HTC Desire 626. The lightweight heavyweight

HTC Desire 626. The lightweight heavyweight

If you are looking for a phone that is feature rich, lightweight and smart, then you have found your match. It is the perfect phone for someone looking for a smartphone on a budget that can do almost everything a flagship phone can do.

Right out of the box, this phone is ready to go. As soon as you power it up for the first time, it asks you all the right questions, and makes the move over to a new phone from your old handset as simple as possible.

If you are running Android already, the phone has a “Tap and Go” feature that lets you copy all of your data from your old Android device. If you have regularly backed up your old phone, it lets you copy your Google Account, Apps & data, using the NFC (Near Field Communication).

Assuming your old phone has NFC, you simply activate it, tap your two phones together & follow the prompts from there. Once that’s done, you setup your HTC backup, location services, Email etc and you are ready to go.

This phone is extremely light. Its durable plastic body feels very good in the hand and the slightly more “rubber” bumper around the whole phone gives it good grip even in small hands. The phone is very well put together visually, & the design style is what you have come to expect from HTC. The phone does not have any flex to it, and at 140g it is certainly light. It is a departure from HTC’s latest offerings of full metal encased phones, but the design language is the same.

Besides the exterior of the phone, it’s the inside workings of the phone that separate it from the rest. The user interface is brilliantly put together, with Android Lollypop as its base, with HTC’s Sense 7 UI (User Interface) over the top. The phone is very light on “bloatware”, & offers the user a wealth of customisable themes to really make the phone your own. You can even set a theme from a photograph that you have taken using the very slick & fast 13MP camera. If you are into selfies, the front camera also boasts a 5MP front shooter.

As far as the technical specs go, the phone runs off a Snapdragon 210 chip which blisters through even the most challenging tasks.

The screen is a 5 inch HD super LCD display, with 293ppi (Pixels per inch). The addition of a micro SD card slot lets you expand the memory to more than what is currently available to the South African market. More than enough to store your whole music collection. It has 16GB memory & 1GB of RAM on board. The sound output is world class, despite it not having the

The 2000mAh battery offers you a talk time of over 22 hours, & it shows no signs of heating up while multitasking, watching videos or playing games. Even with heavy use, the battery should get you through your average day before needing a recharge.

All in all, this is a fantastic entry level phone that won’t let you down in any situation, & the complete package makes it stand head and shoulders above the rest of the other smartphones in its class.

BY RORKE SHIRLEY