HTC Desire 620 review
HD tech and a new design
Our HTC Desire 620 review reveals a mid-range smartphone with top notch tech and a rock bottom price. Add onto this the next generation design from HTC and we have a mobile phone that should have some serious shelf appeal.
When you power on the HTC Desire 620 you are instantly captivated by the vibrant 5” super LCD display that boasts a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, which converts to 294 ppi. The reason for this captivation is the Super LCD screen which differs from a normal LCD screen.
Super LCD screens have no air gaps between the display element and the outer glass. This subtle change has important implications as glare is reduced, outdoor visibility is improved and you get lower power consumption when displaying lighter colours. When we factor in that the majority of webpages have white backgrounds the benefits seem even more attractive.
The new design catches the eye too as a dual colour scheme highlights elements such as the camera lens and puts a coloured trim around the front edge. Over 60% of the body is screen and this just leaves enough room for the stereo speakers.
Weighing 145g this HTC phone is nether light or heavy and the 9.6mm thickness also sits in the mid-ground when compared to its competitors. We were pleasantly surprised though to find a quad core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB RAM for multitasking between apps. The 8GB internal memory can be boosted further with a memory card of up to 128GB.
Phone Set Up
If you don’t want to go down the route of purchasing memory cards then you could take advantage of the 100GB of Google Drive storage which is free for the first 2 years. You will find Google Drive pre-installed and opening the app will trigger your 2 years of free cloud storage.
The Android KitKat operating system is onboard so downloading new apps will be a breeze and the HTC Desire 620 has dual SIM capabilities for 4G+ which effectively doubles the 4G speed. You will however need a 4G+ tariff and have coverage for the service which is still being rolled out across the UK.
The feature set is pretty typical with a portfolio of Google services, GPS for navigation and Bluetooth for connecting to wireless devices.
HTC has however added plenty of extra features and tweaks to ensure the Desire 620 offers something a little unique from the HTC brand. This includes BlinkFeed which can be set as the homescreen for a live feed of news, sports and social network updates.
HTC Sense and HTC Connect also feature on the Desire 620 and offers ‘ease-of-use’ for high-quality audio, video and photo streaming with other devices in your home or car. In particular if you have Pioneer devices then these should be HTC Connect enabled.
You can activate this feature by pressing three fingers on the screen and sliding them upwards when you are in any audio or video streaming app. If you are buying new tech for your home or car then look out for the HTC Connect logo.
Camera & Video
The 8MP camera is actually pretty top notch and should make your compact digital camera redundant. It’s worth taking time though to understand the camera settings and how to use them if you really want your photographs to stand out. You can access these by tapping the three dots on the screen which then shows the controls in the viewfinder.
Here’s a quick rundown of what’s there:
- Auto - This is the default mode and when you need to quickly capture the moment you can just point and shoot and let the camera do the work for you.
- ISO - This feature allows you to adjust your cameras sensitivity to light. Setting a higher ISO level will make the camera more sensitive to light so use this when you are photographing under low light conditions.
- EV - The Exposure Value gives you control over scenes that are either mostly dark or mostly light. In Auto the camera sets this level at a mid-point between the lightest and darkest elements in the viewfinder. If however you are taking a picture of a snow covered scene then the snow in Auto looks grey. This happens because the camera sees the bright white parts as the mid-point and the mid-point between white and black is grey. So in bright scenes you can raise the EV and in dark scenes you can lower the EV to compensate and capture colours as seen by your eye.
- AWB - This feature allows you to adjust the white balance of your scene under different light temperatures. The human eye does this automatically so that you don’t notice it but a camera may struggle to do this correctly. Under indoor lighting image results may look orange while they may look blue when subjects are photographed in the shade. AWB gives you manual control over this.
You will also find colour filters, Sweep Panorama mode and VideoPic which lets you capture a photo while recording video at 1080p. The forward facing 5MP camera can also record video at this resolution and to aid selfies there is a countdown timer.
The final piece of good news for amateur photographers is that you can use the volume buttons to control the camera. From the camera settings you can choose whether the volume buttons will activate the shutter or be used for zooming in and out of the scene.
The 2,100mAh battery is pretty typical for mid-range smartphones but it does get a little boost from that Super LCD display which uses less power, giving you the best reach when browsing the internet.
Written by: Michael Brown