Sunday, April 5, 2015
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One thing is certain; competition is always good for the customers.
Motorola managed to hold the top spot for the best budget phone two years in a row, with the Moto G being arguably the best of the low class handsets in 2013 and 2014. This year, the company will be hard pressed, as other manufacturers are trying to produce a budget phone that will top Motorola’s. The last one in line is HTC, with the HTC Desire 320.
Design and Display
The Desire 320 is pretty much the same device design like as the Desire 310 announced one year ago. The phone keeps the 4.5 inch screen display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. It is not flashy as the 5 inch 720p HD display of the Moto G. The design of the phones is pretty much similar, with HTC’s handset boasting a bigger speaker on the front.
Hardware and Operating System
The hardware section is where HTC made the biggest strides trying to appeal to budget users. The Desire 320 is powered by a quad core processor, with clocking speed set at 1.3 GHz. RAM has been bumped to 1 GB, while built in storage memory now has 8 GB of space. A MicroSD card is also supported. The Moto G has the same specs, with one tiny difference, the clocking speed. Motorola’s device is slightly slower, with clocking speed capped at 1.2 GHz.
However, the Moto G wins the operating system battle. Motorola has started rolling the Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for the Moto G. The Desire 320, on the other hand, will run on the Android 4.4 KitKat, out of the box, but the chances for a Lollipop update are slim.
The Desire 320 has a 5-MP sensor equipped on the back of the device, and just a VGA shooter on the front. The good news is that it can record 1080p videos, a rather rare feature for low end handsets. The Moto G is one of those rare phones, with an 8-MP sensor on the back, and a 2-MP shooter for selfies on the front.
HTC’s device can handle 12 hours of usage thanks to a 2100 mAh battery. The Moto G has slightly less capacity set at 2070 mAh. Due to the bigger screen and crisper resolution, the Moto G drains more power and lasts less hours.
It has become a common trend for manufacturers to try and offer lower priced device than the Moto G. HTC has set a price tag of just $100 for the Desire 320, which is a lot less than the $160 priced Moto G.