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HTC Desire 510 Smartphone Review

Manuel Masiero, Tanja Hinum (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 10/06/2014

Up to date, yet inexpensive. The 4.7-inch HTC Smartphone Desire 510 sells for only 200 Euros (~$250) but supports the faster LTE standard despite its low price. We've subjected the Android phone, which is powered by a 64-bit Qualcomm quad-core SoC, to our battery of tests.

For the original German review, see here.

So why exactly should one consider the HTC Desire 510? According to the manufacturer, it's the combination of value and features that make the smartphone so appealing. The Android 4.4 smartphone comes equipped with a powerful middle-class quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC and sells for just 200 Euros (~$250). HTC might have been forced to cut some corners here and there, but all in all we can't find many areas to complain about.

Case

Low price, Android 4.4, quad-core SoC: the HTC Desire 510
Low price, Android 4.4, quad-core SoC: the HTC Desire 510

The Desire 510 features a sturdy polycarbonate case. Thanks to high tolerances and almost non-existent gaps in the transition areas, the smartphone appears as if made from one piece. The slightly rubberized back gives the fingers something to hold on to, while the glass front covers almost the full width, which makes the 4.7-inch Android smartphone look larger than it really is. The black bezel surrounding the LCD display takes away from that effect a little, but that, of course, doesn't impact working with the phone one bit.

At exactly 9.99 mm thick, the HTC Desire 510 is a bit thicker than the HTC Desire 610, which measures 9.66 mm. From the other phones in our comparison, the Sony Xperia T3 is the thinnest phone at 7.7 mm, while the LG G2 Mini the lightest at 125 g.

151 mm / 5.94 inch 77 mm / 3.03 inch 7.7 mm / 0.3031 inch 148 g0.3263 lbs142.6 mm / 5.61 inch 69.54 mm / 2.74 inch 9.66 mm / 0.3803 inch 143 g0.3153 lbs139.9 mm / 5.51 inch 69.8 mm / 2.75 inch 9.99 mm / 0.3933 inch 158 g0.3483 lbs133.2 mm / 5.24 inch 72.2 mm / 2.84 inch 9.2 mm / 0.3622 inch 159 g0.3505 lbs129.6 mm / 5.1 inch 66 mm / 2.6 inch 9.9 mm / 0.3898 inch 125 g0.2756 lbs

Connectivity

The HTC Desire 510 comes with an ARM-based Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 - one of the first 64-bit mobile processors. The four cores of the SoC operate at 1.2 GHz. The 64-bit capability is not really an advantage yet, since Android isn't optimized for this CPU architecture.

In addition to the quad-core SoC, the smartphone features a Qualcomm Adreno 306 GPU, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of total storage. Because of the Android OS and the many preinstalled applications, only about 3.8 GB is available for user-installed programs and data. The HTC Desire 510 supports MicroSD cards up to 128 GB, so expanding the storage is not that difficult.

The Qualcomm SoC not only supports the common wireless standards WLAN 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, but also GPS and GLONASS satellite services and 2G/3G as well as LTE.

Left: no connectivity
Left: no connectivity
Right: volume rocker switch
Right: volume rocker switch
Top: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, power button
Top: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, power button
Bottom: Micro-USB port
Bottom: Micro-USB port

Software

The Desire 510 runs the current Android OS version 4.4.3. HTC has once again implemented their BlinkFeed app on the start page, which consolidates news, various feeds, updates, and social content. Quite a few apps are preinstalled: In addition to the Google staples Gmail, Maps, and Drive, there is also the YouTube app, a file manager, and the office suite Polaris Office 5.

GPS outdoors
GPS outdoors
GPS inside
GPS inside

Communication & GPS 

The communication capabilities of the smartphone certainly don't disappoint. The HTC Desire 510 supports GSM Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and UMTS Tri-band (850/900/2100 MHz), which allows the phone to be used pretty much anywhere. Since the Desire supports LTE, browsing is exceptionally quick. Although HTC lists the frequency bands (B3, B7, and B20), the maximum possible transfer rate isn't mentioned. Combined with HSPA+, the phone is supposed to reach UMTS download speeds of up to 42 Mbit/s. The smartphone supports the wireless standards 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and DLNA. Wi-Fi connectivity uses the 2.4 GHz band; the 5 GHz band is not supported. During our time with the review unit we never experienced any sort of connectivity issues.

The Desire 510 supports the GPS system used in the US as well as the Russian counterpart GLONASS. During our test, we were able to establish a location lock rather quickly with a high degree of accuracy, no matter if we stayed outside or tried indoors.

