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HTC Desire 510 Review

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HTC Desire 510 Review

James Shisiah


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What We Love

  • Extended battery life
  • A powerful quad-core processor
  • Superb design
  • Expandable memory
  • Fast 4G LTE data connection

Overview

HTC Desire 510 is a 4.7-inch smartphone that comes running Android 4.4 KitKat. At launch time, the HTC Desire was the first smartphone to have a 64-bit architecture processor with 4G LTE capabilities. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM, the phone performs competitively even among top-end phones. The affordability of the HTC Desire 510 doesn't just end at purchasing. It comes with the FreedomPop wireless plans which are totally amazing including 100% free basic monthly no contract plans. I discuss the FreedomPop plans later in this review, first off, let's start with what's packaged with the device.

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Unboxing

This being a prepaid smartphone, it ships in a sleek HTC box branded with FreedomPop. In the box, you will find the HTC Desire 510, battery, wall adapter charger, standard USB cable, service guide and a quick setup guide. It may take a few seconds more to boot the first time you power it on; subsequent boots are considerably faster. The setup is a straightforward process, so let's proceed along to the tour around the device.

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Design

Forgetting about the low-price tag, the design of the HTC Desire 510 is superb. Despite having a matte plastic cover, the device looks nice thanks to the slightly curved corners. There is a range of colors for the HTC Desire 510 to choose from; blue, white, and black.

Going on to the edges of the device, we have the power button and the 3.5mm headset jack. The right edge hosts the volume rockers. The micro USB/charging port is located on the lower edge.

On the front, we have the 4.7-inch display with the front camera, earpiece, and proximity sensor on the upper part. Your microphone is located just below the screen. The back cover has a flat finish. The back camera is on the upper part of the back panel and the hands-free speaker on the bottom of the device. The back cover can be detached to give access to the battery compartment and the slots for the SIM and microSD card.

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Camera

HTC Desire 510 has pretty standard cameras. The front facing camera is 0.3MP while the back camera is 5MP. As expected on budget smartphones, the cameras are quite low on pixels. There's no LED flash attached so capturing pictures in a low-light setting is a no.

Nevertheless, the front camera does a good job when you are just taking selfies for portraits or small thumbnails for social media profiles. For a phone within this price range, the back camera performs well. You can take burst shots by touching and holding the capture button till you release. 

The user interface on the camera app is like the one found in mid to top-end HTC phones. The only low thing is the physical spec of the camera. It offers a range of adjustments that can be applied to the camera like ISO to filters to enhance the photos captured.

The camera also performs really well on video capture taking up to 1080p video quality. Despite the low camera spec, videos turned out nice. It’s also to apply tweaking on video capturing as you would on still pictures.

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Display

The 4.7-inch display on the HTC Desire 510 has a resolution of 840x480 pixels. With a pixel density of 208, the screen is fairly bright. Of course, this is a budget phone. Hence the screen specs can't compete with the displays on top-end phones. Still, text and characters are sharp enough for easier readability. If you need a budget phone to keep you connected, and for a little bit of gaming and social media, the HTC Desire 510 will get you going.

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Battery

HTC Desire 510 comes with a 2100mAh capacity battery. This being a very compact device, the battery keeps the device on for a considerably longer period as compared with other devices in the same price range.

A combination of a smaller display and not so demanding specifications ensures that you get an extended battery life. In my regular use, I was able to go a full day on the phone and still have some juice left in the device.

HTC Desire 510 packs battery saving features to help stretch the battery life for as long as it can go. The power saver feature restricts the CPU to only the necessary features to keep the phone on, it reduces the brightness and puts the data connection on hold when the screen is off. Overall, the HTC Desire battery life performed well.

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Storage

The internal storage capacity on the HTC Desire 510 is 8GB. This is great, given most budget phones in this price range come with even less capacity. Interestingly, the microSD slot on the HTC Desire 510 supports a memory card of up to 256GB. The support for large capacity memory expansion is one of the major selling points on the HTC Desire 510. Everyone loves a phone that can store as much content as possible, while such is a top-end feature, I find it great to have such a luxury on this budget smartphone.

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Performance

HTC Desire 510 ships with Android 4.4 KitKat, which, although not the latest version, supports thousands of apps on Google Play Store. HTC Sense user interface runs on top of the Android operating system as a norm in HTC phones. The HTC Sense is attractive and intuitive bringing out the uniqueness of HTC phones. A significant change you will notice with the HTC Sense is its fluid user interface and nice-looking icons.

The HTC Desire 510 powerhouse is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor running at 1.2GHz. Paired with 1GB of RAM, these are very proficient resources that make navigating the operating system and launching apps smooth and fast. Additionally, you enjoy better multitasking.

4G LTE capability ensure faster internet services. I enjoyed better video and music streaming on most of my apps. Also, faster internet means an enjoyable experience in live Google Maps navigation as the location data loads considerably faster.

For gaming and graphics-related activities, the HTC Desire is fitted with Adreno 305 GPU. For a budget smartphone, I had a nice gaming experience on the Desire 510. With the ample RAM, animations show up smoothly.

For environment awareness, the phone includes an array of sensors; an ambient light sensor to detect the amount of light in the surrounding and adjust the screen brightness accordingly. GPS for location services and live Google Maps navigation. Accelerometer for controlling characters on the phone by tilting your device. It has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Overall, the HTC Desire 510 has all the necessary features to ensure you achieve all your daily tasks.

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Specifications

  • Wi-Fi/4G LTE/CDMA.
  • 4.7-inch Display.
  • Android 4.4 KitKat.
  • 5MP back camera. 0.3MP front camera.
  • Battery capacity: 2100mAh removable. Talk time up to 17 hours.
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2GHz quad-core.
  • Internal Storage: 8GB. Supports memory expansion with a microSD card of up to 256GB.
  • RAM: 1GB.
  • Bluetooth 4.0.
  • GPS Capable.
  • Accelerometer.
  • Proximity Sensor.