HTC Desire 516: Just falling short

Aug 07 2014, 09:00 IST
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HTC has launched a competitor to the Moto G in Europe and India. HTC has launched a competitor to the Moto G in Europe and India.
SummaryThe Desire 516 is a sleek mid-range handset with a good camera and big screen to enjoy movies on the go, but needs a powerful battery

HTC has launched a competitor to the Moto G in Europe and India. The Taiwanese maker is making sure they have devices in every price bracket. The phone is a 5-inch device and is in the long list of phablets that are populating the smartphone market today. I took a look at the phone’s finer features trying to see if it matches up to the devices in its price bracket (which is ruled by the Moto G.) With the entry of the BlackBerry Z3 and the Asus ZenFone 5, even the dominant players like Samsung have been given a run for their money.

Design: The phone has nice rounded edges and the back cover and battery are removable. The 5-inch display size means the phone is slightly difficult to handle with one hand. The plastic back cover is extremely glossy and is a real smudge magnet. The phone weighs 160 grams and is 9.7 mm thick. The 5 MP camera, like any other HTC, is at the centre of the phone on its rear side. The phone comes in full black and full white variants and the glossy finish makes it a little tricky to hold onto with one hand. Also illuminating the back and home touch buttons would certainly help us use the phone better for those late night texts rather than depending on the tactile feedback.

Screen: The 5-inch screen has a 540 x 960 pixel resolution with a 220 pixel density. Its colour tone and contrast ratio makes for good viewing and the display quality is impressive for its price point. The screen is good for viewing videos and the pictures also appear quite vivid. The Moto G has an HD display and pips the 516 in this aspect.

Performance: The phone is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor paired with Adreno 305 GPU. The 1 GB of RAM though falls short of the other phones in the price bracket. The phone handles all your regular apps quite smoothly but can show a hint of lag when using some data-hogging apps in tandem.

Software: The 516 comes with the outdated Android 4.2. It seems HTC takes time to tweak its Sense user interface for Kitkat. The drop down notification menu and the trademark up-down app drawer enables you to handle the 5 inch device with one hand.

Camera: The 5 MP snapper is

decent and takes some crisp pictures under the right

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