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HTC Desire C Review

HTC Desire C

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Call quality and Battery:

HTC Desire C Review
In terms of call quality, the Desire C is an average performer. The earpiece is loud and relatively clear, while the microphone is fine, but picks up all of the ambient noise that's around you. In the end, it'll be one OK conversation that could have been much better.

The battery inside the HTC Desire C is 1230 mAh, which isn't much, but seems to be about enough to guarantee a battery life of one or even two days, depending on your usage. Unfortunately, the manufacturer hasn't disclosed the official talk-time and stand-by times.


The HTC Desire C is a fine low-end smartphone. It's compact and cute, and will certainly get the job done for most standard tasks.

The price for this phone is just right. It's priced very closely to rivals such as the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray and Motorola Defy+ or Mini. You should be able to find the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 at a better price, and it will probably perform a bit better than the Desire C, but the HTC is superior in terms of design and comes with ICS, so you'll have to make a decision as to what's more important to you.

One of the biggest drawbacks of the Desire C is its 600MHz processor, which causes some noticeable slow-downs at times, but if you aren't a power user, it should do just fine. Unfortunately, the camera is also mediocre, so if you're a shutterbug, you've come to the wrong place.

Ultimately, with the Desire C, you get what you pay for – a stylish smartphone that's good for light usage, but not much else.

Software versions of the reviewed unit: Android 4.0.3, Software number:

HTC Desire C Review:


  • Good looks
  • Android 4 out-of-the-box
  • Beats Audio


  • Slow processor
  • Sub-par camera
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User rating:
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posted on 26 Jun 2012, 01:47 1

1. kamil (Posts: 118; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)

cutest device ever !!!

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 17:13 1

18. metoyou (Posts: 279; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Agree, too bad it should come with 1ghz with bump up resolution and it will sell like a hot cake :)

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 01:48 1

2. kamil (Posts: 118; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)

htc desire c vs samsung galaxy mini.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 08:57 1

14. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 05:03

20. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 01:52 1

3. shac78 (Posts: 7; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 03:05 1

4. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 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.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 03:22 2

6. mobilefuture (Posts: 221; Member since: 12 Nov 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

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 04:24

9. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 06:43

11. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 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..

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 06:55

12. mobilefuture (Posts: 221; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

you didnt mention anything about the price in your comment

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 21:31

21. ladyhaly (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

It's not his comment; it's the website's classification basis.

Try to pay attention a little more.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 03:10 2

5. -RVM- (Posts: 331; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 03:24 1

8. mobilefuture (Posts: 221; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

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

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 03:23 1

7. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

My next ideal HTC Phone after my HTC Wildfire S!

budgets phones ftw!

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 05:12 2

10. thunderising (Posts: 232; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)

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

7/10 seems better

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 08:03

13. Roomaku (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Feb 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!

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 09:00

15. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

The galaxy mini 2 also uses the same processor running at 800mhz.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 15:15

16. cambie13 (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 15:54 2

17. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 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.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 21:33

22. ladyhaly (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

I agree.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 22:59 2

19. randomguest (Posts: 20; Member since: 26 Jun 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.

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 12:51

23. b1acktiger (Posts: 223; Member since: 19 May 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.

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 09:45

24. Toasters (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Aug 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

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 20:03

25. black0h (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Aug 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

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 05:33

26. saravanan (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Sep 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

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 13:46

27. b1acktiger (Posts: 223; Member since: 19 May 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"

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HTC Desire C

HTC Desire C

OS: Android 4.0.3
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Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi) LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.22 x 2.39 x 0.47 inches
(107.2 x 60.6 x 11.95 mm)
3.46 oz  (98 g)

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