HTC Desire C Review

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.

All in all the Desire C looks pretty good, and thanks to small details like the eye-catchy red framing around the camera lens (courtesy of the Beats Audio nature of the phone), as well as the subtle HTC logo on the back, it does manage to stand out compared to most other offerings in its class.


The HTC Desire C packs a 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.



27. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

I still wonder with its 600Mhz processor it doesn't lag and 1230MAh battery it lasts around 1.5-2 days after fair usage. this is called "Quietly brilliant"

26. saravanan

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

i want to buy a mobile..any one please help me which one is best HTC Desire C or Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman

25. black0h

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

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

24. Toasters

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 19, 2012

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

23. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

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.

19. randomguest

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

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.

17. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

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.

22. ladyhaly

Posts: 106; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I agree.

16. cambie13

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

why do i want this phone..... i have my exhibit 2 4g and yet i want this phone so bad! im so confused

15. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

The galaxy mini 2 also uses the same processor running at 800mhz. PLEASE FIND A WAY TO OVERCLOCK THAT PROCESSOR TO 800MHZ !

13. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

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!

10. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

8/10 is rather generous don't you think? 7/10 seems better

7. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

My next ideal HTC Phone after my HTC Wildfire S! budgets phones ftw!

5. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Really bad device for it's price. 8/10 is too much.

8. mobilefuture

Posts: 224; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

yeah the price is more nearer to lower mid rangers and its specs are not equal. there shouldve been 800mhz at least...

4. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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.

6. mobilefuture

Posts: 224; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

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

9. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I based it on the price, not on the classifications. Which are almost close to each other.

11. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

oh, then if that's your basis, why don't you get out of here and make your own phone rating website? different sites, different rules, kiddo.. don't be sour..

12. mobilefuture

Posts: 224; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

you didnt mention anything about the price in your comment

21. ladyhaly

Posts: 106; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

It's not his comment; it's the website's classification basis. Try to pay attention a little more.

3. shac78

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

Xperia Mini or lww is better i think. Its upgradeable to ICS too :D

2. kamil

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

htc desire c vs samsung galaxy mini.

14. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Get a Xperia Live instead. $3o cheaper,and its specs are much better: 1ghz,720p video

20. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

HTC Desire C wins handsdown! should compare with wildfire S or Explorer or mini 2

1. kamil

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

cutest device ever !!!

18. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Agree, too bad it should come with 1ghz with bump up resolution and it will sell like a hot cake :)
Desire C
  • Display 3.5 inches
    480 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 4GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1230 mAh
  • OS Android 4.0.3
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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