HTC Desire Eye review: A excellent phone that should be a small cheaper

December 15, 2014 - photo frame

Maybe it’s a name, nonetheless we approaching HTC’s Desire Eye to be reduction expensive.

“Desire,” after all, is a name HTC customarily pot for a mid-range phones, and a Desire Eye, with a cosmetic framework and boxy frame, seems like it would fit right in. Yet ATT is now charging $150 on-contract for a Desire Eye—just $50 reduction than flagship phones like a HTC One (M8)—or $550 off contract.

The Desire Eye isn’t a bad phone, even during that price, and a 13-megapixel front-facing camera is a singular feature. But overall, it’s a tough sell when improved handsets can be yours for usually a tiny more.

I wish we like red

HTC creates magnanimous use of cosmetic on a Desire Eye, nonetheless in a approach that seems witty rather than utilitarian. The front bezels and behind panels are white polycarbonate, as against to a silken cosmetic found on cheaper phones, while red trim runs around a edges. That tone accent carries over to a software, appearing in HTC’s BlinkFeed news ticker and in several buttons and icons. But while HTC offers a Desire Eye in dim blue with light blue trim in other markets, red is a usually choice on ATT.

Rob Schultz

The red-on-white tone intrigue is your usually choice by ATT.

The other downside is that a Desire Eye feels chunkier than other vast Android phones, even if a 0.33-inch support is in a same ballpark. That’s since there’s no tapering around a edges to assistance we cradle a phone in your hand.

Performance and software

HTC didn’t cut many corners in a specs department. The Desire Eye uses a same 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and 2 GB of RAM as a One (M8), creation for well-spoken animations and no conspicuous problems with 3D games like Asphalt 8. The phone also comes with 16 GB of storage and a microSD label slot.

The 1080p arrangement doesn’t feel skimpy, either. Some other phones have pushed fortitude higher, nonetheless it’s tough to make out any particular pixels on a Desire Eye’s 5.2-inch display. If we had to nitpick, I’d contend that black levels don’t get as low as they could.

Rob Schultz

HTC didn’t skimp on a Desire Eye’s display.

HTC did trim a bit off a Desire Eye’s battery compared to a One (M8), with a 2,400 mAh battery instead of 2,600 mAh. It showed in a video playback test, as a Desire Eye lasted 9 hours and 30 minutes—a half-hour reduction than a One (M8) and an hour and 15 mins reduction than a Samsung Galaxy S5. To get we out of any low-battery jams, HTC provides a energy saver mode that boundary CPU use and liughtness while disabling vibrations and standby information use, and there’s also an impassioned energy saver mode that boundary a phone to usually a handful of critical functions.

Like many Android phones with tradition interfaces on top, a Desire Eye ships with a slightly-outdated Android 4.4 KitKat. The good news is that HTC’s Sense conceal is among a improved customizations you’ll find, with an understated demeanour that doesn’t provoke we with cartoonish beeps and bloops. You do have to omit a few remaining HTC apps, though, including a notepad that’s not as good as Google Keep , and a Zoe print remix pity app that has 0 possibility of throwing on.

As for an refurbish to Android 5.0 Lollipop, there’s no central word from HTC yet, nonetheless a association has a clever lane record, and we’re looking during a Jan to Mar timeframe according to an unconfirmed report.

An risqu� camera

The cameras—note a plural form—are ostensible to be a Desire Eye’s headlining feature, with 13-megapixel shooters and peep on both a behind and front. But a numbers don’t tell a whole story, and a Desire Eye’s cameras come adult brief in some areas where they should shine.

In middle to well-lit situations, a Desire Eye’s rear-facing camera does a excellent job. Colors can run on a comfortable side, nonetheless that’s not always a bad thing, as we found a Desire Eye’s some-more colourful tones preferable to a iPhone 6 Plus’ camera in certain photos, even if they weren’t as loyal to reality. Low lighting is a opposite story. Despite an f/2.0 orifice that lets copiousness of light in, we struggled to take photos that weren’t too becloud to discard.

My feelings about a Desire Eye’s selfie cam are likewise mixed. You won’t find another front-facing camera that captures this most detail, as each pore and eyelash can be hold adult to tighten scrutiny, and a wide-angle lens can absolutely fit during slightest 3 people in a support during arm’s length. But on a front camera, a tone facsimile problems are even some-more pronounced. Sometimes a camera done my skin dark while accentuating redness on my cheeks and lips. Other times, it gave me an unnaturally immature hue, and in low light it bathed me in too most shadow. Flash can assistance recompense in some of these situations, nonetheless a outcome frequency looks natural.

Jared Newman

HTC Desire Eye front camera (left) and behind camera (center) vs. iPhone 6 Plus front camera (right).

At slightest HTC’s camera program is top-notch. For selfies, we can have a shiver activate by voice, automatically snap photos when everyone’s smiling or emanate a “photo booth” picture of several consecutive photos. Camera settings are simply accessible along a left side of a screen, and if we snap detonate photos by holding down a shiver button, we can afterwards collect a best one and automatically dump a rest. My usually censure is a necessity of collection in a built-in editor—even simple lighting and contrariety controls are missing—but this is simply solved with third-party apps like Aviary.

If a Desire Eye was some-more successful on a photography front, a $150 cost tab competence be easier to justify. we competence have even called it a discount subsequent to HTC’s flagship One (M8), with tiny compromises in pattern and battery life. Instead, a Desire Eye’s behind camera lacks a low-light chops of a One (M8), LG G3, and iPhone 6, and a selfie cam’s tone issues cancel out a advantages of a high megapixel count.

As such, a phone sits in an ungainly dilapidation between mid-range and high-end handsets. If you’ve already budgeted $150 for a phone, another $50 opens we adult to a most bigger operation of options. The $50 to $100 landscape is most some-more barren, and a Desire Eye could be a champion in that territory. Banking on an contingent cost dump competence not be a bad idea.

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