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HTC Desire C review

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The HTC Desire C currently has an Informr score of 5.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 18 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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 You won’t have to worry about using a severely outdated version of Android with the HTC Desire C, because it runs the penultimate version of Android right out of the box.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)


Operating system
Android
Processor
600 MHz
Screen Size
3.5"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Expert Reviews

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...

- Seth Barton, Expert Reviews
Tech Advisor

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...

- Chris Martin, Tech Advisor
GSMArena

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...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
Expert Reviews

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-...

- Seth Barton, Expert Reviews
The Inquirer

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...

- Carly Page, The Inquirer


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Common Questions


HTC released the Desire C on June 1, 2012.


The Desire C price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare HTC Desire C prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the HTC Desire C user manual here.


HTC backs up the Desire C with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Desire C has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact HTC support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find HTC's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
3.5"

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

Processor
600 MHz

There is a Qualcomm 600 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

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 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1230 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 16.5 days standby time, 350 minutes.

Desire C Specs

Overview
Release date June 1, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
variations
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm 600 MHz
Internal Storage 4 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.747 W/kg
Body: 0.643 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1230 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 607 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 350 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 16.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Stealth Black, Polar White, Flamenco Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.7 x 6.1 x 1.2 cm (4.2 x 2.4 x 0.5 in)
Weight 98 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry XT9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Effects, Geotagging, ISO
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Google Play)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HTC Wildfire C, HTC Golf, HTC A320A

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Critic Reviews


Expert Reviews

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

from Expert Reviews

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...More

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-superior HTC One V instead.

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Tech Advisor

A cheap Android smartphone

from Tech Advisor

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 better performance.

Read full review

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 better performance.

Read full review

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GSMArena

It looks good and is really comfortable to handle

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 the HTC Desire C is among the few to give you ICS right out of the box. It looks good and is really comfortable to handle - clearly, it's an easy phone to like....

More

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 the HTC Desire C is among the few to give you ICS right out of the box. It looks good and is really comfortable to handle - clearly, it's an easy phone to like.

Maybe it would be a lot harder for many people to forgive the slow, outdated processor. To be clear, most people won't call the Desire C slow, unless they're holding a dual-core in the other hand. That's the thing, though - the other hand.

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Expert Reviews

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

from Expert Reviews

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-superior HTC One V instead.

Read full review

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-superior HTC One V instead.

Read full review

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The Inquirer

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

from The Inquirer

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 be looked past, given its small price tag.

Read full review

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 be looked past, given its small price tag.

Read full review

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Know Your Mobile

A bite-sized budget smartphone with Android Ice Cream Sandwich

from Know Your Mobile

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 small size and comes with an equally small price tag. Just don't expect the Desire C to come close to competing with the more expensive phones in terms of performance, but it compares favourably with budget phones because of Beats Audio and Ice Cream Sandwich....

More

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 small size and comes with an equally small price tag. Just don't expect the Desire C to come close to competing with the more expensive phones in terms of performance, but it compares favourably with budget phones because of Beats Audio and Ice Cream Sandwich.

If it wasn't for the processor, which can prove a bit slow in places, more credit would've been given. But as it stands, the Desire C is still a perfectly reasonable option for first time Android users and budget buyers.

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Tracy and Matt

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

from Tracy and Matt

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 One X so it was all good again.

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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 One X so it was all good again.

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MobileBurn

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

from MobileBurn

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.

Read full review

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.

Read full review

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MobileBurn

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

from MobileBurn

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.

Read full review

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.

Read full review

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PhoneArena

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

from PhoneArena

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 Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 at a better price, and it will probably perform a bit better than the Desire C, but the HTC is superior in terms of design and comes with ICS, so you'll have to make a decision as to what's more important to you....

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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 Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 at a better price, and it will probably perform a bit better than the Desire C, but the HTC is superior in terms of design and comes with ICS, so you'll have to make a decision as to what's more important to you.

One of the biggest drawbacks of the Desire C is its 600MHz processor, which causes some noticeable slow-downs at times, but if you aren't a power user, it should do just fine. Unfortunately, the camera is also mediocre, so if you're a shutterbug, you've come to the wrong place.

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User Reviews


nunyobizness

It has everything I need

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.

Not worth it. Do not buy it

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 by i...More
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 by itself. After a few times it will shut off totally. I need to take the battery out and put it back in before I can restart it, if I am lucky. I am talking about doing this numerous times in ONE day. If it does not cooperate, it will shutdown and cannot be turned back on,. Here it goes out for repair again. One may think that I just have a "lemon". I certainly hope this is the case. But I have two of these junks. Both of them do the same things. Forget this phone. It's not worth it. Less
Aniat

HTC Desire C is the worse phone

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.

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