Affordability of smartphones has come down drastically in the last few years, but along with the affordability you also have to sacrifice aspects like performance and features.
The Moto E is a phone that showed the world that it need not be the case and that smartphones can be priced very low while offering more than adequate set of features. The HTC Desire 210 dual sim is a phone that tries to join in by offering the ability to support two SIM cards at once.
The standout aspect of the Moto E is its design, which screams of quality. It is unusual for a smartphone in this price point to offer excellent build quality, but there appears to be no cost cutting in the design and materials of the Moto E. This Motorola phone remains as one of the finest built products in this segment. The HTC Desire 210 dual sim comes close to the Moto E in terms of build quality and design.
The two phones are fairly similar in terms of screen size, with the Moto E offering a slightly larger 4.3 inch display compared to the 4 inch display on the HTC device. However, resolution stakes provide a significant difference with the Motorola opting for 540 x 960 pixels compared to the 480 x 800 pixels on the Desire 210 dual sim. The difference in terms of screen size limits the disadvantage in terms of resolution and works in favor of the Desire 210 dual sim.
Performance is an area where most budget smartphones lag behind their higher end counterparts. Motorola has addressed this issue in two ways – offering a substantially powerful dual core 1.2 GHz processor and using the android operating system without any customization. The stock experience from the Moto E vastly improves performance since the snapdragon 200 processor is only required to run the OS and not additional user interfaces. The HTC Desire 210, on the other hand, offers a slightly slimmed down version of the HTC sense user interface on top of the Android OS.
Performance is disappointing, especially in comparison with the Moto E, which has a slick, fast, and beautiful operation, because of its dual core 1 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM. Multitasking is not expected to be on par with the Moto E, which offers 1 GB of RAM. The use of the HTC Sense, even in its limited version, maybe the reason behind the poor performance compared to the Moto E.
HTC makes up for this disappointment to some extent by offering a five megapixel camera with HD video recording features. It may not be able to record 1080p videos, but the 720p video recording capability should be more than enough. The Moto E also offers a five megapixel camera but it can record only up to 480p videos. The Motorola phone will also be able to last substantially longer with its 1980 mAh battery, compared to the 1300 mAh battery on the HTC Desire 210. Both phones retail at around $120.
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