May 14th 2012 7:47 am

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conclusion:Pass on it

65 July 20th 2012 4:53 pm

The HTC Desire C is a basic Android smartphone that includes an updated version of Android (Ice Cream Sandwich), a microSD card for storage expansion, and an NFC chip for mobile payments and other services. Unfortunately, the Desire C also has a low-resolution 3.5-inch display, a very limited 5-megapixel camera, a sluggish processor, and poor battery life. U.S. customers looking for a bargain are unlikely to be tempted to pick one up, as it's currently only available as an unlocked model, selling for as much as $300.

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Critic reviews

6.9
11 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    5.9
  • Display
    5.4
  • Battery life
    7.5
  • Camera
    6.0
  • Ease of use
    7.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.6
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    6.5
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.7

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User reviews

7.5
2 reviews
7.0
Pocket-Lint Jun 18, 2012

We like the HTC Desire C: it's cute, it looks nice, it works as a basic Android phone and we've had no problems carrying out our daily core functions with it. But the battery life is a concern for us and the camera isn't terribly exciting.

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7.0
Wired UK Jul 17, 2012

The HTC Desire C is a decent little smartphone, with Ice Cream Sandwich as a special treat and a half decent camera too, but that low-powered processor means it's outshone by other low-priced Androids.

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7.0
PC Advisor Jun 27, 2012

The HTC Desire C is a nicely designed budget Android 4.0 handset. It could make a good first smartphone but doesn't have any outstanding features. The price is attractive but if you're not bothered about NFC then it's worth paying ... extra for the HTC One V for its superior screen and better...

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6.0
PC World Australia Sep 18, 2012

The HTC Desire C is a competitively priced pre-paid smartphone that offers a few features we aren't used to seeing on low-end Android devices. We like its design, build quality and the decent battery life it offers, but the sluggish user experience will frustrate most buyers.

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5.0
CNET UK Jul 20, 2012

The HTC Desire C delivers Android Ice Cream Sandwich to the budget end of the smart phone spectrum, but this sugary goodness can't compensate for under-powered hardware. Even at this affordable price, there are more powerful and capable budget blowers up for grabs.

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8.0
T3 Jun 25, 2012

There’s no doubt the HTC Desire C offers value for money but it’s the prospect of bigger screen that could ultimately tempt you away from a purchase. Take a look at the HTC One V review and see which suits you best.

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8.0
phoneArena Jun 26, 2012

Ultimately, with the Desire C, you get what you pay for – a stylish smartphone that's good for light usage, but not much else.

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7.0
TechRadar Jun 18, 2012

Although it's not much of a step 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.

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7.0
Android Central Jul 15, 2012

Probably the best entry-level Android phone you can buy today. The Desire C is cheap on price, but not on features. OK, the screen isn't a patch on the One series phones, and the camera is pretty awful, but ignoring that, the Desire C is incredible value for money.

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8.0
Mobile Syrup Jul 18, 2012

The HTC Desire C is a great deal for its price. It’s appropriate for first-time smartphone buyers, students on a budget, or anyone looking for a pint-sized smartphone without a contract.

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7.0
Hardware Heaven Jul 16, 2012

Moving to value this is one area where the Desire C can easily impress. It offers a low cost, up to date Android experience with a decent level of build quality for its category.

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