HTC Desire 620 review

We tried out the HTC Desire 620, one of HTC's most recent launches to arrive in the UK. Here is what we thought of the mid-range handset.
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HTC Desire 620 review

DON’T DENY THE HEART’S DESIRE

The new Desire 620 is one of two new HTC smartphones (the other being the Desire 820) to arrive on UK soil. And, we’re excited to see what the well-respected Taiwanese company can do with these good-looking mid-range handsets. Let’s kick off with the 620…

PROS

  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • Improved screen resolution
  • HTC features – Zoe and BlinkFeed

CONS

  • Plastic shell
  • Thick bezel
  • Depressing colour scheme


LOOK & FEEL

Last year we saw the arrival of the 620’s predecessor, the Desire 610. The 610 was, and is, a respectable mid-range handset, but the 620 has made some positive headway in terms of both specs and size.

The 620 has a 5-inch HD display, which admittedly isn’t as bright as we would have liked, but’s it’s 0.3-inches larger than the 610’s. It also has a plastic build, which is certainly sturdy and comfortable to hold, but doesn’t have the same premium feel as the top-end HTC devices do, which are generally made of metal.

The model we have for our review is a depressing battleship kind of grey (other, happier colours are available), and the gloomy scheme even continues when the phone is turned on, with a photo of a monochrome leaf. We’re not really sure what to make of it all…

HOW IT WORKS

The HTC runs on Google’s mobile operating system (OS), Android KitKat. This isn’t Google’s latset OS, but we hope an update will be announced soon.

HTC has loads of special features built into its phones that make the experience more personal. One of our favourites is BlinkFeed. This feature is available directly from your home screen, just a swipe to the right away. It gathers all the news and social media posts you’re interested in, and stacks it all up for you to read at your convenience.

There’s also Zoe, which is an innovative tool that mixes, edits and shares your photos and videos – making them look great. If you want to tell a story properly, there’s no better way than with Zoe.

CAMERA

An 8MP camera is on the rear of the 620, and produces fairly good quality images. The fact that the screen isn’t as bright as we would have liked means that colours don’t look as vivid as they do in real life, but once the images are transferred to a computer, you can see that they’re of a pretty good quality.

On the front however, is a superb 5MP camera, which is a massive jump from the 610’s 1.3MP front-facing snapper. This is a great USP for the 620, and proves that HTC is truly making something of its camera technology. Although it’s still not quite the HTC Desire EYE’s amazing 13MP front-facer (which you could have the chance of winning), the 620 shows up some top of the line handsets out there in this department.

PERFORMANCE

Deep inside the HTC Desire 620 is the battery, processor and all the other stuff that makes the phone work. The 2,100mAh battery is a slight improvement from the 620’s predecessor, but the headline is the inclusion of the latest Snapdragon 410 processor.

This ensures that the 620 will be able to keep up with the current generation of apps, making sure the phone can run smoothly and bug free – essentially, as it should.

OUR VERDICT

The HTC Desire 620 is a good move forward from the 610. The improvement in screen size has brought it up to date with the competition and the front-facing camera spec is a massive shout for selfie and general photography fans alike.

If you like the sound of the HTC Desire 620, follow the link to find out more and browse our great deals. And, if you have any questions, drop us a comment below.

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