HTC Desire 816 full review: Not very innovative, but good value for money

The HTC Desire 816 is a good phone given the features and its price point.

Rating: 4 out of 5
htc Despite the 5.5inches, the phone is not hard to handle or grip.
Written by Nandagopal Rajan | Updated: June 22, 2014 8:56 am

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Connectivity: There are no issues with reception and call quality. However, my experience with Wi-Fi was not all that smooth. The phone kept forgetting my Wi-Fi connection and at times would reconnect without an issue.

Software: For me software has been one of the best features on any HTC phone. This one too comes with HTC Sense and offers a slightly different take on Android. For instance all you apps are on one screen and you just scroll down to see more. Then, BlinkFeed is at its usual best of giving all you social feeds in a single stream.

Camera: The f/2.2 rear lens on the phone makes it stand out from other cameras in this price range. It gives crisp detailed images in low light. The detailing is better in daylight. The phones gives you a lot of of tweaks to play around with in the camera app and there are even dozens of Instagram-like presets. A fair degree of manual control can be achieved with the settings. The camera also sounds very different, almost like something out of a science fiction movie.


Battery: The battery is good to last a full day with careful use and provided that the phone is not trying to latch on to some wi-fi network it has forgotten.

Special Mention: My one big grouse with the phone is that it uses nano-SIMs which are still not all that popular in India. Even in Delhi, it is not available at all outlets. Of course, you can cut your SIM, though there is no guarantee the SIM will be in working condition afterwards. This is not a problem for an iPhone 5S buyer, who can and will make the extra effort to his new SIM. But for mid level buyers, especially in the smaller towns, this might be a deal breaker.

Verdict: In my books, the HTC Desire 816 is a good phone given the features and its price point. The phone does not offer any innovative feature, but appears good value for money and seems like a dependable bet at the moment. But get that nano-SIM before you go out and order this phone.

First Published on: June 20, 2014 5:51 pmSingle Page Format
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