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HTC Desire 200 Review

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HTC Desire 200 Review
Introduction

HTC Desire 200 is the entry level fighter in the company's Android portfolio this season, with lowly specs and cutsy design that is clearly aiming it at the younger, rather than the affluent crowd. The phone's frontal design mimics the flagship HTC One BoomSound speaker grill, but is that enough to lure buyers towards the unassuming Desire 200? Read on to find out...



In the box

  • In-ear stereo headphones
  • Wall charger
  • MicroUSB cable
  • Warranty and information leaflets

Design

Soapy shape, thick black or white body with rounded corners and patterned back cover – the HTC Desire 200 is not bad looking at all, and since it is very small, the phone is comfortable to hold and operate with one hand, too. We mentioned that it has the signature speaker grill at the top we automatically associate with the high-end HTC One, but that seems to be just a design exploit, as the main speaker is actually on the back.

The HTC Desire 200 is comfortable to hold and operate with one hand - HTC Desire 200 Review
The HTC Desire 200 is comfortable to hold and operate with one hand - HTC Desire 200 Review
The HTC Desire 200 is comfortable to hold and operate with one hand - HTC Desire 200 Review

The HTC Desire 200 is comfortable to hold and operate with one hand


HTC Desire 200
4.24 x 2.39 x 0.47 inches
107.7 x 60.8 x 11.9 mm
3.53 oz (100 g)

HTC Desire 200

LG Optimus L3 II
4.04 x 2.41 x 0.47 inches
102.6 x 61.1 x 11.9 mm
3.88 oz (110 g)

LG Optimus L3 II

Samsung GALAXY Ace 2
4.66 x 2.45 x 0.41 inches
118.3 x 62.2 x 10.5 mm
4.30 oz (122 g)

Samsung GALAXY Ace 2

Sony Xperia U
4.41 x 2.13 x 0.47 inches
112 x 54 x 12 mm
3.88 oz (110 g)

Sony Xperia U

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

Front - HTC Desire 200 Review
Capacitive Android keys - HTC Desire 200 Review
HTC Desire 200 Review

Front

Capacitive Android keys

 

The power/lock key at the top, and the volume rocker on the right are wide, easy to feel and press without looking, and with pretty deep tactile feedback. There are three capacitive navigational keys underneath the smallish display, which are sensitive just enough, and responsive to the touch.

Bottom edge - The sides of the HTC Desire 200 - HTC Desire 200 Review
Top - The sides of the HTC Desire 200 - HTC Desire 200 Review
Right - The sides of the HTC Desire 200 - HTC Desire 200 Review

Bottom edge

Top

Right

Left - The sides of the HTC Desire 200 - HTC Desire 200 Review
Back - The sides of the HTC Desire 200 - HTC Desire 200 Review
Rear camera - The sides of the HTC Desire 200 - HTC Desire 200 Review

Left

Back

Rear camera

The sides of the HTC Desire 200



Display

The basic 3.5” screen comes with 320x480 pixels resolution, which even at that small size only returns 165 ppi density, so it's unlikely that you will use it for anything but basic tasks, rather than staring at it for hours browsing or watching vids.

It is otherwise sufficiently bright outside, with good color representation and tolerable viewing angles, but due to the low resolution everything looks pretty ugly and pixelated.


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posted on 29 Jul 2013, 09:38 13

1. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


when it comes to small, affordable phones only Nokia counts. Best bang for a buck.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 09:48 2

2. theminolaboy (Posts: 128; Member since: 18 May 2013)


and you can repeat that again..

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 12:54 2

12. whoyton2 (banned) (Posts: 142; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Everything g else Nokia stands no chance!

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 13:00 5

13. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


looks like you've got no support...pity
but that's how it is when you spread bu%^it

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 10:16 6

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7647; Member since: 14 May 2012)


An S1 processor? What is this 2009? And how could a phone so small be 12mm thick? HTC is smoking something at their HQ...

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 10:18 8

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7647; Member since: 14 May 2012)


And this is running Sense 4.0. HTC Sensation, EVO 3D and HTC Amaze have better specs but were cur dry on Sense 3.6. Desire 200 has way lower specs but run a newer version of the UI. Makes no sense at all [pun intended.]

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 13:18

17. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


well....htc is known for not keeping its promises (htc desire, one, one v etc.)

