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 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.


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.

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.

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