HTC Desire 820G Dual Sim : User review

by Kenny Ly


Today, I’ve decided to review my own phone, HTC’s Desire 820G+ Dual Sim. I have been using it for about a year now and the reason as to why I got it from the local store in the first place was its promise to deliver despite having a relatively low price tag. Yes, it’s a budget phone and yes, it’s from a Taiwanese manufacturer but for those of you who are not familiar with that brand, they have come up with some pretty impressive mobiles in the likes of the HTC One series. Like every phone, the HTC Desire 820G+ has some features which make it stand out but it also has its fair share of negative aspects. Let’s take a look at its different characteristics.


Battery life is usually the feature that makes me reluctant to go for budget phones. However, I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised with the HTC Desire 820G+. During the first few weeks, it was almost impossible to make its 2600 mAH bite the dust in a single day. Even now, if used casually, it can make it through the day with no particular problem. As a matter of fact, I use the application Battery Doctor and the latter indicates an average battery life of 26 hours when the phone is fully charged. Insofar as charging is concerned though, I have mixed feelings. The process is usually quick and should be completed within one and a half to two hours. However, if the charger happens to be even slightly loose inside the plug, the charging time can easily get twice as long. Nevertheless, as long as you have good plugs at your disposal, this should not be a significant ordeal.


Given the fact that the HTC Desire 820G+ is a budget phone, you should not expect it to leave you speechless performance-wise. It only has 1GB of ram, but its 1.7 GHz Cortex-A7 octa-core CPU makes up for that. To be honest, I would never have expected a budget phone to come with such a processor. This means that unless the phone’s memory is completely full, you will encounter little to no lag and should normally enjoy a fluid user experience. The only real issue is that the HTC Desire 820G+ tends to get quite hot when you play games for more than 20 to 30 minutes. As for its design, the phone is pretty well built. At first glance, it would be almost impossible to know that it’s a cheap one. It is very compact and everything(power and volume buttons as well as charging and earphones ports) seems to be exactly where it needs to be. Moreover, the phone is huge. In fact, I have quite large hands and it’s rare that I find a mobile device big for even my hands. Despite its size though, the device is relatively light. I own another much smaller phone which just happens to be heavier. The only downside of the HTC Desire 820G+ in that regard is that it cannot be opened, it’s not meant to be. So, whether you like it or not, you are doomed to stick with the casing you opted for initially.


It’s been almost a year since I’ve been using this phone and I didn’t need to get it repaired for whatever reason at any given time. It also seems that it won't be the case anytime soon either. The phone still works perfectly, even though I’m certain Clean Master is largely responsible for that. As I stated in the previous paragraph, the phone has a very compact feel to it and I was amazed to see that this wasn’t limited only to the feeling department. The HTC Desire 820G+ is actually rock-solid and that reminds me a lot of the old Nokia phones which were available in the early 2000s. I’m the kind of person that drop their phone a lot and it happened quite a few times with this one too. However, up to this date, there isn’t a single scratch on the casing somehow. Despite the fact that it hasn’t been through any life-threatening type of free fall situation, what it has endured until now is enough for me to affirm that it is a durable phone.


It would be a crime to talk about a budget phone without mentioning its price as one of its best features. If you’re all about value for money, this phone is a viable option from my point of view. After having tried the HTC Desire 820G+ for the first time, it was hard for me to believe that it only costs about 180 euros. When I learned about it, I decided to buy the mobile without even hesitating a single second. Another notable feature is the speakers’ positioning. There are two of them and both are located on the front side of the phone – one at the microphone’s place and the other at the earpiece’s. You only understand its importance when you watch trailers or movies and get the surround sound. I don’t know why I haven’t gone into details about this aspect yet, but I guess I just forgot to mention that the HTC Desire 820G+ is a dual sim smartphone. This can be very handy if, as me, your relatives are subscribed to different network operators. Last but not least, and as aforementioned, the phone really looks like a premium one. It’s not one of those you would feel ashamed to take out while being with luxury phone users.


One of the things or I’d rather say missing things, that bother me the most with the HTC Desire 820G+ is the absence of a physical camera button on the phone. It might not seem like a great deal when you have it on yours but trust me, you really feel it when you don’t. This is especially the case when you are trying to take a selfie without a selfie stick. You have to get into all sorts of awkward positions in order to be able to touch the on-screen camera button while staying inside the frame. Another annoying point is the fact that the screen resolution is limited to HD. Sometimes, when watching videos on YouTube, especially those about games, I just wish that the screen had this extra finesse provided by the full HD option. To boot, the volume of the speakers is somewhat low. Don’t get me wrong, they aren’t bad. On the contrary, the quality is definitely there but I sometimes need to revert back to using my old phone when watching music clips due to the fact that I’m not able to hear what I’m trying to listen. However, it is completely normal that there are some elements missing from the package. After all, if performance was your thing you wouldn’t opt for a budget phone in the first place.


The HTC Desire 820G+ is a budget phone that I would not hesitate to recommend to someone. As a matter of fact, I already did it quite a few times. If what you’re looking for is good value for money, you should really take this phone into consideration. It surely has its limitations but we should not forget that it is an entry-level smartphone. It should therefore not be compared to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Apple’s iPhone 7 as HTC voluntarily decided to place it in a whole other market. The package it proposes for such a low price, which includes an octa-core CPU, is definitely amazing. It is without a doubt that I give this phone the “worth it!” tag. Overall Rating: 7/10