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HTC Desire C quick review - Can Android 4.0 make up for last year's entry-level specs?

Review by Russell Jefferies on Wednesday June 27, 2012.

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The HTC Desire C is a new low-end smartphone that follows in the footsteps of the HTC Wildfire series of phones. Indeed, the Desire C's specifications are very similar to last year's Wildfire S, despite it being released a year later. The Desire C has a HVGA (320 x 480 pixel) screen, 600MHz processor, 1230mAh battery, and 5 megapixel camera like the Wildfire S, but its screen is slightly bigger at 3.5" and its camera doesn't have a flash like the Wildfire's does.

The phone itself is very compact at 107.2mm x 60.6mm x 12.25mm (4.22in x 2.39in x 0.48in) and tips the scales at just 100g (3.53oz). It comes in either white, black, or red, and our red unit was sporting a really nice soft-touch finish and red-colored internals. The Desire C charges via micro-USB and has a 3.5mm headphone port for using regular headphones, although a set were included with our unit. Beats Audio integration is also present to help improve the sound of your music, and the microSD card slot allows users to expand the 4GB internal storage by up to another 32GB.

The biggest change since the Wildfire S is the upgrades to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and HTC's Sense 4.0 user interface, which bring you the latest features that Android has to offer. Unfortunately, the Desire C's processor is slow by today's standards, so it struggles with nearly all tasks from opening apps, to loading web pages. I even experienced lag when typing an SMS message and often got network error messages when browsing the internet, even when a full HSDPA signal was indicated at the top of the display.

Overall, the HTC Desire C is a decent low-end handset with the latest version of Android on-board, but the hardware has been upgraded very little since the Wildfire S came out over a year ago, which leaves the handset feeling rather dated. You can see the Desire C in action in the above video.

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Russell Jefferies
Russell Jefferies reviews mobile phones for MobileBurn from his home located in Bristol in the United Kingdom.

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