HTC Desire C review

Can this small, rubber clad phone climb head and shoulders above its competition?

TODO alt text


No surprise here when we tell you the HTC Desire C comes with the excellent Google Maps pre-installed.

The feature-packed application offers up a huge array of options including traffic updates, route creation and street-view – perfect for those with a pastime in stalking.

HTC Desire C review

Thanks to the A-GPS inside the Desire C the handset was able to lock down our location in around five seconds (down to just under 3 when Wi-Fi is connected) and then managed to track our movements without too much hassle, however we found it slightly lagged every now and then as the 600MHz processor struggled to keep up.

Scrolling around the maps isn't the fastest experience we've had, as there is a few seconds of waiting while the Desire C renders new areas and the experience feels stuttery as the low powered handset is pushed to its limits.

HTC Desire C review

But remember the HTC Desire C is a budget handset, which also offers turn-by-turn navigation thanks to Google's free service, so considering you're also getting a sat-nav for £130, we can't complain too much.


The HTC Desire C hasn't been overloaded with additional applications, but we were disappointed to see the lack of a Twitter app pre-installed considering both Facebook and Google+ are present straight out of the box.

Due to the Desire C's budget stance, there are not as many pre-installed apps as found on its bigger brothers, the One V, One S and One X – but that can easily be rectified with a visit to Google Play, the one stop shop for all your applications needs.

HTC Desire C review

However HTC also puts its own HTC Hub store onto its phones, offering a more refined selection of apps from Google Play, which saves you sifting through reams of redundant applications trying to find the one you want.

As mentioned in the media section, the Desire C comes with 7 Digital, a music store allowing you to purchase and download your favourite tracks, and the Dropbox app goes hand in hand with the free 25GB account given to all HTC owners.

The Dropbox app is easy to use, allowing you to browse all the folders and files you have stored on the cloud-based system.

You can also quickly upload content from the Desire C, and you can set the Gallery to auto-sync with your DropBox account, so all your precious snaps are saved remotely, just in case your phone meets a nasty end in a pint of beer.

HTC Desire C review

Google's Play Books and Play Movies applications come pre-installed, giving you instant access to a wide range of ebooks and movies for rent.

Both apps work well, but you may find the Desire C's screen a bit small for reading and watching films – it may be worth exploring the Ascend G300 if that's you kind of thing.

HTC Desire C review

If you're more business focussed then Polaris Office also sits on the Desire C, allowing you to read Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF documents, although once again ease of use is hampered by the smaller display on this budget HTC handset.

HTC Desire C review

HTC Desire C review

Polaris Office is integrated with DropBox and SkyDrive – allowing you to easily access documents stored in the cloud.

SoundHound, an alternative to Shazam, comes pre-installed on the HTC Desire C, providing a variety of options, including music recognition – hold up the handset to a song and SoundHound will tell you the name and the artist.

On top of this, SoundHound will also provide you with the lyrics, ways to purchase and download the track along with other information about the artist and song.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashNo
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyDesire C
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 1900, GSM 1800, GSM 900, GSM 850
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)100 g
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density165 ppi
Height107.2 mm
Width60.6 mm
Depth12.3 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameDesire C
Processor Speed600 MHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineDesire C
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, G-sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HRM005-00
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Easy to Shoot and Share Be quick to the draw with a 5MP camera where you can capture photo or video. Then seamlessly share with the world with our intuitive upload and share process.

Simple to Call and Connect Back to basics as they are meant to be experienced. Call, message, and reach out to those that matter most quickly and efficiently.

Authentic Sound by Beats Audio With Beats Audio™ music is rich and authentic. Notice the difference, and enjoy your music as the artist intended.

Limited Warranty1 Year