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HTC Desire 816

June 3, 2014

HTC Desire 816The world of phablets has received a new member back in this year’s March, one cool and very capable device wearing the fingerprint of the Taiwanese from HTC. I’m talking about the HTC Desire 816, a mid-range device that boosts a 5.5 inches screen and a mid-range list of specifications that will definitely gain the attention from everyone who desires an affordable phone with a generous display. It comes in a dual-SIM version too, so those of you who depend on two carriers could be quite interested by what it has to offer overall. You’ll find out what’s in its package by following the next review, where I’ll try to point out every important aspect about it.
The HTC Desire 816 stands at 156.6 x 78.8 x 8 mm and has a reasonable weight of 165 grams. If you have the occasion of handling it, you’ll surely notice that it’s certainly thinner than most phablets and comfortable to hold and manage if you’re already used to handling these big fellows. Its design isn’t on the same level as its older premium siblings, yet keeps the family’s reputation of having some really good looking phones. One thing I’m kind of skeptical about is its back – it’s covered by a glossy plastic that attracts fingerprints and doesn’t seem too reliable either. I wouldn’t carry it around next to keys or other stuff able to scratch it. Anyways, overall, it seems to be very well put together and looks great.
Let’s take a look at the star of the show from the front side. The HTC Desire 816 comes packed with a 5.5 inches Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and has a pixel density of 267 ppi. It doesn’t feature protection. The screen isn’t the best around, yet manages to keep itself in the middle, having some beautiful colors, a good contrast and some very wide viewing angles. The sunlight legibility, which is very important, is good too.
At the software department, the HTC Desire 816 welcomes us with the latest version of Android, 4.4.2 KitKat, improved here and there (visually, especially) by the Sense user interface. If you’re already familiar with the platform, there won’t be any news for you; if not, expect to have a very pleasant experience nevertheless, as browsing through the friendly and intuitive interface is a piece of cake and you’ll be loving it before you know it.
In terms of hardware, he Desire 816 relies on a Qualcomm MSM8928 Snapdragon 400 chipset, having a quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1.5 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal space which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 128 GB. The phablet is a decent performer for a day to day phone, without lagging or freezing when throwing lots of tasks in its direction.
For taking pictures, the HTC Desire 816 comes packed with a 13 MP primary camera and a 5 MP secondary one (the second being a real joy for “selfie” fans). Anyways, the main camera takes photos up to a resolution of 4160 x 3120 pixels and has a LED flash for helping in low light conditions. The pictures taken with the phablet are great, with lots of resolved details and vibrant, pleasing colors. The contrast is also good, too.
The video camera is as capable as its still sister, shooting some really nice 1080p videos @30 fps.
Let’s jump to its connectivity capabilities. The HTC Desire 816 holds support for quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, tri-band 3G with 42 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, Wi-Fi b/g/n with DLNA and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0 and NFC (which is optional).
Surfing the web is quite pleasant due to the very capable browsers that comes with the Desire 816: the Android one and Google Chrome, both very skilled and fast, offering a plethora of settings and options for improving the browsing experience.
In its basket full of goodies, the Desire 816 holds a document viewer and editor (the Polaris Office suite), a GPS receiver with support for GLONASS and A-GPS, an FM Radio, Google Maps for navigation, two capable media players and more. The HTC Guide will prove itself as being quite useful for offering tips and helping you adjust with your new handset.
The HTC Desire 816 holds inside a 2,600 mAh battery that will surely last you for more than a day and a half of really intensive usage and over two days under a moderate one. This is pretty cool, as almost all of us smartphone buyers are used to re-charging once a day.
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