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HTC Desire 300 review

 Review: February 2014  
 

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: The HTC Desire 300 isn't going to be anyone's first choice of smartphone, but for a tenner a month, it's a safe option. A large screen and long battery life are its strongest features, and you could do a lot worse at this end of the smartphone market.

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Design & looks

Plastic fantastic is an unkind description, but there you have it. The Desire 300 is so obviously plastic that it's hard to know where to look. But for a phone that costs a tenner a month, what else could you expect? It still feels robust and well made, and it isn't going to explode as soon as you pick it up.

The phone is of medium size and thickness, but reasonably light. It's a good size to hold and isn't too large to fit in a pocket or use single-handedly. It comes in a choice of Black or White.

The screen is a good size for a budget phone, measuring 4.3 inches. The screen resolution is quite low for the size, at 480 x 800 pixels, but at this price point only the Motorola Moto G can offer more pixels. The display quite clear outdoors, but perhaps not as bright or as sharp as we'd ideally like. Viewing angles are better than average.

Budget price, budget specs

This is a low end phone built to a price, and we can't expect the latest or greatest features. The processor is a dual-core Snapdragon S4, which gives it the processing power of a higher-end smartphone from several years ago. The 512MB RAM is on the low side too, so multi-tasking and demanding apps will be too much for this phone. As long as you don't push the phone too far, it will run fairly smoothly, but even the user interface can lag at times. It's a phone that's most suitable for patient users!

The phone comes with 4GB of built-in memory, which will quickly be used by the OS and apps, so you'll want to add a microSD memory card for extra storage. These are cheap, and the phone can accept cards up to 64GB, which will be plenty for music and videos.

Android plus HTC Sense

The Desire 300 runs Android, although not the latest version. Instead it's the now dated version 4.1. It's also equipped with HTC Sense and HTC BlinkFeed, which provides an attractive and user-friendly home screen.

Budget camera

The main camera uses a 5 megapixel sensor and has autofocus, but no flash. This is a very ordinary and unimpressive camera that can be used for taking quick snaps to put on facebook, but not much else. Video quality is low resolution and lacking detail too.

A second front camera is available for selfies and video, but expect even lower quality than the main camera.

Connectivity

The device's connectivity options are limited. There's no 4G or NFC, but you do get 3G HSPA and Wi-Fi for data access, plus Bluetooth 4.0 and USB. A 3.5mm headphone jack is here too.

Battery life

The battery life of the phone is quite respectable. In fact, if you don't play with the phone constantly, you could easily get 3-4 days before it completely dies. 

Conclusion

The HTC Desire 300 isn't a bad phone at all. In fact, it's the second best budget Android smartphone. If the amazing Motorola Moto G didn't exist, it would be the best.

Compromises are always inevitable at the low end of the smartphone market, yet the Desire 300 delivers a good-sized screen plus adequate processing power and memory. Unlike many bottom-end smartphones it doesn't fail the battery test. Its weaknesses are its underwhelming camera and generally unexciting performance.

You could certainly do a lot worse at this price, but we'd steer you in the direction of the Motorola, or possibly one of Nokia's Lumia models.


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Reviewed by Stephen Bowen from Britain on 23rd Nov 2015
Kept breaking down forcing data reset which wipes phone clean of paid for apps and other important info, last breakdown was fatal and left phone totally unusable with a blank screen, phone had previously been returned for repairs,total nightmare of a phone and total waste of time, be warned.
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Reviewed by Anthony S from UK on 20th Jul 2015
VERY BAD CONNECTION TO S80 BLUETOOTH in the car otherwise fidly but OK.
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Reviewed by jayaprakash from 7373333494 on 12th Feb 2015
HTC Desire 300 super mobile.
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Reviewed by lisa from uk on 28th Dec 2014
its good and its rubbish
advantages: you can download the apps you want for example social,game and more...
The rear camera is really good it lightens up everything that around you and the pictures comes out very clear
youtube is good
it has facebook installed for you

Disadvantages: front camera is absolutely rubbish!(its only good where there is very good lightning)
it does not let you install more than 7 or 8 apps
storage gets full easily
cant take enough pictures because the album takes down more storage
cant watch soaps or videos on internet it takes very long to load
it sometimes gets very slow
the back case is very hard to open
the emojis that you download for the keyboard comes it very different when you type it up, i dont even understand which emoji it is.
there are apps that you dont need and they take up most of the storage
there's no way to back up or reset a password if you have for got it
lost all my pics
i forgot the pass it told me to enter my gmail and i did but it kept repeating to enter the correct gmail which was correct!
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