I have always liked HTC phones, especially for their attention to design and detail. So when I get to review HTC’s latest phone which focuses exactly on that, what more could I ask for? Here is my review on the new HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle.
First things first, I absolutely love the design on the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle. It comes in an amazing black ivory color with gold trimming, which looks more luxurious than tacky. The gold trimming extends along the edges of the phone, to the branding on the back and outlines the camera lens as well.
A gold grooved power button is located on the right edge of the phone, with volume rockers above it. The left edge of the phone houses the Dual SIM card tray and the microSD card tray as well. All three of these options are individual, which is great as switching SIMs are easier, and using a memory card does not take up an extra SIM slot. The headphone jack is on the top of the phone, and the charger and HTC Boom Sound Speakers are located at the bottom.
I really loved the whole design of the phone, however, the only issue I had with it is the amount of dust and fingerprints the back of the phone can collect. If your finger is a little wet when you hold the phone, you will be greeted with a big mark which takes a lot of effort to get rid off.
The HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle comes with a 720p display, which is not that great considering everyone moving to at least FHD displays now. However, this does not affect any viewing experience, but if you are a hardcore mobile gamer, then I would not recommend this phone. On the other hand, the display is quite bright, and shows off colors pretty decently. One issue I had with the device was the button placement on the display. I kept missing the back or home keys, which were sometimes unresponsive.
Apart from the design, one of the best features of the phone is the HTC Boom Sound. HTC’s development in mobile phone audio is often considered one of the best, and Boom Sound is a great example of it. If you like to watch a lot of videos on your phone without having to take out a set of earphones, then the HTC Boom Sound is your best friend. In a way, the quality of the audio also makes up for what the display lacks.
The HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle comes with a pretty impressive camera. HTC has upgraded the camera UI with its new line of devices, making the camera really fast and fun to shoot with. The results of this 13MP camera do not disappoint either. Check out a gallery below.
The HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle managed to get a score of 31145 on Antutu, which is not bad, and puts it up against some of the mid range devices of the year. However, with some heavy use, I realized the phone is not exactly meant for extended use, as it started to get slow and the animations got choppy.
Battery life on the other hand was pretty impressive. A full charge would give me at least a day or more depending on my use. However, I would have liked a Quick Charge option, which has become another trend.
HTC has got one of the most simple UIs out there. It seems to be a small HTC skin over an Android Marshmallow 6.1 OS. Additionally, HTC’s trademark Blinkfeed is also a good addition.
At a first glance the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle looks like a premium device. But under those good looks lies a simple phone with medium range specs and a decent camera that's priced appropriately under AED 1000.