HTC Desire 600 Hands On and Short Review

The HTC Desire 600 was announced about 4 months ago as the company tries to compete with in the mid-range category. I spotted a demo unit at Digital Walker in Shangri-la Plaza. Good thing I was the only inside the store so I had so much time playing with the phone.

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HTC Desire 600 specs:

  • 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200
  • Adreno 203 graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 64GB
  • 4.5 inch qHD Super LCD 2 (960 x 540 pixels) 245 ppi
  • 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 1.6 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G/HSDPA, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 1,860 mAh battery
  • Android 4.1 Jellybean
  • Price: P15,800 (DBGagdets)

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Here are my initial impressions:

  • Build quality – HTC has been always lauded when it comes to build quality and the tradition continues with the HTC Desire 600. Its very well built and it looks expensive than its pricetag
  • Display – It is not the sharpest and most vibrant display out there but its capable and respectable. Compared to other smarphones with qHD displays, this phone is better when it comes to vividness.
  • User Interface – Personally, I never liked HTC’s Sense UI on top of Android. But many find it really appealing. At least the good thing here, the UI doesn’t cause any lag or stutters.
  • Performance – I was not able to download the Antutu Benchmark so I wasn’t able to get benchmark scores. But based on my short time with it, the phone performed well when doing basic tasks. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 showed its weakness when playing intense games.
  • Camera – Pictures taken from the 8 megapixel camera is looks generally ok but not bad nor good either.
  • Battery – Average. It  can last you throughout the day with light to moderate use.
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