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HTC Desire 816 Smartphone Review

Manuel Masiero (translated by Vinay Pradhan), 06/06/2014

Powerful contender. The HTC Desire 816 is a large smartphone with a lot of performance. Its 5.5-inch format allows it to poach buyers from the high-end class, despite entering the race as a middle-class device.

For the original German review, see here.

HTC offers the Desire 816 as a middle-class smartphone for 379 Euros (~$516). Our HTC test model packs a lot more features than one would expect in a middle-class smartphone. In fact, the Desire 816 is equipped as well as most top-tier smartphones.

The list of incentives to purchase this model is long indeed: It starts with a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels and ends with a 13 MP main camera and a 5 MP front camera. Additionally, the smartphone uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928, which is a powerful quad-core SoC, with 1.5 GB RAM and an integrated Qualcomm Adreno 305 IGP. The highlight of the HTC must be its fast LTE module, and it does not hurt that the device runs on the latest Android OS (version 4.4.2).

Case

The 5.5-inch display of the Desire 816 has a resolution of 1280x720 pixels.
The 5.5-inch display of the Desire 816 has a resolution of 1280x720 pixels.

No metal case is to be found in the HTC Desire 816, as instead the manufacturer has chosen synthetic material for every inch of chassis. This does not mean that the device looks cheap or feels fragile: To the contrary, the HTC model (available in white, blue and gray) has great workmanship and is very sturdy. Despite measuring a mere 7.9 mm in thickness and weighing 165 grams, this smartphone managed to withstand all our efforts to deform or bend its surfaces. The smooth back is a matter of taste and can pose a hazard as it offers a poor grip. Furthermore, it quickly accumulates smudges.

Most 5.5-inch smartphones with similar SoC performance are not as slim as our test model. The thickness and weight of the Desire 816 is similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7505, which measures 8.1 mm thick and weighs 162 grams. Other 5.5-inch devices like the Huawei Ascend G730 are much thicker and heavier (9.6 mm, 187 grams).

Connectivity

HTC uses a quad-core SoC (System-on-a-Chip), dubbed the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928. Its 4 cores operate at 1.6 GHz each and are accompanied by the Qualcomm Adreno 305 IGP (Integrated Graphics Processor) with 1.5 GB RAM and 8 GB storage. However, those who are familiar with Android will be acutely familiar with how fast apps can gobble up the free space. The situation is exacerbated by HTC preinstalling apps on the smartphone, and thus leaving a mere 4.6 GB free for the user from the get-go. The microSD slot allows the memory to be extended by up to 128 GB.

Left: power button and volume rocker.
Left: power button and volume rocker.
Right: microSD and nano-SIM slots.
Right: microSD and nano-SIM slots.
Top: 3.5 mm audio jack.
Top: 3.5 mm audio jack.
Bottom: micro-USB 2.0 port.
Bottom: micro-USB 2.0 port.

Software

The Desire 816 runs Android 4.4.2 (KitKat). The UI (User Interface) employs the well-known HTC Sense overlay (latest version: 6.0). A highlight of HTC Sense is its "Blinkfeed" which bundles together news and notifications from social services for the user. HTC has installed a lot of apps on the Desire 816: ranging from various Google apps, like Chrome, Gmail, Google+ and Maps, to Facebook, Twitter and HTC's own creations, like the HTC Guide.

GPS outdoors
GPS outdoors
GPS indoors
GPS indoors

Communication & GPS 

The HTC Desire 816 is well-equipped in this department: The smartphone can handle the GSM quad-band, UMTS tri-band and the LTE standard. Local data transfer is possible via WLAN 802.11 b/g/n or Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX support. During our tests, we did not note any interruptions/drops in the signal quality. 

The GPS antenna of the Desire 816 can quickly and reliably locate the device, as long as the user is relatively motionless (in a building or outdoors). When we took the model for a driving test, the GPS position was often off the road during our 12-km bike ride. The smartphone copes well with heavily wooded areas, but in narrow passages it is far less accurate than the professional navigation device, Garmin Edge 500.

HTC Desire 816
HTC Desire 816
HTC Desire 816
HTC Desire 816
HTC Desire 816
HTC Desire 816
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500


Telephone and Speech Quality

A nano-SIM card is used in our model. When calling, the model performs reliably and the person on the other end of the line can hear us clearly. The signal quality is often high, and there were no distortions during our test.

