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HTC Desire 816

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3553 reviews of HTC Desire 816. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Opinions about the usability and screen are generally positive. The price and portability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the connectivity. Views are divided on the apps.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the HTC Desire 816 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for HTC Desire 816

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of HTC Desire 816 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HTC Desire 816 SIM-Free Smartphone - BlueHTC Desire 816 SIM-Free Smartphone - Blue

Jul, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for HTC Desire 816

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1839 user reviews of HTC Desire 816 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Comments about the size and screen are overall positive. The price and portability also get good feedback. There are some negative reviews about the apps and connectivity.

performance, portability, price, screen, size

connectivity, apps

91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HTC Desire 816 - Prepaid Phone (Virgin mobile)HTC Desire 816 - Prepaid Phone (Virgin mobile)

Jul, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for HTC Desire 816

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of HTC Desire 816 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca. People are impressed by the price. Many are critical about the performance.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HTC Desire 816 Dual Sim 8GB Unlocked Android Smartphone Import, Retail Packaging, WhiteHTC Desire 816 Dual Sim 8GB Unlocked Android Smartphone Import, Retail Packaging, White

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Richard Lai (engadget.com)

HTC Desire 816 review: A mid-range M8 let down by sluggish cameras

 

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

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'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.

Jul, 2014

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

HTC Desire 816 review: Heart's desire

 

HTC has mostly stayed out of the phablet market but the segment is expanding so fast the Taiwanese can't afford to keep snubbing it. The HTC Desire 816 is only the company's second phablet and it's the first affordable one. It rides on the premium...

5.5" 720p Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen, ambient light sensor ; Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU, Adreno 305 GPU and 1.5GB of RAM ; Android 4.4.2 KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0 ; 13MP autofocus camera, 1080p video...

Power key is on top, hard to reach on a big phone ; Side buttons are poorly positioned and feel cheap ; Small battery for a phablet ; Underwhelming stereo speaker loudness

The Desire 816 is only HTC's second attempt at a phablet - a bit unusual considering the segment has been expanding rapidly. So why is HTC hesitant to enter it with both feet the way other companies have?

May, 2014

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Eugene Kim (pcmag.com)

HTC Desire 816 (Virgin Mobile)

 

On Virgin Mobile, the HTC Desire 816 is the best big phone for small budgets.

Massive, high-quality LCD. Loud front-facing speakers. Runs Android 4.4.

No split-screen multitasking. Mediocre call quality.

Cameras and Conclusions Equipped with a 13-megapixel, rear-facing camera, the Desire 816 is capable of producing some really nice images. Outdoors and in good light, shots look incredibly crisp and full of detail. I much prefer the extra pixels here as...

Aug, 2014

Expert review by : Aloysius Low (cnet.com)

HTC Desire 816 review

 

Meant to be a best-in-class midrange phone, HTC's Desire 816 lacks the fancy aluminum body of its more expensive sibling, the One M8 . But this plastic-clad beauty keeps most of the style and a good share of the features too. Like the One Mini , it...

The HTC Desire 816's plastic body is well built. The brilliant 5.5-inch HD display has excellent viewing angles, and the quad-core processor runs smoothly, with hardly any lag.

The glossy plastic rear is a fingerprint magnet, which is especially noticeable on the darker models. The lack of a removable battery is disappointing, given its relatively small capacity.

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.

May, 2014

Expert review by : Nick T. (phonearena.com)

HTC Desire 816 Review

 

Meet the HTC Desire 816. Described by its maker as a “flagship mid-range” phone, it strikes a great balance between price and features with its generous 5.5-inch display, quad-core processor, and 13MP camera. At the same time, goodies borrowed straight...

Very large display ; Snappy UI performance ; Stylish Sense 6.0 interface ; Front-facing stereo speakers ; Camera takes good photos ; Good value for money ; Above average battery life

Heavy video games may be choppy ; A bit large given the screen size ; Earpiece quality could have been better ; Only 4.2GB of user-available built-in storage makes using a microSD card mandatory

Well, what do you know: the HTC Desire 816 is an admirable mid-range smartphone, especially knowing that it can be bought for under $400 in markets where it is available. We don't find anything wrong with it given its price range, so guys, if you're on...

May, 2014

Expert review by : Nick Lavars (gizmag.com)

Review: HTC Desire 816

 

While there's lots of action in the high-rent district of phablet town, HTC is looking to sneak in and grab a slice of the mid-priced pie. But is a device that borrows the best from smartphone and tablet something that should be compromised on? Read...

This makes one-handed operation difficult – but let's be honest, there aren't a whole lot of interactions that can be performed on a 5.5-inch device without bringing that second paw into the mix, regardless of button location. This fleeting awkwardness...

