The "1-Minute" Review
- Very low resolution screen
- Poor camera
- Bad viewing angles
After releasing the One M8, HTC shifted its focus to the more mid-range market with the Desire 610. There's no mistaking that the Desire 610 is marketed to the budget crowd. It's outer shell is made entirely of two-tone plastic. The back cover offers a glossy plastic that reviewers noticed gathered fingerprints rather quickly. The front and sides offer a matte plastic, which Trusted Reviews states, "…prevent[s] the HTC Desire 610 from slipping through your fingers…[and] gives the phone a stylish charm." While it might be made of plastic, critics note that it overall is well-built and sturdy.
Although it only has a 4.7-inch screen, its dimensions are fairly chunky at 5.6 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches. Most of this additional size is due to the large bezels surrounding the display and the inclusion of speakers above and below it. Despite its size, experts were surprised at how comfortable it was to hold and use for extended amounts of time.
As mentioned, the display measures 4.7-inches and provides a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels for an overall pixel density of 234ppi. While the display provided accurate colors, reviewers noticed significant fuzziness in text and icons, more viewing angles and mediocre brightness. For them, the flaws outweighed any potential positives the display might offer.
Inside the Desire 610 is a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. While not top-of-the-line, it ran smoothly enough for reviewers when scrolling through menus or browsing the web. They only ran into issues when playing intensive games or when multi-tasking. The battery life is on par with other devices, and reviewers were able to eke out 2 days of light usage and around 1 day of moderate to heavy use. Internal storage is limited to 8GB though there is an expandable microSD slot that accepts up to 64GB.
Experts suggest budding phoneographers look elsewhere for a decent camera. The Desire 610 offers an unimpressive 8MP rear camera and while MP count isn't everything, image quality fell flat. Even in good lighting situations, critics were unable to capture finer details or proper exposure for their pictures and moderate-to-low light led to grainy and more smudged details.
Despite its accessible price, many reviewers have a hard time recommending the HTC Desire 610. CNET states, "Although the Desire 610 is affordable, its uninspiring specs mean it's still not cheap enough." PC Advisor adds, "We like the phone, but when you compare it with close rivals, it becomes more difficult to give it a hearty recommendation."
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HTC released the Desire 610 on May 23, 2014.
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HTC backs up the Desire 610 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
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