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HTC Desire 600 Review

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Interface and Functionality:

The HTC Desire 600 runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with HTC’s latest Sense 5.0 skin on top of it. Overall, Sense 5.0 comes with cleaner, less cluttered looks. Yet, it retains some remnants from the past. The charcoal colored interface throughout reminds us of times past and not of the modern Android Holo design language.

Liking the skin or not mostly depends on the added features, though. Here we have HTC’s BlinkFeed, a tile-based news and social feed aggregator, HTC’s own music, calendar and notes apps, and HTC’s awesome gallery with automatic 30-second highlights reels. Of all those, the gallery feels least like a gimmick, and we absolutely love how the phone automatically creates a 30-second video highlight out of your photos and videos, and adds sound to it.

The HTC Desire 600 runs the latest Sence 5.0 UI on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC Desire 600 Review
The HTC Desire 600 runs the latest Sence 5.0 UI on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC Desire 600 Review
The HTC Desire 600 runs the latest Sence 5.0 UI on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC Desire 600 Review
The HTC Desire 600 runs the latest Sence 5.0 UI on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC Desire 600 Review

The HTC Desire 600 runs the latest Sence 5.0 UI on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean



Phonebook - HTC Desire 600 Review
Phonebook - HTC Desire 600 Review

Phonebook

Navigating around the phonebook is all based on swiping left or right, and HTC has even added some animations as you flip between your history, phonepad, favorites, people and groups tabs. The contact book itself is rich in content as you can see the most recent updates and images for each contact. The phonebook app however is all painted in the charcoal color theme that looks a bit dull to us.

The on-screen keyboard stretches the full width of the display and the keys on it are fairly large, but with almost no gap between them. The handset comes with a good prediction dictionary and overall is easy to type on.

The on-screen keyboard stretches the full width of the display - HTC Desire 600 Review
The on-screen keyboard stretches the full width of the display - HTC Desire 600 Review
The on-screen keyboard stretches the full width of the display - HTC Desire 600 Review

The on-screen keyboard stretches the full width of the display



Dual SIM functionality: dual-SIM, dual-active

The HTC Desire 600 is one of very few handsets to have dual SIM, dual active card support with two separate radio modules, so you can receive calls on both cards at the same time. Most other dual SIM phones feature dual SIM dual standby so whenever you use one of the cards to call or text, the other one is not available.

You can assign contacts to either one of the SIM cards, or you can specifically select which SIM card to use for calls and texts at the time of placing the call or sending a message.


Processor and Memory

HTC promotes the Desire 600 saying it features a quad-core processor and that’s true, but it’s not a good indication of its performance. The handset runs on the weakest Qualcomm chip, the Snapdragon 200, and it definitely feels underpowered. We have not seen that much of a lag on an Android Jelly Bean handset in a while, but here it’s just noticeable - a slight but constant slowdown throughout the menus. It’s a shame and a nagging disappointment - the device is more of an upper mid-ranger with a serious price tag to it, after all.

Getting a bit more technical, the Snapdragon 200 MSM8625Q chip here uses a Cortex A5-based quad-core processor along with 1GB of RAM and Adreno 203 graphics. The chip is manufactured using 45nm LP technology and RAM is of the slower LPDDR2 type. Qualcomm says the Adreno 203 GPU brings a 100% graphics boost but that’s only in comparison to the Adreno 200 chip found in very basic low cost Androids.

Overall performance of the Desire 600 is around average at best, and the benchmark scores below illustrate that well.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD) Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
HTC Desire 600 5034 11137 628 / 5.6 fps 1620 / 387
HTC One 12481 23308 3551 / 31 fps 2395 / 781
Samsung Galaxy S4 12078 24701 4437 / 39 fps 1702 / 704
Motorola Moto X 8509 18483 6048 / 54 fps 2412 / 749

The handset comes with 8GB of internal storage and you can further expand this via microSD cards of up to 64GB capacity. Not all NAND flash storage is on an equal foot and sequential write and read speeds are a bit slower than the average here, and while that won’t be a problem under light loads, it might slow things down a bit under heavier loads.


Internet and Connectivity:

Surfing the web is mostly smooth - HTC Desire 600 Review
Surfing the web is mostly smooth - HTC Desire 600 Review

Surfing the web is mostly smooth

The handset features both the stock HTC browser and Google’s Chrome browser. HTC’s browser is packed with options and even allows you to enable a Flash player. Chrome lacks that option but makes up with excellent cross-platform syncing and a cleaner look.

Surfing the web is mostly smooth, but that ever present slight lag is sometimes noticeable when you zoom in and out in heavier webpages.