We also compared the accuracy of the HTC Desire 510 to the higher-end GPS Garmin Edge 500. During a 10-kilometer bike test ride, the smartphone was off the mark at times, but overall had no issues pinpointing our exact location.

HTC Desire 510
HTC Desire 510
HTC Desire 510
HTC Desire 510
HTC Desire 510
HTC Desire 510
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500


Telephony and Sound Quality

 

The HTC Desire 510 offers very good voice and sound quality no matter if calls are placed to other mobile phones or from the device to a landline phone. The integrated speaker reproduces voices clearly and we had no issues understanding our communication partner on the other end.

Cameras & Multimedia

Although the main camera supports a theoretical resolution of up to 5 megapixels, the camera menu allows the user to select a maximum of only 4 megapixels (2560x1440 pixels). The webcam only offers VGA quality (640x480 pixels), which is barely good enough for video chats and snapshots. The main camera, unfortunately, isn't that great either and produces flat-looking photos with unnatural colors; the details are washed out and sharpness is decidedly lacking as well. The camera quality of the HTC Desire 510 pales in comparison to the Apple iPhone 5 or the Nokia Lumia 1020.

Image Comparison

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Accessories & Warranty

HTC includes a Micro-USB cable, a power adapter, and a quick-start guide. Available accessories include Bluetooth stereo headphones and the HTC Battery Bar. In Germany, the phone is warranted against manufacturer's defects for a period of 24 months.

Input Devices & Operation

Operation of the Android 4.4 OS and the installed applications is smooth and quick. Because of the "Fast Start" capability (which is active by default), the Desire 510 is ready for user inputs after about 15 seconds. The Desire 510 translates any inputs very quickly, regardless if the user chooses to operate the smartphone via the three Android buttons at the bottom of the screen, the capacitive touchscreen, or by tilting and rotating the device.

The LCD display can recognize up to five fingers at the same time and allows for very accurate control of the various menus and apps. The Desire 510 also supports multi-touch gestures like zooming without any problems. The QWERTY keyboard takes up about half the screen when the phone is in portrait mode; in landscape mode, it's about two-thirds. Although the visible screen content is reduced significantly, typing is now exceptionally easy since the virtual keys are quite large.

The virtual keyboard of the HTC Desire 510 in landscape...
The virtual keyboard of the HTC Desire 510 in landscape...
...and in portrait mode.
...and in portrait mode.

Display

Many inexpensive smartphones with 4.7-inch displays don't support HD resolution. The HTC Desire 510 follows suit and features a resolution of 854x480 pixels (FWVGA). Although the display doesn't appear pixelated at all, a comparison with an HD smartphone clearly shows how much sharpness increases with a higher pixel count. The Nokia Lumia 625 (800x480 pixels), the HTC Desire 610 and the LG G2 Mini (both 960x540 pixels) feature similar resolutions.

The average brightness of 371.3 cd/m² is high enough even for bright environments. Most competing smartphones are equally bright, although the Sony Xperia T3 clearly outperforms the other smartphones with 503.6 cd/m. The black value of 0.37 cd/m² allows for sufficiently dark blacks, although colors appear a little washed out despite the high contrast ratio of 959:1. The brightness distribution (80%) isn't that great either, but that isn't noticeable at all during normal use.

419
cd/m²
355
cd/m²
343
cd/m²
410
cd/m²
355
cd/m²
344
cd/m²
424
cd/m²
351
cd/m²
341
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 424 cd/m² Average: 371.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 80 %
Center on Battery: 355 cd/m²
Contrast: 959:1 (Black: 0.37 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 12.13 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 14.77 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
Gamma: 2.42

Our analysis with the X-Rite i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer and CalMAN software shows that the display isn't very accurate. The white point of 10837 K is not even close to the ideal 6500 K, which results in a very "cool" representation of the various colors. The grayscales and color reproduction are also far from ideal with DeltaE values of 9.86 and 9.36, respectively. Of course, the Desire 510 can still handle typical tasks like surfing the web, looking at photos, or recording videos without any problems.

Saturation
Saturation
Color Management
Color Management
Grayscales
Grayscales
ColorChecker
ColorChecker
Outdoor use HTC Desire 510
Outdoor use HTC Desire 510

Thanks to the high average brightness of 371.3 cd/m², the HTC Desire 510 is very usable outdoors. The glossy display reflects light sources very well though, which can make it difficult to decipher the screen content in direct sunlight. We had no problems operating the phone in the shade or when the sky was overcast.

