HTC Desire EYE Review

Call quality

In the telephony department, the HTC Desire EYE fails to impress and performs in a mediocre fashion. Its microphone tends to randomly insert artifacts and slightly distort your voice. At the same time, the top-positioned BoomSound speaker acts as a earpiece, however, its voice reproduction is not very impressive – you'll hear the other side slightly muffled and, generally speaking, not natural at all.


Nothing to write home about

The Desire EYE has a 2,400mAh Li-Ion battery at the back and HTC says that the handset will last for roughly 22 days in standby mode, while the official talk time is exactly 20 hours. It clocked in at 7 hours and 2 minutes in our custom battery test, which is a good and adequate result. You'll have to wait for 2 hours and 37 minutes in order to see the battery of the Desire EYE charge all the way from 0% to 100%, which is an acceptable result.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
HTC Desire EYE 7h 2 min (Good)
HTC One (M8) 7h 12 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy S5 7h 38 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 6 5h 22 min (Poor)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
HTC Desire EYE 157
HTC One (M8) 207
Samsung Galaxy S5 122
Apple iPhone 6 147


There you have it, all the good and the bad about the Desire EYE, HTC's selfie-centric handset. The device will most probably be priced as much as an HTC One (M8), which will pit it against many other devices that sit higher in the food chain. In spite of this, the HTC Desire EYE is arguably the best selfie-centric device out there – it has the upper hand when compared with other selfie-centric phones (the Sony Xperia C3, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, and the Nokia Lumia 730). The phone will have a tough time competing with other upper mid-range and lower high-end handsets. Although it's not as premium as HTC's current flagship, the Desire EYE might be regarded as a viable alternative to the One (M8), especially with those users who highly value their selfie game.

As a whole, we were pleasantly-surprised by the Desire EYE in certain aspects and disappointed in others. HTC could have done better, but this doesn't mean that the Desire EYE is a failure. On the contrary,you should definitely keep an EYE on it.


  • Potent hardware
  • Outstanding selfie camera
  • The display has a very good outdoor visibility
  • The BoomSound speakers are a zinger


  • Disappointing hardware buttons
  • The build materials could be better
  • Call quality could be better

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4 Reviews



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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