HTC Desire C review

HTC Desire C

The HTC Desire C aroused many reactions when it was officially launched. On all technology blogs and sites was put one question: “ How did HTC managed to put Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the 600 MHz CPU from the Desire C and other smartphones from HTC or other companies won’t receive this version as the reason is that they aren’t good enough and won’t offer stability with this version?”

When you take it out of the box you won’t say it has a 3.5 inches screen. It is very small and fits well in the pocket. The display supports multitouch, a 320×480 pixels resolution and a pixel density of 165ppi. It has three touch sensitive control buttons (back, home and settings) and its edges are black so you can concentrate on the content posted. The colors are natural and the brightness is good.

The hardware doesn’t impress. It has the old Adreno 200 GPU with a 600 MHz Cortex-A5 processor based on a Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon chipset. The amount of RAM and storage are 512 Mb respectively 4 GB (only 1 GB available for apps). The storage can be expanded up to 32 GB with a microSD card. The CPU can be found on the Optimus L7 and Desire V but it has 1 GHz frequency. Maybe those two phones are overclocked. The user interface is the same as on the HTC One X.

Sometimes it has lag when scrolling through the menu and the browsing experience is not one of the best. We can’t ask for more from a smartphone in its class. The mobile version sites are working good though.

The connectivity brings 3G HSDPA speeds up to 14.4 Mbps and HSUPA p to 5.76 Mbps, Wi-Fi with b/g/n standards, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0with A2DP, optional NFC and a microUSB slot.

The Desire C has a 5MP camera sensor. It can shoot at a resolution of 640×480 pixels. It doesn’t have a LED flash nor a secondary camera. Some preset modes are: auto, portrait, landscape and low light.

At a 12mm thickness you would expect a bigger battery but no, the Desire C has a 1230 mAh battery which is not enough for it. In a normal use mode it can manage too pass one day of use but at an intensive use it can hardly approach the one day limit. It measures 107.2×60.6×12.3mm and weighs 100g.

In conclusion the HTC Desire C is an entry-level Android smartphone. If your budget is not too good you can search for the Desire C or other mobile phones on It has a nice design, Beats Audio sound enhancement with Beats Audio headphones, 1GB storage for apps and it has Android 4.0. Its main disadvantages are the 600 MHz CPU and the battery.



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