HTC Desire 700 Review


Introduction


HTC recently outed a trio of low- to mid-range handsets with dual SIM version, predominantly for Asian and some European markets. Today we get to have a look at the top member in the batch, the HTC Desire 700, which flaunts said two active SIMs functionality, large 5” display, as well as the BoomSound stereo speakers we recall from the HTC One and One mini siblings. Will that list be enough to offset the otherwise unimpressive specs and pricing? Let's find out...

In the box

  • In-ear stereo headphones
  • Wall charger
  • MicroUSB cable
  • Warranty & information leaflets

Design

Sturdy, elongated phone, with a removable back cover

Desire 700 is not thin at 0.41” (10.3mm), but flaunts a very comfortable to hold chassis, with elongated, somewhat narrow for the screen diagonal shape that is comparatively easy to operate with one hand. The glossy back cover is rather slippery, though, and attracts fingerprints like a magnet. The frontal stereo speakers also add quite a bit of height to the handset, so it is taller than your average 5-incher, which might become a nuisance in your pocket.

It doesn't have a unibody construction, so you can remove the whole brushed-metal-looking-yet-plastic back cover by prying it off at the bottom, and gain access to the microSIM card slots, memory card one, and the battery, which can be easily swapped out with a spare unit if needed. Very atypical for HTC of late, and quite a refreshing option.

The build quality is very sturdy all around, leaving a solid feeling in the hand, and the side buttons are very easy to feel and press without looking. That goes for the illuminated capacitive keys beneath the display as well.

HTC Desire 700

HTC Desire 700

Dimensions

5.73 x 2.83 x 0.41 inches

145.5 x 72 x 10.3 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

HTC One

HTC One

Dimensions

5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches

137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Sony Xperia C

Sony Xperia C

Dimensions

5.57 x 2.92 x 0.35 inches

141.5 x 74.15 x 8.88 mm

Weight

5.40 oz (153 g)

HTC Desire 700

HTC Desire 700

Dimensions

5.73 x 2.83 x 0.41 inches

145.5 x 72 x 10.3 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

HTC One

HTC One

Dimensions

5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches

137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Sony Xperia C

Sony Xperia C

Dimensions

5.57 x 2.92 x 0.35 inches

141.5 x 74.15 x 8.88 mm

Weight

5.40 oz (153 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page




Display

Fine for the average Joe, but picky users would want better definition

The 5” screen on the Desire 700 is with the ho-hum 540x960 pixels qHD resolution, which brings the pixel density down to 220ppi. It isn't the best looking in terms of detail definition on text, for example, but does the job fine.

Colors are a tad colder than they should be, and black levels are rather greyish. Brightness and screen reflectivity are enough for decent outdoor viewing, unless the sun is shining directly onto the screen. Overall, the Desire 700 isn't equipped with the most expensive panel around, but it does the job fine if you aren't too picky.




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2 Comments

1. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

I think thats the most cons ive ever seen jn a review. Dang.

2. Avenger827

Posts: 46; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

7.5? Should be at least 8....
Desire 700
  • Display 5.0" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.6h 3G talk time)

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