Welcome to my review of the HTC Desire 820.
The first thing that grabbed my attention was the look and feel of the phone. I really love the finish with the orange accents. The phone is available in a range of colours, which in my opinion gives it some personality. It also drew attraction from a number of people who wanted to know more about the phone, just based on its initial looks. Even the micro usb port has a little orange love.
First lets take a look at the official specs –
– Size 157.7 x 78.74 x 7.74 mm
– CPU Speed Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615, Octa-core 64-bit
– Network 2G/ 2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE:850/900/1800/1900 MHz ,3G/3.5G – WCDMA: 850/900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps , 4G – LTE: Bands 3,7,8, 20
– Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
– Camera -Main Camera:13MP, BSI sensor, f/2.2, 28mm lens, 1080p video recording, Front Camera:8MP, BSI sensor, 1080p video recording
– HTC Eye™ Experience with Split Capture*, Face Fusion, Live Makeup, Auto Selfie*, Photo Booth
– AC Adaptor Voltage range/frequency:100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz DC output: 5 V and 1 A
– Weight 155 g
– Platform Android™ with HTC Sense™ HTC BlinkFeed™
– Memory Total storage:16GB, available capacity varies RAM:2GB
– Expansion card slot supports microSD™ memory card for up to 128GB additional storage (card not included)
– Connectivity Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX™ enabled Wi-Fi®:IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz)
– DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer
– HTC Connect™
– micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port
– Audio supported formats: Playback:.aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .flac, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9) Recording:.aac
– Video supported formats:Playback:.3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .mkv, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3) Recording:.mp4
– Display – 5.5 inch, HD720
– SIM Card Type nano SIM
– Location Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS Digital Compass
– Sound HTC BoomSound™ Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers
– Sense Voice
– Battery Capacity:2600 mAh
– Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery
– Talk time: Up to 17.8 hours for 3G Standby time ,Up to 455 hours for 3G
The first thing to note about the HTC Desire 820 is that it has a Snapdragon 64 bit processor which will allow for some future proofing. The plastic body did seem to attract my finger prints, but nothing that could not be removed with a quick wipe. The 5.5-inch screen is only 720p but the panel used is excellent. The display had good colour reproduction and viewing angles. Text looked fine on the screen too. The Desire 820 has HTC’s trademark Boomsound Front facing loudspeakers and these really do offer an upgraded audio experience. Not quite at the standard of the One M8/M9 but not far behind either.
Qualcomm’s 64-bit octa-core SoC is focused at mid-range market smartphones. The Snapdragon 615 has four 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 cores and four 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 cores along with an Adreno 405 GPU. With the RAM at 2GB this phone flies in use. The phone comes with 16gb internal storage of which 8gb is available to the user. The Desire 820 does accepts microSD cards of up to 128GB capacity. The phone comes with android 4.4.4, HTC Sense 6 and HTC Blinkfeed. Lollipop is scheduled for the Desire 820 too.
The Desire 820’s front camera is a massive 8 megapixels with the rear being 13mp shooter with LED flash. HTC’s camera app is truly fairly comprehensive. There are a host of shooting modes available apart from your regular suspects like Manual, Auto, Photo Booth, Split Capture and Panorama. Manual controls offers fine control over a wide number of parameters from ISO, EV, AWB, Filters, Shooting modes from night, macro, HDR, aperture from 0.3 to 1/8000 and lots more. For the creative ones, the camera app is ideal. Once you have taken your photos the editing software allows for many options including draw, rotate, crop, flip, straighten, frames, filters, effects (face adjustments galore) . The Desire 820 is a real social camera especially being able to create video highlights/Zoe’s.
Below are a sample of the camera shots taken with the Desire 820 so you can make your own opinion on the quality of the Desire 820 camera. In my view, in good light the photos were ok and in difficult lighting it seemed to struggle. For the full range of shots head over to my Flickr album set – https://flic.kr/s/aHsk6fBpFk
The phone can connect to other devices over Bluetooth v4.0 and has support for apt-X which add to the audio experience. USB Audio is not supported. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Wi-Fi Direct. The battery is 2600mAh battery which provided enough juice just to make it through one of my days. That was without using the Power saving or Extreme Power saving modes.
The HTC Desire 820 is available for around £270 an offers a reasonable experience.