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HTC Desire C: a decent little budget Android
8 March 2014
Excerpt: The HTC Desire C is an odd creature. Its looks are reminiscent of the higher-end devices in HTC’s smartphone alphabet, and it runs the same version of Android that comes pre-installed on flagship phones like its big brother, the One X, and Samsung’s Galaxy S III. Yet the phone is a chubby little plastic construction that creaks when you squeeze it too hard and the fixed-focus camera makes anything you photograph look un-artistically blurred.
Conclusion: All in all the HTC Desire C is very close to being a recommended handset, but falls short thanks to the humble 600MHz processor, mediocre camera and HVGA screen. It does get a lot right, we love the design with its red accents and think HTC did a great job getting Android 4.0 and Sense 4.0 on their lowest end handset. For an extra £20 though, a Sony Xperia U will offer dual-cores, a superior screen and a 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus.
Summary: The Desire C is the latest budget Android offering from HTC. Overall, it's safe to say that the performance of the device is a mixed bag. The power under the hood is underwhelming but its reflection on the everyday performance of the device isn't visible. If you are looking for better power under the hood, you can take a look at the Spice Stellar. If the OS isn't a big deal, you can take a look at the Nokia Lumia 710 or the Samsung Omnia W.
Pros: Good build, Good loudspeaker, 25GB cloud storage
Conclusion: HTC has stepped out of its comfort zone with this one. It's not their first attempt at a smartphone for the masses and the Taiwanese are definitely getting the hang of it. The Desire C is firmly in the tradition of the two Wildfires and the Explorer. By another tradition honored by HTC, even their entry level offerings get the latest software and the combination of Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 4.0 is the phone's key selling point.
Pros: Light and compact, Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support, 14.4 Mbps HSDPA, 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support, 3.5" 16M-color TFT capacitive touchscreen of HVGA resolution (320 x 480), 600MHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225A chipset, Cortex A5 CPU, 512MB RAM, Adreno 200 GPU, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with HTC Sense 4 UI, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with hotspot functionality, GPS with A-GPS connectivity, 5 MP camera, geotagging, face detection, VGA video @ 24fps, micro...
Cons: Feeble CPU, Modest retail package, Fixed-focus camera, No front-facing camera
PHOTOVIEW: HTC Desire C entry-level Android Smartphone with NFC
11 July 2012
Excerpt: Revealed back in March and officially announced shortly after , HTC's new entry-level Android smartphone, the HTC Desire C , isn't a One-series device, even if it shares a lot of features and design elements with HTC's premium range of smartphones. Running on Android 4.0 / Ice Cream Sandwich , the Desire C is powered by an ARM Cortex A5 CPU at 600 MHz and features HTC's very own HTC Sense 4 user interface.
Summary: Until recently, Desire was the name HTC reserved for its best handsets. The HTC One series now takes that place, yet HTC has just sprung the little Desire C out of nowhere. It continues the Desire name for its smartphones, only this time at a lower budget. Read more Google phone reviews.
Summary: There are no complaints about the reception quality and the voice rendering quality. My handset showed really well in receiving the network signal during the entire two-week period I had been using it. The voice speaker of the HTC Desire C is not bad, and you can hear the one you are talking with quite well, with the voices being clear and without any noise. The volume is a bit above moderate.
Conclusion: There is one thing that I have left until the end to mention, and that is that the 3three touch sensitive buttons on the bottom of the device just below the screen didn’t light up once while I was using it. They are meant to light up when you unlock the phone, press them to go back, home or multi-task and they didn’t once, so I’m just saying that if you do wish to buy this phone then it’s something to consider before you do.
Conclusion: The HTC Desire C is a fine low-end smartphone. It's compact and cute, and will certainly get the job done for most standard tasks. The price for this phone is just right. It's priced very closely to rivals such as the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray and Motorola Defy+ or Mini . You should be able to find the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 at a better price, and it will probably perform a bit better than the Desire C, but the HTC is superior in terms of design and comes with ICS, so...
Pros: Good looks, Android 4 out-of-the-box, Beats Audio
HTC Desire C – entry-level but with the sweet Ice Cream Sandwich and Beats Audio
16 May 2012
Conclusion: HTC Desire C will be available in the UK via O2, Orange, Phones4U, Tesco Mobile, The Carphone Warehouse, Three, T-Mobile, Virgin Media, and Vodafone in the UK. T-Mobile UK confirmed they will offer it as a free device, if you decide to opt for a two year contract with a £15.50 monthly plan. You can also get the phone off-contract for £169.99.