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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.
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: 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.
Summary: HTC has priced the Desire C at a street price of Rs.14,000, which is simply too expensive for what essentially feels like a sub-10K phone. HTC may have increased the screen size but the display seems even worse than the Explorer since the resolution has stayed the same. The two major deal breakers here are the lack-lustre camera and the ancient processor.
The HTC Desire C is an ultimately frustrating phone to use due to a sluggish user experience
Good Gear Guide.au
10 November 2012
Summary: The HTC Desire C is a competitively priced pre-paid smartphone that offers a few features we aren't used to seeing on low-end Android devices. We like its design, build quality and the decent battery life it offers, but the sluggish user experience will frustrate most buyers.
Pros: Good design and build, Relatively low price, Decent battery life
Cons: Can be sluggish at times, Abysmal camera, Limited internal memory