The Desire 610 is the latest low-end device from HTC and that pedigree is evident in every aspect of the phone, from the screen to the battery life. It has the potential to be serviceable, but the price is just too steep for the 610 to be merely average.
The Desire may not be cheap, but it certainly looks the part, with a "glossy, grease-magnet plastic design" that PC Mag finds "too big" for the display. While PC Advisor says it manages to "avoid looking tacky and cheap," it's also a phone that PC World calls "exceptionally bland." The screen isn't doing it any favors, either, with CNET finding it "rather disappointing" for the price, though PC Advisor feels it might "satisfy" people looking to use it for basic tasks like browsing the web and making phone calls, and Trusted Reviews says that "both videos and pictures look good."
The camera is a definite underperformer, with TechRadar calling it "weak" and PC Mag finding it "struggles to capture fine details." PC World says "nearly every photo I took had a foggy, almost dreamlike quality to it," while PocketNow comments that while "not every picture turned out awful," the camera is "definitely below par." The battery is also "mediocre" according to TechRadar, with CNET noting it lasted an "average" 10 hours in their video-loop testing.
The Desire 610 is loaded with budget specs but not priced like a budget handset. If you can find a good deal on one, it's not a bad phone to have, but there are plenty of other great budget handsets available, as well as older flagship phones that can still turn in a better performance than the Desire 610.