- Matt Safford , Digital Trends
The HTC Desire Eye is the best selfie camera money can buy.
- Valentina Palladino , Laptop Magazine
Packing a punch with 13-MP front and rear cameras, the HTC Desire Eye is a selfie-friendly smartphone that performs well across the board.
- Large screen
- Fast processor
- MicroSD card support
- 13MP front and rear camera
- Gimmicky camera software
- Plastic casing
HTC is no stranger to putting out phones that challenge popular trends. With their latest offering, they are hoping to provide an option for those who love taking selfies. With a 13MP front-facing camera and powerful specs, will the HTC Desire Eye live up to the hype? Let’s see what the reviews have to say.
The phone sits in a odd position in the HTC line up. It has the internals of a flagship device with the casing of the Desire’s more budget-friendly line. While you won’t get a metal shell like with the One series, reviews of the Eye’s polycarbonate two-tone case and design are very positive. While 3G states, “The design is one of the few areas of the Desire Eye which doesn’t feel flagship worthy”, TechRadar loved it, calling the phone “an attractive device nonetheless.”
With a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon, 2GB of RAM and a 5.2-inch 1080p display, the phone has plenty of performance for users of any ilk. No reviews noted any slowdowns or performance problems, even with heavy multitasking, gaming or HD video.
With 16GB of internal storage and microSD card support, the Desire Eye has plenty of room to store your pictures and video. This is important as the phone features a 13MP camera on both the front and the rear for truly glorious selfies. Trusted Reviews tried the cameras and declared, “both cameras work well.” The phone also features a variety of picture modes to take advantage of the powerful camera arrangement. While many reviews called them a bit gimmicky, they also noted that the features performed exactly as advertised.
Boomsound speakers and IPX7 certification round out the offerings to ensure the phone will both sound and work great in a variety of conditions. Unlike many other models, the Desire Eye achieved IPX7 certification without the need for rubber plugs or flaps, eliminating one more thing to worry about when using the phone. While many reviews noted that the hinged trays and covers for the ports were different from anything they’d previously seen, none had problems accessing ports when needed.
In all, the phone receives positive reviews. CNet says the phone has “plenty to keep selfie lovers happy” while BGR declares it a “wonderfully capable smartphone with sleek hardware to match its elegant software.”
Reviews (7.9/10 Avg. rating)
More than just a selfie phone
The HTC Desire EYE is by no doubts, the best selfie-centric smartphone out there.
For one thing, it is way better spec’d than other selfie phones like the Nokia Lumia 730 or the Sony Xperia C3. Which in turn means that it is way more future proof a phone.
But those specs also mean that the Desire EYE is priced closer to their flagship HTC One M8 than to the mid-range selfie-centric competition. So your choice will have to be whether you want a selfie phone on a budget, or just the best darn selfie phone around.
While it might not be as premium as HTC&r... Full review
A machine for selfies
High end specifications, innovative design
The HTC Desire Eye is a step up for the Desire series. The hardware, both internal and external is touching flagship levels but this also puts it in a strange situation. The phone’s USP is the front facing camera which we found to be a wee bit shite. The rear camera too while decent enough, isn’t something to write home about. That said being waterproof certainly makes the phone ‘Desire-able’ to a degree!
With pricing close to the HTC One M8, it becomes pretty hard to recommend the Desire Eye unless you really want a waterproof device. The poor performance... Full review
The only phone for the truly selfie-obsessed
Designed for the selfie generation
For the selfie-obsessed
Two cameras better than one, definitely
For those who wants a stellar camera which can do a little bit extra
More than what meets the eye
It packs much of the same power as full-on flagship smartphones all in a package designed to keep prices down
In many ways, the Desire Eye is a wolf in sheep's clothing -- that is, it packs much of the same power as full-on flagship smartphones all in a package designed to keep prices down. More importantly, it's very much a niche device, an offshoot of HTC's evolutionary line that caters to folks who can't bear the thought of a day without selfies. If anything, that's why the cameras are so disappointing in their mediocrity. While it's still sort of out there, the very concept of the Desire Eye could've absolutely shined if HTC fitted the thing with some more robust, capable shooters. As it stands... Full review
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