HTC Desire 816 review: A mid-range M8 let down by sluggish cameras
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.
- Nice big screen
- Slick Android UI
- Loud front-facing speakers
- Attractive design
- Cameras can be sluggish
- Poor HDR images
- Not as good a value as certain other devices, namely the OnePlus One
HTC may have some problems behind closed doors, but outside, it's still widely regarded as one of the world's top phone makers. We already gave this year's One M8 flagship a rather jolly review, and now it's time to see if the same qualities are preserved in its mid-range counterpart, the Desire 816. Indeed, back at Mobile World Congress, HTC called this $390 LTE phablet the "flagship mid-range" to emphasize its competitiveness. But has it lived up to its name? Or is it too little, too late in a world full of affordable options? Let's find out.