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HTC Desire 526 Review

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HTC Desire 526 Review

James Shisiah

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What We Love

  • A powerful quad-core processor
  • Compact for one hand operation
  • Supports external memory card up to 200GB.

Overview

HTC Desire 526 is an entry-level smartphone that comes running Android 5.1 Lollipop. Its processor is clocked at 1.1GHz and has 1.5GB of RAM. What's impressive about the gadget is its support for up to 200GB of external microSD. The prepaid HTC Desire 526 works with Verizon Wireless which offers you excellent call quality and amazing wireless plans. The affordability of the phone is also a plus. Let's find out more as we go along in this review.

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Unboxing

HTC Desire 526 is available from Verizon Wireless website for ordering. The packaging includes the HTC Desire 526 smartphone, battery, wall adapter charger, standard USB cable, pre-installed SIM card, activation card, service guide and a quick setup manual.

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Design

The exterior design on the HTC Desire 526 is a blend between a mid-entry and a high-end device such that it feels very premium in hand. You will notice a glossy frame that makes the device shiny and feels like it's a high-end smartphone. The back panel comes with a textured feel and can be removed to reveal the battery compartment and the slots for the microSD and microSIM. It comes with a preinstalled SIM card from Verizon. The back cover is also home to the camera and the LED flash.

The front panel has a nice look just from the grilles above and below the display; the upper grille being the earpiece and the lower grille being the speaker. There are the front-facing camera and the proximity sensor on the top bezel of the screen and the HTC logo on the bottom bezel. This being an Android 5.1 Lollipop, it's blessed with floating navigation keys embedded in the operating system.

Moving on to the frame, we have the headphone jack on the upper edge. A USB connector and microphone falls on the lower edge of the device. Volume control buttons together with the power buttons are on the right edge while the left edge has no button whatsoever. That sums up our tour around the gadget.

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Camera

The lens on the HTC Desire 526 includes a 2MP front and an 8MP back camera. I found their performance to be pretty impressive given the quality of pictures and videos. The default camera mode automatically adjusts the focus and exposure to capture decent photos.

I found the autofocus feature to be useful in capturing sharp pictures. Another attractive feature is the HDR feature which increases the detail in the images captured. 720p video capture is also supported. The back camera has a LED flash which comes in handy when capturing in low light settings. While there's no LED flash on the front camera, it's a giveaway for the price tag placed on the phone.

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Display

HTC fancies the Super LCD screens on their phones, which I find to be impressive. This same technology is used on mid entry to top end phones from the HTC company. Meaning you get to enjoy the sharpness and clarity on the HTC Desire 526 that's close to that in a mid-entry gadget. Remember, the HTC Desire is an entry-level gadget.

I liked the vibrancy of colors as icons, pictures and videos showed up nicely on the phone's display. It's only 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. The pixel density is at 234ppi. Viewing angles are not that great, which is a compromise the company had to make for the phone to fit in the budget. The screen is fully responsive to touch and zooming, which I liked.

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Battery

HTC Desire 526 has a Lithium-Ion battery with a capacity of 2000mAh. I found the battery to perform really well in onscreen time. This is partly because the screen is not the biggest out there and the resources packed in the phone are not that power intensive. The phone should survive through a full work day without worrying about a charging outlet.

Of course, with heavy usages like video streaming or gaming, you will need to find a charger in about 5 hours. Good news, the battery is removable. If you are a serious mobile gamer, it's advisable to have a spare battery to swap in case the primary battery runs out.

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Storage

HTC Desire 526 has an onboard storage of 8GB. This is actually very impressive since you can store a lot of data on an 8GB memory. But what's more interesting is the expandable memory the phone supports. The microSD slot can take a memory card of up to 200GB! For a person who likes having all their videos, songs, photos and files with them on the go, I find this to be quite fascinating.

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Performance

HTC Desire 526 comes running Android 5.1 Lollipop. HTC Sense 7 runs on top of the operating system bringing in the unique HTC user interface including some cute icons and a distinctive notification panel. I personally liked the user experience and the nice animations the phone shows.

The powerhouse is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.1GHz quad-core processor paired with 1.5GB of RAM. The phone can multitask pretty well with a few apps running in the background. Power management has also been implemented in the operating system to ensure that the phone lasts long enough. For the gaming department, HTC Desire comes with Adreno 304 GPU which handles graphics awesomely.

For network connectivity, the 4G LTE capability gives the phone fast internet speeds ensuring that your web pages load quickly. The phone is also Wi-Fi enabled, so you can connect to hotspots and enjoy free browsing. Bluetooth 4.1 and FM radio are also included in the device features. For an entry level gadget, I did find the device performance to be satisfactory as I achieved all my tasks well.

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Specifications

  • CDMA/HSPA/4G LTE/Wi-Fi.
  • 4.7-inch Super LCD.
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop.
  • Internal Storage 8GB.
  • Supports up to 200GB microSD.
  • RAM: 1.5GB.
  • Camera: 8MP back. 2MP front.
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.1GHz quad-core.
  • GPU: Adreno 304.
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity.
  • Battery: 2000mAh removable Li-Ion.
  • GPS capable.
  • Hearing Aid Compatible.