HTC Desire 610 review

HTC Desire 610 review: Software

The HTC Desire 610 runs Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0, HTC's user interface that's also found on the HTC One M8.

It's quite different to the standard Android, with a clean design, a simple navigation system, easy-to-access settings and some extra HTC features.

These include HTC BlinkFeed, a news aggregator that you can use to get a quick look at what your friends are talking about and what's happening around the world by enabling it to pull in Facebook statuses, Tweets, Google+ posts, news and more.

HTC Desire 610 BlinkFeed

You can access BlinkFeed simply by swiping right from the home page but you can remove it completely if it's not your cup of tea.

You'll also get HTC Sync Manager, particularly helpful for anyone switching from an iPhone or other Android phone, and also a quick and easy way to get files including music and photos on and off of the Desire 610.

HTC Connect is also supported, meaning you'll be able to easily connect to your home entertainment systems to play audio and video from the Desire 610. It's a bit like Apple's AirPlay system.

HTC Desire 610 review: Battery life

HTC says that the 2040mAh non-removable battery will last up to 15.8 hours talk time or up to 650 hours standby time. We found that it managed up to two days of general use without charging, though if you're planning on spending a large portion of your time using the smartphone for watching video, browsing the web and more, it may need charging once a day.

HTC does offer a power saving mode and an extreme power saving mode if you're running really low on juice.

OUR VERDICT

Overall, the HTC Desire 610 will appeal to anyone looking for a reasonably priced all-rounder to use for browsing the web, taking good photos, emailing, texting, making phone calls, playing casual games and running Android apps.

The HTC Sense software is sleek and easy to use and you'll be satisfied with the battery life. We really enjoyed our time with the HTC Desire 610 and don't have any real qualms aside from the large bezels and slightly disappointing display.

We like the phone, but when you come to compare it with close rivals, it becomes more difficult to give it a hearty recommendation. If you're on a budget it's definitely worth investigating the Motorola Moto G, which only really falls down against the HTC Desire 610 when it comes to design and camera. For anyone with a bit of extra cash to spare, the Nexus 5 offers a better display, a faster processor and more and will only set you back an extra £60.