In this article, we’re comparing the successor of the Desire 816, with Lumia 820’s successor. Both of the models were released in September and they’re starting to be available worldwide.
Designs, displays and sizes
The Desire 820 looks like any other HTC mid-range device, having a flat, rectangular glossy plastic rear panel with rounded edges. On the front panel, at the top and at the bottom, are the two BoomSound speakers, and HTC introduced the “double-shot color technology” to offer a two-tone color unibody design – the frame, as well as the circle around the rear camera, with the HTC logo, have the same color, while the main body is either white, red, orange etc. The display of the Desire 820 is LCD of 5.5inches, with a decent resolution of 720x1280pixels with 267ppi. The device weights 155grams, it’s very thin and its physical dimensions are 157.7×78.7×7.7mm.
The Lumia 830 is more angular and the corners are slightly curved, but they may look sharp, the edges are strait, not rounded, but the phone feels comfortable to hold because the back has a gentle curve. The front panel is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, the IPS LCD display fitted into it is clearblack, sized at 5inches, and supports the same resolution, but with a pixel density of 294ppi. The device is slightly lighter, weighting 150grams, and its sizes are 139.4×70.7×8.5mm.
Hardware and OS
The HTC Desire 820 is powered by an octa-core consisting of a quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 and quad core 1GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, supported by a Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 chipset (64-bit), along with an Adreno 405 GPU. This model is backed by 2GB of RAM and hosts an internal memory of 16GB, which can be increased up to 128GB, and runs on Android v4.4.2 (KitKat).
The Lumia 830 has only a quad core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 processor integrated on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset and couples with an Adreno 305 GPu and 1GB of RAM. The internal memory has the same capacity and supports expansion up to 128GB, but the OS is Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1.
If you’re buying a smartphone only because it has a good camera, then you’ll want the device that takes better photos. And our smartphones have what you need: killer back cameras. The Desire 820 has a 13MP rear shooter with LED flash, autofocus, HDR, simultaneous HD video and image recording etc, and the selfie lovers will be happy to use the 8MP camera on the front.
The Lumia 830 offers a 10MP back snapper with Carl Zeiss optics, LED flash, autofocus and optical image stabilization, which uses PureView technology, but the front camera is kind of disappointing, featuring a resolution of only 0.9MP.
Don’t forget that a good battery keeps the device alive as much as possible, and in this case, the Desire 820’s battery lasts longer because it has a capacity of 2600mAh, and it’s non-removable. The Lumia 830 houses a 2200 mAh battery with 15 hours of talking time on 3G.
Both phones support 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth v4.0, microUSB, nano-SIM, and the Desire 820 also supports dual-SIM. In addition, the Lumia 830 comes with NFC support.
If you’ll buy the Lumia 830, you’ll get 1TB of cloud storage in OneDrive, for the next 6 months. Besides BoomSound support, the Desire 820 also features BlinkFeed news aggregator, plus the vertical app drawer.
The HTC Desire 820 costs 407 dollars on the Indian market, while the Nokia Lumia 830 is 5 dollars more expensive.