HTC Desire 520 Review – An Android Phone on the Cheap in More Ways Than One

Those who are looking for an Android phone on the cheap may want to consider the HTC Desire 520. It can perform all your basic needs, is compact, and again, is placed at a very affordable price. It has loud front-facing speakers, and it includes a microSD card slot. The battery pack can also be replaced if it gets busted over time. But the low price and basic performance is just what this handset has. It fails to “wow” the market in so many areas that many might even think about getting this phone in the first place, even if it is on the cheap.

HTC Desire 520 Review - An Android Phone on the Cheap in More Ways Than One

The Price HTC Desire 520 is its Selling Point, Sort of

The HTC Desire 520 has a 4.5-inch screen with an 840 x 480 resolution display at 217 ppi. It has an internal memory of 8GB, but there’s a microSD card slot to expand that storage further for up to 2TB of additional storage. It comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop with the company’s own HTC Sense right out of the box.

Its looks are like many of HTC’s other smartphones, minus the price. It has the company’s trademark dual front-facing speakers, which are surprisingly and beautifully loud. What you won’t find in this handset is the One M9’s premium material. It has a plastic casing that feels incredibly cheap, much like its price tag. Hence, it is also a fingerprint magnet and totally lacks personality. It is also available in a single color, which is slate gray, and the handset does not feature any colorful accents.

The rear camera of the Desire 520 is an 8-megapixel snapper and can do 720p video recording. For the front, there is a modest 2-megapixel camera. With these imaging sensors, it includes options to choose between different exposure, ISO levels, and shooting modes. While it does get you by with the occasional social media post, it won’t win you any awards.

As for its hardware specs, it has a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 with 1GB of RAM. It is capable of 4G LTE connections and has a 2,000mAh battery cell. Once again, with these specs, you can pretty much get your basic needs done like calling and texting, but don’t be surprised if some apps crash on you because of low processing power.

The HTC Desire 520 feels, looks, and performs on the cheap. Perhaps the only reason you would want to have this is to have a spare phone for emergency purposes. But other than that, there are other low-cost smartphones in the market that can look and perform better.


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