The viewing-angle stability is also not that great. Even at moderate angles, the brightness decreases rather quickly. Deviations to the left and the right are not as critical, but when the screen is viewed from below or above, colors wash out rapidly and even invert at very shallow angles.

Performance

HTC uses a quad-core SoC from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 410 MSM8916. The CPU features four ARM Cortex A53 cores running at 1.2 GHz. An integrated Qualcomm Adreno 306 GPU handles the graphics.

The Desire 510 performed neck-and-neck with the other smartphones in our comparison during the synthetic benchmark tests. Since all phones feature similar hardware, we couldn't really determine a clear winner. The takeaway from our tests is that all the phones mentioned offer plenty of performance and can handle common applications and gaming workloads quite well.

PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - System (sort by value)
HTC Desire 510
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB SSD
2662 Points ∼12%
HTC Desire 610
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
2243 Points ∼10% -16%
LG G2 Mini
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8926, 8 GB SSD
2184 Points ∼10% -18%
Sony Xperia T3
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
2544 Points ∼12% -4%
Epic Citadel - High Quality (sort by value)
HTC Desire 510
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB SSD
58.3 fps ∼96%
HTC Desire 610
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
56.8 fps ∼93% -3%
LG G2 Mini
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8926, 8 GB SSD
57.5 fps ∼94% -1%
Sony Xperia T3
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
57.9 fps ∼95% -1%
3DMark - 1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Score (sort by value)
HTC Desire 510
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB SSD
2640 Points ∼1%
HTC Desire 610
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
2890 Points ∼1% +9%
LG G2 Mini
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8926, 8 GB SSD
2859 Points ∼1% +8%
Sony Xperia T3
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
2910 Points ∼1% +10%
AndEBench
Java (sort by value)
HTC Desire 510
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB SSD
405 Iter./s ∼12%
HTC Desire 610
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
343 Iter./s ∼11% -15%
LG G2 Mini
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8926, 8 GB SSD
336 Iter./s ∼10% -17%
Sony Xperia T3
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
392 Iter./s ∼12% -3%
Native (sort by value)
HTC Desire 510
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB SSD
6416 Iter./s ∼21%
HTC Desire 610
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
6453 Iter./s ∼21% +1%
LG G2 Mini
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8926, 8 GB SSD
6500 Iter./s ∼21% +1%
Sony Xperia T3
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
7640 Iter./s ∼25% +19%

The Desire 510 tackled the various browser benchmarks without issues and scored comparable to the HTC Desire 610. The smartphone performed particularly well when we ran the Octane V2 benchmark. Neither the Nokia Lumia 625 nor the Sony Xperia T3 could quite keep up with our review candidate as far as overall browsing performance is concerned.

Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
HTC Desire 510
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB SSD
619 Points ∼10%
HTC Desire 610
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
696 Points ∼11% +12%
LG G2 Mini
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8926, 8 GB SSD
686 Points ∼11% +11%
Nokia Lumia 625
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8930, 8 GB SSD
281 Points ∼5% -55%
Sony Xperia T3
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
595 Points ∼10% -4%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
HTC Desire 510
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB SSD
14332.3 ms * ∼24%
HTC Desire 610
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
17404.8 ms * ∼29% -21%
LG G2 Mini
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8926, 8 GB SSD
15670.5 ms * ∼26% -9%
Sony Xperia T3
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
14507 ms * ∼24% -1%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
HTC Desire 510
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB SSD
2717 Points ∼5%
HTC Desire 610
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
1413 Points ∼3% -48%
LG G2 Mini
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8926, 8 GB SSD
1768 Points ∼3% -35%
Sony Xperia T3
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
2242 Points ∼4% -17%

* ... smaller is better

All phones offer about the same read and write performance, although the LG G2 Mini pulled ahead of the pack. The HTC Desire 510 keeps up in most areas but falls slightly behind when forced to handle sequential writes.

AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
HTC Desire 510
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB SSD
1.05 MB/s ∼0%
HTC Desire 610
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
0.82 MB/s ∼0% -22%
LG G2 Mini
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8926, 8 GB SSD
1.18 MB/s ∼0% +12%
Sony Xperia T3
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
0.62 MB/s ∼0% -41%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
HTC Desire 510
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB SSD
8.55 MB/s ∼5%
HTC Desire 610
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
9.69 MB/s ∼6% +13%
LG G2 Mini
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8926, 8 GB SSD
14.18 MB/s ∼8% +66%
Sony Xperia T3
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
14.18 MB/s ∼8% +66%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
HTC Desire 510
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB SSD
7.29 MB/s ∼1%
HTC Desire 610
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
13.76 MB/s ∼3% +89%
LG G2 Mini
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8926, 8 GB SSD
11.81 MB/s ∼2% +62%
Sony Xperia T3
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
11.26 MB/s ∼2% +54%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
HTC Desire 510
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB SSD
86.15 MB/s ∼6%
HTC Desire 610
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
76.55 MB/s ∼5% -11%
LG G2 Mini
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8926, 8 GB SSD
110.05 MB/s ∼7% +28%
Sony Xperia T3
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 8 GB SSD
123.71 MB/s ∼8% +44%

Gaming Performance

We had no issues playing current games like Angry Birds Go, Real Racing 3, Shadowgun: Deadzone and Dead Trigger 2, which all performed smoothly. Control input was very precise via the touchscreen and the acceleration sensor.

Current Android games run stutter-free. We tested Angry Birds Go...
Current Android games run stutter-free. We tested Angry Birds Go...
...and Dead Trigger 2, which is a bit more demanding.
...and Dead Trigger 2, which is a bit more demanding.

Emissions

Temperature

With a maximum temperature of 38.2 °C under load, the Desire 510 actually stays pretty cool. We measured an even lower temperature of 32.3 °C during idle. The LG G2 Mini is the coolest phone of the bunch at 36.2 °C, while the Sony Xperia T3 can be considered "hot" at 46 °C.

Max. Load
 38.1 °C
101 F
34 °C
93 F
34.5 °C
94 F
 
 38.2 °C
101 F
35 °C
95 F
34.8 °C
95 F
 
 35.8 °C
96 F
33.5 °C
92 F
33.3 °C
92 F
 
Maximum: 38.2 °C = 101 F
Average: 35.2 °C = 95 F
31.6 °C
89 F
34 °C
93 F
37.6 °C
100 F
31.4 °C
89 F
35 °C
95 F
36.6 °C
98 F
31.8 °C
89 F
35.1 °C
95 F
36.7 °C
98 F
Maximum: 37.6 °C = 100 F
Average: 34.4 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  48.4 °C = 119 F | Room Temperature 23 °C = 73 F | Voltcraft IR-350
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35.2 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 38.2 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 37.6 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30 °C / 86 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.

Speakers

As expected, the small speaker on the back of the Desire 510 delivers lackluster sound quality. Highs dominate the sound stage and lows and bass are missing completely. At least there is no noticeable distortion even at maximum volume level. The included stereo headphones improve the sound quality significantly.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Desire 510 is powered by a swappable lithium-polymer battery, which offers a capacity of 7.98 Wh. HTC promises a maximum power consumption of 5.2 watts, which is actually pretty frugal. All competing smartphones require less power, however. Even Sony's 5.2-inch Xperia T3 tops out at only 4.9 watts and the LG G2 Mini requires less than half the power of the Desire 510 at 2.4 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.1 / 1.3 / 1.8 Watt
Load midlight 3.6 / 5.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

The HTC Desire 510 offers decent runtimes. Depending on the test, we recorded between 4 hours and 22 minutes (maximum load) and 21 hours and 20 minutes (idle). We ran our WLAN test, which most closely simulates real-world performance, at a display brightness of 140 cd/m²and with power-saving measures activated. The phone lasted for 9 hours and 30 minutes, which should be sufficient for a full workday. The competition does it even better though: The Sony Xperia T3 lasted for 10 hours and 34 minutes, the Nokia Lumia 625 12 hours and 43 minutes, and the LG G2 Mini a whopping 16 hours and 43 minutes.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
21h 20min
WiFi Surfing
9h 30min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 22min

Verdict

The HTC Desire 510 is a good 4.7-inch smartphone which isn't really missing any features despite the low MSRP of 200 Euros (~$250). Equipped with a quad-core SoC and Android 4.4.3, the Desire 510 offers good overall performance and a decent gaming experience as well. We appreciate the high build quality and the wireless modules, which not only support GMS and UMTS, but they also allow fast Internet connectivity thanks to LTE.

Of course, there are a few drawbacks as well: The display resolution of 854x480 pixels leaves something to be desired and viewing-angle stability could definitely be better. The integrated camera modules offer subpar picture quality and are just barely sufficient for snapshots. Only 3.8 GB of space is available for user-installed applications, videos and photos, although MicroSD cards (up to 128 GB) allow the user to alleviate space issues rather easily.

