HTC Desire 620 review
|Review: February 2015|
In a nutshell: The HTC Desire 620 offers the advantage of a large 5 inch display and good all-round specs for a mid-range smartphone.
Best buy: HTC Desire 620 from Gameseek (£173.71)
Design & looks
The HTC Desire 620 replaces last year's Desire 610 as HTC's mid-range offering. There isn't a lot to get excited about in the mid-range, and the 620 doesn't look like it's about to break that mould. It's not an unattractive phone, with its sleek unibody casing and some nice detailing, but it's not going to win any design awards.
The phone is significantly larger than the 610, and is really quite chunky and heavy, weighing 160g.
The main reason for the large size of the phone is the big 5 inch screen. 5 inches is the same size as the display on HTC's flagship M8, but here the resolution is significantly lower. Having said that, it's a HD display with 1280 x 720 pixels, and it uses Super LCD technology, which eliminates the air gap between the display and the outer glass. That makes it pretty sharp, although it lacks the deep, deep blacks and super-saturated colours of Samsung's AMOLED screens. To be fair, it's a better screen than many similarly-priced rivals.
Android KitKat plus BlinkFeed
The Desire 620 runs Android 4.4 KitKat plus HTC Sense 6. This isn't quite the latest version of Android, but it's the version most current phones are running. HTC Sense offers minimal customisation, but it does include BlinkFeed on the home screen, providing a dynamic feed of all your social media updates and interactions.
The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 410 processor. This is a 64-bit quadcore processor with a clock speed of 1.2GHz, giving the Desire 620 comfortable performance for a mid-range phone.
The 1GB of RAM and 8GB of flash memory are exactly what nearly every other phone in this price range offers. There's a microSD memory card slot too, so you're not restricted to just 8GB of storage.
8 megapixel camera
Photography is one area where the Desire 620 shines. The main rear-facing camera has an 8 megapixel BSI sensor giving good low-light performance. It can record full 1080p HD video too.
The front camera has a 5 megapixel sensor and can also record 1080p video. That makes it distinctly better than most rival phones. So if selfies and video calls are your thing, this phone could be a good choice.
As you'd expect, the phone is fully compatible with 4G networks, as well as 3G HSPA and 2G. It also supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB and has a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The HTC 620 comes fitted with a 2100mAh battery, which is probably "correct" for a phone of this specification, especially with the energy-saving properties of the Super LCD display. It would be nice to have some more juice available, but we can't complain.
Conclusion - shop around
The HTC Desire 620 ticks all the boxes for a phone of this type. It's a well-balanced all-rounder with nice styling, a big screen, and a good camera. Everything else is typical for a mid-range device. Some people may find it a little too big and heavy, but that's it's only failing. In every other respect it's a safe choice.
Having said that, this isn't necessarily our first choice at this price point. We'd recommend you consider the LGG3S as an alternative. If you do decide to buy the HTC, shop around for a good price - you should be able to pick up this phone for around £15 per month, on monthly contract.
HTC Desire 620 features include:
- Android 4.4.4 with HTC Sense
- 8 megapixel rear camera with autofocus, BSI sensor and LED flash plus 1080p HD video recording
- 5 megapixel front camera, BSI sensor, 1080p video recording
- Display: Super LCD, 720 x 1280 pixels (5 inches)
- Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS
- Music player
- HTC BoomSound, dual frontal stereo speakers
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, instant messaging
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n (2.4 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, micro-USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack, HTC Connect
- Processor: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, 1.2GHz x 4
- Memory: 8GB plus microSD card slot (up to 128GB) and 1GB RAM
- Vibration alert
- 4G LTE, 3G HSPA up to 42 Mbps, Quadband GSM
- Size: 150.1 X 72.7 X 9.6 mm
- Weight: 160g
- Battery: 2100 mAh
- Talktime: 19 hours
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HTC Desire 620 user reviews
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Average rating from 5 reviews:
Reviewed by roberta knight
on 21st May 2016
This is my 4th HTC.(620) It is the worst one I have had. It is slow, I keep having to do a full reset on it. Paint work chipping on it and the body cracked in places. I am a older person and look after my things. Still got another 13 months to go on this contract.
Reviewed by Shabukin
on 13th Mar 2016
The worst phone I have ever owned. HTC should be embarrassed to sell such a terrible product. With only 2gb spare on the phone on purchase, everything works extremely slowly, and sometimes not at all. Apps are constantly requiring re-installation. Furthermore the the charger port is made from cheap metal, therefore is warped easily and broke within the first few weeks. DO NOT LET THE SALESMAN IN THE SHOP SELL YOU THIS, THEY ARE PROBABLY TRYING TO GET RID OF IT!! As a Student who does not have a lot of money, this phone has wasted all my savings, and continues to hold me up from doing the most basic and simple tasks. Some of these tasks have been completed much faster on phones 5 years older than this one. ONE HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT!
Reviewed by katie
on 21st Aug 2015
Your review contains incorrect information. The HTC desire 620 does not have stereo speakers like the 610 does. Only the bottom speaker plays out loud.
Reviewed by james
from northern Ireland
on 6th Aug 2015
The main problem with the HTC 620 is the camera. The picture quality is very low. There are many other flaws, including using the phone to type this review or type on any website for that matter. The phone simply makes it awkward to do so. The 'back' button is a pain. You have to swipe the back button up in order to use it. Trust me, it's annoying. The features of this phone don't belong on a supposedly smart phone.
Reviewed by numanrahul
on 3rd Apr 2015
Its a great phone, i am going to buy it. Its design is stunning. Front came 5mpx. It will mAke my selfies with my son great along with photo shoot with 8mpx. I love large screen to browse so i like it.