Jun 18, 2014 Victor Philip Ortiz
While we tend to focus on high-end premium smartphones most of the time, it is the mid or low-end phones that sell most as they are catered to entry-level users with lower prices. These smartphones may not be top-of-the-line, but generally offers all the basic stuff you would normally need from a smartphone. The HTC Desire 310 is one such product that tries to offers a similar experience that you would normally get from the company’s higher-end lineup but at a lesser price. Let’s find out how good it is in our review today.
At 132.4 x 68.03 x 11.25 mm and 140 grams, the HTC Desire 310’s size matches any smartphone out there. I like the size, it’s neuter too big nor too small – and I can freely use it with one hand which is something I have trouble with most big-screen smartphones. The entire smartphone feels solid and the matte finish on the back does not make it feel as tough this is an entry-level smartphone.
The front part houses the 4.5-inch screen that comes with a 480 x 854 resolution. That isn’t the best that’s for sure, but upon usage it is good enough to show decent colours on images and videos. The power and volume rockers are located on the right side, with the 3.5 mm headphone jack located at the top along with the micro USB port that acts as a data transfer and charging port. The unit I received uses a normal-sized SIM card but other variants of the HTC Desire 310 include a dual-SIM option.
For specifications, the HTC Desire 310 went with modest parts to power the smartphone. It comes with a 1.3 GHz quad-core CPU that is more than capable to run the most basic operations and games. It has 1 GB of RAM with a 4 GB of internal storage with the option to expand using the microSD card slot. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are present, though it ditches NFC support.
The HTC Desire 310 comes with a 5 megapixel rear camera with fixed focus along with a front facing VGA camera. I’d say the shots are strictly ok, but given that this is an entry-level smartphone you really can’t expect much from the image quality. Additionally, the rear camera also lets you shoot full HD 1080p video.
The HTC Desire 310 comes with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Sense 5.1. I’d wish it came with the latest Android update, but probably it’s the best option for the smartphone to be able to run HTC’s own Sense UI customization. Even the Sense UI is toned down – gone are the flashy menus and animation present on high-end devices. The Settings menu resembles more of the default Android interface rather than the one present on Sense. BlinkFeed is also present as an alternative to the home screen, which aggregates all your social network feeds and various news sources so you can see them at a convenient and interactive feed.
The HTC Desire 310 generally performs decently with minimal lags. Calls made through the smartphone were loud and clear, and I got decent signals when I tested it with both networks here in the UAE. The smartphone doesn’t support LTE, but the HSDPA speeds were good enough to deliver decent data speeds. The HTC Desire 310 comes with a 2000 mAh battery which HTC claims can supply up to 11 hours of talk time and about 800 hours of standby time. When you translate that to real-world usage however the battery performance isn’t the best. After a full charge I find the battery draining down to 20% after only half a day of usage.
For about $136, the HTC Desire 310 is one of the decent budget smartphones out there. But when you compare it with other budget smartphones like the Moto G – it isn’t quite at par in terms of performance.
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