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.

In Depth

We mentioned the design aspects as well as camera capabilities of the Desire 326G Dual SIM in the previous sections. And here, we are noting down all its pros and cons to bring out an in-depth review.

The HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM has a 4.5-inch TFT display with 854 x 480 pixels (FWVGA) resolution. The display panel supports up to two-point touch inputs and works with an ambient light sensor to automatically enhance brightness levels. The display does not perform well under bright sunlight but produces enough amount of brightness in indoors. The company has not provided a scratch resistant glass, so we recommend to use a screen protector to make the display resist of minor scratches. On the viewing angles part, the display panel justifies the price.

HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM

HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM

HTC has provided Android 4.4 KitKat operating system on the Desire 326G Dual SIM with its Sense UI on top. Though there is no information on an update to Android Lollipop, the smartphone does have an option to receive over-the-air (OTA) firmware updates.

HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM

HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM runs on Android 4.4 KitKat OS

The Sense UI on the HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM provides an experience that already existed on all the company’s Desire series smartphones. There is a proprietary lockscreen that lets users unlock directly to BlinkFeed screen or a default homescreen. Some preset app icons, including Phone, Messaging, Browser and Camera, are also available right on the lockscreen to enable pull-to-unlock functionality. The homescreen comes with BlinkFeed integration and there is an app drawer with app icons and folders. Users can sort app icons in custom, alphabetical or most recent form and an access to Google Play Store is provided directly in the app drawer. Besides, there is a status bar on top that transforms into a notification panel by swiping from the top and comes with toggles such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Mobile Data and Sound Profile.

HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM

HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM with Sense UI on top of Android KitKat

On the telephony and messaging front, the HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM has a similar experience that one can get from a vanilla Android. There is a stock dialler with smart dialling support and a tweaked messaging app with HTC Sense keyboard. The smartphone has dual-SIM support with dual-standby technology and users can flawlessly switch from one connection to another right from the settings. We have not found any issue while testing the telephony and messaging support of the Desire 326G and basics like voice quality and signal strength were just as same as on most of the other affordable smartphones. However, we were missing 4G LTE support that just became a trend in the budget segment.

HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM

HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM with stock telephony and messaging support

The HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM has an Internet browser and Google Chrome as two of the pre-installed web browsers. Both the web browsers share almost the same list of features, including a multi-tabbing experience and an incognito mode. We tested web browsing on Desire 326G by surfing some sites that require a decent hardware. The smartphone didn’t show any lag and the web browsing experience was quite smooth throughout our testing.

HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM

HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM comes with pre-installed Google Chrome

For productivity, the HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM has a pre-installed Polaris Office 5 app as well as Gmail, Mail and Google Drive integration. Polaris Office 5 allows users to create, edit and view Microsoft Office document, spreadsheet and presentation. In addition, the smartphone has a pre-installed File Explorer app that details internal and external storage. The smartphone, on the downside, does not have USB On-the-Go (USB OTG) support to provide users an ability to let them access a pen drive or an external hard disk.

HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM

HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM with Polaris Office 5 and File Explorer apps

HTC has provided pre-installed Music and Video Player apps that play most of the widely-played audio and video formats. The smartphone additionally comes with Google Play Music to offer an enhanced audio playback experience. There is a built-in monophonic loudspeaker that produces a fair amount of audio but the display panel does not provide an impressive video playback experience. However, the smartphone smoothly plays up to 1080p (full-HD) video content.

To test the benchmark performance of the HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM, we installed some of the apps. The smartphone resulted 19,900 scores on AnTuTu version 5.7.1, 62.1fps on NenaMark 2 version 2.4, 4,671 on Quadrant Standard Edition version 2.1.1, 27.78 seconds elapsed time on RealPi and 675 on Vellamo (Metal) version 3.1.

HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM benchmark results

HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM benchmark results

Apart from testing its benchmark performance, we installed some games on the HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM to test its actual performance. We chose games such as Asphalt 8: Airborne, Subway Surfers and Temple Run 2 to test the performance of the smartphone. It didn’t any lag throughout our playtime but the screen resolution and the display size were the two things that overall resulted an inferior experience over the competitors.

The HTC Desire 326G Dual SIM is powered by a 32-bit Spreadtrum 7731G chipset that has a 1.3GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU and Mali-400MP GPU. The chipset comes along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB ROM that provides about 5.5GB storage to the end users. The smartphone additionally has a microSD card support for expansion up to 32GB. For connectivity, there is Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and a microUSB port. The smartphone has GSM and HSPA network access with dual-standby technology but there is no 4G LTE support.

Lastly, HTC has provided a 2,000mAh battery on the Desire 326G Dual SIM that is claimed to deliver up to 11 hours of talk time on a 3G network. We got less than a day backup on our mixed usage that mainly include 3G telephony, a couple of hours of gaming and some web browsing on a Wi-Fi network. That said, the battery backup is a bit lower than some of the highly popular affordable smartphones.

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