The HTC Desire 300 Midrange Smartphone Review

The HTC Desire 300 is a midrange phone that comes with a 4.3-inch screen. The curved casing on the back is made out of white plastic and despite its material, is feels very solid and does not reflect its modest price tag at all. Thanks to its solid and sturdy construction the phone has a rather elegant and premium feel to it.

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The 4.3-inch size is perfect for those who are looking for a phone that you could comfortably use in one hand and fit nicely into your trouser pockets. The IPS has a 480 x 800 resolution that translates to approximately 217ppi in pixel density. These specs may not be groundbreaking but we are generally very pleased with the screen’s performance. The display has deep black levels, excellent viewing angels and has great color accuracy.

Features

The HTC Desire 300 runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean together with HTC’s Sense 5.0 user interface. The biggest feature on the HTC Sense 5.0 skin is the BlinkFeed news aggregator that is actually a FlipBoard style feature that lets you access a variety of content (including, news, blog feeds and content from your social media accounts) all at one place with a swipe of your finger. We also really liked the charcoal colors of the Sense UI that is really much more classy and sophisticated compared to some other competing UIs. While the Sense UI is a great looking interface that fares well in many of its core functions, there are, as always, some room for improvement. Common and simple functions such as changing the screen brightness or adding an app shortcut to your home screen should be simplified and made easier to access.

In terms of power, the HTC Desire 300 is packed with a dual core 1Ghz Snapdragon S4 processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. If you need some extra storage, you can make use of the SD card slots that can increase its capacity to 32GB. This set of specs is prefect for light and moderate use, but you will begin to notice some lag and stuttering when running heavier applications. However, we do have to bare in mind that the Desire 300 is after all a mid-range phone and is not designed to meet the standards of flagship phones that cost 2 or 3 times more. With the right expectations, you will find the 300 to be perfectly adequate.

On the back of the HTC Desire 300, you will find a 5MP camera, and on the front, a basic VGA camera. The camera interface is easy enough to use but the image quality taken with this phone is average at best. There is a noticeable lack of details and the images taken generally seem a little dull. It might not be great for taking show-off pieces, but it is good enough for casual use. In terms of multimedia playback, the Desire 300 is great for watching videos and movies especially when used together with a good set of earphones. The single speaker that is located behind the phone is not very conducive for prolonged use.

The battery that comes on this smartphone model has an above average performance, packing in up to 11 hours of talk time on one charge. On average, the phone can last up to two days one on charge with moderate use.

Overall, the HTC Desire 300 proves to be a little under-whelming in performance especially when compared to other phone models in its class. On its own, however, the Desire 300 is a pretty decent mid-range phone and would make an excellent buy for anyone who is looking for an aesthetically pleasing, basic smartphone model. At the time of writing, the phone is priced at around $200 each.

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