Both cameras will satisfy you with the images they produce

At the rear of the Desire EYE, we have a 13MP BSI sensor endowed with a 28mm lens that has an F2.0 aperture and a dual LED flash. Autofocus, HDR, and various manual controls. Have in mind that the snapper shoots in a 16:9 mode by default, so to fully utilize those 13 megapixels, you'll have to select a 4:3 shooting mode from the settings menu. The rear camera produces images with an acceptable amount of detail, with close to no artifacts and mostly accurate colors. Even so, it occasionally tends to produce images that are slightly darker than reality. HDR images are quite adequate, too, even with strong backlight present. However, the snapper disappoints when it comes to images that are taken indoors, under artificial lighting, as these come out quite noisy.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
HTC Desire EYE 2.5
No data
HTC One (M8) 2.3
No data
Samsung Galaxy S5 2.5
Apple iPhone 6 1.9

Up front, we have a 13MP camera with a BSI sensor that flaunts a 22mm lens and an F2.2 aperture, accompanied by a dual LED flash. Apart from doing its usual job, the latter also doubles as a "torch" that constantly illuminates your face before you take a selfie, but it lacks an Auto mode. The front-facing camera of the HTC Desire EYE performs quite well – usually, the selfies are very detailed, correctly-exposed, and have a decent color reproduction. Even with strong backlight present - in contre-jour - the self-portraits turn out surprisingly good. Software-wise, the selfie camera comes with HDR, Anti-shake, Backlight, Manual controls, and other useful modes. Taking selfies can easily become a game!

All in all, neither the rear nor the front-facing camera are likely to disappoint you, though they aren't particularly great in what they do.

As far as video recording is concerned, both cameras of the HTC Desire EYE are capable of shooting 1080p videos at 30fps and 720p slow-motion ones, but 4K video-recording is a no-no. Both perform in a similar manner – the videos are correctly-exposed (most of the times), with no noticeable artifacts, yet they suffer from the notorious "rolling shutter" effect, as neither has an image stabilization; what's more, the videos are not as detailed as we'd like them to be. Generally-speaking, both cameras perform just “okay” as far as video recording is concerned – nothing impressive, but the Desire EYE will get the job done.


The Desire EYE comes with HTC's own suite of multimedia apps, such as Gallery and Music. Both come with HTC's signature sleek design, though they are not quite feature-laden. Yet, both HTC's Gallery and Music get the job done. The HTC Zoe multimedia tool is also on board.

The audio-reproducing capabilities of the HTC Desire EYE are top-notch – the BoomSound speakers at the front produce pretty deep and loud sounds, with no perceptible audio distortion even at maximum volume. The low frequencies are a bit “shallow” and “flat”, though, but listening to music from the BoomSound speakers will generally result in a pleasant experience.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
HTC Desire EYE 1.05
HTC One (M8) 1.28
Samsung Galaxy S5 0.43
Apple iPhone 6 1.017
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
HTC Desire EYE 73
HTC One (M8) 75.2
Samsung Galaxy S5 81
Apple iPhone 6 74.5



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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