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HTC Desire 600 Review

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Unlike the HTC One, the Desire 600 does not feature an UltraPixel camera. Instead it uses a regular 8-megapixel auto-focus main camera with a single LED flash and a 1.6-megapixel front facing shooter.

The camera interface is the same as on the HTC One. It’s rich in options with tens of different photo filters, an HDR and panorama options, and you can tweak all sorts of settings like ISO, white balance and self-timer. The camera launches fairly quickly and the handset locks focus pretty rapidly.

The camera interface of HTC Desire 600 is rich in options - HTC Desire 600 Review
The camera interface of HTC Desire 600 is rich in options - HTC Desire 600 Review
The camera interface of HTC Desire 600 is rich in options - HTC Desire 600 Review

The camera interface of HTC Desire 600 is rich in options


The actual quality of the images is slightly below average. Its main drawback is due to the rather unrealistic, unsaturated colors, giving that dull look with a noticeably yellow tint. The amount of captured detail is average, good enough for Facebook sharing but not for anything more. In low-light conditions the quality of the images drops to even worse as noise creeps in. The single LED flash is too weak to properly light things up even when the objects you shoot are pretty close.



Video recording maxes out at 720p at 24 frames per second. It suffers from the same issues as photographs including the yellowish colors and mediocre details.

We expected more from the Desire 600 camera. Its performance is average at best and often times way below that - a sad fact for a phone that is not all that cheap.






The stereo speakers are a great asset for music lovers - HTC Desire 600 Review

The stereo speakers are a great asset for music lovers

Multimedia:

Back on a positive note, not only does the phone come with a 4.5-inch display that is bright and vivid, great for media consumption, it also features BoomSound stereo speakers on the front, similar to the ones on the HTC One. Sound output is one level above all other handsets - rich, deep, not the usual tinny sound coming from a smartphone. Admittedly, it is one notch below the HTC One, but still very comparable.

The awesome stereo speakers are a great asset for music lovers. Since we not only play MP3 and radio, but also watch tons of YouTube videos and just various media content on the web, sound quality is of paramount importance and we wish other manufacturers paid as much attention to this as HTC.

There are two music applications - the stock Android one and HTC’s custom made app that breaks down your music collection into artists, albums, songs, playlists, genres, podcasts and even folders. It’s an awesome application and uses Beats Audio enhancements for deeper bass output.

Listening to music - HTC Desire 600 Review
Listening to music - HTC Desire 600 Review
Listening to music - HTC Desire 600 Review

Listening to music



The handset plays back MPEG, AVI and Xvid movies at 720p with ease, but DivX and MOV files are not supported out of the box, and MKV playback is laggy.

Watching videos on the Desire 600 - HTC Desire 600 Review
Watching videos on the Desire 600 - HTC Desire 600 Review

Watching videos on the Desire 600

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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: 327; 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: 257; 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: 3024; 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: 327; 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: 66; 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: 200; 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: 1527; 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: 2955; 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: 212; 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: 45; 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: 2866; 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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