Cameras & Multimedia

The HTC Desire 816 produces useable pictures with its cameras. The front webcam is an impressive 5 MP (max 2560x1440 pixels), and the main camera on the back offers 13 MP (up to 4224x2368 pixels in the 16:9 format). Both support video recordings in the Full HD format.

The cameras are definitely satisfactory. One should not zoom into a picture too much, as it quickly becomes clear that the sharpness, contrast and dynamics are poor. Indoor pictures come out quite blurred. Compared to good cameras, from models like the Apple iPhone 5 or the Nokia 1020, the Desire 816 is severely lacking.

HTC Desire 816
HTC Desire 816
HTC Desire 816
HTC Desire 816
HTC Desire 816
HTC Desire 816
Reference: Sony Alpha 57
Reference: Sony Alpha 57
Reference: Sony Alpha 57
Reference: Sony Alpha 57
Reference: Sony Alpha 57
Reference: Sony Alpha 57
Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5
Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020


Accessories & Warranty

The packaging of the HTC Desire 816 should include a micro-USB cable, headphones and a proprietary USB adapter. Our test model was delivered without these, which is an exception, and thus will not affect the overall rating.

On the HTC homepage, the manufacturer offers many accessories for its new model. This includes an external battery and a smartphone remote, the HTC Mini+. The Desire 816 has 24-months warranty.

Input Devices & Interface

The 5.5-inch touchscreen of the HTC Desire 816 reacts quickly and precisely to input and can recognize up to 10 fingers simultaneously. Thanks to the quad-core processor, the model suffers no lags when starting apps or the menu. The soft-touch keys and the physical buttons are good and respond well to input. The virtual QWERTY keyboard is a pleasure for typists thanks to its large keys in landscape mode.

The virtual keyboard in landscape...
The virtual keyboard in landscape...
...and in portrait mode.
...and in portrait mode.

Display

The display of the HTC Desire 816 has a resolution of 1280x720 pixels. Full HD is not available for this price, but the colors and contrast are quite strong. The 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7505 and the 6-inch Nokia Lumia 1320 use the same resolution.

The display of the test model is great: a brightness of 422.8 cd/m², a black value of 0.55 cd/m² and a contrast ratio of 784:1. At an illumination of 87%, the panel brightness is well-balanced.

The Huawei Ascend G730 (521.7 cd/m²) and the Nokia Lumia 1320 (449.7 cd/m²) are brighter than our test model but cannot compete in terms of black value and contrast ratio.

406
cd/m²
426
cd/m²
439
cd/m²
404
cd/m²
431
cd/m²
444
cd/m²
388
cd/m²
435
cd/m²
432
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 444 cd/m²
Average: 422.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 431 cd/m²
Black: 0.55 cd/m²
Contrast: 784:1

Colors and contrast are displayed (subjectively) just fine, but according to our tools, there is a discrepancy. The colorimeter and CalMAN software show us that in the sRGB color spectrum, our red is very pale and our blue is a little too strong. Still, the DeltaE value of 5.66 is close enough to the optimal values. The deviations are smaller when we look at the gray levels (DeltaE of 4.23).

Color saturation
Color saturation
Color accuracy
Color accuracy
Gray levels
Gray levels
Mixed colors
Mixed colors
Outdoors
Outdoors

Due to its high brightness, the HTC Desire 816 should be fine to use outdoors. The glare panel will cause some grief as it will throw strong reflections and can even make the screen illegible in unfavorable lighting. However, this is easily fixed by repositioning the panel.

As typical for HTC, the viewing angles are perfect. The Desire 816 displays content well, even at extreme viewing angles, without color inversion or brightness drops. Only the glare panel can be a hurdle in certain positions.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

The quad-core SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928 and the Qualcomm Adreno 305 IGP can process all tasks quickly in the HTC Desire 816.

In synthetic benchmarks, the smartphone is just as fast as the LG L90 and the Motorola Moto G, as both use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926. However, the three models do not stand a chance against the Mali-T624 SoC of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7505. This becomes abundantly clear in the 3DMark and Geekbench 3 benchmarks in which the Samsung model takes a large lead.

