HTC Desire 600 Review

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.

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.

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 StandardAnTuTuGLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD)Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
HTC Desire 600503411137628 / 5.6 fps1620 / 387
HTC One12481233083551 / 31 fps2395 / 781
Samsung Galaxy S412078247014437 / 39 fps1702 / 704
Motorola Moto X8509184836048 / 54 fps2412 / 749

The handset comes with 8GB of internalstorage 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:

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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