CNET First Look
HTC Desire 610 is an affordable, colourful 4G LTE phoneThe HTC Desire 610 has a chunky plastic body, dual, front-facing speakers, 4G LTE and Android KitKat and doesn't cost the Earth either. Hit play to watch our video review.
[MUSIC] You came to get your hands on a HTC phone, but can't afford the luxurious flagship One M8, cast your eyes over the Desire 610. It's a 4.7 inch plastic bodied Android kick out phone, that comes with a much more affordable price tag. The six inch plastic body is nowhere near as sleek and stylish as its all metal big brother, but it feels nice and firm. And the navy blue color doesn't look too bad either. Like most of HTC's phones, it has the dual front facing boom sound speakers above and below the screen, that provide a decent volume for your podcasts or TV shows. One thing I'm not keen on is the fake black bezel that surrounds the screen. It makes the display look rather squashed in, that means the body is fatter than it really needs to be. I actually found it quite difficult to use in using one hand. The display itself has a disappointing 960 by 540 pixel resolution, which is lower than you get from the 4G Motorola Moto G, which is bad news when you consider how much cheaper the Moto G is. It's not particularly bright either, which can make it awkward to use under bright sunlight. It arrives with Android 4.4.2 KitKat on board, over which HTC has slapped its Sense six interface. I quite like Sense six as its clean, minimalist interface, is simple to navigate and easy for even Android newbies to get to grips with. You'll find the BlinkFeed news aggregator off to the side of a home screen. But you can get rid of it if you're not keen. It's powered by a 1.2 gigahertz quad core processor, which while not exactly lightning fast, has enough power to manage the critical Tweeting, Facebook trolling, and Netflix streaming. The battery didn't put up a brilliant fight in my test, but with fairly careful use, you should be able to get a day out of it. On the back is an eight mega pixel camera, which I found to be mostly decent, but could be a bit hit and miss depending on conditions. It's simple interface is easy to use though, and is at least good enough for some cool Facebook snaps. Although the Desire 610 does come with an affordable price tag, it's uninspiring specs, and particular, its low resolution display, means it's still not cheap enough. It offers very little over the Motorola Moto G, which also has Android Kitkat and the quad core processor, but has a higher resolution screen, and a much cheaper price tag. Unless you definitely want the boom sound speakers, or the slightly better camera, the Moto G is a much more sensible option. I'm Andrew Hoyle for CNet, and this is the HTC Desire 610. [MUSIC]