3DMark (2013) - 1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
HTC Desire 816
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
5685 Points ∼4%
Huawei Ascend G730
Mali-400 MP2, MT6582, 4 GB Flash
2991 Points ∼2% -47%
LG L90
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
5761 Points ∼4% +1%
Motorola Moto G
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
5438 Points ∼3% -4%
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7505
Mali-T624, 5260 Hexa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9081 Points ∼6% +60%
Epic Citadel - High Quality (sort by value)
HTC Desire 816
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
56.8 fps ∼93%
Huawei Ascend G730
Mali-400 MP2, MT6582, 4 GB Flash
53.5 fps ∼88% -6%
LG L90
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
56.6 fps ∼93% 0%
Motorola Moto G
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
56.7 fps ∼93% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7505
Mali-T624, 5260 Hexa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
57.5 fps ∼94% +1%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
HTC Desire 816
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
338 Points ∼7%
Huawei Ascend G730
Mali-400 MP2, MT6582, 4 GB Flash
352 Points ∼8% +4%
LG L90
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
342 Points ∼7% +1%
Motorola Moto G
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
341 Points ∼7% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7505
Mali-T624, 5260 Hexa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
884 Points ∼19% +162%
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
HTC Desire 816
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
1109 Points ∼7%
Huawei Ascend G730
Mali-400 MP2, MT6582, 4 GB Flash
1160 Points ∼7% +5%
LG L90
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
1129 Points ∼7% +2%
Motorola Moto G
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
1169 Points ∼7% +5%
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7505
Mali-T624, 5260 Hexa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2156 Points ∼13% +94%

The browser benchmarks once again place the HTC Desire 816 as one of the fastest devices: on par with the LG L90 and the Motorola Moto G. The test model loses its duel with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7505 again.

Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
HTC Desire 816
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
1894 Points ∼5%
Huawei Ascend G730
Mali-400 MP2, MT6582, 4 GB Flash (Android 4.2.2)
894 Points ∼2% -53%
LG L90
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
1905 Points ∼5% +1%
Nokia Lumia 1320
Adreno 305, 400 8930AB, 8 GB SSD
0 Points ∼0% -100%
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7505
Mali-T624, 5260 Hexa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4316 Points ∼11% +128%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
HTC Desire 816
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
583 Points ∼9%
Huawei Ascend G730
Mali-400 MP2, MT6582, 4 GB Flash (Android 4.2.2)
582 Points ∼9% 0%
LG L90
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
689 Points ∼11% +18%
Motorola Moto G
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
488 Points ∼8% -16%
Nokia Lumia 1320
Adreno 305, 400 8930AB, 8 GB SSD
391 Points ∼6% -33%
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7505
Mali-T624, 5260 Hexa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
822 Points ∼13% +41%
WebXPRT 2013 - Overall Score (sort by value)
HTC Desire 816
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
178 Points ∼12%
Huawei Ascend G730
Mali-400 MP2, MT6582, 4 GB Flash (Android 4.2.2)
96 Points ∼7% -46%
Motorola Moto G
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
188 Points ∼13% +6%
Nokia Lumia 1320
Adreno 305, 400 8930AB, 8 GB SSD
207 Points ∼14% +16%
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7505
Mali-T624, 5260 Hexa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
260 Points ∼18% +46%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
HTC Desire 816
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD (1.0.2)
1475.8 ms * ∼37%
Huawei Ascend G730
Mali-400 MP2, MT6582, 4 GB Flash (Android 4.2.2)
1381.4 ms * ∼34% +6%
LG L90
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
1096.8 ms * ∼27% +26%
Motorola Moto G
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
1413.8 ms * ∼35% +4%
Nokia Lumia 1320
Adreno 305, 400 8930AB, 8 GB SSD (1.0.2)
700.8 ms * ∼17% +53%
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7505
Mali-T624, 5260 Hexa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
999.2 ms * ∼25% +32%

* ... smaller is better

The read and write performance of the Desire 816 is a little lower than that of the LG L90, the Motorola Moto G and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7505. Only the Huawei Ascend G730 lags even further behind.

AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
HTC Desire 816
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
57.73 MB/s ∼21%
Huawei Ascend G730
Mali-400 MP2, MT6582, 4 GB Flash
43.56 MB/s ∼16% -25%
LG L90
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
90.3 MB/s ∼32% +56%
Motorola Moto G
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
103.28 MB/s ∼37% +79%
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7505
Mali-T624, 5260 Hexa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
97.02 MB/s ∼35% +68%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
HTC Desire 816
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
8.79 MB/s ∼12%
Huawei Ascend G730
Mali-400 MP2, MT6582, 4 GB Flash
5.64 MB/s ∼7% -36%
LG L90
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
7.72 MB/s ∼10% -12%
Motorola Moto G
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
12.54 MB/s ∼17% +43%
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7505
Mali-T624, 5260 Hexa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
13.93 MB/s ∼18% +58%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
HTC Desire 816
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
8.65 MB/s ∼24%
Huawei Ascend G730
Mali-400 MP2, MT6582, 4 GB Flash
11.12 MB/s ∼31% +29%
LG L90
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
14.6 MB/s ∼40% +69%
Motorola Moto G
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
13.61 MB/s ∼38% +57%
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7505
Mali-T624, 5260 Hexa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
10.25 MB/s ∼28% +18%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
HTC Desire 816
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
0.78 MB/s ∼5%
Huawei Ascend G730
Mali-400 MP2, MT6582, 4 GB Flash
0.27 MB/s ∼2% -65%
LG L90
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
0.48 MB/s ∼3% -38%
Motorola Moto G
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
2.52 MB/s ∼17% +223%
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7505
Mali-T624, 5260 Hexa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1.21 MB/s ∼8% +55%

