HTC Desire 820 review
A blend of photography and octa-core power
Our HTC Desire 820 review uncovers a smartphone that has an exceptionally long list of photographic features and with an octa-core processor everything from seemless multitasking to video streaming is at its best.
The new HTC unibody with its dual colour finish brings a refreshing new look to the range and the Desire 820 spreads its colourful personality across a big 5.5” display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels.
It’s more than just looks though as this durable phone has been fitted with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which is highly scratch resistant so it can be thrown into a bag or pocket and your keys will not mark the display. In fact Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is so strong that it would it take nearly 200 kg of pressure to break a l mm thick piece.
This is incredibly impressive when we compare this to Sapphire glass used by Apple, which breaks under approx. 70 kg of pressure.
The display fills the front face of the HTC Desire 820 but HTC has still managed to retain space for the BoomSound dual stereo speakers with built-in amps. The weighting is pretty much middle of the road at 155g but at 7.74 mm thick the overall look is slimline and premium.
This premium build quality continues inside with a 64-bit octa-core processor with 2GB RAM and an internal memory of 16GB of which 11.2GB is available for user storage. If you intend to save loads of pictures, videos or offline games then you can expand the memory with a 128GB memory card or take advantage of online Cloud storage.
Phone Set Up
Most users will choose to set HTC BlinkFeed as their home screen and this will give a live stream of your social network updates as well as news and sports headlines for your chosen topics of interest.
The new HTC Sense UI v6 is pre-installed on the HTC Desire 820 and this offers a redesigned app tray for fast access to the customisational options. HTC Sense TV and the Music App themes have also had a makeover and new features have been added to give you greater control of the Do Not Disturb Mode.
4G and Wi-Fi give quick access to the internet and the Android KitKat OS allows you to visit Google Play for downloads of new content, games and apps.
Windows Media Video 9 and Windows Media Audio 9 will allow you to play movies, TV and music. Sense Voice is on hand to automatically boosts the call volume and quality in noisy environments and GPS is available for location based services and navigation.
Camera & Video
The camera is the stand-out feature of the HTC Desire 820 with a 13MP main camera which is paired up with a high-definition 8MP selfie camera, both of which can record video at 1080p.
You can access the camera with Motion Launch Snap gesture controls and from the view finder you will be able to enjoy the full HTC Eye Experience. This includes a ton of features that either assist your photographic prowess or add an element of fun:
- Face Fusion - This allows you to merge two faces at varying degrees for entertaining results.
- Live Makeup - Here you can apply your beautifying enhancements before you hit the shutter button.
- Photo Booth - Here the camera captures four consecutive photos and places them together to make a single image.
- Crop Me In - This feature allows you to put your own image into the background.
- Screen Share - Here you can share your screen during video calls.
- Voice Activated Selfies - This really makes life a lot easier.
Auto Selfie and Split Capture features can also be added by making a camera app update.
The 2,600mAh battery is sufficient for a days usage under mixed usage scenarios but should you simply need your phone switched on then this phone will sit in standby for up to 455 hours. The HTC Desire 820 works just as well for chattier users with a talk time of up to 17.8 hours.
HTC Desire 820 verdict: This really is a great all-rounder and the simple yet modern design is truly captivating.
Written by: Michael Brown