The Desire 600 supports 3G cellular connectivity and Wi-Fi b/g/n. Cellular download speed maxes out at 7.2Mbits per second. It comes with NFC connectivity baked into the back cover, as well as the usual GPS and Bluetooth 4.0.

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posted on 09 Aug 2013, 10:37

1. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Great review as usual, it would be 9.999 if this phone has unique 4 SIM card support.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 10:44 1

2. Feanor (Posts: 294; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Hmm.. I was expecting better. With their current financial problems HTC cannot afford a flawed mid ranger because so many models in this price level are very good. They cannot succeed only with the One, they need an entire strong lineup. Maybe the funky design will sell though.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 11:52 5

3. tadaa (Posts: 233; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


Xperia sp eats it at this price point. Heck, its even cheaper

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 12:52 2

4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2997; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Definitely does! It's about $100 cheaper. Just the better screen and stereo speakers that's not found in the SP.
For that price point, i better get the Xperia ZR or Nexus 4...that's how you put a quad core processor in a device.
HTC would've made more justice to the phone if it came with dual core S4 pro at 1.5 Ghz. This is just plain stupid...
Don't tell me it's aimed for crowds who are looking for a economy phone cause this phone went just the opposite.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 13:44 2

5. Feanor (Posts: 294; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


SP has poor viewing angles but much higher resolution... so not even the screen is not much worse.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 03:03 2

11. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


All the human that i know are always looking the screen head on, some of them even use “Anti Spy Privacy Screen Protector Film” wich ruin the viewing angle

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 07:57

18. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Even Xperia TX/T/V is way better than this junk.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 13:56

6. suyash1629 (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)


pixel density is pretty much less

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 14:22 1

7. temuchka1996 (Posts: 19; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


guys which one is better this or one s?

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 17:23

9. thelukewarm (Posts: 18; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


I think this one, remember that this has 8GB of internal storage and SD card slot, the one s only has 16GB of internal storage and no SD card slot, desire 600 is quad core, one is dual, desire has much better speakers, they have almost same screens, desire has a better front facing camera and if I am not wrong, desire is just HSDPA on the other hand one s is HSDPA+, so keep all in mind and it is up to you!!!

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 04:09 1

12. MySchizoBuddy (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Aug 2011)


you missed the part where desire is underpowered and slow.

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 14:35

19. mojtaba_mn (Posts: 161; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


i work by this phone and i see it very nice very fast and so pretty

posted on 17 Aug 2013, 13:06

21. sbrataiit (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Aug 2013)


It is fast, battery also goes fast.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 17:04 3

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


The soc is a joke.....a pure joke at its finest

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 19:07 2

10. tiara6918 (Posts: 1341; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


The desire 600 is one of the best designed HTC phones. I like the red and silver combination

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 07:07 1

15. lovefist (unregistered)


good designe indeed. but the price and internals ruined it.
sigh, htc can't just get it right with pricing.
asking premium for design but with sh!tty hardware.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 08:05 1

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


Wtf, my year old OneXL walks over this pretty easily.

Cleaning the closet out HTC?
Should throw some of that crap, that won't move in garage sales, out.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 12:34 2

14. robocopvn (Posts: 175; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


in vietnam Desire 600 cost $410 without contract, too much overpriced product !

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 07:22 2

16. luigi0824 (Posts: 42; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


mediocre phone but still scores more than xperia zr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 05:52 1

17. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2415; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


So Desire 600 is better than Xperia ZR? WTH...
If same phone is given to 2 different PA persons then review would come differently.

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 17:56

20. noorul (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


Because of Overpricing strategy at htc,it forces the consumers to go for samsung.
It's time to wake up htc!
In 2012,htc lost its battle by overpricing and Poor battery performance in their smartphones.
In 2013,htc lost its battle only by selling at Higher Prices in all price Range.
Hope,they will learn lesson by their own Mistakes.

posted on 17 Aug 2013, 13:14

22. sbrataiit (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Aug 2013)


This Phone is not worth for this price range, There are many drawback in the phone which cannot be filled by external apps from android market.Battery is worst, Sound is average.Apps cannot be installed in SD card, And also there is no file manager in it. Status bar is empty, generally there should be wireless on off, Bluetooth on off, sound profile and mobile data on off should be available, but all this are in widget here, you need to add as widget in home screen.
Don't know on what basis the phone is priced as 25K, we can get far better phone in this price.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 23:51

23. transgressor01 (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Aug 2013)


it has an attractive look nontheless :)

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Display4.5 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (245 ppi) S-LCD 2
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, Quad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.31 x 2.64 x 0.36 inches
(134.8 x 67 x 9.26 mm)
4.59 oz  (130 g)
Battery1860 mAh, 11.4 hours talk time

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