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


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

The HTC Desire C comes with a 5MP camera, bettering the 3MP option on the LG Optimus L3 and BlackBerry Curve 9320 as well as the 2MP snapper found on the Samsung Galaxy Y.

This puts the Desire C on par with the similarly priced Huawei Ascend G300, as well as the more expensive HTC One V and Nokia Lumia 710.

HTC Desire C review

Thanks to the slow processor inside the Desire C, the camera app takes a couple of seconds to load up, which means you won't be able to take an instant snap if cat falls into a basket or something.

You can add the camera app to the lock screen, for easy access in times or picture panic, but as with most phones nowadays there's no dedicated physical shutter button.

HTC Desire C review

The Desire C also lacks a flash – something the Curve 9320 and Ascend G300 boast, so low-light shooting is a no-go here. There's also no front-facing camera in play either.

HTC's camera app is nicely laid out, with simple, easy to see buttons. A zoom bar adorns one side of the screen, allowing for easy zooming, but be warned, picture quality is drastically reduced if you use this option.

HTC Desire C review

The blue-bubble effects button next to the shutter provides six options to enhance your photos; greyscale, sepia, solarise, posterize, negative and aqua.

Press the A in the opposite corner and you can pick from three scene modes; portrait, landscape and lowlight, or you can just stick with Auto and let the Desire C make up its own mind.

HTC Desire C review

The settings menu offers up some more tweaks including image resolution (5MP all the way down to 640 x 416 – less than 1MP), exposure, contrast, sharpness and saturation settings, plus ISO and white balance.

For a £130 handset we were impressed with the number of settings and options the Desire C offered, making it a relatively capable snapper.

Unfortunately there's no auto-focus or tap to focus, which can result is blurry shots if you're not great at standing still – and a delay of around a second after the shutter button is pressed means you won't be able to quickly snap several pictures in succession.

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In bright light outside the Desire C is capable of taking decent shots

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The Desire C is able to pick up a good level of detail

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Zoom in half way in and quality begins to reduce

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Zoom all the way in and the image becomes very pixelated

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Inside the Desire C can still produce a good image, although colours lack pop

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The Desire C struggles when there are multiple light sources

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Moving light sources and a lack of flash are apparent in darker situations

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
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
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 Address
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