HTC Desire C - Multimedia and Verdict

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Video
With a screen this size video playback was never going to be the primary use of this phone, but driving the final nail in the coffin – HTC One S style – is the poor playback quality. The slow processor simply can’t cope with anything of remotely high quality, making youtube about the limit of your video ambitions.



Camera and Gallery

Continuing the ‘less than stellar’ theme is the camera which not only lacks autofocus and a flash but also produces pretty grainy shots. There’s also little in the way of effects or extra modes. All told, it’s really only for the most occasional of use. Likewise video, which is only offered in up to 480 x 320 pixel resolution.

HTC Desire C Camera

Viewing images isn’t so bad with the simple to use Android Gallery app and that decent quality screen. However, you don’t get any fancy integration of photos from your social networks or such like – hardly a surprise at this price.

Music
Along with video, the big advantage of this and most Android phones is that you can load up your files without the need for any extra software of fancy syncing procedure – just plug the phone in and go – and with a microSD slot on hand there’s potentially plenty of room for your vast music collection. HTC has also done a good job in terms of the music interface.

The big draw here, though, is of course the Beats branding, and it means precisely naff all. It amounts to an EQ setting that boosts bass and treble. Overall sound quality is okay but is noticeably a step below higher end rivals.



Value

But, all these issues have to be weighed up against the cost of this phone. At just £150 on PAYG (on Three) and £180 SIM free it is very definitely budget. You can get cheaper phones such as the original Samsung Galaxy Ace or Orange San Francisco II but they’re a step down in quality and features again. That said, it doesn’t take much of an extra outlay to get a lot more capable device. At £250 you can get a brand new larger and much faster Galaxy Ace 2, while second hand you’ll be able to pick up some of last year’s high-end phones for that money.

Verdict
It’s always a difficult task to judge a budget phone as for some people the compromises made won’t matter but for others they’ll be fundamental – like the missing LED on the flash in this instance. Also, there’s always the competition from second hand models to consider. But overall we think HTC has done enough to make this a sensible option if you’re looking for a first mobile for a child or just for a stylish low cost handset for yourself.

Score in detail

  • Performance 6
  • Camera 5
  • Design 9
  • Usability 8
  • Value 8
  • Features 6
  • Screen Quality 7

General

Operating System Android OS
Height (Millimeter) 107.2mm
Width (Millimeter) 60.6mm
Depth (Millimeter) 12.3mm
Weight (Gram) 100g
Available Colours Polar White, Stealth Black, Flamenco Red

Display

Screen Size (inches) (Inch) 3.5in
Screen Resolution 320 x 480
Touchscreen Yes

Storage

Internal Storage (Gigabyte) 4GB
Expandable memory MicroSD up to 32GB
Camera (Megapixel) 5, no autofocus Megapixel
Front Facing Camera (Megapixel) No Megapixel
Camera Flash No

Connectivity

Bluetooth Yes
WiFi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
3G/4G HSDPA 900 / 2100
3.5mm Headphone Jack Yes
Charging/Computer Connection microUSB

Processor and Internal Specs

CPU 600MHz Cortex A5

Misc

App Store Yes
GPS Yes
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