• My HTC Desire 510 review

    Body:

    If Iím honest, the Desire looks a little cheap. The thick bezel just doesnít look right. Even though the Desire uses on-screen menu buttons, thereís a lot of extra space at the bottom.

    Check out the HTC-ish looking drilled earpiece and the mis-match single hole speaker at the bottom - yuck.

    The painted surfaces are covered with a rubberized coating.

    In my hand, it feels plastic - letís just say you wonít mistake it for something expensive.

    Ergonomics are a mixed bag. Since itís not a huge phone, itís easy enough to use. The problem is that the power button is located at the top. Itís annoying to have to reach to the top of the phone every time you want to turn it on.


    Nothing to see on the left side


    Power button and headphone jack


    volume buttons


    offset MicroUSB port


    speaker, microphone, 5 megapixel camera


    front facing camera, sensors, earpiece and microphone


    MicroSIM, MicroSD and removable battery

    Display:



    In front is a 4.7Ē 854x480 IPS display. While the difference between 4.7 and 5Ē sounds small in practice, thereís a noticeable difference. Displays on Android phones in general have been getting larger and these days, Kitkat looks great on a 5Ē display and a bit cramped on a 4.7Ē when you take the on-screen buttons into account.

    Resolution-wise, 854x480 gets stretched pretty thin on a 4.7Ē display. Out of the box, HTC Sense doesnít flatter the display at all. Look at how jagged the small icons look.

    HTC does try to mask this by making everything else on the Desire really large.

    Straight on the display is a tad washed out looking. Off-angle, there is significant contrast shift. Iíll be honest, the Desire has one of the worst displays on the market.

    Iím not sure what kind of screen coating the Desire has but itís not very good. It shows a lot of smudges and fingerprints and is not easy to keep keep.

    Camera:

    Like the display, the camera is also another weakness of the Desire.

    First off, thereís no AF, so chances are, your pictures are never going to look really sharp and forget about close ups.

    Thereís also no LED flash which I donít think is a huge loss, I always turn it off anyways since they usually do more harm than good.

    The problem is that the sensor on the 510 is noisy and is only useful when youíre outdoors. It kind of reminds me first gen Moto G (sans AF) so youíre getting last yearís camera performance in this yearís phone.

    Video can be recorded at 1080P. If you record at that setting make sure you get a MicroSD card because the built-in storage fills up fast at that speed. Video quality isnít all that great unless youíre outdoors.

    The microphone is so-so - it doesnít sound too bad but it is susceptible to handling noise.

    If youíre looking for an affordable phone with a decent camera, well letís just say that this is not the Android phone youíre looking for.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: My HTC Desire 510 review started by howard View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. telemike's Avatar
      telemike -
      A 960 x 540p screen at least would have been better than 480p.
    1. PaulRivers's Avatar
      PaulRivers -
      Wow, disappointing that the speaker and speakerphone are not better. That should be the big win for this phone, with it's dual speakers, etc. The larger m8 model is very good, if only it were a tad bit louder it might be perfection.
    1. TadMorose's Avatar
      TadMorose -
      Quote Originally Posted by mikayla042275 View Post
      My HTC Desire the screen is black but power is on
      Really? You sure it's Desire? Maybe it's Inspire or Nokia C6?

      MODS, this is some kind of spambot posting random stuff on old threads. Read the other posts.
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Quote Originally Posted by TadMorose View Post
      Really? You sure it's Desire? Maybe it's Inspire or Nokia C6?

      MODS, this is some kind of spambot posting random stuff on old threads. Read the other posts.
      Thanks, I removed the user.
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