As a preamble to this test
Among all the possible choices, it becomes difficult to choose the smartphone that best suits your needs.New technology or basic model – what’s the difference?The Desire 816 8 GB detailed in this article uses an Android operating system, with all that that implies.
Now let’s see the results of our situational testing.
HTC provides us with a well-balanced phone here.This model is average, and will meet most of your needs.In short, it is a product with an attractive price.
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The Desire 816 8 GB, enough for internet use?
The main advantage of a smartphone is to be connected everywhere and therefore to be mobile. Mobility for surfing the internet, even on holiday.
A model that fits in your pocket: the Desire 816 8 GB.Indeed, with its 5.5 inches, it is one of the smallest models currently available on the market.
A size that does not invite fluid use on the internet.Forget the videos, too.It’s a model made for telephoning, mainly.
The device is equipped with Wifi.This means that the connection will be easier during your internet browsing.This smartphone comes with GPS.You know where you stand.Important when you’re away from home.
No location, no multiple operator management.This model does not offer dual SIM storage.It will force those who have a local package and who bring their phone with them when they travel, to take out the card and put in the one for the country of destination.
Detail that is missing on this Desire 816 8 GB is the absence of reinforced glass.No protection against scratches or shocks that can occur during the lifetime of all smartphones.If you decide on this model, remember to use a transparent tempered glass film, adapted to the shape of the screen.
A negative point, however, is the battery capacity.With only 2600 mAh, it will be difficult to last a full day.This requires organization and always having a back-up charger available.
In conclusion on battery charging, HTC has not changed anything compared to previous models, which means no fast charge.Convenient to use, it would have made it possible to recharge quickly.
The right model for multimedia use?
The use of the telephone now exceeds that of television.It’s a device that is always at hand.The same goes for listening to music.Access to the network allows you to watch a video stream whenever you feel like it.However, the first smartphone that comes along is not necessarily going to fit.
We would have liked the Desire 816 8 GB to have been more powerful on the multimedia side.It is one of the worst in this area.It’s hard to watch a video.And its screen resolution is low.It is rather advisable to listen to music.
HTC sought to improve the audio experience.The 3.5mm jack input allows the connection of headphones and/or a microphone.
Bluetooth technology will allow you to listen to music with connected devices.A technology that ensures quality sound.
This model is equipped with stereo speakers.The quality is there, in the highs as well as in the lows.
The right choice to play online?
For games, you need performance.Games, but also applications require batteries.To play and have a smooth picture, you need to have the CPU and GPU at its best.In short, the more advanced the components are, the better the gameplay will be.
After our tests, we find out that this Desire 816 8 GB is in the lowest rankings.Its Qualcomm MSM8928 Snapdragon 400 (28 nm) processor is not very powerful, and the GPU is not at the expected level.Which makes it look just passable.
In terms of storage memory, it’s in the worst.It’s 8 GB that have been installed, and that’s not much.Knowing that some users need more space, HTC has provided a free space for an extension.
If you play a lot for several hours you will find that the battery is low.Unfortunately in the case of this model, it is one of the worst.With a power of 2600 mAH, it will need to be recharged during the day.
Performance and good display were expected for the possible applications of this model.Reading comfort where the display is not up to scratch.Its entry-level design with a smaller-than-average screen gives a disappointing result.The images are of lower quality, they can sometimes pixelize, and give a final rendering that is painful for the eyes.
And to finish on the functionality part, we note the presence of the NFC.This element authorizes contactless payment, identical to your credit card.
Efficiency for audio and video
The quality of smartphones allows you to take pictures as well as many cameras.They have millions of pixels that capture details perfectly.But this characteristic is not everything.Being able to retouch the obtained photos is appreciated.Generally speaking, HTC has developed a recognized know-how for smartphones.
On the other hand it’s a little light for the camera part.This model thus has only one objective.
With its photo resolution of 13 Mp, this Desire 816 8 GB is an interesting choice compared to other equivalent models.In fact, it’s enough to make some nice pictures or a few holiday movies.However, it does not have HDR technology.
We do not recommend this device to anyone who regularly selfies with their smartphone.So photo retouching is not exceptional.This Desire 816 8 GB is good for telephoning, but not for retouching images.
This smartphone has only 8 GB; that’s very little in terms of storage.That means you’ll have to make choices between videos, photos and applications.And then we advise you to provide external backup solutions.
Finally, the Desire 816 8 GB…
This Desire 816 8 GB meets the majority of use cases.Performing well, it almost reaches the level of the best.All in all, a good price/quality ratio.