Product HTC Desire C
Website HTC Desire C
Specifications 600MHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, 3.5in 320x480 TFT LCD touchscreen, 4GB internal memory, microSD support up to 32GB, Beats Audio, 5MP rear camera with autofocus, VGA video, HSDPA and WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, 1230mAh battery, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), HTC Sense 4.0, 107.2x60.6x12.3, 100g
Price £150 SIM free
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, not everybody out there is after a smartphone with a multi-core processor and screen big enough to watch movies, which is why HTC has launched the cheap and cheerful Desire C. Aimed at first time smartphone buyers and those on a budget, the phone aims to replace the HTC Explorer in its miniature handset line-up. Can the phone prove that good things come in small packages, or does it let HTC's Android line-up down?
This budget blower is the first Desire branded smartphone that we've seen for a while, but gone is the design reminiscent with HTC's last-generation handsets, as the Desire C looks more like a shrunken down HTC One X. That's no bad thing, as it gives the phone a premium feel despite its cheap price tag, although we noticed that the white model is prone to picking up fingerprints and dirt.
Another feature we're not so keen on is the faux metal trim around the edge of the handset, which rubbishes the phone's overall high-end feel, and looks like it will easily pick up scratches. On the other hand, we couldn't help but fall in love with the phone's jazzy red internals, which although largely pointless are a nice touch.
In terms of size, the handset is barely larger than a credit card, measuring 60x107x12.5mm. This makes the phone nice and comfortable when held in the hand, and means it's petite enough to squeeze into your pocket. It's plenty light enough too, weighing just 100g.
Mounted in the Desire C's compact chassis sits a 3.5in 480x320 screen. With a pixel density of 165 pixels-per-inch (PPI), the display is nothing to get excited about, because although the interface and images are clear, text can look a little fuzzy around the edges. However, it's perfectly ample enough for the handset's target audience, who also won't mind looking past the screen's poor outdoor visibility and viewing angles.
Despite costing little over £100, the HTC Desire C arrives running the latest and greatest version of Google's mobile operating system, Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), alongside HTC's Sense 4.0 user interface (UI).
As you'd expect, the interface has been tweaked from the version you'll find on the HTC One X and One S handsets, and gone are the switch animations, transition effects and lock screen widgets. However, elsewhere on the Desire C you'll find an Android experience that's similar to that of its high-end siblings, including multiple customisable home screens and access to Google's Play-branded app store.
Despite the phone's 600MHz single-core processor, the Desire C handles the rest of the Android ICS bells and whistles without any major hiccups.