Samsung tried and failed spectacularly with the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 and Sony put everything into the Sony Xperia U in a bid to capture the wandering fingers of new Android consumers. The HTC Desire C has a big challenge ahead
There’s a lot to be said for attention to detail and great design. The HTC Desire C has both and works with the Android newbie in mind.
Rather than throwing the kitchen sink at the dinky smartphone spec sheet and hoping that Android devotees note the inclusion of bells and whistles, HTC has a more measured approach and is one of the few manufacturers to manage Android 4.0 as standard on this size of smartphone.
HTC Desire C: BuildYou’ll instantly notice the lack of a flash on the striking white (or black) unibody design but the 100g weight feels just right in the hand. The solid build and subtle curves have become the trademark style of HTC. You simply won’t see an HTC phone with average build and the HTC Desire C makes rivals like the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 look like cheap toys in comparison.
The volume rocker blends in to the right hand side of the smartphone while the MicroSD card slot is behind the phone cover, beside the surprisingly striking red battery and colour matched internals. Again, it’s the attention to detail that really make the HTC Desire C feel like a premium smartphone.
HTC Desire C: FeaturesThe real difference against rivals is the screen - it’s 3.5 inches and boasts a 320 x 480 resolution but is brighter and features better viewing angles than smartphones with a similar spec. Android 4.0 runs well using an average 600Mhz processor and the HTC Sense 4 interface works brilliantly.
NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 functions are nice additions but will largely go unnoticed for many users. The 5 megapixel camera is a more obvious sell for the consumer and HTC has made sure it’s a good one. The lack of flash is a problem but it’s very fast and uses a variety of HTC shooting modes which mimic Instagram functions like Sepia, Solarize and Negative.
Beats audio tech isn’t hugely useful without Beats headphones (there’s bog standard Apple style HTC headphones in the box) but the 4GB storage and MicroSD card slot make the HTC Desire C another great music phone from HTC - it handles virtually all music (and movie) file formats too. Like all HTC phones, you’ll also get a 2 year 25GB subscription to DropBox for free.
HTC Desire C: ScreenThe 320 x 480-pixel resolution isn’t the highest around but the 3.5 inch display is clear, bright and usable at all angles. Response time is excellent and runs close to the edge of the body and isn’t deeply recessed like some lower priced smartphones.
The screen did pick up a lot of fingerprints, due in part the small profile of the body - gripping the phone means your fingers will rest on the screen, rather than the sides.
HTC Desire C: PerformanceUsing a comparatively low powered 600 Mhz processor to power Android 4.0 and HTC Sense 4 works surprisingly well. Flicking between apps and menus is fast and the only signs of slowdown we saw were with complex web pages and a large PDF.
Using at AnTuTu app to bechmark performance, the HTC Desire C scored 1992. As a yardstick, the £230 HTC One V managed 2458 but we’ve seen smartphones with a bigger score than the HTC Desire C struggle to fly through menus and apps as quickly.
HTC Sense 4 makes all he different to day to day use and the camera is fast and fun, which is what many users looking at the HTC Wildfire C will want. Call quality was good and the internal speaker offered a passable sound when placed face down.