HTC Desire EYE Review

Interface and functionality

The best Android 4.4.4 KitKat and Sense 6 have to offer

Naturally, the HTC Desire EYE ships with the maker's own Sense user interface, which runs on top of Android 4.4.4 KitKat, the best of the pre-Lollipop era. Striking a very good balance between on-board features and a no-frills user experience, the selfie-centric device is lightweight and pleasant to work with, as far as interface is concerned.

We have BlinkFeed on board, as well as the Motion Launch feature, which allows you to wake and put the phone to sleep by double tapping the screen – quite useful on a handset like the Desire EYE, not only due to the size, but because of the unimpressive buttons, too. You can either use HTC's own messaging and mail apps or resort to Google's alternatives - Hangouts and Gmail ones. The UI of the Desire EYE can be customized with several different color themes.

Processor and memory

The hardware inside the Desire EYE ensures a no-frills experience

The HTC Desire EYE ships with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB chipset, with four Krait 400 cores running at 2.3GHz. The latter work in concert with an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM. This hardware combination plays out pretty good for the Desire EYE, which shows almost no signs of lag even when heavier tasks need to be processed at hand. The multitasking capabilities of the phone are adequate, too.

We also have 16GB of native storage, roughly 9 of which are available to the end user out of the box. Don't fret, as a microSD card slot is present, too – it supports microSD cards of up to 128GB in size, which is more than enough to store all the selfies you might take.

AnTuTu Higher is better
HTC Desire EYE 28318.3
HTC One (M8) 31075
Samsung Galaxy S5 36603
Apple iPhone 6 50888
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
HTC Desire EYE 1566
HTC One (M8) 1171
Samsung Galaxy S5 1186
Sunspider Lower is better
HTC Desire EYE 924.4
HTC One (M8) 693.1
Samsung Galaxy S5 777.3
Apple iPhone 6 353.4
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
HTC Desire EYE 24.6
HTC One (M8) 28.3
Samsung Galaxy S5 27.8
Apple iPhone 6 48.9
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
HTC Desire EYE 10.9
HTC One (M8) 11
Samsung Galaxy S5 11.7
Apple iPhone 6 25.8
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
HTC Desire EYE 952
HTC One (M8) 888
Samsung Galaxy S5 944
Apple iPhone 6 1630
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
HTC Desire EYE 2821
HTC One (M8) 2613
Samsung Galaxy S5 2900
Apple iPhone 6 2927

Internet and connectivity


Regardless of which one you choose, be it HTC's stock web browser or Google Chrome (both of which are preinstalled), the Desire EYE will always treat you to a pleasant browsing experience. Navigating through web pages is smooth, and we experienced little to no interface lag. Text appears crisp and pleasant to look at. The phone comes with support for a wide array of LTE bands (2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 17, 20, 29). Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, GPS, GPS-A, Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and DLNA are also present.

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13 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

OMG, who is this new reviewer. I like his writing style....kinda in your face and RAAAHHHH!!!!

2. frayo unregistered

We have had one for two weeks now, very happy with it

3. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

8?!! Just for these CONS? :| Maybe a 9 is better

4. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

8? What the phack? Build materials could be better? Something went wrong somewhere.

13. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

I am thinking of gettin a phone for ~$200, and have narrowed my choices down to this, the Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 5.5", and the ASUS Zenfone Laser 3gb ram. U think I should get this?

5. Donforreal

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Very nice phone from HTC! Seems like no big drawbacks to me, should have higher rating IMO!

6. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

should have been 8.5

7. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Just a recommendation for this reviewer: Instead of saying, cons: XXX could be better describe HOW it could be better, or why it is not ideal.

8. yogeh74

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

What is the latest cdma phone of htc

9. baldilocks

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Actually as a phone, this is the best I have heard in a long time. Calls are loud and clear and I actually had to turn DOWN the volume. Reviewer must have had a less than optimal unit.

10. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

There's actually an error here, the Antutu Benchmark score of the phone is wrong, I kept testing the phone a lot of times, it Always scores around 40 to 42,000+ sometimes beating the One M8 but just a hair behind Galaxy S5, it only gets a score of 28,000+ when I turned on the Battery Saver or Optimize Battery Life button. The Desire Eye deserves a better score here, the only question mark for me are the hardware buttons, the rest is hands down Perfect.

11. sabbath412

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 07, 2016

I don't know why my device differs so greatly from the other Antutu scores I see posted.I consistently get 66000+ scores.I've had zero issues with my Eye.Well played HTC.

12. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

that's because it's Antutu 5 they're using and not Antutu 6 which u are probably now, also it should be around 85,000+ maybe u turned ur Battery Saver mode on as it reduces CPU speed
Desire EYE
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2400 mAh(20h 3G talk time)

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