Call Quality:

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.

Conclusion:

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?


Pros

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

Cons

  • Slightly below average camera capturing dull yellowish images
  • A slight but consistent lag, feels underpowered

PhoneArena Rating:

7.0

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