Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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Not what I was expecting from HTC - in a good way!
HTC Desire C
Member Name: kisabe
HTC Desire C
Advantages: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Beats Audio, Great battery life, Great design.
Disadvantages: Less than stellar camera quality, not enough basic storage.
Overall: HTC have certainly just sprung the little Desire C out of nowhere.
Design: It's like a shrunken-down pebble-shaped version of the HTC One X. It fits really nicely in the hand, as it's a 4.2" phone, with a 3.5" screen, and only 2.4" wide. At 12.5mm thick, it is a little chubbier than most phones this size, but that's a good thing, as it feels more solid. The design itself is really simple, available in black or white. I chose white, just because I thought it looked a little snazzier.
Camera: Although HTC boasts a 5MP camera on this one, I'd beg to differ. The lens is a single, rear-facing deal, without sensors or even an LED flash. I avoid taking night photos or close-ups with the camera, as the quality is just not good. Daytime shots, or ones in good light are pretty decent though.
Software: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. One of the best features, in my humble opinion. Apps can be downloaded in a jiffy, and there's plenty of homescreen space for widgets, including quick links to up to four apps. HTC has blended the overlay very well too, as it doesn't look too foreign nor too plain and boring.
Battery life: Pretty good for only a 4.6Wh battery. It lasts me a solid 36-48 hours before dropping below the 10% mark and needing a top up.
Storage: A bit iffy, only offering 4GB before needing a microSD card. Saying that, I only added a 2GB micro, and that's holding all my music, images and videos, so you don't have to bump it up too much.
Connectivity: A nifty little charger-come-USB cable is included with the phone, similar to that used with an iPhone. Plug straight into a socket to charge, or remove the USB cable from the plug to connect to your computer. The earphones provided don't really do the Beats Audio justice, but that was quickly rectified with a pair of Heartbeats. A 3.5mm jack is as standard.
Overall, despite a couple of downsides, the HTC Desire C is a great little phone if you're venturing into the world of apps and don't want to spend £500 or so on an all-singing all-dancing iPhone or Samsung Galaxy. At around the £170-mark, you get a pretty decent phone.
Summary: A good, basic, app-capable phone.