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HTC Desire 816

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3524 reviews of HTC Desire 816. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the usability and screen. The price and portability also get good reviews. Some have doubts about the connectivity, while views are divided on the apps.

performance, portability, price, screen, usability

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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 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (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

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (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. People really like the size and screen. The price and portability are also appreciated. There are some negative comments 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)

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (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. Reviewers really like the price, but some have doubts 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

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: PC Magazine (pcmag.com)

HTC Desire 816 (Virgin Mobile)

 

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

No split-screen multitasking. Mediocre call quality

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

Sep, 2014

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

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: Joe Levi (pocketnow.com)

HTC Desire 816 review: a mid-tier phone with flagship DNA

 

Did HTC find the perfect balance of specs and user experience with its newest, biggest mid-tier smartphone? Find out in our HTC Desire 816 review!

Great value for such large screen ; Loud, clear, front-firing speakers ; Outstanding battery life ; Microsd card slot for expandable storage

Screen is only 720P, not 1080P ; Backplate is a slippery fingerprint magnet ; Squeaks when you hold it ; No NFC

Like we said before, the HTC Desire 816 isn’t going to win any performance contests. What it is going to do is turn heads. It’s big, it’s beautiful, and it performs very well, despite having been pigeon-holed as a “mid-tier” device. The speaker grills...

May, 2014

Product Specifications

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Rear camera resolution (numeric):13

Design

Curved Design: No

Messaging

E-mail: Yes

Navigation

GLONASS: Yes
GPS: Yes

Networking

2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / GSM
3G standards:HSDPA / HSDPA+, WCDMA / HSPA+, WCDMA
4G: Yes
4G bands supported:800,900,1800,2600 / 900,1800,2100,2600
4G standards:LTE
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM

Ports & interfaces

USB port: Yes