HTC Desire 620 vs. Nokia Lumia 735

Desire 620 vs Lumia 735

Here is the comparison between HTC Desire 620 and Nokia Lumia 735. These are middle range phones and that is their similarity, but they are essentially very different phones, because of one major thing. It is the operating system. HTC Desire 620 is Android phone, and Nokia Lumia 735 is Windows Phone. There is few more similarities and differences between these two phones and we are going to take a look at them later in the text.


Design and build quality



The comparison between HTC Desire 620 and Lumia 735 shows that external appearance also look very different.

The back panel of the HTC Desire 620 is removable and it offers a decent level of grip. Don’t expect a premium feel here though, it’s cheap and plastic feeling and a little too rubbery for my liking as it picks up the slightest greasy marks in a matter of seconds.

On the right hand side sits the power button right where your thumb will be and the volume rocker is just above. The bezels along the top and bottom of the handset are widely oversized but this is mostly to give room for the universally loved BoomSound speakers.

Nokia Lumia 735 basically look like the Nokia N9. The very shape and the smooth finish create a convincing impression of a polycarbonate unibody – which isn’t the case. It looks like it but it’s not – yet the build quality is all there, plus you get a user-replaceable battery.

The design is well familiar but relevant enough. Granted, it’s not a phone that stands out from the crowd but one that looks solid, dependable and by no means cheap. Sounds about right for a midranger.

The sides of the phones are rounded and they blend into the back seamlessly making for a nice feel in hand. The bottom and top sides are flat. The entire inner body pops out of the polycarbonate shell, which encloses the screen. To open the cover and get access to the card compartments and the battery, you need to push the top of the frame right above the display and then repeat on the bottom side.


Hardware

HTC Desire 620 and Lumia 735 are smartphones that have similar processors and RAM capacities. Both have quad core processors and a RAM capacity of 1GB. The internal storage on both devices are 8GB, but they both support external micro SD cards. Both devices support 4G LTE networks, but a major difference is that HTC Desire 620 is dual sim while Lumia 735 is single sim.

Both have similar front cameras of 5 MP making both suitable for selfie lovers, but the HTC Desire 620 has a primary camera of higher resolution than the Lumia 735 (8 vs. 6.7 MP).

The Desire 620’s 5-inch display is not going to blow anyone away, offering a similar quality to its mid-range competition. The brightness is impressive and images look good with a pixel density of 294 ppi, but viewing angles could be a bit of an issue in bright environments.

The Lumia 735 is built around a 4.7″ ClearBlack AMOLED display. It has 720p resolution resulting in a pixel density of 316ppi. On top, it’s covered with a protective layer of Gorilla Glass 3. Despite squeezing in that many pixels per inch (ppi), only slightly less than the 326ppi of the new iPhone 6, we noticed slightly grainy, pixellated quality of everything on the screen.

The Lumia 735 comes with the Lumia Color Profile option in the settings, which gives you two sliders to play with – one for colour temperature (which spans the cool, neutral and warm range) and colour saturation (natural to vivid).

Camera

When it comes to cameras Desire 620 will have a 8-megapixel main camera with a 28mm lens and an LED flash, identical to 610’s, however front one changed with an improved 5-megapixel BSI sensor. Both cameras are equipped to record 1080p Full HD video. Lumia 735 on the other hand offers a relatively lowly 6.7-megapixel resolution (f/1.9 maximum aperture), but the front-facing compete with HTC’s with a 5-megapixels and a wide-angle lens.This should give it an edge in tricky light conditions.

 

 



Software

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As stated earlier in the text, another major difference between these those phones is that HTC Desire 620 runs Android platform, while the Lumia 735 runs the Windows Phone platform.

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HTC Desire is shipped with Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 6 overlaid on top and it look and work smoothly. Nokia Lumia 735 is on Windows Phone 8.1 with familiar interface with resizeable live tiles.


Battery life and charging

HTC Desire 620 has a 2100 mAh battery, while Nokia Lumia 735 has a larger 2220 mAh battery. Also, Nokia Lumia 725 has smaller display and less power-hungry operating system, which could help in keepeng battery longer than HTC Desire 620. Both phones should be able to handle one day of usage, even longer when it comes to Nokia.

Lumia 735 isn’t the fastest charger. It typically charges at around 30% per hour, which means it takes a little over three hours to charge fully.



Conclusion



HTC has made the Desire 620 a more desirable mid-range phone than its predecessor. HTC Desire 620 has been built on the work of its predecessor and become exactly what the Desire 610 wanted to be – and probably should have been. The jump up to a 5-inch screen isn’t something you really notice and, while spreading 720p HD across a bigger screen doesn’t always pay off, it’s a big improvement on the 610. The problem here is that it still feels a little overpriced, especially when you compare it to the competition.

Microsoft is doing well to shake things up in the Lumia lineup. The 5MP wide-angle front cam is perfect for selfies and the 1080p videos are welcome as well. The phone handles great and still looks good, although honestly it’s not going to wow onlookers. Well familiar and deliberately understated, it’s a design we’ve seen minor variations of on many Lumia handsets.

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