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HTC Desire 600 Review

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Call Quality:

HTC Desire 600 Review
We talk a lot on our phones, but a dual SIM handsets usually suggests even more of your time spent by the earpiece, and that’s why call quality is of paramount importance. The Desire 600 has a loud earpiece so you’d be able to hear your callers easily in noisier environments. On our end of the line voices sound just a bit muffled, but otherwise okay. Our callers - on the other side - reported hearing our voice loud and clear. The phone comes with only a single microphone on the bottom, so no fancy noise cancellation technology is employed here.

Battery life:

Peeling the glossy back cover, reveals the HTC Desire 600’s Ferrari red undergarments and a user replaceable 1860mAh battery. Talk time is about average at 11.4 hours and an average user would get around a day and a half of battery life on a single charge.


At a price north of $425 off contract, the HTC Desire 600 is not cheap. It’s more of an upper mid-ranger, facing ferocious Android competition. The 4.3-inch dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini comes to mind as a better overall alternative or if you want a bigger display, the Samsung Galaxy Grand can offer that. The Acer Liquid E2 is another great option that might not look as good, but features a powerful quad-core chip and a better camera at a lower price. And if you're not specifically looking for a dual-SIM phone, the Huawei Ascend P6 and Alcatel Touch Idol Ultra are as sleek and stylish mid-range alternatives.

As we said in the beginning, the HTC Desire 600 is all about compromise. Compromise between a good vivid display and rather slow performance, a rich sound and sub-par camera. Compared to other single SIM handsets out there those could be fatal flaws, but given its unique dual SIM card support, the Desire 600 reserves a somewhat unique place where we can forgive its flaws. Will you do the same?


  • Bright, vivid 4.5” display
  • Rich stereo sound speakers
  • Dual SIM, Dual Active means both SIM cards can be simultaneously active


  • Slightly below average camera capturing dull yellowish images
  • A slight but consistent lag, feels underpowered
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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: 845; 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: 267; 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: 4292; 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: 845; 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: 157; 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: 268; 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: 2110; 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: 3698; 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: 448; 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: 49; 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: 3718; 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
Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
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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