HTC Desire C Review
posted by Ray S. / Jun 26, 2012, 1:32 AM
HTC is a company which is almost completely focused on producing high-tier smartphones, but from time to time, it's releasing a little something for the budget market as well. The HTC Tattoo was the first phone to bring some HTC to the low-end segment, then there were the Wildfire and Wildfire S, which managed to combine an affordable price and HTC's high quality. These were all okay phones, but they were all plagued by the same problem – they weren't powerful enough to deliver a satisfying user experience.
Now, a new model called 'Desire C' has launched to refresh HTC's budget line-up. It is the latest attempt of the manufacturer to offer something to those users, who aren't willing to spend a fortune on a phone, but would love to experience some HTC love. Let's see what the Desire C has in store for us.
There are a few things going for the HTC Desire C, and its appearance is one of them. The handset has a very sweet, rounded and compact form, which utilizes mostly plastic, as one would expect in a budget phone. We have the black version, which looks quite cool thanks to the silver frame that's surrounding the screen. However, we don't like the particular feel of the soft-touch matte back side. As we mentioned, the Desire C is quite compact, allowing you to operate it very easily and with one hand only.
You can compare the HTC Desire C with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.
The navigation keys on the front side are capacitive, but we didn't experience any problems with them. On the right is the volume rocker, which is also well-made. The same goes for the power/lock key on the top, although pressing it could feel better, because the notch for removing the back cover is situated there as well. It's not a major problem.
3.5” HVGA LCD screen of average quality. Its 165ppi pixel density isn't anything spectacular, but isn't too bad either. Colors and viewing angles are fine for the purposes of this device. Unfortunately, we found outdoor visibility to be somewhat insufficient.
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cutest device ever !!!
posted on Jun 26, 2012, 1:47 AM 1
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htc desire c vs samsung galaxy mini.
posted on Jun 26, 2012, 1:48 AM 1
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Giving Xperia U a rate of 7.5 while HTC Desire C is 8? Why? and How? Xperia U's display, camera, and processor. The things that Xperia U lacks with are microSD slot and ICS. But ICS will come to it in a little time. I don't really get why.
posted on Jun 26, 2012, 3:05 AM 1
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why do you not read the HOW WE RATE article under every phone rating? this got an 8 in terms of LOW-END devices and the xperia U got a 7.5 in terms of MID-RANGE devices!!! yeesh
posted on Jun 26, 2012, 3:22 AM 2
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Really bad device for it's price. 8/10 is too much.
posted on Jun 26, 2012, 3:10 AM 2
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At least they bumped the screen size up, if it really a spiritual successor to the wildfire. I wish they had bumped the processor up a little, but I guess it's a more of a budget device...Does look slick though!
posted on Jun 26, 2012, 8:03 AM 0
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It isn't overrated because Android 4.0 largely adds to it's value and that's something no other budget smartphone has yet. The only letdown I see is the 600mHz processor but on the other hand Sense 4 makes it look like a premium budget device.
posted on Jun 26, 2012, 3:54 PM 2
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Uh? The Xperia Ray is MUCH better. It was recently updated to ICS, and has seen a great price drop to less than $250, i've seen it new for $230. Granted, it has a narrower screen, but the 3.3 inch screen has 854x480 resolution and almost 300 ppi. It has a 1ghz processor, and greatly optimized, handles flash like a champ. It has an 8mpx camera with 720p recording. The design is equal or better, and for those who care, it's thinner and should look more attractive. That score is too generous for the price tag, you really need to take older phones into consideration more, given the crazy price drops they usually get.
posted on Jun 26, 2012, 10:59 PM 2
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I'm having a Desire C as a standby handset connected to Internet 24/7. Its battery backup is excellent. 3days 11hrs 59mins and still 67% left. No calls were made. Only using for Browsing. Thumbs Up for me.
posted on Jul 15, 2012, 12:51 PM 0
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This phone is £150-£200 that's pretty bad for the price considering the xperia tipo has the same processor at 800mhz, ICS, the same amount of RAM, equal if not better build quality, same resoultion screen and a better pixel density all for £90
posted on Aug 19, 2012, 9:45 AM 0
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For that little amount of money I did not expect a miracle, However, I was really impressed by that phone, I have it now for about 1 month .. Its actually pretty awesome, Though sometimes when You override the processor/ram limits it gets a little slow but it recovers fast to its normal condition, and it doesn't have a second camera or an LED flash, However the 5 mega-pixels camera preform good enough .. But i'v got my digital camera so i don't actually care about that .. I totally recommend this phone specially in case You don't care about the camera
posted on Aug 20, 2012, 8:03 PM 0
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- Display 3.5" 320 x 480 pixels
- Camera 5 MP
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 600 MHz
- Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
- Battery 1230 mAh