Trying to Make Something Available for Everyone, HTC Desire 200by jay.m October 24, 2013 0 comments
The HTC’s latest release, the HTC Desire 200 brings Android in a small form-factor, something of a size little larger than credit cards. With 3.5 HVGA screen at the front and running on the 1 GHz S1 Snapdragon Processor, the Desire cannot be expected to make speed records or be a replacement for those that want HTC One. So by now, it’s quite obvious that this phone is the entry-level fighter for HTC amongst Android phone with cutesy design and lowly specs, targeted to a rather affluent crowd.
It’s all a thick black (or white) body with soapy shaped layout and rounded corners, nothing to be overwhelmed about. But it’s quite good looking amongst its competitors and can be held comfortably and operated with a single hand. And yes, there is a signature speaker grill mimicking the higher one HTC One, but it’s kind of funny because the main speaker is at the back!
Hardware and Performance – How it works for users
The Snapdragon 1GHz chip is paired to the 512 MB of memory with an internal storage of 4 GB that can be expanded to 32 GB using microSD cards. It does work well with respect to connectivity and HSDPA support enables download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps whereas other standard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with Quad-band GSM/EDGE add to it. The phone comes with GPS as well as A-GPS and other sensors like proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and accelerometer to make sure the phone senses your actions.
The HTC Beats Audio does not come with the BoomSound speakers mounted at the front unlike HTC One but considering it as an entry level handset, it restores your faith. The 5 megapixel camera should be adequate for the snap-happy crowds who like filling up a lot of phone memory with memories of time. The camera is an f/2 0.8 aperture fixed focus 34mm lens. The video calling duties shall be executed by the front VGA camera. The expected battery life of the 1,230mAh battery per charge is claimed to be somewhere around 7 hours for 3G talk-time and 821 hrs in case of standby.
Exciting add-ons & Software
The phone comes with Android 4.0.3 and 4.0 Sense UI from HTC, which makes this 100g handset work even better. Although the handset is busy developing markets, but users on serious budget constraint would find it suiting their taste. The phone does not come with HTC Blink Feed but the regular sense that HTC ships and there is no support for HTC Zoe photography. The gap is filled by smile-shot and the preloaded digital filters for differentiating images.
HTC Desire 200 has quite a few perks to go for it such as call quality, decent audio and the same headphones that come with HTC One, clean earpiece and strong loudspeakers. Sporting a fast camera and other entry-level features that cloud the impression, but it’s true too that you cannot expect more at just short of Rs. 9,000 from a phone that’s branded HTC