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 13:28

18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7647; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Which is why the HTC One doesn't interest me at all. That phone with not get software support a year from now. As a original HTC Sensation 4G owner, I won't buy a HTC phone again.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 10:22 2

5. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5151; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


You must know that the HTC Desire 200 is an entry level phone, so don't be surprised by the Snapdragon S1 processor. And the size of this phone is small, it's not as big as 5 inchers, so a phone with size like this with 11.9mm thick is normal, as Daniel said, "The HTC Desire 200 is comfortable to hold and operate with one hand".

But I agree with you, this is running Sense 4.0 (Android 4.0) and it's a big let down.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 13:08

15. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7647; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You missed my point completely like always. I honestly don't even know why you even bother to reply.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 11:46 1

11. lovefist (unregistered)


They are smoking sh1t for asking $200 for this piece of crap. Nokia managed to out dual core s4 plus on the Lumia 520 and its priced lower than this HTC piece of sh1t excuse for a phone.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 13:01 1

14. b1acktiger (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 May 2012)


You cant demand a Quad or Dual Core processor in a entry level device. For running Android Jelly Bean+ HTC Sense 4+ need more RAM.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 13:11

16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7647; Member since: 14 May 2012)


It runs ICS, 4.0.4 first if all. Second, they could have opted for a faster chip such as a S4 plus but under clock it or a snapdragon 400. I understand they want to create a entry smartphone, but the only pro that this phone has over the Nokia Lumia 520 is that its running Android. Lumia 520 blows it out of the water in everything else.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 16:04

20. trustory (Posts: 104; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


optimus l9 is king

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 14:22

24. b1acktiger (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Only 520 and 720 sells in Lumia range. Rest is still there in the shelf. People pick 520 for higher spec phone at a low price. Nokia wants to increase the Windows 8 and Lumia market share to spread the word "Get Lumia".

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 10:24 1

6. boosook (Posts: 928; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Ships with Android 4? Oh my…

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 10:37

7. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


excuse me but since when thickness has started to differ what´s high-end and what´s not? Believe me or not but I don´t have sissy´s hand, however when I was holding razr maxx...I was full of admiration for what the engineers from Moto did , but at the same time holding hiw phone was uncomfortable as hell. The same goes to sony z and its older siblings, samsung etc.
I prefer solid grip. Maybe that´s why I would pick up another Nokia phone any day (not only because of that naturally).

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 11:32

8. blubi (Posts: 8; Member since: 22 Jun 2013)


where is the speaker?

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 11:43

9. lovefist (unregistered)


If you've only got $200 to spend on a smartphone, get a freaking windows phone not android. Where I live they are offering Lumia 520 and 620 for under $200 and its got dual core s4 plus procs than this HTC 200 abomination with snapdragon s1 (WHY IS HTC STILL PUTTING THIS ON 2013 PHONES AND CHARGIN ABSURDLY FOR IT, DAMMIT)

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 11:44 4

10. weirdfisher (Posts: 51; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


wtf S1??
even nokia puts an S4 on their $100 Lumia

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 13:59

19. Lyngdoh (Posts: 222; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


So this phone and xperia zr both gets 6.5? Dafaq??

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 17:36

21. AfterShock (Posts: 2530; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Why not just release the DHD again.

This is shameful, I say this as a long time HTC user.

Shame, much shame.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 20:54

22. najib1312 (Posts: 99; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Nah, Lumia 520/620 would be the best choice for entry level phones. PERIOD!
Snapdragon S1 wouldn't be able to run Android 4.0 smoothly. That's how Sony ruined their one of the gorgeous devices called Xperia J.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 01:36

23. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 691; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


I've owned an Xperia J and I can say it does lag here and there, but nothing that spoils the user experience too much, especially after the Android 4.1 update.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 20:43

25. najib1312 (Posts: 99; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Really? Maybe it's because u don't have much apps installed. My friend installed quiet a few apps like Skype, Games, LAunchers etc. HE couldn't even play Temple Run properly.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 08:26

38. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 691; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Yes, I've installed about 14-17 apps and I agree that Temple Run was nearly unusable. I tried GTA III as well, but runs relatively well at the lowest settings though

P.S. *quite

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 14:30

26. mohit9206 (Posts: 9; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Lumia 520 is much than this no doubt.If you want a good specs android phone for cheap you have to look at off brand devices which ship with Mediatek based quad core cpu and 1gb of ram with JB.HTC,Sony or Samsung have nothing good to offer under $200.

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Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi)
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size4.24 x 2.39 x 0.47 inches
(107.7 x 60.8 x 11.9 mm)
3.53 oz  (100 g)
Battery1230 mAh, 10.9 hours talk time

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