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HTC Desire 820

alaTest has collected and analyzed 540 reviews of HTC Desire 820. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People really like the screen and usability. The price and size also get good feedback, but many are critical about the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the HTC Desire 820 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for HTC Desire 820

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of HTC Desire 820 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the size and sound are generally positive. The price and screen are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed views about the usability and performance. The battery and durability get critical views.

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81% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HTC Desire 820 SIM-Free Smartphone UK Stock - GreyHTC Desire 820 SIM-Free Smartphone UK Stock - Grey

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

HTC Desire 820 review: Mixed performance mid-ranger - Pocket-lint

 

HTC shows its strengths with great quality design and build. The refinement of the user interface is appreciated, as is the potential for advancement when

Design, build, HTC Sense is nicely refined

Price, Battery life, display not the best, some sensors missing, so doesn't have a fully-packed feature set

The HTC Desire 820 has plenty to offer: it's a refined day-to-day experience, with the Sense 6 interface offering plenty to set it apart from the competition. And we're sure it will be updated to Android Lollipop at some stage in the future, which will...

Feb, 2015

Expert review by: Thomas Thorn (techradar.com)

HTC Desire 820 review

 

The super-powerful selfie phone

Brilliant UI ; Loud Boomsound speakers ; Powerful CPU ; Superb keyboard

Grainy selfies ; Noisy wide shots ; Low screen resolution ; Fiddly card slots

Ratings in depth Things are really starting to heat up in the 64-bit mobile market following the launch of the iPhone 5S and its A7 processor. Since then we've had a plethora of rumours surrounding countless phones bringing the new tech, but with the...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by: Katharine Byrne (expertreviews.co.uk)

HTC Desire 820 review

 

Battery life is disappointing, but the HTC Desire 820 has a flexible camera and a great screen for the price

The HTC Desire 820's battery life may not be as good as its predecessor, but in every other respect it's easily the superior handset. With its decent screen, excellent performance and capable camera, it's one of the best budget phablets available...

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

HTC Desire 820 hands-on review

 

Is this the ultimate selfie smartphone? We test out the 8MP front-facing snapper of HTC's upcoming 64-bit mid-ranger

Sep, 2014

Expert review by: Chris Martin (pcadvisor.co.uk)

HTC Desire 820 hands-on review

 

IFA 2014 doesn't bring many new products for HTC but the new Desire 820 is one of two new smartphone from the company as a cheaper alternative to the flagship One range. Here's our HTC Desire 820 hands-on review. See also: Best 40 smartphones you can...

We're waiting for an official UK price but we can predict the Desire 820 will cost around £300 and that's pretty good for a nice looking albeit plastic smartphone with a 13Mp rear camera and a 64-bit Octa-core processor ready for Android L. Look out...

Sep, 2014

Expert review by: Ilse Jurriën (letsgodigital.org)

HTC Desire 820

 

HTC Desire 820 smartphone : HTC has announced the HTC Desire 820, the successor to the popular HTC Desire 816. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, with integrated 4G LTE Cat 4 connectivity and 64-bit, multi-core CPU, this new addition to...

Cool and convenient, the HTC Desire 820 also supports HTC’s Dot View case, providing instant access to your phone without opening the cover. With a range of functions from answering calls and receiving and dismissing notifications with a simple swipe,...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: Dominic Moass (kitguru.net)

HTC Desire 820 Smartphone Review

 

‘Phablet' is a term thrown around a lot these days, with some quick to brand anything bigger than 5-inches a phablet. Well today we look at the HTC Desire 820, a 5.5-inch smartphone which definitely fits within the phablet trend. With an asking price...

Strong performance.

Awful battery.

If you are after a mid-range phone, you may want to keep looking. While the Desire 820 is not bad, it’s not as good as the standard-setting OPPO R5.

