HTC Desire 300 review

Mon 15 Sep 2014

Filed Under: HTC, Smartphone 

HTC300

Welcome to the 2014 HTC Desire 300 review. The Desire 300 currently one of the cheapest HTC phones you can buy so we’re interested in how it performs. As a Pre-paid package it retails at the starting price of around $178 which is on the high side. Note that both are very similar but the even cheaper Desire 310 only has a faster CPU to best the 300 but lacking else where in the spec sheet and it uses a different case design so don’t get confused!

In terms of construction the HTC Desire 300 is an all plastic model and clearly an entry level smartphone. It does emulate the top range HTC One design in looks but definitely not feel. The HTC is light in the hand but it is solid to hold but its definitely not premium!

In terms of tech or internal hardware the HTC Desire 300 is quite basic with nothing that really stands out to us. It’s specification may be high end back in 2008 but not in 2014 which is a reflection on how far  mobile phone technology has come since then. The screen resolution is OK despite not being pin sharp, likewise the colours. The phone is only 3G so don’t expect fast data downloads.

In terms of use the HTC Desire worked reasonably well given its specifications. However it is clearly slower than say the mid-range models. The updated OS means that there are no pauses or lags and uses Apple’s trick of slower scrolling to hide the background updating. Apart from that all the usual popular apps will work without any problems.  Since it is Android OS based there’s little else to complain about.

The HTC Desire models used to be among the best in the entry level class but no more and the Desire 300 is not the best choice available. Compared to the latest ‘unknown’ brands like Huawei Y series and Windows based Lumia series, the Desire 300 just isn’t as slick, look as good and now overpriced.

Specifications

  • HTC Desire 300
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
    Dual-band 3G 850/2100 or 900/2100 (depend on country)
  • Design
    Rugged – Touch screen
  • L131.78 x W66.23 x D10.12 mm
  • Weight 120 grams
  • Display/s
    4.3 inch 480 X 854 pixels
  • Camera
    5MP
  • Video Camera
    480p 30FPS main video camera
    VGA video phone
  • Connectivity
    Wi-Fi
    Bluetooth V4
  • CPU
    1 Ghz Dual core
    Separate Graphic CPU
  • Memory
    523 MB RAM
    Up to 4Gig for user
    Up to 32Gig micro-SD expansion
  • Features
    Ambient light, Proximity, Accelerometer
  • Li-Po 1650 mAh battery
    Up to 625 hours Standby
    Up to 11 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Under $179 AUD August 2014 (Pre-paid)

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