Hands On With AT&T’s HTC Desire 610

Earlier this month, AT&T provided me with the HTC Desire 610 to review. I spent a little over a week with the 4.7-inch phone and thought the size of the device was perfect. Slightly bigger than my current iPhone 5S (4 inches) and not quite as big as the Samsung Galaxy S5 (5.1 inches), now I know what Goldilocks feels like!

The HTC Desire 610 also has a plastic casing, making it a little safer for those more accident-prone when it comes to dropping phones. My only gripe with the design was that it was a little greasy, which resulted in fingerprints and smudges appearing more often than they should.

The home screen display setup was the same as the Samsung Galaxy (read my review here), being an Android-based phone. It took a little getting used to, but I was able to quickly pick it back up and navigate the phone. In addition to the standard Google apps, AT&T’s apps are also available on this phone. Loved being able to utilize the DriveMode app, which keeps those driving more focused on the road (no calls or texts allowed) when this app was switched on.

My dog Sheba volunteered (well, didn’t really have a choice) to be my guinea pig in testing the HTC’s camera out. I thought the pictures came out well using the 5 megapixel (phone, but the Galaxy definitely still holds strong as the winner.

My favorite feature of the HTC Desire was the Blinkfeed – a screen that allowed you to bring all of the content and news feeds from all of your social sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) along with your favorite news categories, and bring them all into a single view (see below).

The HTC Desire also featured something called “Zoe,” offering photo/video editing and soundtracks to help tell your stories a little better. I played around with this feature a little, but I definitely think it’d take a little more time to get on board with it.

The HTC Desire 610 is currently available for just $1 (with a contract renewal) from AT&T. I think this is a great starter option for kids’ first phones, or anyone looking to own a smartphone without having to pay hundreds of dollars!

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*Disclosure: AT&T lent me the HTC Desire 610 for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.