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HTC Desire C

65
Global
Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
65

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

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Engadget Summary

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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User Reviews

80
rimsmith
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
70
alda61
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
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Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
3.522
Internal memory
41
Camera
Yes
Model

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Battery type
Li-ion (1320 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (5 megapixels) (Video, Contact pictures)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
4 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version) (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Opp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Mp3, Wma) (H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Js, Flash)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Document editor, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Europe, North america (Canada)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (HSDPA)
Subscriber identity
SIM card

Display

Screen size
3.5 inches
Screen resolution
320 x 480
Pixel density
164 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm

Hardware

CPU
600 MHz
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