HTC has been lying a bit low over the past few months. It is still launching a lot of phones in the mid and high-end segments. The company seems to be gradually weaning itself away from the entry range on which it as betting on earlier.
The HTC Desire 630 4G LTE dual SIM is not just another pretty face in the market, there is more to it than the eye candy on offer. First impressions: the phone is sturdily built despite not having any trace of metal on its body. To enhance its build, it comes with four interlocking shells in different colours. The phone is surprisingly light and compact to use.
What is good?
The HTC 630 delivers the Marshmallow experience like no other mid-segment phone does. The
interface is breezy and fresh. Navigation is quite the delight with vertical scrolling, blink list and customisable home screen. Overall user experience of the phone, I would say, is smooth. I specially loved the keypad and found it very easy to use. Watching videos on the 5-inch screen in 1280 x 720 pixels was not bad either.
The camera comes with an array of options and I had nothing to complain about the quality of the
images. The secondary camera, however, does not deliver the best selfies despite the 5 MP specification. And it is very sensitive to recognising gestures as it would capture the image even if you as much as blink your eyes.
What is not good?
With a 2,200 mAh battery, the Desire 630 is mostly running on fumes.
Be prepared to put your training in performing a CPR to test as you would have to resuscitate a dead phone at least once in a day. So don’t forget to carry that charger along.
The phone comes with Dolby headphones which don’t really
deliver the best sound, in my opinion. Playing music without the headphones is also quite the drag as it is hard to hear anything, even after cupping your hands to the phone’s speaker.
At R14,990 this is not the best smartphone on offer in the market where Chinese manufacturers such as LeEco and Xiaomi are offering cheaper phones with higher specifications. The HTC Desire 630 offers the best in terms of design in the
Desire series, but falls short of matching user expectations in a price sensitive market like India.