- Only 4.68GB of usable onboard storage
- Slow screen response
- Display suffers from washed out colors
The HTC Desire 601 offers consumers many of the features found on HTC's flagship phone – the HTC One – while keeping a more budget price. Although it lacks the metal finish of the One, reviewers still find the rubberized plastic finish to be both attractive and relatively durable. Its smaller size also made it easier for reviewers at Phone Arena to handle one-handed.
In terms of the display, the 4.5" LCD display offers a fairly low resolution of 540 pixels. Although not horrible for viewing images, most critics agree that pixilation does occur with actual text. Aside from this, the display gets a general thumbs up from reviewers. T3 states its "bright and clear" while Unleash the Phones is a bit more critical noting that it suffers from some washed out colors despite good viewing angles.
The back of the phone boasts a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. Although the phone does not utilize HTC's Ultrapixel tech, expert tests reveal that the camera produces sharp images and good color reproduction in decent lighting. Tech Radar adds that the shutter speed is also "acceptable."
Internally, the Desire 601 has a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Various benchmark tests performed by Hardware Zone place the phone's performance in the middle of the competition. While not lightning fast, Tech Radar found no issues with speed as all apps opened and closed quickly though they go on to say that the device does have slow screen response. Onboard storage is limited to 8GB though HTC software reduces that total to 4.68GB. The phone does however sport a microSD slot for additional storage.
General consensus is that the Desire 601 offers decent features for a mid-range phone. Trusted Reviews calls this product "sensible" while Gadget Guy states, "if you like the simple design of the HTC One, but don't want to spend a fortune…the Desire 601 is an easy recommendation."