'There's plenty of power for daily tasks, a large screen to consume content and cameras that can offer some great shots, even if the high megapixel count doesn't immediately translate into the best results. '
'Bad. Bad battery life.'
'Plastic is glossy and easily gets smudged and scratched.'
'HTC has taken a minimalist approach when designing the Desire 816.'
'My review handset was white, which did a pretty good job of hiding the fingerprints and smudges that will no doubt find plaguing the colour versions.'
'The 720x1280 resolution might be stretched thin over the 5.5in screen, but the resulting 267 pixels-per-inch is dense enough to deliver a solid viewing experience.'
'Footage is smooth, but again, you lose some detail in low light.'
'Not surprisingly, the phone is pretty darn responsive with an assortment of things, like gaming and simple navigation. '
'The HTC Butterfly 2 ticks most of the boxes for an Android flagship in 2014 - the Snapdragon 801 is still more than relevant, the camera has a sufficient amount of pixels, the display is of ample size and 1080p resolution. '
'powerful quad-core processor'
'While the design is great to look at, the glossy plastic is a fingerprint magnet, and you'll end up with a very smudged rear cover. '
'The glossy plastic is a serious fingerprint magnet but the front glass also lacked any oleophobic properties and became a smudgy mess, too. '
'decent overall spec'
'The HTC Desire is one of the best looking smartphones available right now.'
'It looks and feels like a great little phone, but it’s impossible to view it in isolation and on the current market there are choices which present better value for money at (and in fact below) this price point. '
'The Desire 500 tackles the essentials well, doesn't cost the Earth and has a more interesting design than most budget smart phones. '