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.
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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