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Full Review

While all eyes are on the HTC One M9, the Desire 620 is worthy of a little attention too. It’s not a flagship, it’s not even metal, but with a £200 price tag and a 5.0-inch screen it certainly looks like a bargain at first glance.

But is it really such great value or is it less than meets the eye? Read on to find out.

Screen

HTC Desire 620 Review

The HTC Desire 620’s screen is at once one of the best and worst things about it, because it falls into that mid-range trap of being big without quite having the resolution to support it.

It’s got a 5.0-inch 720 x 1280 Super LCD display with a pixel density of 294 pixels per inch, which actually isn’t bad at all, but to our mind it’s not the optimal combination of size and resolution. If HTC couldn’t up the resolution to 1080p then it would probably have been better if it had dropped the size to around 4.7 inches.

That would still make for a good size display but would be substantially sharper. As it is the screen is still reasonably crisp though.

Design

HTC Desire 620 Review

There’s no metal here, but the HTC Desire 620 still has a stylish design, with its two-tone colour scheme. In fact as lower midrange phones go it’s arguably one of the best looking around and it feels solid and well-built too.

While a hint of metal or waterproofing would be nice you can’t expect that for the money, so the design is a clear win. It’s a little bit on the chunky side at 9.6mm, but since making it thinner may have affected the size of the battery we’ll happily take it as it is.

Power

One area where the HTC Desire 620 is a little lacking is in the power department, as it has just a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor and 1GB of RAM. A couple of years ago that would have been pretty good for a midrange phone, but it’s now a spec that we’re seeing on entry level handsets.

The good news is that performance is still fairly solid and as the Snapdragon 410 is a 64-bit processor it’s equipped to make the most of Android Lollipop if and when the Desire 620 gets upgraded from Android KitKat.

HTC’s Sense interface is also pretty slick and doesn’t to slow the phone down, so in general operation the Desire 620 is fine, just don’t expect to be playing the latest and greatest games on it.

Camera

HTC Desire 620 Review

The HTC Desire 620 has an 8 megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and the ability to shoot 1080p video at 30fps. Then round the front there’s a 5 megapixel snapper for exquisite selfies.

Even flagships rarely go beyond 5 megapixels in their front-facing cameras, so that’s a win for the HTC Desire 620. The rear camera isn’t quite so impressive but 8 megapixels is still a more than reasonable spec for a £200 handset and is enough for it to take fairly sharp and detailed photos.

Features

While the HTC Desire 620 doesn’t have much in the way of standout features it does at least have some of the core things you expect from an HTC handset.

The biggest probably being BoomSound speakers. These dual front-facing speakers pump out loud and crisp sounds, at least in comparison to most other smartphones, so if you don’t have headphones are proper speakers with you they’ll do the trick.

Being an HTC phone it also has BlinkFeed- an optional screen full of social network updates as well as news and entertainment updates from sources chosen by you, giving you an at a glance guide to the most important happenings in your world and beyond. It looks good and it works well.

Of course these features are available on most HTC handsets, so the Desire 620 doesn’t really stand out from them, other than for its fairly low price tag.

Battery life, memory and connectivity

The HTC Desire 620 has a 2100 mAh battery which while fairly small actually keeps it going for quite a while. You should easily get a day out of the HTC Desire 620 and with light to moderate use it could feasibly even stretch to two days, though to be safe you’ll probably want to charge it every night unless you can easily do so during the day.

Memory is rather less impressive as there’s just 8GB built in, which won’t go far at all, but HTC has included support for microSD cards of up to 128GB so you can bulk the storage up a substantial amount. Of course if you don’t already have a card lying around this will add to the price, which is one of the most appealing aspects of the Desire 620.

The Desire 620 supports Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G and Bluetooth 4.0. There’s no NFC, but the inclusion of 4G is worth highlighting, as that’s still far from guaranteed on cheaper handsets.

Conclusion

The HTC Desire 620 has a great design, a big screen, decent battery life, a slick interface and a good camera, making it a pretty impressive all-rounder considering it’s just £200.

But it’s lacking in power, has little built in storage and little that makes it truly stand out, so while it’s a good buy if you’re on a budget those things are worth bearing in mind and make it hard to wholeheartedly recommend.

Specifications

Specifications

Dimensions : 150.1 x 72.7 x 9.6mm

Weight: 160 grams

Screen size: 5.0” Super LCD (720 x 1280)

Screen Resolution: 720 x 1280 display resolution

Pixels Per Inch (PPI) : 294

Processor: 1.2GHz Quad core application processor

RAM: 1GB

On-board Memory: 8GB (microSD card support)

Camera: 8MP (rear), 1080p at 30fps (5 megapixel front-facing)

Operating system: Android 4.4.4

Ultrafast / 3G / 4G LTE: Yes/ Yes/ Yes

Bluetooth / NFC : Yes/ No

Battery capacity: 2100mAh

Colours: Santorini White, Saffron Grey, Tuxedo Grey

Launch Date: Out now
Price: £200

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