Review by Sunetra Chakravati,3/23/2015 2:06:31 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
8MP main and 5MP front camera both capturing 1080p HD video | 5-inch display | 4G connectivity
Doesn't run latest Android | Too plastic-y
By Christian Azolan
The Desire range from HTC used to sit at the top of HTC’s flagship tree but since the emergence of the One range, has been bumped down to the middle rung. The Desire range is all about decent specs in a very carefully considered body.
The Desire 620, the 5-inch successor to the Desire 610, is the latest member of the HTC mid-range family. While Desire 610 was a £250 good, chunky and solid phone, the 620 come cheaper just over £200.
Usually the upgraded second-generation models tend to be a more expensive so the Desire 620’s incredible value is a refreshing change.
It is still more expensive than the Moto G 2 (£145) and the 4.8-inch Sony Xperia M2 (£149), but the price-drop needed to happen.
Read on to see if it is enough.
A few design changes have been made to make this big-screen phone easier to manage. The curved corners are more of a feature than the 610’s and it is noticeably thinner coming in at 9.6mm thick. The casing clips away to reveal the Micro SIM and microSD card slot to expand the 8GB internal memory.
Up front, the screen bezel is thinner down the sides, and there's a single row of new-look, front-facing speakers.
The 5-inch Super LCD screen has a 720p HD resolution with a 294ppi pixel density, matching the Moto G (2nd Gen) for sharpness. It's a big step up from the 610’s 960 x 540 display for resolution, clarity and colour accuracy. The last of the notable changes is HTC’s decision to move the volume rocker and standby button down on side of the phone to create a less cluttered design.
If colours are you thing, then the two-tone design comes in grey/blue, white/grey and grey/orange, where grey dominates the overall look in each case.
Running Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 6 overlaid on top, Desire 620 is powered by a decent quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor.
The successor to the Snapdragon 400 CPU is guaranteed to be the mainstay for mid-range phones from the likes of HTC, Sony and LG this year, bringing 32-bit and 64-bit support, as well as quick-charge technology. The 410 CPU is accompanied by an Adreno 306 GPU making it ideal for powerful gaming, and 1GB of RAM to handle multitasking.
The battery has been given a bit of a boost going from 2040mAh in the Desire 610 to 2100mAh but that is to be expected with a bigger screen to power.
HTC has made the Desire 620 a more desirable mid-range phone than its predecessor. The jump-up to a 5-inch screen isn't something you will notice and, while spreading 720p HD across a bigger screen doesn't always pay off, it is a big improvement on the 610 making this a worthy upgrade if you want to stick with the HTC sense overlay which is a great experience.
The issue here is that it still feels a little overpriced, so maybe HTC should knock a few more pounds off especially when you compare it to the competition. There's nothing that really stands out that would make you want to spend £30-40 more when you can get a Moto G (2nd Gen) for cheaper. If HTC manages to deliver battery life and a bit of the premium feel like the One M8's then that would make more appealing for sure.
Right now, it's just a more expensive Moto G (2nd Gen) alternative but a decent upgrade if your last device was a Desire 610.