HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle review
Flagship music performance at an affordable price
Our HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle review finds a phone that is a sophisticated take on the HTC Desire series. In short, if you are searching for industry leading music performance, at an affordable price, then this smartphone is for you.
Design - Gold metallic contours
The HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle is made to shine with gold metallic contours. These contours are highly polished and are in sharp contrast to the phone’s matte finish. If you think Apple iPhone antenna bands, then you are just one refinement away from what is on offer here.
This HTC phone makes use of the shiny gold elements elsewhere, including around the camera lens and flash and on the power button. A chamfered edge, 155g body and 7.7mm thickness all work to make the phone comfortable to hold.
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The sound chamber is centrally located on the bottom edge, which unusually moves the microUSB charging port to the right side. This actually works better when the phone is held in the left hand, as the cable is further away from the holder’s palm and wrist area.
The HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle is offered in four colours; Stone Black, Polar White, Royal Blue and Valentine Lux.
Performance - Display and processor
This HTC smartphone has a full glass front made from toughened Corning Gorilla Glass. This protects a 5.5” Super LCD display that has a HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, which equates to 267 pixels per inch.
The colour output of the display can be personalisation with CCT (Correlated Colour Temperature) tuning. Inside a 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 3GB RAM powers the experience and this is well balanced against the phone’s price tag.
Phone Set Up
Getting started - Personalisation galore
The HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle is up there with the best when it comes to personalisation. During the set up, you can choose to use a standard layout or remove the restriction of an onscreen grid with a HTC Freestyle Layout.
The HTC Freestyle Layout allows you to place icons, widgets and stickers anywhere and these can overlap or be grouped, if desired. You can even get rid of icons altogether, by linking stickers to apps.
Whichever way you to choose to go, there are literally 1,000s of professional looking themes, icons, backgrounds and sounds to choose from. As a HTC user myself, I can assure you that you will enjoy creating a look that is unique to you.
If you simply want to get started quickly, then I recommend that you add the HTC Sense Home Widget to the home screen. This shuffles the apps that are displayed on the home screen based upon whether you are out, at home or at work.
At this point, if you swipe in from the left, then you will find the HTC Highlights feed. Here you can view the news and what is happening across other accounts that you use. Accounts that can be added to the Highlights feed includes YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and your calender events, along with a few others.
Getting started - Transferring content
The HTC transfer tool makes it easy to transfer data across from another smartphone and there is a very healthy 32GB internal memory ready to store your content. Of this, 24.6GB is free to the user and storage can be expanded, if needed, with a microSD card of any value up to 2TB.
Sound - Hi-Fi edition speakers
The HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle has Hi-Fi edition speakers that showcase top-tier sound with HTC BoomSoundTM, 24-bit Hi-Res audio and Dolby Audio. The high fidelity audio that is offered here is better than CD quality.
The speakers have been engineered with a separated low and high frequency design. This is usually only seen on leading acoustic systems. Each individual speaker has its own amplifier, in order to produce unprecedented audio quality. The tweeter is fitted into the earpiece, while the subwoofer is fitted into the base of the phone.
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Clear vocals and a deep bass are enhanced by automatic optimisation, which is carried out by a dynamic equaliser and volume leveler. The Limited Edition Box of the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle includes the HTC Hi-Res audio earphones. These generate louder and richer sounds, over twice the frequency range (10Hz to 40KHz).
Keyboard - TouchPal
The HTC TouchPal keyboard supports keyboard themes and emoji art. It is possible to re-position and resize the keyboard and the keyboard can be split when used in landscape mode, for typing with your thumbs.
Software - Boost+ and Android
The Boost+ app has been included so that you can keep the performance smooth, going into the future. Boost+ will let you clean up junk files, maximise battery life, dynamically allocate resources such as phone memory for a smooth performance and uninstall apps that you don’t use.
The App Lock function is pretty useful and this allows you to protect individual apps with a pattern passcode. If you let your family or friends use your phone, then this allows you to restrict their access to apps and content of your choice.
The HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system, which along with providing a host of pre-loaded Google apps, allows you to download new apps and content from the Play Store.
Camera & Video
Photography - Made easy
The combination of a 13MP camera and a 5MP selfie camera is pretty standard today and instead, it is the camera interface that shines on the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle.
The interface has been organised to make it faster to switch between modes and change settings. Without pulling in the side out menu, you can switch between shooting photos, videos or selfies, while other nice touches includes the option to simply slide your finger up or down on the screen to adjust the brightness.
On the technical side, their is a special BSI sensor to aid in capturing good low light results and the phone can record Full HD videos (1080p) at 30 frames per second. Selfie photography is aided by Voice Selfie, Auto Selfie and Live Makeup, which can be used to smooth out your skin.
Power - Fast Charging
The 2,700mAh capacity battery supports Fast Charging, with a 5V 1.5A charger.
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The all important statistic, when we consider the market for this phone, is the very respectable up to 50 hours of audio playback. This really is pretty good for a phone that will almost certainly outperform your old smartphone, in terms of raw music volume.
Alternatively, the battery can offer up to 8 hours of HD video playback, 7 hours of internet use, 24 hours talk time or up to 28 days standby. Should you get caught short, then power saving mode and extreme power saving mode can be used to save the day.
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Written by: Michael Brown