HTC Desire series has time and again fulfilled the desires of various sections of people. Targeted at the mid-range market, the HTC Desire U is the latest offering from HTC. This smartphone is considered a sibling to the HTC Desire X, although less powerful.
If you have an eye for aesthetics, you’ll instinctively understand why HTC commands a prime place in the smartphone market purely for design. The HTC Desire U may not be designed to perfection. But the design is definitely pleasing to the eye. Being an entry-level Android phone has not made HTC deride this smartphone of its design essentials.
But is this beauty only skin deep? Do the internals have the same quality as the externals? On first impressions you wish it could. But if run analytics, you will understand that being a basic smartphone there could be many things desirable.
The physical dimensions of this phone are similar to the HTC Desire X. Many aspects of this phone are borrowed from HTC Desire V. Interestingly; the Desire U is a touch heavier than the other two phones. The phone’s form is smaller than the other two. This aspect gives this phone a compact appearance. It also helps you fit it in your palms comfortably. You can operate the phone using one hand too. Therefore, on first impressions the HTC Desire U is all about pocketability and portability.
Being a compact phone didn’t mean that HTC compromised on the screen size. The device sports a 4” screen. The display resolution is pegged at 800 X 400 pixels. This Super LCD screen has a pleasing contrast ratio. Although not at the level of HD as some of the high-end Android phones, the screen is good enough. Adding to its goodness is the pixel per inch density of 233 – which is impressive for an entry-level smartphone. If you compare the colors on the screen with that on an AMOLED screen, the colors may appear lacking intensity and saturation. So the case here is to not compare the screen to a high-end screen.
Super LCD is an impressive screen technology in the context of this phone’s segment. Being an entry level phone, this screen is good enough to view accurate colors with good sharpness. Textual and graphic content is clear. The screen is capacitive. You can tap and gesture and the screen responds accordingly. Being a multi-touch screen has its advantages.
The smartphone runs on Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The interface of the smartphone is based on HTC Sense UI. The user interface quality is automatically several notches higher due to this overlay. The interface is one of the strong points of this smartphone. The updated user interface is simple and speedy. The interface supports large screen resolutions. This helps to view WebM or VP8 videos. Music playback is achieved in the backdrop of the Beats Audio technology. This is a sound enhancement technology.
Expect a zippy user interface experience courtesy the 1 GHz processor. Although this is not a dual or quad core processor, the single core is enough to provide you an impressive performance. You can operate multiple applications simultaneously. The power management has been improved on this device. The operating system manages apps in a better fashion so as to utilize only optimum power. There are some standard sensors that help build a better user experience. They are namely Accelerometer, and proximity sensor.
Being an Android device, the first thing that strikes your mind is the Android Market app store. There is a huge collection of videos and music to choose from this app store. The Desire U has a 5 MP camera. The camera allows you to take pictures up to 2592х1944 pixels resolution. The camera has inbuilt flash and autofocus. You can store lots of pictures on the phone. The phone has ample internal memory of 4 GB. There is provision to expand memory up to 32 GB.
There are a bunch of connectivity options that the phone supports. There is Bluetooth 3.0 that you use to connect to another Bluetooth enabled device and communicate over an ad hoc network. WiFi 802.11 allows you to wirelessly connect to the Internet. There is the provision to use either the 2G or 3G connectivity options. GPS provides you online and offline map navigational assistance. The smartphone has support for HSDPA and HSUPA.
What’s not so great?
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is outdated in comparison to Android Jelly Bean. The latter is the current default install in many entry and high-end Android smartphones. The single core specification is inadequate when it comes to rendering heavy games. The phone does not support such graphic intensive multimedia content. Multitasking is possible – but only just. You could experience a certain degree of sluggishness.The camera is good enough. But there is nothing to look forward to when it comes to inbuilt camera technologies. The camera only boasts of geo-tagging, autofocus and LED flash.
The only major competition that this phone has is with the HTC Desire V. The Desire U has several upgrades that make it a better smartphone. For instance, the Bluetooth version is 4.0 compared to 3.0 on the Desire V. The upgraded Bluetooth provides faster wireless data transfer and some new and useful features. The Desire U also has faster data speeds. The HSPA specification on this phone is 14 mbps compared to HSDPA 7.2 mbps on the Desire V.
Some of the general advantages that the Desire U has over many other smartphones is that it has the latest Bluetooth feature. The device is thick at 9mm. It features a high resolution screen of 800 X 480 pixels. This display has a very high pixel per inch density of 233 which is higher than many smartphones.
There are good things and the not-so-good things about this phone. It has a good processor specification but RAM is only 512 MB. The Desire U runs on the outdated Android 4.0 operating system. The internal memory is only 4 GB although it can be expanded to 32 GB. One plus point is that the music playback rendition of the device is augmented courtesy the BeatsAudio technology. Another strong point is that it has a 4” touchscreen.The camera is 5 MP. This can be viewed as a decent or sub-par camera depending on your perception of it. Thankfully, there is LED flash in the camera. But there is no front camera for video calling.
To conclude, you would buy this device for its user interface, processing speed, upload/download speeds, applications, and design.
Price and availability
The average running price of the HTC Desire U is Rs. 12945. This phone is available at all leading ecommerce stores and electronic showrooms.