HTC Desire C Review

Call quality and Battery:

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

PhoneArena Rating:


User Rating:

4 Reviews



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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