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HTC Desire 816: Is it Good for Business?

HTC Desire 816, business phone
The Desire 816 is only available off-contract. / Credit: HTC

HTC's Desire 816 is a pretty good business phone at an affordable price. It packs a large, 5.5-inch (14 centimeters) display, along with good performance and battery life for a phone in its price range. But is it better than the alternatives? Read on for three reasons the Desire 816 is good for business, and three reasons it may not be. 

It's good for business because…

  • Big display: For a budget-priced phone, the Desire 816 sports a pretty large display. Compared to most phones in its price range, the device's 5.5-inch panel offers more room for screen-intensive business tasks.
  • Decent performance: It's not the fastest smartphone around, but it offers pretty good performance for everyday business tasks like managing your email inbox or browsing the Web. Under the hood, it packs a modest quad-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM.
  • Value: The Desire 816 is only available off-contract. That means you'll pay more for the device up front, but won't be locked into a pricey two-year contract with a big carrier like Verizon or AT&T. So you can opt for a cheaper monthly plan and save money in the long run.


It's bad for business because...

  • Up-front cost: Long-term savings aside, you'll have to shell out $300 up front to pick up the Desire 816. Keep in mind that flagship phones like Samsung's Galaxy S5 cost twice as much off-contract. 
  • Good alternatives: Samsung's midrange Galaxy Grand 2 packs similar hardware for the same $300 up-front cost, and Google's off-contract Nexus 5 is a smaller, 5-inch (12.7 cm) phone with better performance for the same price. 
  • Low storage: The Desire 816 offers a measly 8GB of internal storage, though you can expand that space by inserting a microSD card.


There aren't many smartphones that can match the Desire 816's particular mix of size, specs and price, but you'll still have to make some concessions if you pick up the HTC Desire 816. The phone packs solid hardware, but the lack of support from major carriers might be a deal breaker for some business users, especially since those carriers offer a couple of good alternatives.

Originally published on Business News Daily.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.

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