HTC Desire 826
A HTC Mid-Ranger with Flagship Style Performance
Another HTC mid-ranger hitting the market soon, the Desire 826 separates itself from the crowd with a flagship-esque spec sheet.
We thought it rude not to try and give you a HTC Desire 826 Review, so here we are giving you a full rundown of the handset, covering everything from specs and design, down to battery life.
So with no further ado, here’s an in-depth look at HTC’s latest smartphone! Will it live up to your expectations?
Keeping a very similar design to that of the Desire 820 with a bit of the Desire Eye added for good measure, it’s safe to say that the Desire 826 was always going to be a bit of a looker.
Built mainly with a glossy plastic chassis, the HTC handset is available in number of colours, all of which look tremendous with the modern and minimalistic two tone style adopted by the manufacturer.
The coloured accents on the side of the device are made of rubber, helping massively with grip, but also giving the Desire handset an aura of durability. Whilst the handset is by no means infallible, if you’re lucky enough to have it drop onto its side, it will survive most reasonable bumps.
HTC’s BoomSound speakers are included once more with its latest handset, offering up superior audio quality over many other similarly priced devices, whilst not costing a ridiculous amount of cash either.
On the front of it, you may not think that this HTC smartphone matches up with some of its previous efforts, but you’ll soon realise after giving it a go, that the Desire 826 is one of the better looking and feeling smartphones on the market.
Phone Set Up
With Android Lollipop at the helm, it’s relatively easy to get going with the HTC Desire 826, even if you’re making the move from iPhone or another operating system.
You can sign in with your Google account if you already have one, or simply set one up on the fly to get started. From here you will be guided through the set-up of the HTC handset, making for a simple and easy transition into your new smartphone.
Typically, HTC tends to make getting used to its phone’s a simple and easy process to complete, which is backed up by the specs on the handset, which help things run smoothly.
Boasting a 5.5” 1080p display, the Desire 826 offers more than enough screen for most of us to handle, whilst a Snapdragon 615 chipset offers a great speed for a mid-range device.
Add to this an octa-core processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB of expandable storage and you have yourself a very powerful device, and one which can even keep up with some flagship phones as well.
HTC’s seasoned smartphone history is absolutely doused with numerous features already, many of which are set to find their way onto the Desire 826.
BlinkFeed is an obvious inclusion, having found huge amounts of success already on handsets like the One M8 and Desire Eye. Not only does it offer you a selection of news and information, it’s tailored completely to you, so no two feeds are alike.
Android Lollipop brings a host of features of its own to the party, mainly on the practical side of things, with lock screen notifications and other handy tools included.
The stock version of the software is overlaid with HTC’s own Sense 6 user interface, giving the entire handset a very distinct feel compared to competing Android handsets, which itself brings features like Zoe, which creates movies out of your photographs and other media.
So, with plenty to play with, the Desire 826 is ideal if you love your smartphone features.
Camera & Video
Photography has been somewhat of a sticking point with previous HTC handsets, most recently the One M8, which received a fair amount of criticism for its UltraPixel style.
This time, it seems that HTC has learnt from its mistakes, opting to give us a standard 13 megapixel rear mounted camera lens, which performs at a more than satisfactory level.
The front based lens however, does use the UltraPixel technology, but this could prove to be a bit of a hit, as the system should improve low-light performance, something which regularly causes issues for selfies.
HTC’s Zoe feature, which we’ve already mentioned is also included on the Desire 826, giving us the chance to turn our home videos and pictures into a collection of memories patched together.
In general, camera performance on the HTC device is looking like it’s on the up, giving HTC fans something to be very happy about, especially after all the issues it’s faced before.
Making home for a 2600mAh battery, the HTC Desire 826 offers around about your average performance on this front.
24 hours definitely shouldn’t be an issue on a full charge, whilst those who use a lot of data, games and apps might struggle to keep it going if they’re overzealous.
Of course, if you’re careful about your power consumption, you’ll find that the HTC Desire device will last you quite a while, don’t go travelling too far without a charger though…
For those looking to invest in a brand new smartphone which offers a solid spec list the HTC Desire 826 is an ideal companion.
Not only does it boast a healthy amount of power, it looks brilliant and fits in your hand nicely. The camera is a good performer as well, and with a nice array of features, you’ll never find yourself bored with it in your grasp.
Battery life is as you’d expect as well, making for an extremely good all-round device, at a lower cost than many other similarly graded handsets.
Written by Luke Hatfield