Unlock HTC Desire 816

The HTC Desire 816 was launched mid June 2014. It has design cues from HTC’s flagship “HTC One” but it’s polycarbonate colorful body makes it more affordable for the mid segment of the market. You can think of it like what iPhone 5C is to the 5S: a more affordable option with a choice of colors, maintaining some of the more enticing features from premium phones: a big screen, 4G LTE, great cameras  and a quad core processor.
So is this more affordable phone a great value? Are its features more than enough for you? Read on to find out.
 
Design
A huge 5.5 inch screen on the front surrounded by a plastic color body with rounded corners that comes in a variety of six pastel colors: white, black, red, blue and green. On the front, the screen almost reaches the borders, barely leaving space for the speaker and the microphone. On the back, a minimalistic design with no door for the battery so you can’t remove it. Two little holes on the corner for the camera and the LED flash and the HTC logo at the center. Plain, simple and nice looking. Very similar to it’s smaller brother, the HTC One Mini 2 except for the flat back.
 
The phone is 8mm thin, it weighs 165g, power button and volume rockers are to the left, over to the right you’ll find the nano sim and sd card door. It’s a single door for both cards
 
Screen
The HTC Desire 816’s 5.5” screen is 720p resolution, with a pixel density of 267ppi which is good but not awesome. It’s good enough for reading outside although maximum brightness is not as much as HTC flagship’s One M8 and not as sharp obviously, but hey, that’s what makes this a more affordable phone and considering it has good viewing angle and good black levels, and if you weren’t looking for a full HD 1080p screen, this screen is plenty.
It lacks any hardware buttons, which are handled all in software, but that leaves space for this phone greatest highlight: the front-facing Boomsound stereo speakers. They are loud with great bass response and rich sound in general, very good for watching videos or playing games.
 
Processor
Having the same processor as the One Mini 2 tells the fact that this is a mid range phone. A 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU with 1.5GB RAM and an Adreno 305 GPU is enough for running smoothly all kinds of apps and 3D games, however it will not future-proof you when the next generation of more demanding apps show up.
 
Camera
Identical to the HTC One Mini 2, this phone has a 13 megapixel rear facing camera with an LED flash and a front facing 5 megapixel one. Both of them capable of recording 1080p HD video. They are both adequate for most snapshots but photo enthusiasts will find that the autofocus mechanism is rather slow in low light and pictures tend to be over exposured. The front facing camera is good enough for selfies but it could have better color representation.
 
Battery
A 2,600mAh capacity battery seems rather small for phones of that size but it will get you through a day with the help of HTC’s software: Power save mode and extreme power save mode. Charging the phone from empty to full capacity takes 3 to 4 hours.
 
Software
As all HTC phones, the Desire 816 is no exception, and it comes with Sense UI layered on top of Android, in this case 4.4.2 Kitkat. It’s unknown, at the moment, if or when 4.4.3 will became available.
It also includes the car navigation software, a parent dashboard, Polaris Office 5 and HTC’s music app. 
The available storage is only 8GB but there’s always the SD card slot.
 
Conclusion
The HTC Desire 816 is like having the HTC One Mini 2 in a larger body. Like saying “I’m not tiny, I can do big boy’s stuff” but with the same internals as the tiny who he’s saying he is not. It is an adequate phone for most people who can’t tell the difference between 720p and 1080p so it can be a great gift for someone who just needs a big phone with loud sound. But if you are an enthusiast and want to get maximum performance and more battery and a metallic body… save a couple more bucks and get the One M8.

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