HTC Desire 610

61
Global
Score
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well.
61

A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well.

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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.

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Model

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
8 GB
Screen size
4.7 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])

Power

Talk time
2G, 3G (up to15.8 hour)
Standby time (max)
650 hours
Battery type
Li-polymer

Camera

Camera
yes (8 megapixels) (f/2.4) (Records video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (yes)

Location

Location support
yes

Storage

Internal memory
8 GB
Memory card
microSD

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n)
Bluetooth
4.0

Media

Media playback
yes (Streaming / internet)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Europe, North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM, LTE (GSM, GPRS, EDGE) (UMTS / WCDMA) (4 [1700 / 2100]MHz, 5 [850]MHz, 17 [700]MHz)
Subscriber identity
nano-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.7 inches
Screen resolution
Other (960, 540)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm

Hardware

Processor make
Qualcomm (Snapdragon 400)
CPU
1.2 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
1 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer (motion)
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