HTC Desire 628: a budget 4G smartphone with more Pros than Cons

HTC Desire 628

HTC Desire 628 was launched in Pakistan on 1st September by HTC under the official warranty of M&P. HTC Desire 628 is a budget friendly smartphone and may seem incredible to many budget conscious and quality seeking buyers.

To combat the growing competition of its contemporary Chinese competitors, HTC launched this midrange phone with its pros and cons.

Following is the detailed review about the phone:

Design and Display:

The phone comes with 5-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels which is reasonable given the size of the phone.

Packed with the slim rubber-like bezels on the sides, it weighs 142 gms. The hull shape is rectangular, sloping angles, the back side of the smooth transition to the flanks. The on-screen navigation keys can be customized with up to 4 buttons.

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To make it easier, you can also adjust the color temperature as well as enable three finger gestures. It includes a non-removable, glossy panel at the back which is a fingerprint magnet and requires constant cleaning. The front panel is protected by the glass for which the manufacturer is not indicated.  The scratches did not appear on the screen even after few weeks of use. Due to the oleophobic coating, the finger slides easily.

The volume rockers and power button have been placed on the right side and are hard to distinguish. On the left is a plastic flap that houses microSD and 2 SIM slots that support 4G LTE, but at a time only one support 4G and the other doesn’t.

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The compact phone feels very good in the hands and is easy to handle.

Camera:

The rear 13MP camera is good with minimal noise in daylight. There are the variety of modes to shoot including a full manual control mode.

The camera offers a plethora of modes to shoot including a full manual Pro control mode.

The camera performs well in the daylight or outdoors, but in a darker environment, the picture quality becomes grainy. The front 5MP camera also shares the same limitation under low light conditions.

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Below are the results of pictures taken from the Desire 628

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Processor:

It has a processor of 1.3 GHz Octa-Core MediaTek MT6753 and 3GB RAM. The phone has bright navigation and handles playback of full HD video without any issues.

There were some drops in Asphalt 8 & to solve the problem; you will have to close all background apps. It comes with 32GB onboard storage which can be expanded up to 2TB via microSD.

O.S:

The Desire 628 operates on HTC Sense 7 UI based on Android 5.1 Lollipop OS. The theme generator is a great touch, and can suggest various shade and tone combinations to use on Blinkfeed newsfeed, home screen, and settings menu. The freestyle layout allows you to customize each and everything displayed on the screen. The Graphic processor is Molly c720.

The Android 5.1 Lollipop ensures smooth and lag-free user experience. The interface remains simple, especially for the HTC users, while the new HTC fanboys might take some time to get accustomed to Sense 7 UI.

Network:

HTC Desire 628 features 4G/3G options, and this makes it a good selling point since in Pakistan smartphones with the 4G antennas are in high demand. It supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, and A-GPS. Signal reception is good enough, and 628 managed to catch the network even in the basement. The call quality was also fine throughout, coming in loud and clear. The phone sound comes with BoomSound technology which provides decent sound for music lovers in the low noisy environment.

Battery:

The battery performance has its limitation, with normal usage, i.e., browsing, social media connectivity, pictures, videos and standard multitasking the battery may last for 2/3 of the day, however, under extensive usage, the battery may need to be recharged as the battery may drain fast. The battery life may be increased if the brightness and data usage is controlled.

Normal communication of calling and texting messages doesn’t have any significant impact on the battery life; therefore, long calls can be made without any need to worry.

Price:

The mobile is, of course, a budget phone, costs very low price and apparently comes at a ‘reasonable’ price.  In the price PKR 23,999 /- it is offering decent performance & design.

Concluding remarks:

The phone is a good value for money option as it has almost all the features that a customer is looking for in a mid-range handset although battery has some limitation.  It’s also accompanied with some exciting value additions to delight its buyers like HTC damage protection, Zong 4G internet bundle for six months and Foodpanda 500 Rs voucher.

We would suggest HTC to solve the battery issues while the camera’s low performance in low light is excusable as most of the mobiles at this price share the same quality.

Overall, we feel if it’s a good purchase given if you are comfortable with a 2200 mAH battery.

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