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In review: HTC Desire 510. Test model courtesy of cyberport.de
In review: HTC Desire 510. Test model courtesy of cyberport.de

Specifications

HTC Desire 510 (Desire Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
1024 MB 
Display
4.7 inch 16:9, 854 x 480 pixel, Capacitive touchscreen, LCD, 16 million colors, FWVGA, glossy: yes
Storage
8 GB SSD, 8 GB 
, 3.76 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD (up to 128 GB), Sensors: Acceleration sensor, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, GPS, GLONASS, DLNA
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0, GSM quadband (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), UMTS triband (850/900/2100 MHz), LTE triband (800/1800/2600 MHz), UMTS with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbit/s
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.99 x 139.9 x 69.8 ( = 0.39 x 5.51 x 2.75 in)
Battery
8 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 2100 mAh, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 17 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 646 h
Operating System
Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera
Webcam: Main camera 4 MP (2560 x 1440 pixels), webcam 0.3 MP (640 x 480 pixels)
Additional features
Speakers: Single speaker on the back, Keyboard: Virtual keyboard, Keyboard Light: no, Micro-USB cable, headphones, modular power adapter, quickstart guide, HTC BlinkFeed, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
158 g ( = 5.57 oz / 0.35 pounds), Power Supply: 25 g ( = 0.88 oz / 0.06 pounds)
Price
200 Euro

 

The LTE Smartphone HTC Desire 510 sells for 200 Euros (~$250).
The LTE Smartphone HTC Desire 510 sells for 200 Euros (~$250).
The rubberized back makes it easy to hold the phone.
The rubberized back makes it easy to hold the phone.
No complaints as far as the build quality is concerned.
No complaints as far as the build quality is concerned.
Rounded corners and sides: The Desire 510 is a good-looking phone.
Rounded corners and sides: The Desire 510 is a good-looking phone.
The main camera features a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels.
The main camera features a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels.
The webcam only supports VGA resolution.
The webcam only supports VGA resolution.
Included in the box: the modular power adapter, the Micro-USB cable, headphones, and a quick-start guide.
Included in the box: the modular power adapter, the Micro-USB cable, headphones, and a quick-start guide.
The removable back cover...
The removable back cover...
...gives access to the replaceable 7.98 Wh battery.
...gives access to the replaceable 7.98 Wh battery.
The MicroSD card slot...
The MicroSD card slot...
...and the Micro-SIM card slot are accessible as well.
...and the Micro-SIM card slot are accessible as well.
It takes only about 15 seconds before the phone boots to the home screen.
It takes only about 15 seconds before the phone boots to the home screen.
BlinkFeed consolidates messages, news, and social media streams to one page.
BlinkFeed consolidates messages, news, and social media streams to one page.
The HTC Desire 510 runs Android 4.4.3.
The HTC Desire 510 runs Android 4.4.3.
3.8 GB of space is available for user data.
3.8 GB of space is available for user data.

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Pros

+Inexpensive
+4.7-inch display
+Very high build quality
+Supports LTE
+Battery is swappable
+MicroSD cards up to 128 GB
+Current Android OS
+Starts up quickly
+Good gaming performance
+Low temperatures
 

Cons

-Resolution of only 854 x 480 pixels
-Viewing angle stability not that great
-Camera modules
-3.8 GB of free space

Shortcut

What we like

The HTC Desire 510 supports GSM, UMTS and LTE - what more could a user want?

What we'd like to see

A better camera and more available space. The purchase of a MicroSD card is more or less a requirement.

What surprises us

HTC offers their 4.7-inch smartphone for a bargain price but didn't really cut many corners.

The competition

HTC Desire 610
LG G2 Mini
Nokia Lumia 625
Sony Xperia T3

Rating

HTC Desire 510 - 09/18/2014 v4(old)
Manuel Masiero

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
71 / 75 → 95%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
44 / 60 → 73%
Weight
92%
Battery
93%
Display
78%
Games Performance
54 / 63 → 86%
Application Performance
29 / 70 → 41%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Audio
64 / 91 → 70%
Camera
58%
Average
72%
81%
Smartphone - Weighted Average
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Manuel Masiero, 2014-10- 6 (Update: 2018-05-15)
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Ended up in the IT sector in the 90s more or less accidentally and have remained in the industry (as a sysadmin) ever since. Always been interested in laptops - first purchase was - if memory serves correctly - a Toshiba Satellite T2115CS with DX4-75 processor, 4 MB of RAM and 350 MB hard disk drive (and Windows 3.1). To this day, laptops appeal to me - much to the chagrin of my wife, who doesn’t seem understand why we need 5-10 of them at any given time ;-).