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Welcome to the HTC Desire 820 quick eview . We haven’t looked at HTC phones for a little while but that changed with the release of the One M9 the cheaper Desire 820. The Desire 820 is the next step down in the price bracket and essentially where all the action is these days as consumers are realising that these phones do everything the top end phones do often matching or exceeding the prior ten top end models. The Desire 820 and variants are priced under the $450 market and decreasing as the model was released 12 month ago (2014).

In terms of construction, the Desire 820 is all plastic but it is well put together it is essentially two main pieces. It feels good to hold but we feel you’ll be looking for a new transparent case to show it off. There multiple colours but we prefer the one with the matt finish as the shiny one will look old in no time. We think the Desire 820 looks a little like a prop form a sic-fi movie in a good way.

In terms of hardware the HTC 820 packs all you’d expect in a mid-range phone and exceeds it! There is a Octa-core CPU and explains why it works do smoothly. The 1080P screen looks good and the loud stereo speakers help differentiate against other phones. The HD screen is nice to look at for a mid-range. Apart for these features it’s mostly mid to high spec.

In terms of use the HTC Desire 820 like most new Android based phones works really well. It is smooth with minimal background tasks to slow down the interface. That said, dependent on the speed of your phone network may cause update pauses. The Octa-core CPU really lifts the 820 beyond existing models

The HTC Desire 820 is a very impressive phone in late 2015. The only real flaw of the 820 is probably the overly plastic body which look good when new, but over time can deter potential buyers. Ignore it and you will get a year or two of great experiences, until its time for another upgrade. The HTC Desire 820 compared to say, the current Samsung A series phones which look great but not as nice to use, we’d still get the 820 and a decent 3rd part case.

Specifications

  • HTC Desire 820
  • Network
    Quad-band 3G 850/900/1900/2100
    Quad-band 4G 700/1800/2300/2600
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L157.7 x W78.74 x D7.74 mm
  • Weight 155 grams
  • Display
    5.5 inch 1,280 x 1080
  • Camera
    13MP auto-focus
    LED Flash
    8MP 2nd forward facing camera
  • Video Camera
    1080p high definition 30FPS main video camera
    2MP Video phone camera
  • Connectivity
    Wi-Fi
    Bluetooth V4
    USB
  • CPU
    Octa-core 1.5 Ghz
    Separate Andreno 405 Graphics CPU
  • Memory
    2Gig RAM
    Up to 16 Gig for user
    Up to 128Gig micro-SD expansion
  • Features
    A-GPS, GLONASS, Compass, Accelerometer
    Stereo speakers
    Ring tones: MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
    FM Radio
    Google Play store
    Li-Po 2600 mAh battery
    Up to 425 hours Standby
    Up to 22 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Under $450 AUD late 2015 (Outright)

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