- Low res display leads to fuzzy texts and images
- Poor bright light legibility
- Poor camera quality
The Desire 510 is another smartphone in HTC's range of budget and mid-range smartphone lineup. As expected of a budget device, the 510 sports a completely plastic build with large bezels at the top and bottom of the screen. At 5.5 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches, it isn't the slimmest smartphone on the market and reviewers describe it as "chunky" but they add that it is still relatively ergonomic due to the smooth edges and additional thickness. Despite its all plastic build, critics were impressed with the overall build quality with CNET stating, "It definitely feels like it can take a few knocks and bumps."
Perhaps the most underwhelming feature of the 510 is the display. At 4.7 inches it only has a resolution of 480 pixels, which means a low pixel density of 208ppi. Experts immediately noticed some fuzziness when reading text and pixilation on images though they found it sharp enough for basic tasks like reading email and browsing the web. Unfortunately, they also noticed that viewing angles were very narrow with PC Mag noting, "…even from dead on, everything looks washed out and grainy."
The Desire 510 is the first Android phone to ship with a 64-bit processor. It comes equipped with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The new chipset, however, does little to actually increase the speed of the phone. In real-life testing, experts barely noticed any different in performance when compared to devices in a similar price range. While they didn't experience too much slowdown during basic tasks and navigating the UI, they did notice slowdown when they had multiple apps open at a time. Of course, consumers might not be able to download many apps as it only comes with 8GB of internal storage. Perhaps the biggest draw of the phone is its 4G LTE connectivity. Experts were happy with the download speeds and could quickly and easily connect without any issues. Battery life varies depending on usage, but experts were able to get a full day out of it with light usage.
As for the camera, reviewers were less than impressed with the 5MP shooter calling it a letdown and pointing out that it is only good for very basic photos meant to be shared only with friends and family.
While its low cost might seem enticing, experts are hesitant to recommend it. Phone Arena says, "As a whole, the 510 is a decent entry-level smartphone to have, but we cannot recommend it…The display is borderline unusable under direct light...[the] 5MP camera is unimpressive." TechRadar adds, "…if you want your smartphone to be more than just a portal to the internet, then you'll want to look elsewhere."