastic.

The HTC Desire 510 is made to be cheap and functional, not to blow your mind. It is built from the kind of glossy and smooth plastic they use to make toys with. It collects more fingerprints than a forensic specialist, and it's easy to scratch and get dirty. This doesn't mean the HTC Desire 510 is filmsy, or devoid of charm. In fact, it's the best-looking low-end Desire phone to date, and it is well-built, too. The plastic might be cheap, but it doesn't creak or give out in hollow points.

At 5.51 x 2.75 x 0.39 inches (139.9 x 69.8 x 10 mm), the HTC Desire 510 might be on the chubby side, but it's still an ergonomic smartphone. The smooth edges make it easy to hold and operate. The power and volume buttons are positioned on the left top side and right side, respectively. They don't have much travel to them, but are easy to find and press - and this rings true for both right and left-handed users.

The front side is home to a microphone, earpiece, camera, light & proximity sensors, and a 4.7-inch display Unfortunately, a LED notification light is not present. Up top, there are the Power button and 3.5mm audio jack, and on the bottom you'll find the microUSB port. The back panel is home to a speaker grille and a main camera that lays flush with the panel. Your index finger will often touch the lens, but you will eventually lose the habit.


HTC Desire 510

HTC Desire 510

Dimensions

5.51 x 2.75 x 0.39 inches

139.9 x 69.8 x 9.99 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

Motorola Moto G (2014)

Motorola Moto G (2014)

Dimensions

5.57 x 2.78 x 0.43 inches

141.5 x 70.7 x 11 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

Nokia Lumia 635

Nokia Lumia 635

Dimensions

5.1 x 2.63 x 0.36 inches

129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm

Weight

4.73 oz (134 g)

Motorola Moto E

Motorola Moto E

Dimensions

4.91 x 2.55 x 0.48 inches

124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3 mm

Weight

5.01 oz (142 g)

HTC Desire 510

HTC Desire 510

Dimensions

5.51 x 2.75 x 0.39 inches

139.9 x 69.8 x 9.99 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

Motorola Moto G (2014)

Motorola Moto G (2014)

Dimensions

5.57 x 2.78 x 0.43 inches

141.5 x 70.7 x 11 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

Nokia Lumia 635

Nokia Lumia 635

Dimensions

5.1 x 2.63 x 0.36 inches

129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm

Weight

4.73 oz (134 g)

Motorola Moto E

Motorola Moto E

Dimensions

4.91 x 2.55 x 0.48 inches

124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3 mm

Weight

5.01 oz (142 g)

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



Display

Poor quality.

We'll make it clear from the beginning - the HTC Desire 510's 4.7-inch display is very poor. It has a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, making for a low pixel density of 208 pixels per inch. It's color temperature is way off at 9058 Kelvins (the reference value is 6500K), giving it a cold, blueish look, and the colors appear very dim and washed out. At 321 nits, it's not particularly bright, and using it on a beautiful sunny day is practically impossible. The vertical viewing angles are terrible, with the display exhibiting extreme distortion in brightness, contrast and color temperature when skewed.



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5 Comments

1. csoulr666

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

The only gripe I will have is the Fixed Focus camera. COME ON HTC! Even my Wildfire S has an auto focus snapper at the back!

2. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

poor phone from htc.... nothing else to say...

3. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

a 64bit smartphone and that sums it all, nothing more to see.

4. beachedwhale

Posts: 22; Member since: May 30, 2014

Lol it's taller than the iPhone 6 and it has onscreen home buttons

5. Doritoman64

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 04, 2017

Uhm, 5MP and 1080p video?? U wot m8?? My HTC 510 only has 480p video and 3MP camera, what the Hell? Is there something I'm missing?
Desire 510
  • Display 4.7" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(17.17h 3G talk time)

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