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HTC Desire C review

Can this small, rubber clad phone climb head and shoulders above its competition?

Our Verdict

A step up from the handsets it's replacing the HTC Desire C is a decent budget-handset, although you may want to look elsewhere if you want more bang for your buck.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 4 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 320

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For

  • Attractive design
  • ICS & Sense 4.0
  • Beats Audio
  • Easy to use

Against

  • Slow and sluggish
  • screen unresponsive at times
  • poor account integration

Contacts

HTC Desire C review

When it comes to contact management HTC is one of the best with its implementation, although the Desire C falls a little short of the high standards we're used to.

Boot up the HTC Desire C for the first time and you're encouraged to sign into your Google and Facebook accounts and the phone will then try and match relevant contacts between the two.

We witnessed the likes of the HTC One X, Desire S and original Desire magically match the majority of our contacts with unerring accuracy – although the same can't be said for the Desire C.

The Desire C only managed to successfully match a handful of our friends with their Facebook profiles, with us then having to go through and manually joining up the others one by one – frustratingly slow, especially when you know HTC has cracked this problem already.

HTC Desire C review

HTC has decided that the contacts should be named 'People', so that's where you'll need to head to find all your best buds.

The People app is similar to the stock Android offering, but HTC has made some visual tweaks, which gives it a cleaner, more inviting feel.

Straightforward to use, the magnifying glass and plus sign icons at the top clearly denote search and add contact.

When you've successfully linked contacts to their Facebook profiles it pulls through their profile picture, and if you click on a contact, you'll also notice the Desire C has pulled through their status updates and pictures from the social networking site, found under the Updates and Gallery tabs respectively.

Unfortunately if you're a fan of Twitter or Google+ (anyone?) then the Desire C is going to let you down, as, for some reason, HTC does not allow you to join either of these social networks with your contacts.

We honestly can't understand why this option isn't available, as you can add these accounts on the higher powered One V and co. Disappointing.

Calling

HTC Desire C review

The Phone app on the HTC Desire C is a simple affair, with a dialler taking up the bottom half of the screen, with your recent calls list appearing above.

Starting tapping out a number or name and you'll realise the Desire C has smart dial, offering up contact suggestions from your address book – helping you get to the person you want quicker.

There's no front-facing camera on the Desire C, which means video calls are out of the question, but that's no surprise for a budget handset.

Call quality is perfectly acceptable, as it is with many-a mobile phone these days, and we didn't experience any issues during our tests.

HTC Desire C review

The volume goes up high enough to hear your chums, even in noisy environments; however the speaker phone can experience distortion if turned up too loud.

Once in a call you have the option to toggle between the earpiece and the built in speaker phone, as well as muting your microphone and calling up the keyboard for those annoying automated systems.

We did not experience any issues with network coverage or connection, with the HTC Desire C able to keep us online in all our normal areas of coverage.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashNo
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyDesire C
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 1900, GSM 1800, GSM 900, GSM 850
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)100 g
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density165 ppi
Height107.2 mm
Width60.6 mm
Depth12.3 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameDesire C
Processor Speed600 MHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineDesire C
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, G-sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HRM005-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

Easy to Shoot and Share Be quick to the draw with a 5MP camera where you can capture photo or video. Then seamlessly share with the world with our intuitive upload and share process.

Simple to Call and Connect Back to basics as they are meant to be experienced. Call, message, and reach out to those that matter most quickly and efficiently.

Authentic Sound by Beats Audio With Beats Audio™ music is rich and authentic. Notice the difference, and enjoy your music as the artist intended.

Limited Warranty1 Year