Games

The HTC Desire 816 can run the latest games with the Qualcomm SoC Snapdragon 400 MSM8928 fluidly. FIFA 14, Shadowgun: Deadzone and Angry Birds Go! run without any issues. The Desire 816 is a great platform for Android gaming.

Latest games like FIFA 14...
Latest games like FIFA 14...
...or Angry Birds Go! run fluidly.
...or Angry Birds Go! run fluidly.

Emissions

Temperature

The surface temperatures of the HTC Desire 816 are acceptable. While idle, the smartphone heats up to an average of 30.2 °C and stays just as cool as the competition. At load, the temperature in the middle of the device is 34.5 °C (not even lukewarm). Amongst the competitors, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7505 heats up the most and reaches 41.2 °C.

Max. Load
 33.8 °C31.1 °C31.6 °C 
 34.5 °C32.9 °C33.0 °C 
 33.6 °C31.3 °C31.5 °C 
Maximum: 34.5 °C
Average: 32.6 °C
28.2 °C29.8 °C32.3 °C
28.5 °C29.9 °C34.5 °C
28.6 °C30.5 °C32.8 °C
Maximum: 34.5 °C
Average: 30.6 °C
Room Temperature 21.6 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speakers

Both stereo speakers of the HTC Desire 816 are placed on the sides of the model and can produce good sound, especially when the phone is held in landscape mode. The 8 small openings produce a satisfying sound, which is a lot stronger than the competitors, although it lacks bass. Hopefully, the headphones delivered with the Desire 816 will deliver an even better sound.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The non-removable lithium-polymer battery of the HTC Desire 816 offers a capacity of 2,600 mAh. While idle, the smartphone consumes a max of 2.2 W, which is quite similar to other 5.5-inch models. At load, the smartphone is very conservative: it consumes a mere 3.5 W. In comparison, its competitors, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7505 (5.9 W) and the Huawei Ascend G730 (6.8 W) consume a lot more.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idle 0.9 / 1.8 / 2.2 Watt
Load 3.0 / 3.5 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

The low consumption of the HTC Desire 816 means it can definitely offer good runtimes. In our minimum runtime test (max brightness, all wireless modules on), the smartphone depletes after 4 hours and 33 minutes, which is relatively long.

The max runtime test (minimum brightness, activated power-saving, all wireless modules besides WLAN turned off), the HTC performs quite well: 25 hours and 12 minutes. The runtime is beaten by the Motorola Moto G (25 hours and 15 minutes) but only just barely.

The realistic WLAN test (brightness set to 150 cd/m², power-saving on, running a script which loads websites every 40 seconds) requires 11 hours and 26 minutes to deplete the battery of our test model. This means the model can last an entire workday. However, this runtime is not so great when compared with that of the competitors: The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7505 (13 hours and 26 minutes), the Motorola Moto G (15 hours and 30 minutes) and the LG L90 (18 hours and 38 minutes) last much longer.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
25h 12min
WiFi Surfing
11h 26min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 33min

Verdict

If you are looking for a cheap and powerful smartphone, the HTC Desire 816 is a good pick. The street price of 340 Euros (~$463) is not cheap, but for this price, the 5.5-inch smartphone can offer good hardware which can compete with the performance of top-tier models. The display has a resolution of 1280x720 pixels, and the main 13 MP camera takes decent pictures. The Android 4.4.2 OS is on-board and LTE capability allows the smartphone to achieve fast data rates on-the-go. Thanks to the quad-core SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928 the Desire 816 runs fluidly and can deal with the latest games and apps without issues.

HTC has cut few corners and the end product is impressive. We deduct points from the Desire 816 for its relatively small storage of 8 GB, but it can be extended by up to 128 GB. The picture quality could have been better, and the battery should have been removable. Overall, HTC delivers a solid package in the form of the Desire 816.

