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The midrange HTC Desire 610 had a mixed reception, having arrived with a decent sized 4.7 inch screen and generally impressive specification but that screen had a somewhat low resolution of 234 pixels per inch (PPI) being the trade off to keep the price down.
We often feel that many review sites are over critical about the finer details on issues that generally would not concern most people, but there was no getting away from the fact that sub-HD resolutions don't suit larger screens and it was the main minus point of the Desire 610.
Larger 5 inch screen with HD
The new Desire 620 has addressed the critics and now sports a slightly larger 5 inch screen and a HD screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, which breaks down to a much more desirable 294 pixels per inch.
It makes a big difference too. A 5 inch HD screen is not to be sniffed at on a midrange smartphone and the HTC Desire 620 delivers, with the rest of the specification proving worthy of the famous Taiwanese brand.
HTC trademark styling
The familiar styling remains, with the HTC One M8 style casing with those trademark dual stereo speakers above and below the screen, although this time the line of circular holes that makes up the grilles are only one-hole width instead of two, but wider, allowing the extra space for the enlarged screen while keeping the size of the chassis down.
Unlike the one piece aluminium casing of their flagship phone, polycarbonate remains the choice of material here with two tone styling in three colour choices, these being white with blue or orange accents, and two tones of grey.
Well built frame and unique case option
You will get a solid, quality casing which feels tough enough to survive everyday life well, while the two-tone colour choices may not sound inspiring but in practice look good and really help the phone to stand out in a sea of predominantly black handsets.
You can also add the unique HTC DOT VIEW™ case which features a coloured LED dot matrix display to alert you of incoming calls and messages, and shows the time and weather icons. You can even answer calls with the case closed.
More power when you need it
HTC have gone with a more powerful 1.7GHz eight core processor this time, with the main advantage of this arrangement being the phone's ability to only use what power it needs, only powering up the cores, or sections, of the processor it needs at the time. This helps to enhance your battery life while having no negative effect on performance.
Excellent 8 megapixel camera and new 5 megapixel "selfie"
The superb 8 megapixel main camera is retained and has a raft of settings and enhancements which HTC claim are best in class, while remaining easy to use with the one-touch auto mode which chooses the best settings for you.
Features include touch to focus, autofocus, panoramic, LED flash, face detection and geotagging.
Meanwhile the forward facing "selfie" camera has now been shifted from right to left and has been ramped right up to 5 megapixel, and now records 1080p Full HD video.
The countdown timer for your selfie pics is a thoughtful touch and the upgrade to 5MP ensures that you can now take excellent photos from both sides of the camera.
Fabulous sound quality
As with most HTC models these days, sound quality is superb and the music player plays every conceivable format of tracks. You are guaranteed crisp stereo sound from the dual speakers and of course you can choose to listen to your music or movies using a corded headset or headphones via the standard 3.5mm jack.
Of course, if you prefer you can enjoy your tunes wirelessly with stereo Bluetooth® v4.0. The HTC Desire 620 is aptX™ enabled too, offering CD-quality wireless sound.
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A stereo FM radio is also included so you can enjoy your favourite music station straight out of the box. RDS is featured too which displays the station name.
Likeable live BlinkFeed home screen feature
One thing we particularly like about HTC handsets is their Sense UI interface, which is light on memory space while it stays true to the Android operating system just as it was meant to be.
Yet it still offers an excellent overlay which includes BlinkFeed, a "live" home screen which shows you your latest tweets, messages or even news and sports results updated as it happens.
The remaining features are much the same as on the Desire 610 but that's no bad thing. The comprehensive feature set includes the following:
- Android v4.4.4 KitKat
- 8GB internal memory
- Memory card slot accepting cards up to 128GB
- GPS for sat nav including access to the Russian GLONASS system. Assisted for fast satellite location
- Accelerometer to auto rotate the screen
- Proximity sensor
- Active noise cancellation
- Replaceable 2100mAh Lithium Polymer battery
We think HTC have come up with a winner. The main bugbear of the previous Desire 610 model was the sub-HD screen. That has now been put right, while the new 5 megapixel front camera is noteworthy.
You now get a sturdy, high quality handset which is virtually flawless and for a midrange phone is as good as it gets.
The HTC Desire 620 is an excellent Android smartphone which proves you don't have to spend top dollar to get a top handset.