HTC Desire C

AKA: HTC Wildfire C, HTC Golf, HTC A320A

Available at: Fido, PC Mobile, Rogers, SaskTel, Virgin Mobile Canada

5.6/10 AVG.
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With the Desire C, you get what you pay for – a stylish smartphone that's good for light usage, but not much else.

- Ray S. , PhoneArena 
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Reviews summary

5.6/10AVG.
RATING

Based on 18 reviews

What's good

    What's bad

      Mid-range handsets running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich are still quite a rarity. Most manufacturers settle on releasing devices that only have Android 2.3 Gingerbread pre-installed, or worse, some other version of the Android software that’s even older, like Froyo or Eclair. But not HTC. You won’t have to worry about using a severely outdated version of Android with the HTC Desire C, because it runs the penultimate version of Android right out of the box. So it has it good in terms of software, but what about the hardware?

      As a mid-range model, the Desire C comes equipped with a fairly modest set of features. It has a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen display, 5MP main camera, 4GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, and HSDPA data. The one thing that can put most prospective buyers off is the fact that it runs on a 600MHz processor and 512MB RAM. While it isn’t prohibitively slow, it’s certainly not as fast as other better-equipped smartphones, especially with the default software.

      What about the battery you ask? Well, HTC promises 5 hours of talk time per charge. Of course, real life results will always vary depending on actual usage.

      The consensus among reviewers is that the HTC Desire C offers acceptable levels of smartphone performance for normal use. The problem is that it may be priced a little too high, and for just a bit more extra cash you could place yourself into higher-end models, even HTC’s own selection of smartphones, for a much better overall experience.

      Need to Know: HTC Desire C

      1. Comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed. (The Good)

      2. Features excellent ergonomics and portability due to use of 3.5-inch screen. (The Good)

      3. Battery life is not that good. (The Bad)

      4. Seen by many as a bit too expensive for its overall feature-set. (The Bad)

      Specs summary

      Screen
      3.5"

      The HTC Desire C's screen is 3.5 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.

      Processor
      600MHz

      There is a Qualcomm 600 MHz processor (CPU).

      OS

      The phone runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (OS).

      Camera
      5+ MP
      You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
      Storage
      4 GB

      Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

      Battery
      1230mAh

      The phone is powered by a 1230 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. HTC's performance ratings are: 16.5 days standby time, 300 minutes talk time.

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      Reviews summary

      5.6/10AVG.
      RATING

      Based on 18 reviews

      What's good

        What's bad

          Mid-range handsets running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich are still quite a rarity. Most manufacturers settle on releasing devices that only have Android 2.3 Gingerbread pre-installed, or worse, some other version of the Android software that’s even older, like Froyo or Eclair. But not HTC. You won’t have to worry about using a severely outdated version of Android with the HTC Desire C, because it runs the penultimate version of Android right out of the box. So it has it good in terms of software, but what about the hardware?

          As a mid-range model, the Desire C comes equipped with a fairly modest set of features. It has a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen display, 5MP main camera, 4GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, and HSDPA data. The one thing that can put most prospective buyers off is the fact that it runs on a 600MHz processor and 512MB RAM. While it isn’t prohibitively slow, it’s certainly not as fast as other better-equipped smartphones, especially with the default software.

          What about the battery you ask? Well, HTC promises 5 hours of talk time per charge. Of course, real life results will always vary depending on actual usage.

          The consensus among reviewers is that the HTC Desire C offers acceptable levels of smartphone performance for normal use. The problem is that it may be priced a little too high, and for just a bit more extra cash you could place yourself into higher-end models, even HTC’s own selection of smartphones, for a much better overall experience.

