ICS BAR­RIER CROSSED

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

Till re­cently, An­droid smart­phones run­ning on Ice­Cream Sand­wich were not avail­able for un­der 18,500. Not any longer. HTC’s lat­est, the De­sire C on An­droid v4.0, is avail­able for 14,999. The De­sire C has a 3.5-inch ca­pac­i­tive touch dis­play. Its curved cor­ners give the phone a com­pact look, some­what like a minia­ture ver­sion of the HTC flag­ship, the One X. The three touch keys promi­nently vis­i­ble on the HTC One Se­ries (back, home, mul­ti­task­ing) can be found on the De­sire C as well. Even though the power key is placed on the top with vol­ume con­trol on the right and charg­ing jack on the left, the side pan­els feel neat and clean. While the phone felt light and was con­ve­nient to hold, the red bezel and the back cover made it a girl’s gad­get.

Like many other HTC phones, the De­sire C too has the Sense UI on­board. Four apps ap­pear on the locked screen that can be launched di­rectly from the home­screen. The main menu is di­vided into three— All, Fre­quent and Down­loads. When we tried con­fig­ur­ing our Gmail ac­count, the phone took a few sec­onds to de­tect whether any ac­count has been added to the de­vice or not. Once con­fig­ured, it quickly fetched the emails to the phone. While the pre­loaded apps in­cluded xBuddy and Po­laris Of­fice, we down­loaded a few apps from the Play Store as well. Brows­ing the web over the phone’s de­fault browser was very slow. The 5MP cam­era pro­duced good re­sults. The De­sire C also has Beats Au­dio on­board. While okay with light games, the phone hanged with heav­ier games.

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BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

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The puny 600MHz pro­ces­sor is a spoiler for the HTC De­sire C.

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