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HTC Desire 516
Review in pictures
Staid looks, glossy body
• The plastic body doesn’t
arouse much confidence about
the build quality
• Feels quite bulky bec...
Display isn’t its strongest point
• Features a 5-inch display, which has become a norm these days
• Bears a resolution of ...
5-meg shooter at the rear…
• A 5-megapixel rear sensor is available at the back
• Quite low on megapixel count, when other...
… but nothing to write home about
• Image quality isn’t that
impressive
• Captures colours well, but
not details
• Macro s...
Android prevailed with good Sense
• Runs Android 4.3 Jelly
Bean
• HTC’s Sense UI brings
typical features such as
Blinkfeed...
Performs quite well for the most part
• Running the show is a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200
processor with Adreno 305 gr...
Low storage is a deal breaker
• Packed with a paltry 4GB of
flash storage
• You only get 1.72GB for
installation of apps a...
A battery that doesn’t last even a day
• The 1,950mAh battery
fails to keep the phone
alive even for a full
working day
• ...
At a glance
• 5-inch display, 960 x 540
pixels
• 1.2GHz quad-core
processor
• 1GB RAM
• 4GB internal storage,
expandable u...
-
• Glossy design
• No OTG support
• Lacks ambient and
proximity sensors
• Low internal storage
• Poor battery life
Pros a...
~ Rs 13,500
(online price)
Pricing and verdict
“As a device, the HTC Desire
516 fails to arouse any interest
apart from th...
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HTC desire 516 review

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HTC recently launched the Desire 516 to take on the immensely-popular Moto G. Here’s a quick review of the Desire 516 in the form of pictures

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HTC desire 516 review

  1. 1. HTC Desire 516 Review in pictures
  2. 2. Staid looks, glossy body • The plastic body doesn’t arouse much confidence about the build quality • Feels quite bulky because of its 171g weight • Nothing different in terms of buttons and ports • Misses out on backlighting on navigation keys • Glossy texture make it extremely slippery and also prone to fingerprints and smudges
  3. 3. Display isn’t its strongest point • Features a 5-inch display, which has become a norm these days • Bears a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, resulting in low pixel density of 220ppi • The glossy display panel is a fingerprint magnet and is just passable under sunlight • Absence of an ambient light sensor means that brightness has to be adjusted manually
  4. 4. 5-meg shooter at the rear… • A 5-megapixel rear sensor is available at the back • Quite low on megapixel count, when other manufacturers are offering as much as 13MP cameras in the same price range • Minimalistic camera interface, but offers various options for adjusting settings like saturation, contrast, etc.
  5. 5. … but nothing to write home about • Image quality isn’t that impressive • Captures colours well, but not details • Macro shots were a tad better • There’s also a 2MP front- facing camera for Skyping and selfies
  6. 6. Android prevailed with good Sense • Runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean • HTC’s Sense UI brings typical features such as Blinkfeed, Video Highlights, etc. • There are also pre- installed apps such as Polaris Office and WeChat • However, the UI doesn’t seem to be well- optimised
  7. 7. Performs quite well for the most part • Running the show is a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor with Adreno 305 graphics • Thanks to the decent GPU, the device offers a good gaming experience, though there are occasional lags here and there • A gigabyte of RAM ensures that the phone can handle multitasking and operate smoothly
  8. 8. Low storage is a deal breaker • Packed with a paltry 4GB of flash storage • You only get 1.72GB for installation of apps and storing your files • Barely enough for installation of basic apps in a smartphone, let alone heavy games like Asphalt 8: Airborne • You can extend the memory via microSD, but there’s no OTG support
  9. 9. A battery that doesn’t last even a day • The 1,950mAh battery fails to keep the phone alive even for a full working day • That too with basic usage of calls, messages and a little bit of internet browsing • Churned out below- average results in playing an HD video on loop, and lasted just five and a half hours
  10. 10. At a glance • 5-inch display, 960 x 540 pixels • 1.2GHz quad-core processor • 1GB RAM • 4GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB • 5MP primary camera with LED flash • VGA front camera • 1,950mAh battery • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Sense UI
  11. 11. - • Glossy design • No OTG support • Lacks ambient and proximity sensors • Low internal storage • Poor battery life Pros and cons + • Large display • Decent hardware
  12. 12. ~ Rs 13,500 (online price) Pricing and verdict “As a device, the HTC Desire 516 fails to arouse any interest apart from the fact that it features a large 5-inch display It can’t justify its pricing for its specs and is easily trumped by competing devices”

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