HTC Desire C review

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

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Battery life

The HTC Desire C packs in a removable 1,230mAh battery, but don't let that put you off, as it managed to hold onto its charge well – keeping it in line with its predecessors the Wildfire S and Explorer.

Thanks to the low powered processor and less advanced features on the Desire C, the battery isn't as hammered as it is on the higher powered, larger screened Huawei Ascend G300.

HTC Desire C review

This means the Desire C will comfortably last a whole day, even with heavy usage, and if you're slightly more conservative with your use, then you can go several days between charges.

We were also impressed with the speed of charging on the Desire C, with the battery going from 50% to 90% in just half an hour – perfect if you want a quick top up.

HTC Desire C review


HTC Desire C review

There are plenty of connectivity options available on the HTC Desire C, with Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, microSD slot and miniUSB.

There's A-GPS which helps speeds up location locks on Google Maps and keeps the turn-by-turn navigation chugging along, as well as Wi-Fi hotspots – allowing you to share the Desire C's mobile internet with other Wi-Fi enabled devices such as tablets and laptops.

HTC has included a Wi-Fi hotspot app on the Desire C, providing a simple way to set up the feature for super speedy web access.

It's no surprise that the Desire C doesn't feature NFC technology, and although the similarly priced BlackBerry Curve 9320 does, we're not too disappointed it's been overlooked at this price point.

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

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Limited Warranty1 Year