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 You won’t have to worry about using a severely outdated version of Android with the HTC Desire C, because it runs the penultimate version of Android right out of the box.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