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Specifications

HTC Desire 816
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928 1.6 GHz
Memory
1536 MB
Graphics adapter
Display
5.5 inch 16:9, 1280x720 pixel, TFT, HD720, glossy: yes
Harddisk
8 GB SSD, 8 GB , 4.65 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD cards up to 128 GB, Sensors: Acceleration sensor, Proximity sensor, Ambient lighting sensor, GPS antenna with GLONASS, DLNA, HTC Connect
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth, GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), WCDMA (850/900/2100 MHz), LTE (800/900/1800/2600 MHz), with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbit/s, Nano-SIM
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.9 x 156.6 x 78.7 ( = 0.31 x 6.17 x 3.1 in)
Weight
165 g ( = 5.82 oz) Power Supply: 0 g ( = 0 oz)
Battery
Lithium-Polymer, 2600 mAh
Price
380 Euro
Operating System
Android 4.4 KitKat
Additional features
Webcam: Main camera 13 MP, Webcam 5 MP, Video recordings up to 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (1080p), Speakers: Stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual, Keyboard Light: no, 24 Months Warranty

 

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Slim: The HTC Desire 816 is a mere 8 mm thick.
Slim: The HTC Desire 816 is a mere 8 mm thick.
The HTC Desire 816 runs Android 4.4.2.
The HTC Desire 816 runs Android 4.4.2.
The 2,600 mAh battery is hidden under the smooth synthetic material back.
The 2,600 mAh battery is hidden under the smooth synthetic material back.
The model is very sturdy.
The model is very sturdy.
The main camera offers an imposing 13 MP (up to 4224x2368 pixels).
The main camera offers an imposing 13 MP (up to 4224x2368 pixels).
The webcam offers 2 MP (2560x1440 pixels), which is more than enough for video chats and selfies.
The webcam offers 2 MP (2560x1440 pixels), which is more than enough for video chats and selfies.
The flap on the right side hides the microSD and nano-SIM card.
The flap on the right side hides the microSD and nano-SIM card.
Scarce: The test model is the only item inside the delivery package.
Scarce: The test model is the only item inside the delivery package.
Cleaned up: The start screen of the HTC Desire is clearly structured.
Cleaned up: The start screen of the HTC Desire is clearly structured.
Full to the brim: The test model comes preinstalled with a variety of apps.
Full to the brim: The test model comes preinstalled with a variety of apps.
Benchmarks, such as 3DMark, certify that the HTC Desire has a high performance.
Benchmarks, such as 3DMark, certify that the HTC Desire has a high performance.
The browser performance is good as well (for example, Google Octane 2.0).
The browser performance is good as well (for example, Google Octane 2.0).
Also preinstalled: the HTC message service "Blinkfeed."
Also preinstalled: the HTC message service "Blinkfeed."
HTC provides its own HTC Sense UI for the model in the latest version (V 6.0).
HTC provides its own HTC Sense UI for the model in the latest version (V 6.0).
The OS and apps leave just 4.6 GB free.
The OS and apps leave just 4.6 GB free.

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Pro

+High-quality workmanship
+Very light and flat
+Good display
+Wireless module supports LTE
+MicroSD cards up to 128 GB supported
+High-resolution cameras
+Long battery life
+High performance, fluid interface
+Latest Android (V 4.4.2)
+Relatively cheap
 

Cons

-Only 4.6 GB free
-Battery can not be removed
-Camera recordings are of average quality

Shortcut

What we like

The high quality of the hardware which the HTC Desire 816 employs. Most upper-class smartphones can take a leaf out of HTC's book in this respect.

What we miss

The cameras offer high resolutions, but the picture quality is average. A removable battery would have been a nice plus.

What surprises us

Despite a 5.5-inch display, the HTC Desire 816 is a mere 7.8 mm thick and very sturdy.

The competition

Huawei Ascend G730
LG L90
Motorola Moto G
Nokia Lumia 1320
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7505

Rating

HTC Desire 816
05/30/2014 v4
Manuel Masiero

Chassis
86%
Keyboard
69 / 75 → 92%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
44 / 60 → 73%
Weight
91%
Battery
95%
Display
84%
Games Performance
54 / 75 → 72%
Application Performance
24 / 65 → 37%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
63 / 91 → 69%
Camera
69%
Average
74%
83%
Smartphone *
Weighted Average

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Author: Manuel Masiero, 2014-06- 6 (Update: 2014-06- 6)