The Desire 530 runs Android based system Marshmellow with HTC’s custom OS on top of it, Sense. Marshmallow is probably one of the best operating systems available at the moment and it a good inclusion into the Desire 530, it comes packed with a range of features including a set of privacy controls and battery saving options.
Having a custom OS on top of the base Android platform, there is a worry that it was bloat the system and be filled with unnecessary applications and further decrease what little resources the 530 has. Luckily much like the One M9’s OS, Sense runs really well on devices and is one of few options out there that is good without bogging down the phone.
One of the most noticeable features in Sense is the Blinkfeed which acts as a news aggregator for you phone, which is accessed by swiping right from the home screen. It can contain information from news channels as well as your social media for it to be conveniently all in one place to search through. Depending on how much you bring into Blinkfeed, it can show quite a lot from different sources all at once, diminishing the personalised feel it is meant to set out to achieve.
The Sense Theme Store is another nice little addition to the software as it allows you to personalise the design to meet your needs, it’s packed with a load of different preset options or you can create you own. If you have the Micro Splash design on the back of your phone, it can further add to the unique touch of your handset.
Using the phone during the day, I probably got around a day’s use from a full charge on the 2200mAh battery, which is to be expected. This included listening to music, browsing the internet and using social media throughout the day, from a battery life point of view it does exactly what it should and lasts the normal time anyone with a phone is used to these days. Coming back to playing games, due to pushing the phone quite hard and the heat, battery life drains quicker than I thought when compared to my normal phone, the M9.