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conclusion:We like it

79

If you've been eyeing a larger screen 'phablet' handset but find the price just out of your reach, then you might want to consider the Desire 816. This mid-range phone will give you that extra screen real estate you want while still delivering decent, though unspectacular performance.

The first thing you'll notice on the Desire 816 is its "brilliant" screen, which CNET says offers "great viewing angles" and is "more than sharp enough," and its 5.5-inch size offers "plentiful real estate," according to phoneArena, calling it "overall likeable." To power such a large screen you'll need a large battery, and while the Desire 816's battery is "not the best you can get," TrustedReviews says it's still "good" and for CNET the battery "lasted a day of moderate use."

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Critic reviews

7.6
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    7.5
  • Display
    8.5
  • Battery life
    7.4
  • Camera
    6.5
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.8
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    7.8
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  • Durability
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

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User reviews

8.0
1 review
  • Reception and call quality
    8.0
  • Display
    8.0
  • Battery life
    10
  • Camera
    8.0
  • Ease of use
    10
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    10
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    10
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    8.0
8.0
Engadget Jul 31, 2014

HTC's Desire 816 is almost a perfect mid-range LTE phablet with good looks, a nice display and slick general performance, only to be let down by its erratically sluggish cameras.

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7.0
CNET May 7, 2014

The HTC Desire 816's combination of solid design and quality performance strikes all the right chords to make it a compelling phone for its price.

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9.0
phoneArena May 29, 2014

We don't find anything wrong with it given its price range, so guys, if you're on the looks for an inexpensive phablet, this here is one you should check out.

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8.0
GSM Arena May 21, 2014

You can hardly go wrong with picking the Desire 816. It's a well-rounded package and while it may not win any awards, it sure isn't worse than any other midrange phablet.

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7.0
TechRadar May 30, 2014

For the most part HTC has made compromises in all the right places to ensure that this is still a quality device. If you're willing to spend double the price tag then you'll certainly be able to get a much nicer phone, but it won't be twice as nice.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Jun 10, 2014

The HTC Desire 816 is big phone that’s offers some of the best qualities of the One M8 in a cheaper but still attractive plastic body. It lacks a standout feature, but it's a good phone that won't let you down.

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7.0
Android Central May 23, 2014

HTC's software additions make the Desire 816 a speedy, enjoyable phone to use, and it's definitely worth a look if you're after a gianormous phone on a less extravagant budget.

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8.0
PocketNow May 30, 2014

All factors considered, we feel the sacrifices are well worth it. The Desire 816 is much closer to a flagship than it is to a mid-tier phone.

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First Looks

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Laptop Magazine Feb 24, 2014

Though a step down in terms of build materials, the Desire still offers the same sleek looks as the One with a few alterations including new on-screen Android buttons. The Desire also gets the One’s front-mounted BoomSound speakers.

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TechRadar Feb 25, 2014

It's hard to know just how good the performance of the Desire 816 will be without trying it with HTC's as-yet-unannounced Sense 6, but we're liking everything so far.

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TrustedReviews Feb 26, 2014

We can't yet tell whether the Desire 816 might be let down by a flimsy-feeling body, but my first take is positive. I like the colours, I like the look, and including BoomSound speakers on a lower-cost, large-screen phone is an excellent addition.

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8.0
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I am using a HTC phone for first time after switching from Samsung Galaxy III. Overall a very good product by HTC. I am enjoying every bit of it. Let's start: Display: I like the size of display, it is good for typing using two hands for people like me with big hands. Display has a 720p HD and...

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