HTC Desire C Review: A low-line phone getting taste of ICS

HTC Desire C Complete Review:

HTC had made a debut to the Android Ice Cream Sandwich market with the release of its One Series phones namely The One X, One S and One V. The one series is one of the most successful phones of the company, and the company is trying to further increase its huge success. Keeping this into account HTC has made a debut with an Ultra-Low Budget Android phone with Ice Cream Sandwich. While it is easier to give high end phones the taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, it’s very difficult to deliver the same for low-end phones and with Jelly Bean released, low budget customers are losing hope of getting the new version of Android. HTC has certainly realized that and has showcased a low budget Android not only running Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box but also running Sense version 4.0 on top of it. The latest offering is the HTC desire C.

Design and Features: A typical HTC

As we all know that if we look into an HTC phone the very first thing that comes in the mind is the build. HTC has continued its traditional build quality and gives the other competitors a run for their money. The very first thing that we noticed is the lack of flash on the back. The materials used are not premium as the One series but the materials are not cheap as plastic either. An overall uni-body construction design with a weight of just 100 grams feels just right in hands. The phone is built above average and definitely way better than the Samsung Galaxy Series.

The volume rockers are placed on the right with the Micro SD card slot has been placed underneath the battery cover. The internals are made well to match with the externals. So as we see the build quality you will not even for a single moment feel that it is not premium.

The real difference that it makes with the rivals at same price point is the display. While other sport a 3.2 inch display this holds a 3.5 inches of display, with a relatively good resolution of 320×480. The display is very bright with no problems faced in direct sunlight and with wider angle viewing it’s like bread with lots of butter. However the problem remains when we use the phone a lot, it’s too oleophilic and attract fingerprints like a magnet. The touch response is however pretty good.  The phone is powered with a 600 MHz single core processor and a 512 Mb RAM.  The phone runs Android 4.0 pretty well and Sense 4.0 runs pretty smoothly too.

HTC has interestingly added Bluetooth version 4.0 and NFC too. A 5 megapixel shooter at the back of the phone which can be delightful for a consumer. The camera is good with picture quite detailed, the problem lies when we use the phone in low light conditions due to lack of flash. There are bunch of nice HTC shooting modes which is just a greet to use. There are some Instagram features like Sepia, negative and Solarize.

The phone is bundled with the Beats Audio software but without any Bundled Earphones. Beats Audio doesn’t make much difference without a good pair of Earphones. The internal Storage is 4 GB which is good to store many music contents, there is even a Micro SD slot Expandable up to 32 GB for further storage. All the music formats played without any hiccups and makes it another great music phone from HTC. There is also a Drop Box 25 GB free storage for two years.

Performance and Battery life: Assessing an underpowered processor

The handset uses a relatively lower processor just about 600 MHz which is pretty less compared to the quad core versions coming up. So we did not think of an overwhelming performance but instead it quite surprised us.

The phone could run the heavy Sense 4.0 without breaking a single sweat and on top of it there were most of the time no performance issues too. Loading up of apps was pretty fast and without lags, the navigation was buttery smooth. The only performance issues we faced is when we load up large PDF’s and load up heavy web pages.

This is a surprise package that HTC has come up with. We have gone through many phones claiming to be dual core but have lags and hangs and looking into this Desire C works quite well.

HTC Sense 4 is very good and has no need of explaining the goodness it gives to a phone. While checking call feature we found that the phone works well in sound department too. The sound was pretty audible at both ends without dropping of signal.

In our moderate usage we got nearly two days of battery life with the HTC Desire C. So with heavy usage you can easily expect a Day and half.  The battery reports make it stand to the level of high end battery phones in this price bracket.

Conclusion:  A sure buy for this budget

HTC Desire C is now available at around INR 14000 this is a must go if you cannot raise your budget. If you can raise your budget for about INR 6000 you can have a look into the HTC One V which has better display and a better processor. So according to us both the phones are good but you need to spend money so if you cannot spend more go for this HTC Desire C.

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