          Need to Know: HTC Desire C

          1. Comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed. (The Good)

          2. Features excellent ergonomics and portability due to use of 3.5-inch screen. (The Good)

          3. Battery life is not that good. (The Bad)

          4. Seen by many as a bit too expensive for its overall feature-set. (The Bad)

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          Reviews (5.6/10 Avg. rating)

          A classy design and Android 4, but the screen and processor disappoint

          from Expert Reviews (about 1 year ago)

          At £150 from Three, the HTC Desire C is a reasonable buy if you want something a little more stylish than the raft of £100 Android cheapies; but only really if you're a big fan of HTC, and feel more comfortable with its spin on Android. However, you really should stretch to £200 an... More

            6/10

          A cheap Android smartphone

          from PC Advisor (about 1 year ago)

          The HTC Desire C is a nicely designed budget Android 4.0 handset. It could make a good first smartphone but doesn't have any outstanding features. The price is attractive but if you're not bothered about NFC then it's worth paying an extra £20 for the HTC One V for its superior screen and bett... More

            7/10

          It looks good and is really comfortable to handle

          from GSMArena (3 years ago)

          HTC seems to be taking the entry-level market more seriously than usual. Just look at the multiple versions of the Desire C, including dual-SIM support. Of course, HTC's entry level is different than say, Samsung's. What we mean is, there're obviously cheaper ways to own an Android smartphone. But t... More

          A classy design and Android 4, but the screen and processor disappoint

          from Expert Reviews (3 years ago)

          At £150 from Three, the HTC Desire C is a reasonable buy if you want something a little more stylish than the raft of £100 Android cheapies; but only really if you're a big fan of HTC, and feel more comfortable with its spin on Android. However, you really should stretch to £200 and pick up the far-... More

            6/10

          Nice design, good battery life, and runs Android 4.0 ICS

          from The Inquirer (3 years ago)

          For those after a phone that will introduce them to the world of touchscreens and apps, the HTC Desire C is a suitable handset. However, we can't help but think even the most inexperienced of smartphone users will soon get fed up of the handset's stuttering and poor web browser - although this can b... More

            6/10

          A decent low-end handset with the latest version of Android on-board

          from MobileBurn (3 years ago)

          Overall, the HTC Desire C is a decent low-end handset with the latest version of Android on-board, but the hardware has been upgraded very little since the Wildfire S came out over a year ago, which leaves the handset feeling rather dated.

          A decent low-end handset with the latest version of Android on-board

          from MobileBurn (3 years ago)

          The HTC Desire C is a decent low-end handset with the latest version of Android on-board, but the hardware has been upgraded very little since the Wildfire S came out over a year ago, which leaves the handset feeling rather dated.

          A lovely device that is unfortunately just crying out for a faster processor

          from Tracy and Matt (3 years ago)

          This one has been a real eye opener in to the world of the 'budget smartphone' because I have been truly surprised by how good the device is. Considering the specifications are really quite mediocre I have loved using it and was sad to see it go to be honest, but then I remembered that I have a HTC... More

          A bite-sized budget smartphone with Android Ice Cream Sandwich

          from Know Your Mobile (3 years ago)

          With the Desire C, you are getting exactly what you pay for, a budget phone but with the added bonus of Ice Cream Sandwich. If you are looking for a smartphone with the latest software for a low price this phone is suitable for you.As an entry level Android phone, it has a pretty good display, is sm... More

          It's compact and cute, and will certainly get the job done for most standard tasks

          from PhoneArena (3 years ago)

          The HTC Desire C is a fine low-end smartphone. It's compact and cute, and will certainly get the job done for most standard tasks.The price for this phone is just right. It's priced very closely to rivals such as the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray and Motorola Defy+ or Mini. You should be able to find the... More

          It has everything I need

          (11 months ago)

          This is my second smartphone and I love it, its so user friendly. I would change a few things on the camera, it doesnt take very good pics, but all in all gives me everything I need.

            7/10

          Not worth it. Do not buy it

          (about 1 year ago)

          Forget about this phone. It is a piece of junk. I had the phone for 1 year now, and I had sent it out for repair at least 6 times, each turnaround is 2 weeks. Worst yet, most of the time, it came back as "refreshed software", nothing else was done. But the phone will every now and then reboot all b... More

            1/10

          HTC Desire C is the worse phone

          (about 1 year ago)

          I would personally recommended every one make sure never buy any HTC Desire phone they have the worse phone service & the option in there phone. I try talk to the customer service that is even worse than the phone.

            1/10

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