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HTC Desire C review

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

The HTC Desire C does video too, with the 5MP sensor round the back offering up VGA (640 x 480) quality recording – not scintillating by any means, but just about acceptable for a low-end device.

The video recorder is accessed via the camera app, but instead of switching to a separate video mode within the app, there's just a video record button next to the shutter button.

The video settings are bundled into the same menu as the camera options, but it's laid out in a simple way, so not to confuse users.

HTC Desire C review

You get the same six effects; greyscale, sepia, solarise, posterize, negative and aqua, and if you so require you can record at lower resolutions, the lowest being 176x144 – perfect for MMS.

The lack of a flash means that recording in low-light or dark places is out of the question if you want to actually see anything and with no auto or tap to focus the Desire C can find it difficult to keep on top of moving objects.

You can use the zoom before hitting record, and handily while recording too, which is not always available, even on the higher end phones - quality is reduced the further you zoom in though.

Check out our video sample below to get a real feel for the recording quality of the Desire C.

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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
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

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Limited Warranty1 Year