HTC Desire C review

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

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Although it's not much of a set up from the Wildfire S and Explorer, the HTC Desire C is a well rounded budget handset with offers more than enough at its price point, even if it is a little under powered compared to some of its rivals.

We liked

HTC produces some lovely handsets with a real focus on design: take a look at the original Desire, or the One X, and the Desire C hasn't been overlooked, with the curved rubber chassis giving a solid, comfortable feel in hand.

It's good to see a budget handset rocking Android Ice Cream Sandwich, which puts the likes of the Huawei Ascend G300 to shame, and especially the LG Optimus L3 which won't even get an update to ICS.

The HTC Sense 4.0 overlay makes the Desire C an easy to use handset, especially for those who are new to the smartphone game, and the Beats Audio technology will keep kids, which the handset is marketed at, happy.

We disliked

Unfortunately HTC hasn't deemed it necessary to give the Desire C a power boost, sticking with the same, sluggish processor found in its predecessors.

This makes the Desire C's user experience a frustrating one, as you find that the handset always seems to be one step behind what you want it to do, even with simple tasks such as reading a new text message.

We also found the touchscreen could be unresponsive from time to time, pressing the same thing three or four times before the Desire C picked up our actions.

The complete shunning of Twitter by HTC seems a little unnecessary and we were surprised to find we couldn't add more accounts to the FriendStream application.


The HTC Desire C is better than the handsets it's come in to replace, but not by much.

The intuitive interface, attractive design and competitive price tag means the Desire C certainly has the opportunity to do well at the low end of the market – especially against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Y and LG Optimus L3.

But for those who need a little more bang for their buck, you might want to see what the Ascend G300 or BlackBerry Curve 9320 have to offer.

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