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: (channel5.com)

HTC Desire 820 review

 

The HTC Desire 820 is one of the latest phones in the company's affordable blower range, only this model is a bit more phablet sized and crams in a hefty 5.5-inch screen for you to enjoy movies and websites on. Can it live up to its budget potential,...

The HTC Desire 820 is part of the Taiwanese phone maker’s budget range, but you wouldn’t think that at first glance. Its huge 5.5-inch screen is great for enjoying movies and YouTube videos on, and the simple, sturdy and flat design with curved corners...

HTC’s Blinkfeed is love or hate, and even if you don’t use it, you’re stuck with it on the homescreen where it’s just a swipe away. Sense 6, while also a decent addition to Android, may split users, especially if you’re after a much purer Android...

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: Dave Oliver (wired.co.uk)

HTC Desire 820 review

 

HTC's latest mid-range phone is the Desire 820 -- an oversized 4G Android device with a big screen and big speakers for around half the price of the HTC One M9 hero handset. But is it a bargain?

Robust build, large HD screen, 13- and 8-megapixel cameras

Battery life not great, suffers in comparison with rivals

The HTC Desire 820 is a big, but mostly capable handset, with a splendid screen, great accompanying speakers, plus a decent -- if unspectacular processor. For the price, the 820's cameras also boast a good neumber of megapixels. However, for a similar...

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Daniel Schmidt (notebookcheck.net)

HTC Desire 820 Smartphone Review

 

Pumped up. With the Desire 820, HTC introduces the more powerful successor to the Desire 816. Although equipped with a 64-bit capable Snapdragon 615 processor, the smartphone still runs the older Google Android 4.4.4 KitKat and features a slimmer build...

Powerful 64-bit CPU, Good graphics processor, Very good WLAN reception, Storage expandable, Low radiation levels

Touchscreen only recognizes two simultaneous inputs, No wireless display, No ac WiFi

The HTC Desire 820 is a logical progression and the successor to the Desire 816. As such, it does its job well: the smartphone comes equipped with an outstanding display, a speedy CPU and usable cameras. The SoC delivers the same performance regardless...

Jan, 2015

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2600
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Standby time (3G):455
Talk time (3G):17.8

Call management

Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating Alert: Yes

Camera

Auto Focus: Yes
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):8
Main camera resolution (numeric):13
Rear camera resolution (numeric):13
Second Camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:8
Sensor Type:BSI
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:1080p
Zoom capability: Yes

Certificates

Body SAR (EU):0.49
Head SAR (EU):0.48

Design

Colour of product:Blue, White / Grey / Grey, White / White
Curved Design: No
Form factor:Bar

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:14
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 720
External display: No
Orientation sensor: Yes
Screen shape:Flat
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:2

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC, AMR, FLAC, M4A, MID, MP3, OGA, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, AMR, FLAC, M4A, MID, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, AMR, FLAC, M4A, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, AMR, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, OGA, WAV, WMA / AAC, AMR, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA
Video compression formats:MP4
Video formats supported:3G2, 3GP, AVI, MKV, MP4, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, AVI, MKV, MP4, WMV, WMV9

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GLONASS: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite): Yes
GPS antenna: Yes
Position location: Yes
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,2100
3G standards:HSDPA+, HSPA+, WCDMA / HSPA+, WCDMA
4G: Yes
4G standards:LTE
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Closed user group support: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.4.2
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Icons, Shortcuts, Themes, Widgets
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
Support for contact groups: Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:MICRO-USB
USB port: Yes
USB version:2.0

Processor

64-bit computing: Yes
Coprocessor: Yes
Coprocessor cores:4
Coprocessor frequency:1
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A53
Processor Cores:4 / 8
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.5 / 1.7
Processor Model:615

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.4.2

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal RAM:2048
Internal storage capacity:16
Maximum memory card size:128
USB mass storage: Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Google applications:Google Maps, Google Play, Google Voice Search

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.74
Height :15.8
Weight:155
Width:7.87