The HTC Desire 300 is a new mid-range model coming from HTC. What is especially important for this model is the surprising quality of workmanship and really good design. At first glance, it is clear that the HTC Desire 300, thanks to its beautifully rounded edges and moderately large screen, gives a pleasant impression, which will not leave you even after a long time spent with it.
The relatively affordable price contributes to a completely positive impression of this phone, which is one of the most desirable models in the middle class because of that. Let’s see why step by step.
HTC Desire 300 design
The phone is made of plastic. That is quite expected considering its price. Still, the Desire 300 makes a good impression when you hold it in your hand. The plastic is soft (but not too much). At the same time, this is matte plastic and there are no annoying fingerprints and the phone stays clean for a long time. This is very important if you plan enough to make phone calls or send text messages or surf the internet.
HTC Desire 300 gets another point. The background can be easily removed and can be changed if necessary, but I doubt it will need to because the phone looks solid and you won’t feel like it will break if you accidentally drop it.
The physical keys are located at the top and on the right and are easily accessible, which gives just another plus for the impression of clean design and excellent ergonomics that the HTC Desire 300 provides. It could even be said that this phone is a bit reminiscent of some of the premium class models. Black and white versions are available to users.
HTC Desire 300 screen
The phone is equipped with a 4.3-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 480 × 800 pixels. Contrary to the trend of 5-inch models, this phone may seem “immature”, but this is not the case. Regardless of the average (but not weak) resolution, the screen is more or less ok.
However, some shortcomings are noticeable, primarily in the form of pixels, which are expressed in the text and on the icons. On the other hand, the colors are solidly displayed with good contrast. No matter what, the screen is easy to read even in strong sunlight. Viewing angles are good.
HTC Desire 300 specs and software
The performance of this phone is not at the level of its design and screen. The reason lies under the “hood”. There is a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor with, only, 1GHz. The processor is built on one old technology, which resulted in a lower price, but also slower operation. 512 MB of RAM is also not overly helpful. With Adreno 203 graphics you will be able to play a sufficient number of video games, but not the latest titles.
HTC Desire 300 has another flaw. This is a lack of memory because the phone comes with only 4GB (of which the user has only 2GB). Fortunately, there is a MicroSD slot with the option to expand up to 32GB.
The 1650mAh battery is above average. That’s enough for about 11 hours of talk time on a 3G network, and in standby mode, it can take about 26 days, which is very good. In fact, in normal use, the phone lasts for about two days.
HTC Desire 300 runs on the slightly outdated Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean platform with HTC Sense 5.0 interface. This HTC accessory is very good and is taken from more expensive models, such as the HTC One. Everything looks fresh, clear, partly thanks to the recognizable BlinkFeed.
HTC Desire 300 camera
With a 5MP camera and no autofocus, it can be said that this is just an average phone. This impression is fueled by the front VGA camera. The main camera activates quickly and that is probably its only good side. The photos are below average, with a lack of detail, slightly diluted, and without enough detail.
The situation is even worse if you take photos indoors. In the absence of a flash, it can’t be better. Otherwise, the images are very low resolution (800 × 400 pixels). The videos are also of average quality, but better than the photos.
HTC Desire 300 conclusion
The HTC Desire 300 is a phone full of contrast. On the one hand, we have a great design and great dimensions, which guarantee satisfaction while holding in your hands. On the other hand, there are also poor performance and a bad camera. Logically, the question arises as to who the competitors of the HTC Desire 300 are that could offer a little more. These are, for example, Samsung Galaxy Core, LG Optimus L7 2, and Nokia Lumia 720.
All in all, the justification of its price is somewhere in the middle, ie on the edge. If you prefer a strong visual impression as opposed to technical features, then the HTC Desire 300 may be the phone for you.