There has been some doubt as to when the HTC Desire C will be released, but if you are looking to purchase the latest HTC Smartphone, the good news is it is now available to buy. Needless to say, we’ve managed to get our hands on one, and we’re able to give you a pretty honest rundown on its features including the positives and negatives.
HTC Desire C
In a way, the HTC Desire C really doesn’t compare with say the One S or other recent additions to HTC’s Smartphone line up. It is very much an entry-level phone, with a low-end processor running at a miserly 600Mhz. so this handset is all ready one of the slowest Smartphone’s if not the slowest we’ve covered this year so far! And this alone could turn quite a few people off. If you want speed and flashiness, sorry but look somewhere else. But it does save itself, we think, with a couple of small points of quality.
Size and WeightWe have to say that we liked the way it fit snugly into the hand. We know, that isn’t very technical in outlook, but it is compact enough to hold comfortably and operate with one hand, and good looking enough not be offensive to the eye. At 12.3 millimeters you’re not holding the slimmest Smartphone ever, but what it’s got is good when it comes to feel and looks, Small and smooth on the outside, and weighing in at 100grams.
5 Megapixel CameraSo far this review has been a little negative, however here is where HTC decided to up the specs a little on the HTC Desire C, as believe it or not, it has a half decent camera. We’re not talking world beating stuff here, but it does come with what some would say is the standard 5 megapixel camera, which is by no means something to laugh at. This is a real saving grace for this handset, because we didn’t expect a good camera on a phone like this, and we don’t think anyone else would have, if you take the poor CPU into account. Still pictures are smart and clear, and while you don’t get a lot of tricks and magic on the camera, it does a perfectly good job of being a good snapper with that spec.
Video Recording and Playback
Video is another matter, however. If you thought that video would be cool because the camera is not the worst thing in the world, think again. All you get is 640 x 480. This will matter to some people. We don’t expect the best on a phone (yet) anyway, but video should be pretty much child’s play for a modern Smartphone running on Android 4.0.
HTC Desire C Official Video
Near Field CommunicationBack to the positives, excitingly, the HTC Desire C has been equipped with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology. Currently this technology is being used with some retailers for contactless payments, and this is pretty darn useful. It is nice to see HTC tip their hat to a useful piece of technology in this way. And this hints at their possible wish to make this new phone a quick ‘pick-up’ model for the person on the go. Not a phone for the show-off, more for the person who wants something very practical.
Final Thoughts On The Desire C
Overall the HTC Desire C is easy to use, and allows smooth navigation through its various screens and relatively good response times, which is what you’d expect from an HTC Smartphone running the latest software. Whatever you do though, just don’t expect a world-beating phone. This is no top-end model, but the good news is that HTC seem to have realized this, and are not marketing it as such.
On an even better note its extremely cheap to get on pay monthly contract, with the cheapest deal we’ve seen priced at £13.50 a month for the Desire C
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