Excerpt: The HTC Desire 816 is an interesting device. It is clearly a “One” in heart and soul, but branded and marketed differently, and targeted instead at the mid-range market. In my opinion, it is even better value for money than the M8. You will want to find out why, so do come along. Instead of a metallic body, it has a very nice polycarbonate shell that speaks class just as well. Instead of a 4 megapixel UltraPixel camera, it packs a 13 megapixel camera.
HTC Desire 816 Review: Powerful, Plastic, and Not So Pricey
30 July 2014
Summary: 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 design and powerful performance, which no other phablet in its price range can match at the moment. Its 13-megapixel rear-facing camera is an equally welcome surprise.
Pros: Dependable performance, Well-built, smooth plastic body, Above-average main camera
Summary: It's a relaxed cellphone to keep, but it's definitely on the big part and will be large for some. It's fairly thin at 8mm, but it is 156.6mm high and 78.7mm across. It is also fairly large at 165g. Glossy nasty does not get much sophisticated than this, but it's still shiny nasty. The components, construction, and colors emphasize me of Lumia line-up. The HTC Desire 816 is clearly no leading style, but to be reasonable it does not bring a leading cost tag either.
Summary: Sin perder la perspectiva de que nos encontramos ante un gama media, y sin encontrar puntos débiles de gran relevancia –más allá de su tamaño en función del tamaño de la pantalla– el HTC Desire 816 cuenta con más inconvenientes que ventajas, lo que unido a un precio no excesivamente competitivo, hacen que quede en una posición poco ventajosa frente a otras alternativas como el Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 , LG Optimus G Pro o, incluso, el One Max de la propia HTC.
Summary: A lot of people are comparing this phone to the iPhone 5C and I can see why. It has a colorful sleek design and a lot of the perks of having a high-end phone, be it the camera, processor or Android’s latest software so it all depends now on the pricing of the device, anything in the range of 3000 EGP will be money well spent.
Pros: Colorful design, Android software, decent camera and processor.
Excerpt: Since the launch of the first successful large-screened smartphone back in 2011, the Samsung Galaxy Note, there has been a growing demand for devices with larger-than-normal displays. Samsung’s line of Notes has been a big seller for the Korean giant, but other companies such as Nokia, LG, Sony, Huawei, Asus and even HTC have also been jumping in on the party.
HTC Desire 816 Review: the mid-range phablet that makes sense
1 July 2014
Conclusion: It has a good display, attractive design, excellent camera, dual SIM connectivity and performs daily tasks very well. Priced at around US$389 , the Desire 816 steals the show from its competitors, namely the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra and Samsung Galaxy Grand 2. The HTC Desire 816 is one of those mid-range phablets in the market which I can recommend to anyone.