HTC Desire EYE Review
posted by Peter K. / Nov 21, 2014, 8:51 AM
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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8? What the phack? Build materials could be better? Something went wrong somewhere.
posted on Nov 21, 2014, 12:04 PM 7
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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.
posted on May 18, 2015, 7:56 AM 0
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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.
posted on Mar 07, 2016, 6:29 AM 0
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- 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)