HTC Desire C Review


Another strong side of the HTC Desire C is the fact that it comes with Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich, in a time when a lot of Android handsets, even much more powerful than the Desire C, are still waiting for their updates. Having the latest version of the OS in this modestly-spec'd phone is even more important when you have in mind the many software optimizations done in ICS.

What the user will be interacting with, however, is a kind of a lite version of the Sense 4.0 UI. The difference with the regular Sense 4.0 (which can be seen in the One X) is that some of the fancier animations and effects are missing. Otherwise, the experience is pretty similar, at least as far as graphics go.

Processor and Memory:

The silicon powering the HTC Desire C is a humble 600MHz single-core CPU coupled with the decent 512MB RAM. The result of this is a somewhat sluggish handset, which takes its time to execute even some not very heavy tasks like updating an app, or loading a web page. The UI itself is fluid enough, although random stutters are present every now and then.

Most simpler games like Temple Run and Angry Birds run pretty well and are perfectly playable with this hardware, but others, like Fruit Ninja, for example, couldn't even load (or took way too long).

The built-in storage of the device is 4GB, which is fine for such a low-end phone, plus it comes with a microSDHC slot, allowing you to expand your storage space with up to 32GB more.

Internet and Connectivity:

Due to the slow, 600 MHz processor, web browsing is a tough endeavor on the HTC Desire C. The stock browser is pretty much unusable, so we recommend that you install a fast, third-party one like Opera Mobile. This will significantly improve the performance. Interestingly, even though it packs this aging 600MHz processor, the Desire C supports Adobe Flash Player. It kills performance even more, but can prove to be useful in some situations.

The Desire C comes with Wi-Fi and 3G support, as well as A-GPS and Bluetooth 3.0. The GPS worked pretty well – it localized us in under 2 minutes on a clear day, without being aided by wireless networks.



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 :)

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

3. shac78

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

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

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.

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...

7. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

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

10. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

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

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!

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 !

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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"
Desire C
  • 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

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