HTC Desire 510 Review, The Golden Path

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HTC Desire 510 Review

Even though the most popular smartphones from nowadays are the ones that bring the best specs, not everyone desires to spend their money on flagships, as there’s also an area of users oriented towards medium phones that come for low prices. If you’re also looking for a wallet friendly smartphone that also sports some decent specs, the HTC Desire 510 is a recently launched budget device (September 2014) which is here to respond to your needs. Keep reading and find out if this fella is what you’ve been looking for.

In its retail box, the HTC Desire 510 comes accompanied by its charger and a microUSB cable for making data transfers and recharging your handset. No headphones, but keep in mind that this is a really cheap device, so it’s understandable.

In terms of appearance, the Desire 510 measures 139.9 x 69.8 x 10 mm and has a weight of 158 grams, which may seem kind of hefty, but in reality isn’t something that would bother someone who is already used to handling smartphones. The handset is made from plastic, but is nicely put together and seems to be pretty solid. Managing it with is easy peasy, as it sits comfortable in your hands and can easily slip into pockets. The back cover can be removed and reveals access to the battery, which is replaceable.

The Desire 510 has a 4.7 inches LCD capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels and a pixel density of 208 ppi. The screen isn’t anything to write home about, as it’s average at its best. The colors are pleasant and the viewing angles are good, but the phone isn’t exactly a pleasure to look at when you’re outside, under direct sunlight. This isn’t a deal breaker, by any means, as this is a really cheap phone, mind you.

Now, let’s see what’s cooking inside the HTC Desire 510. It’s loaded with Android 4.4.2 KitKat which has been customized by the company’s proprietary interface, Sense 6. The phone’s lockscreen greets you with its clock, weather related content and 4 application shortcuts. You have 5 homescreens for gathering your widgets and shortcuts. The sixth homescreen is home for BlinkFeed, which is on board too for offering you relevant information brought together from your social networks, news and stuff like that. The app drawer is here, as usual, and so is the notification area which also holds quick toggles. Browsing through the friendly interface is nice and smooth and you’ll surely enjoy it once you get used to it.
At the hardware department, the Desire 510 comes packed with a Snapdragon 410 chipset, having a 64-bit quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 306 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 128 GB. The handset is a very good performer and will provide you with a pleasant user experience, free of any lag issues, freezes and stuff like that.

When it comes to connectivity, the HTC Desire 510 has you covered by offering support for quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, tri-band 3G and LTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n with DLNA and Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and apt-X, NFC and microUSB 2.0.

Let’s see what we have for taking photos. The Desire 510 brings a 5 megapixels camera that captures stills with a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. Unfortunately, it lacks a LED flash and also, it’s a fixed focus unit. The image quality is decent enough for a 5 MP snapper, with accurate colors and good contrast.
The video camera is able to produce some average 1080p videos @30 fps, but these are also kind of uninspiring.
A VGA front facing camera is also on board for making video calls.

Some other things offered by the HTC Desire 510 that might be of use for you are two excellent browsers, Google Chrome and the Android browser, a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps for navigation, Google Now as your personal assistant for following commands and displaying relevant content, an FM Radio with RDS support, a great audio player and much more. The handset does a wonderful job when it comes to audio output.
Another handy app is the Android Device Manager, which is connected to your Google account and enables you to ring, find, lock or wipe out your smartphone if it gets misplaced or, even worse: stolen.

The HTC Desire 510 is powered by a 2,100 mAh battery and will endure almost three days under a moderate usage, or 14 hours of talk time, 11 of web browsing or 10 of video playback.

HTC Desire 510 Review The Golden Path

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