HTC Desire 610, navy, Vodafone PAYG, £99 delivered @ Vodafone

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 3, 2014 at 12:37

Had a quick play with the HTC Desire 610 the other day.
Not bad, and: bite me, but I prefer the look, feel and size of the 610 over those of the overrated* One M7/8 (*in terms of design). Taste.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 3, 2014 at 13:38

Didn't this get quite good reviews when it came out? I like it and 99% of people would have no idea that you haven't spent £500+ on an M8...

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 3, 2014 at 13:43

Didn't this get quite good reviews when it came out? I like it and 99% of people would have no idea that you haven't spent £500+ on an M8...

Yes, and the last great offer on this was £175 sim-free. So, this is not a bad deal.

arvy1  Nov. 3, 2014 at 13:52

Good offer on its own but the only down point is comparing it to the desire 510 which has a snapdragon 410 chipset for 64 bit at the same price so which is better ?

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 4, 2014 at 18:15

Good offer on its own but the only down point is comparing it to the desire 510 which has a snapdragon 410 chipset for 64 bit at the same price so which is better ?
64 bit without at least 4GB of RAM doesn't really achieve a great deal. Sure, phones will eventually all be 64 bit, but I wouldn't, at the moment, be bothered about it on a relatively low end device.

With only 1 or 2GB of memory to address, there's little real need for 64 bit.

arvy1  Nov. 5, 2014 at 16:01

Many thanks Matt , the fact that it is being introduced is the main thinking point for me and I am wondering if we will see 4gb ram in the near future at all , didnt everyone predict that the nexus 9 would be 4gb ram? How can we be sure that it will not be better for low end 1 and 2gb ram devices, after all the iphones/ipads do not have more than 2gb ram and they seem to be benefitting ? Just a thought.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 5, 2014 at 16:11

I recently read a 'study' regarding consumer satisfaction with smartphones.
According to that report, quad-core devices and generally over-powered Android devices are the least reliable phones on the market... Damn, can't find the article.

Could have been a Consumer Report thing.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 5, 2014 at 16:12

Many thanks Matt , the fact that it is being introduced is the main thinking point for me and I am wondering if we will see 4gb ram in the near future at all , didnt everyone predict that the nexus 9 would be 4gb ram? How can we be sure that it will not be better for low end 1 and 2gb ram devices, after all the iphones/ipads do not have more than 2gb ram and they seem to be benefitting ? Just a thought.
The iDevices don't run well on small amounts of RAM because of 64 bit, but because of an efficient, streamlined operating system. iDevices were running well on comparatively little RAM long before they had 64 bit processors.

Yes, phones will have 4GB of RAM soon, but it'll will be limited to high end phones for a few years yet. The Galaxy Note 5 would be a likely candidate in my mind for being the first mainstream (i.e. not some obscure Chinese phone which is announced about a year before anyone can buy one, and even then supply is severely limited) phone with 4GB of RAM.

The main advantage of 64 bit computing, to the best of my knowledge, is the ability to address 4GB+ of RAM. As far as I know, there's no real advantage to a device with less than 4GB of RAM in having a 64 bit processor and operating system. This is especially true for phones, where the RAM isn't upgradeable (unlike a computer, for example).

If you want a little perspective for the situation, no one minds that that nigh-on £600 Note 4 isn't a 64 bit device, so I wouldn't worry about a sub-£100 HTC not being either.

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