HTC just yesterday announced its latest budget smartphone, the HTC Desire 526G+, in India in two versions – 8 GB for Rs 10,400 and 16 GB at Rs 11,400. Clearly, the 16 GB Desire 526G+ is aimed against the Moto G (2nd Gen) of Motorola which is available for Rs 12,999.
The HTC Desire 526G+ is a typical HTC device, with two front speakers. It has smaller than average sized bezels and has an attractive blue finish all along the edges. The glossy back panel is attractive but not slippery. All in all, the HTC Desire 526G+ is quite trendy and will appeal to buyers who want an attractive smartphone. The Desire 526G+ measures 139.8 x 69.65 x 9.8 mm and weighs 154 grams.
The second generation Moto G too has thin bezels while the speaker grill is located at the bottom while another is located just above the display. The back has a rubberised finish, which is of a good quality and won’t wear out soon. The device measures 141.5 x 70.7 x 10.99 mm and weighs 149 grams, making it marginally larger and lighter than the HTC.
While looks are subjective, it is safe to say that the HTC Desire 526G+ looks much more exciting than the Moto G.
The Moto G has a 5 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, meaning it has a pixel density of 294 ppi. While the HTC Desire 526G+ has 4.7 inch TFT screen with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 234 ppi.
The Moto G is clearly the winner here, as thanks to IPS technology, which allows for wider viewing angles, and the higher pixel density and resolution will naturally make the viewing experience that much better.
However, we cannot comment now about the touch response or the brightness levels of their respective displays.
Processor and Memory
The HTC Desire 526G+ has an octa-core processing unit, clocked at 1.7 GHz and has 1 GB of RAM. As we stated above, this model of Desire 526G+ offers 16 GB internal storage while an additional 32 GB can be added via a micro SD card. The Moto G too offers 16 GB internal storage along with a 32 GB micro SD card slot as well as 1 GB RAM. However, the Moto G (2nd Gen) offers a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor.
The Moto G (2nd Gen) has recently received the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, the latest Android version. The user interface on the Moto G is also quite simple, as it is the stock Android UI.
On the other hand, HTC Desire 526G+ comes with Android KitKat version despite being launched recently.
Considering HTC’s recent practices, it is highly unlikely that it will launch the Android Lollipop version for the phone.
The HTC Desire 526G+ though has some advantages in terms of interface. It has the same HTC Sense UI that is found in other HTC smartphones, including the high end ones. The HTC Sense UI is a lightly customised UI with some additional features and a different look. The prominent feature being the Blinkfeed that compiles all your messages and mail, and social network updates in just one page and present them in a tiled format, something that you have noticed in Windows phones.
The HTC Desire 526G+ has a 2000 mAh battery which, as per HTC, provides nine hours of talk time or 280 hours of standby. The Moto G on the other hand, with its 2070 mAh battery, offers 24 hours of talktime or 320 hours of standby.
Since the manufacturers have not specified whether they used 2G or 3G networks for their tests, the claims on battery back up is highly questionable. However, if you assume that the figures stated are the best the devices could offer, then Moto G is clearly the winner in the battery department as well.
The 8 megapixel camera on the Moto G comes with auto-focus, slow motion video, burst mode, auto HDR, panorama, touch to focus, and flash. It also has a 2 megapixel camera on the front for video calls and selfies.
The HTC Desire 526G+ too comes with an 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus, smile detection, flash, video recording, and HDR features. It also has a 2 megapixel camera in front.
Here the phones are just like twins owing to identical options like dual-SIM, 3G, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, and micro USB port.
Figures, especially when it comes to camera, do not portray the true picture. However, the Moto G must be credited for its latest software and a slightly better display. However, the HTC Desire 526G+ looks way better in the processing department. Also it has a slightly attractive interface.