HTC Desire C review
|Review: June 2012|
Last updated September 2012
In a nutshell: The upgrade to the HTC Wildfire S, the Desire C is a compact and affordable Android phone. Coming with Android 4.0 and Sense 4 pre-installed, and with Beats Audio enhancement and the potential for NFC cashless payments, it looks like a modern phone. Just watch out for the slow processor and poor camera.
Slotting into the budget-end of the HTC range as a replacement for the HTC Wildfire S, the Desire C is an affordable Android smartphone with good looks and a decent spec. At launch it was over-priced, but now that the price has fallen, we've had another look at this phone and upped its rating.
The Desire C is a compact phone, similar in size to Samsung's Galaxy Mini, but with a larger 3.5 inch screen and a decent 320 x 480 pixel resolution. It's very lightweight too, at just 100g. Below the screen sit three touch buttons, the standard for Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich.
There are other features that mark this out as a modern phone. As well as Ice Cream Sandwich, the phone has the latest version 4 of the HTC Sense user interface. The provision of Beats Audio enhances music playback. The onboard memory is vey generous at 4GB, with the ability to add another 32GB via the microSD card slot. Some versions of the phone will come with NFC connectivity for mobile payments - but check carefully because not all operators will support this feature.
The phone has some plus points, but in other ways it's very much a budget product. The processor runs at a dog-slow 600MHz. The camera may be 5 megapixels but it's fixed focus and records video at a pixellated VGA resolution.
It's not the best Android phone around, but for the price it puts together some pretty decent specs. Highlights are the compactr size, 3.5 inch display, good connectivity options and large amount of memory. Points to watch out for are the sluggish processor and the low-spec camera. Alternatives would be the Samsung Galaxy Ace which is looking a little tired now, or perhaps spending a little more on its replacement, the Ace 2, which is proving to be very popular.
HTC Desire C features include:
- 5 megapixel camera with flash
- Video recording (640 x 480 pixels)
- Display: Capacitive touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom capability, 320 x 480 pixels (3.5 inches) with auto-rotate
- GPS receiver with Google Maps
- Music player with Beats Audio enhancement
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email
- Ringtones: MP3 ringtones
- Internet: GPRS, EDGE, HSPA (7.2 Mbps download, 384 kbps upload)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, micro-USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC (subject to availability)
- Processor: 600MHz
- Memory: 4GB plus microSD card slot (up to 32GB), 512 MB RAM
- Vibration alert
- Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) plus HSPA/WCDMA (900/2100 MHz)
- Size: 107 x 61 x 12.3 mm
- Weight: 100g
- Battery: 1230mAh
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Average rating from 8 reviews:
Reviewed by Richard70 from UK on 1st Feb 2013
Had this phone as an upgrade from and old Symbian based phone.
What a revelation. While not as fast as some android phones, it is more than acceptable. Love the NFC which I can beam stuff to my wifes tablet (Nexus 10).
Was worried about the data charges I may encounter, but 90% of the time the phone is hooked to WiFi, so that's no problem, as I am yet to get more than 100Mb of data over the 3G network in any month.
Overall cracking value, and fairly future proof.
Reviewed by andrew from UK on 16th Nov 2012
Nice phone had mine for two weeks after buying it from eBay second hand! I needed it unlocking unfortunately as it was locked to Vodafone! managed to unlock it using www.unlockscodes.com
would recommend ****
Reviewed by Tazz from uk on 22nd Sep 2012
After having a nokia 5230 for the last 2 years this is my first htc, and this phone is awsome, the camera is great and i love the apps. Nice solid design and easy to use. 10 out of 10 will be buying htc again
Reviewed by Geoff Aswani from Uk on 2nd Aug 2012
A cracking phone for the money. iPhone simply now overpriced although the processor is quick.
We really need to understand that this phone is better than any other offering at twice the price.
Reviewed by King from uk on 24th Jul 2012
just had this phone, i had galaxy s2 and i wanted to have change at cheaper price. I had an option for an ipod touch 4g or htc desire c i have used both and i would say htc desire c is much better and cheaper and you can also put the memory card in up2 32gb. the battery life is pretty good despite its small size and its smooth as well, doesnt feel like if its 600mhz.
worth getting it for £99.95
Reply by Steve from UK on 22nd Oct
"I had an option for an ipod touch 4g or htc desire c" That is a weird choice to be offered as they are completely different devices? Is the ipod touch 4g a typing mistake?
Reviewed by Ian from Scotland on 28th Jun 2012
Purchased two of the HTC Desire C phones on PAYG a week ago for the wife and myself.
This is the first time with touch screen phones and we like them.
The wife took to it no problem downloaded her a few games,as she has had a tablet with ICS for a couple of weeks as well.
We are both 60+
Reviewed by Sid James from England on 27th Jun
I upgraded from my HTC Wilfire to this and I must say that it is very comparable to the former. It's certainly suits me just fine, it's fast enough for my use and is very responsive as you expect from a HTC.
Reviewed by ROXY from UK on 12th Jun 2012
I did like this phone , i had to return as i had silly problems with o2..so im going other ways to get another...got it in white, as i love white phones, but think it may be hard to keep it clean due to the material it is, i didnt try everything on this phone, but what i did was fine, and it seemed to be quick enough , well ok for me, but dodnt be coned by the internal memory , specs saying a hug 4gb , but it isnt your only left with mere 93 mb to play with !! but overall nice looking phone. i may order another but not on o2 , prob a sim free,, or a galaxy ace not sure yet! hope this has helped a little , if i get another replacement and use the phone properly, i will come back and leave another review for it !