HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM review: Made for novices

HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM review: Made for novices

Rating

4 out of 5
Design
3.5 out of 5
Performance
3.5 out of 5
Battery Backup
4.5 out of 5
Interface
3 out of 5
Value for Money

Total

3.7
3.7 out of 5

Overview

  • Pros:

    HTC Sense UI
    BlinkFeed integration
    Decent audio experience
    Solid built

  • Cons:

    Dated Android OS
    Inferior camera performance
    Poor display

  • Conclusion:

    The HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM could be the best pick for novices who are looking for an affordable branded smartphone. However, it does not have anything to compete against any of the popular affordable smartphones in today's market.

Camera

HTC is the company that brought some interesting camera technologies in its smartphones including an UltraPixel sensor and a dual camera setup, but it has not provided anything special for its entry-level offerings. This happened mainly to maintain the cost of manufacturing the entry-level offerings, just as in the case of the Desire 326G Dual SIM.

The HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM features an 8-megapixel BSI camera sensor on the rear along with an LED flash and a 2-megapixel camera sensor is available on the front. The covering on the rear camera sensor is prone to scratches and catches fingerprints even in a day usage.

HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM camera

HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM with 8-megapixel primary camera

HTC has provided a proprietary Camera app on the Desire 326G Dual SIM. The proprietary app has all the features that are available on the stock Camera app. Also, there are features such as face detect and color effects as well as some manual adjustments to let users adjust exposure, ISO and white balance. The interface of the app is easy to use for novices.

HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM camera interface

HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM camera interface

We tested camera capabilities of the HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM by taking shots under different environment, and some of them are available below. We found that the manual adjustments of the Camera app provide an ease while capturing still shots. The app provided a fast touch-to-focus functionality throughout our testing.  However, the camera sensors of the smartphone didn’t provide any pleasing experience while taking dark shots. Some noise surfaced on most of the shots that shoot in dark and even the primary camera sensor didn’t deliver sharp results when capturing some macro shots.

HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM camera samples

HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM camera samples

Apart from capturing still images, we recorded some videos from the Desire 326G to test its video recording capabilities. The smartphone supports 1080p (full-HD) video recording from the rear camera sensor with 30fps frame rate, while the front camera sensor has 720p (HD) video recording support. We captured some shots using the smartphone under different environment conditions and found that the smartphone deliver acceptable results. We have not noticed any lag in recording videos with some movement and the app provides an easy ability to let users capture still shots while recording videos.

Overall, the HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM does not surprise with any high-end camera performance. Some issues, especially noise in dark shots, make it an inferior offering against most of the highly popular affordable smartphones.

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