HTC Desire 650 review
Trendy camera phone
Our HTC Desire 650 review finds an affordable contract mobile phone that can be picked up from £13.45 per month, on a 24 month contract. This already sounds like a great deal but the pot is sweetened further by trendy looks and a high resolution camera.
Unique grooved design
The HTC Desire 650 has a unique design that we haven’t seen before. On the back, the top half is smooth, while the bottom half is grooved. The long linear lines not only provide a secure grip but also make it easy to recognise which way is up.
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The blue Desire 650 has a black back with blue colour accents added to the power button, HTC logo and camera lens surround. This is one of the lighter mobile phones around at 140g and is pretty slim at 8.4mm thick.
Practical display & processor
The HTC Desire 650 has a 5” LCD display with HD resolution (720 x 1280 pixels at 294 pixels per inch). The screen is protected behind scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass and you can activate the Night Mode for a warm hue in the evenings that reduces eyestrain.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.6GHz processor with 2GB RAM is faster than those found in budget phones, so we should consider this HTC phone to be ideal for the mid-market.
Phone Set Up
The HTC Desire 650 can be set up to run with icons in a grid pattern, just like other smartphones. You can however be a little different and instead choose to use the Freestyle Layout.
The Freestyle Layout lets you put your widgets and app icons anywhere on the home screen. You can even do away with app icons altogether and instead link apps to stickers. If you like to change the layout often or are searching for that one perfect layout, then the HTC Themes app gives you access to hundreds of grid or freestyle themes.
The Desire 650 comes with the HTC transfer tool and this makes it really easy to bring over content from your last smartphone. Of the 16GB memory, 10.3GB is free to the user. Should you need to expand the memory in the future, then there is a up to 2TB microSD card slot.
The HTC Desire 650 has a series of features and apps created by HTC. These include Hi-Res audio and a special HTC BoomSound profile for listening to music via your headphones.
If you wish, you can add the HTC Sense Home Widget to your homescreen and this automatically shows useful apps, based on whether you are at home, at work or simply out and about. If you are out and about, then the pocket mode will ensure that the phone isn’t accidentally activated.
BlinkFeed can be accessed by dragging in the screen to the left and this gives you a feed of social updates and news topics of interest to you. To ensure that performance is maintained, the Boost+ app has a Smart Boost feature that cleans memory and deletes junk files.
The HTC Desire 650 runs on Google’s Android Marshmallow operating system. This includes many useful apps such as Maps, the Chrome web browser, Newsstand and Gmail. You also get Google Play Music, which lets you store your music files online in the cloud, with a limit of 50,000 songs.
HTC has ensured that they haven’t added duplicated apps and have only included HTC apps that are not provided as part of the Android OS.
Camera & Video
We mentioned earlier that the HTC Desire 650 has a high resolution camera and this is specifically a 13MP camera. The camera app has been redesigned to make it easier to use and includes handy features such as Sweep Panorama (up to 180 degrees), HDR mode, continuous shooting, 1080p (Full HD) video recording and VideoPic, which lets you take photos while you are recording video.
5MP selfie camera
The 5MP selfie camera also has improved functionality with real time live makeup effects. To help you capture a better pose, you can activate the shutter with Smile Capture, Voice Capture and Auto Capture (stand still).
Google Photos is pre-loaded and gives you unlimited free storage. With this you can make better use of your phone’s memory by storing your photos and videos online (cloud).
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As a bonus, online cloud storage gives you access to your photos and videos from other devices that you own. When you want to find a photo, you can search for it by a face, keyword or image content.
The HTC Desire 650 has a 2,200mAh capacity battery. This isn’t large but it is sized with the screen size and resolution in mind. Because of this, the battery performs well and should give you up to 5.5 hours of internet use or up to 44 hours of music playback, 6.5 hours of HD video playback, 28.5 days of standby or up to 17.5 hours of talktime.
If you do run low on power, then you can activate power saving mode or extreme power saving mode.
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Written by: Michael Brown