HTC Desire 320 review
Priced to please, built to impress
Our HTC Desire 320 review uncovers an entry level smartphone that delivers an experience powered by HTC Sense and Android.
The 4.5” display has a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels and this places this HTC phone into the mini sizing bracket. Most of the front of the phone is covered by glass with just a small trim at the top for the earphone.
The Desire 320 has a 10.5mm thick shell which is typical for budget smartphones and at 145 grams it can go almost unnoticed in a pocket or bag. A quad-core 1.3GHz processor with 512MB RAM offers plenty of processing power for multitasking.
Inside we find a 4GB internal memory of which 1.5GB is available for storing user content. If you intend to take lots of photos and videos or download games and new apps then a larger memory may be needed. Thankfully there is a memory card slot and this will house a MicroSD card of up to 32GB.
Phone Set Up
The first thing you will want to setup is HTC BlinkFeed. This can be set as the home screen if you choose and it provides timely updates from your social networks as well as the latest news, sports and weather reports. You can tailor the topics of interest here to ensure you get a live feed of information that is personal to you.
The Android KitKat operating system provides a portfolio of Google features that can be built upon with apps downloaded from Google Play. Your initial Google package includes YouTube, Gmail, Google Play, Google Magazine, Google Search and Google Voice Search.
The quad core processor ensures you experience smooth gaming and media playback. Access to the internet is provided over Wi-Fi or 3G and GPS is built in for location based services including turn by turn navigation.
The HTC Sense user interface provides plenty of other features to back up those provided by the Android operating system.
Camera & Video
The 5MP camera will give you no reason to complain and for its pricing bracket the quality is very good. You will be pleased to find that 1080p video recording is possible and the zero edit tool allows you to easily create 30-second movies with music.
To ensure you make the most of the Desire 320’s camera read our complete guide to smartphone photography.
There is a secondary camera on the front of the HTC Desire 320 and this can be used for making video calls.
The 2,100mAh battery is also a pleasant surprise to find and this will offer up to 690 hours of standby or 12 hours of talk time.
HTC Desire 320 verdict: Whilst we find nothing wrong with the Desire 320 I have to strongly recommend that you check out the deals for the Desire 620 and the Desire 820. Both of these higher spec smartphones can be purchased on similar line rentals.
Written by: Michael Brown