Aug, 2014

Expert review by : Brighthand (brighthand.com)

HTC Desire 816 Review: Powerful, Plastic, and Not So Pricey

 

The HTC Desire 816 is a midrange phablet which, despite several obvious shortcomings, leaves the impression of an above-average product. It is an instant leader in the rather barren midrange phablet market, largely due to its harmonious mixture of...

Dependable performance, Well-built, smooth plastic body, Above-average main camera

Low pixel density, Poor battery life, Misplaced capacitive keys

Jul, 2014

Expert review by : Dragan Petric (brighthand)

HTC Desire 816 Review: Powerful, Plastic, and Not So Pricey

 

The HTC Desire 816 is a relatively affordable midrange phablet that looks and performs better than that classification would suggest.

Dependable performance ; Well-built, smooth plastic body ; Above-average main camera

Low pixel density ; Poor battery life ; Misplaced capacitive keys

The HTC Desire 816 is a midrange phablet which, despite several obvious shortcomings, leaves the impression of an above-average product. It is an instant leader in the rather barren midrange phablet market, largely due to its harmonious mixture of...

Jul, 2014

Expert review by : Tim Schiesser (techspot)

HTC Desire 816 Review

 

There's a growing demand for devices with larger-than-normal displays but mainstream specs and affordable prices. This is exactly where HTC's new product fits in. The Desire 816's main feature is the large 5.5-inch HD display, and it also packs in a...

Large, high-quality display on a mid-range handset. Decent performance and battery life. BoomSound is always a welcome addition. Affordable price for the hardware you get.

Build quality is lacking, and the design makes the phone too cumbersome.

Out of the box, the HTC Desire 816 runs Android 4.4 with HTC’s custom Sense 6.0 skin. The vast majority of the software is identical to what was found on the HTC One M8, so if you want to get an idea of what this smartphone is like to use, head over...

Jul, 2014

Expert review by : Sandra Vogel (betanews.com)

HTC Desire 816: Attractive mid-range Android smartphone [Review]

 

HTC has stolen a lot of limelight recently with its flagship handset the One M8 and its smaller One mini 2, and you could be forgiven for thinking that these two are just about all the phone maker has in its range. But in fact the Desire range...

I’m won over by the HTC Desire 816. There is plenty of call for mid-priced, large-screened handsets, and I’m a fan of the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Mega and Huawei Ascend P7, both of which are a fair bit more expensive than the Desire 816. If you are...

Jun, 2014

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2600
Battery performance:2600
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Standby time (3G):460 / 614 / 737
Talk time (3G):10 / 21

Call Management

Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating alert: Yes
Voice commands: Yes
Voice dialing: Yes

Camera

Auto focus: Yes
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera Resolution:4160 x 3120
Flash Type:LED
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Geotagging: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):13
Rear Camera Resolution:4160 x 3120
Rear camera resolution (numeric):13
Rear camera type:Single camera
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:5
Sensor Type:BSI
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:1080p / 1080p, 720p

Certificates

Body SAR:0.48
Body SAR (EU):0.48
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y
DLNA Certified: Yes
Head SAR:0.46
Head SAR (EU):0.46

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Grey / Blue / Grey / White
Form Factor:Bar

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:5.5
Display Resolution:1280 x 720 / 720 x 1280
Orientation sensor: Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:1 / 1.5

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC+, FLAC, MP3, WAV / AAC, AMR, M4A, MID, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, AMR, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, AMR, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WMA, WMV / AAC, AMR, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA
FM radio: No
Image formats supported:JPG
Speakers:Stereo
Video compression format:3G2, 3GP, AVI, MP4, WMV / 3GP, MP4, WMV / MP4, XVID
Video compression formats:MP4
Video formats supported:3G2,3GP,AVI,MP4,WMV / 3GP,MP4,WMV / MP4,XVID

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
GPS antenna: Yes
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,1800,1900 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850,1800,1900 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM / GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,2100 / 900,2100
3G standards:HSDPA / HSDPA+,WCDMA / HSPA+,WCDMA / HSPA,UMTS / WCDMA
4G:N / Y
4G bands supported:800,900,1800,2600 / 900,1800,2100,2600
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:4.4.2
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Icons, Menu, Widgets
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
Support for contact groups: Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:Micro-USB / Micro-USB B
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0

Processor

Processor:400
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A7
Processor cores:4 / 8
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.3 / 1.6 / 1.7
Processor model:400

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:4.4.2

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC
Internal RAM:1024 / 1536
Internal storage capacity:8
Maximum memory card size:128 / 32 / 64
RAM capacity:1 / 1.5
USB mass storage: Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Google applications:Google Maps, Google Play, Google Voice Search

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.311 / 0.315 / 3.1
Height:0.311 / 0.315 / 6.18
Weight:5.57 / 5.82
Width:3.1 / 6.18