HTC released earlier this year by the One M8 a new flagship, with high-end specifications and the latest Android and Sense software. Thus the Taiwanese company embroidered on the success of the original One by improving the device on almost any surface. With the HTC Desire smartphone manufacturer Eye trying something new:. A device with a 13-megapixel camera on both sides so selfies in theory just as lovely to look like normal pictures
Further, the specifications of the Eye similar to that of the HTC One M8 and there is little change in the area of software. In this review, we highlight the new design of the Desire Eye, as well as the camera features and performance. Is this selfiesmartphone worth the money?
Design: firm with a distinct lookThe large 5.2 inch screen around the Desire Eye pretty big, but not too big. Despite the fact that the casing is plastic, the Eye feels sturdy and the build quality is fine. The device is 8.5 millimeters and 154 grams of fat and slightly on the heavy side, but it does ensure that the unit does not get damaged. On the right side we find the power and volume buttons, the bottom has room for the microUSB connector. On the left are two slots where you can store a memory card and the SIM card. At the top is finally finding the 3.5mm audio input.
The back of the eye is dark blue with the HTC logo in a slightly lighter color, which gives the device a distinctive look. The edges of the device have the same bright blue color. When you look at the front of the unit, are equal to the two white stripes at the top and bottom up. Which fit in our opinion not quite with the rest of the design and we would have preferred that HTC here had used the same colors. The appearance of the Desire Eye is all in all not very exciting; the rectangular block of plastic bored quicker though the brushed aluminum of the HTC One M8.
Screen: high qualityThe screen of the Desire Eye is 5.2 inch slightly larger than the HTC One M8, but the resolution is identical: 1920 by 1080 pixels. The pixel density is quite high (424 ppi), so that individual pixels are barely distinguishable. Icons and interface elements look sharp and here are the viewing angles and colors very well. This is especially nice when viewing websites, photos and videos; namely that look very attractive.
Although the screen of the Desire Eye is a big plus, the large size ensures that the device awkward one-handed operation. It is a problem that often occurs among smartphones with a screen larger than 5 inches, but given the popularity of phablets many users do not mind this.
Hardware: nice smoothAlthough the Eye is within the midrange Desire line, the specifications are pretty much the same as that of the HTC One M8. The device is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core processor (Snapdragon 801) and has 2GB of RAM. The Eye comes with 16GB of storage, with 6,3GB (!) Standard has been taken. While there remains ample 8GB of storage space, but for most users this will not be sufficient. Fortunately, there is a microSD slot with which you can expand the device up to 128GB.
Software: beautiful and fastThe Eye Desire runs Android 4.4.4 out of the box (KitKat), over which the famous HTC Sense. This is version 6.0, the latest version of the skin. Although there through the years is a thing adapted to Sense, you’ll find that – if you have already used HTC devices – the interface feels familiar. Sense is smooth, fluent and attractively presented. However, the shell with a number of preinstalled apps like HTC Guide, HTC backup and HTC News. These apps you probably use little, but it’s not a disaster that they are there. You will namely rarely bothered with annoying alerts or pop-ups.
When you unlock your device, you arrive at Blink Feed, which acts as a personal home screen. Blink Feed cites some news feeds and presents them in a clear number of blocks. By indicating your interests, you decide which news feeds you get to see. Are you for example a sports fan, then you are presented with the latest football news.
you rather read about lifestyle and gaming, the latest news of AutoWeek and Eurogamer are retrieved. Blink Feed doing nothing special, but in our view be a nice addition. It is the “social home screen” considerable drain on the battery life.
Camera: many options, varying resultsThe most distinctive feature of the HTC Desire Eye are the cameras that shoot both pictures with 13 megapixels. In addition, the unit both front and rear with a LED flash, so selfies look better in the dark. There are also many options available in the standard camera app. Swype so you directly between the two cameras, and it is possible simultaneously with both cameras to take a picture.
Of course there are the necessary facilities available to customize your photos; think of adjusting the ISO speed, exposure and white balance. With the many built-in effects you can provide snapshots of Instagram-like filters, so they are eg monochrome or extra saturated eyes. To make it easier selfies, HTC has added some useful options.
For example, press the camera button to make a selfie directly, or set the timer so that you have enough time to gather with several people for the camera. If you decide to press any buttons, laugh and then the camera automatically takes a selfie. This works well, though it is possible that the cameras sometimes chooses the wrong moments. Also, to control the app with voice selfie which the voice commands “Smile” or “selfie ‘easy small photos shoots.
On the rear camera can be brief but powerful: this shoot great photos. Snapshots eyes colorful, detailed and look at the dark reasonable. Selfies however, are of varying quality, mainly because the autofocus. The camera is continuously focusing and this takes in some cases remarkably long. In situations with less light are photographs, in spite of the fact that the selfiecamera has an aperture of f / 2.2, of lesser quality. Pictures eyes when you do not use the LED flash grainy, but when you use that will see them happy look better. Overall, the selfiecamera outperforms the competition, but we also did not expect anything else.
Battery life: Easily the dayThe battery of Desire Eye has a capacity of 2400 mAh, which at first glance perhaps a little on the low side. Nevertheless, you, you do not have to worry about the battery performance. In our tests, we achieved easily with a fully charged battery the end of the day, even when we intensively used the device. Use your eye along the less, the battery lasts for half a day longer.
HTC Desire Eye equipped with two power saving modes: the normal power mode and extreme power saving mode. The extreme power saving mode is useful when you for a long time can not charge the unit, but switches it to a decent options out there, so you can use the phone only for the basic functions. The regular saving mode reduces brightness and disables unnecessary functions. It helps to prolong battery life by a few hours; handy in case of emergency.