HTC Desire Eye mobile phone

Featuring a 5.2-inch display and two 13-megapixel cameras, the HTC Desire EYE is clearly concerned with taking and displaying stunning visual images. But does it perform in other areas? Read our review to find out…

HTC Desire Eye

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DOB:

12/11/2014

Key Features:

Quad Core 4G LTE WIFI Internet aGPS Water Resistant Front camera HD Video

Dimensions:

73.8 x 151.7 x 8.5 mm26th

Screen resolution:

1080 x 1920 px5th

Screen size:

5.2"10th

Weight:

154 g66th

Main Camera:

13 MP9th

Battery Life:

538 hrs44th

Mobilyse say:

With two 13-megapixel cameras, the HTC Desire EYE is clearly targeting those who like taking the odd selfie. But this particular device has a fair few surprises up its sleeve in other areas too.

Stylish but sizeable

Regardless of its polycarbonate unibody, the Desire EYE still benefits from an excellent design. The handset’s matte effect is soft to touch yet feels really sturdy at the same time. This plastic form coupled with IPX7 waterproofing means that it is water resistant up to 1 metre for up to 30 minutes as well.

Therefore, you could go on social media or watch movies in the bath without having to worry too much. You’ll still have to use two hands though, as it is quite bulky.

 

Pixel perfect?

The whopping 5.2-inch screen won’t be to everyone’s taste, but the Full HD display is beautifully bright. Text and icons look crisp and clean, while colourful images and videos really stand out. It really is hard to criticise the Desire EYE’s display, but if you were being picky, its viewing angles and contrast aren’t quite as good as industry rivals.

 

Under the bonnet

It might not be the newest processor out there, but Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 CPU gives the Desire EYE more than enough muscle to deal with virtually any task. So even if you’ve got all the connectivity switched on and happen to be running multiple apps or playing 3D games, the phone won’t splutter or stutter.

The only bad thing we can find under the Desire EYE’s hood is 16GB of storage, which is no way near enough these days.

 

Smooth operator?

As with the manufacturer’s other devices, HTC Sense is layered over the Android OS, which in this case is 4.4.2 KitKat. But this phone’s redeeming software feature is HTC BlinkFeed - a aggregator app that brings together news and social media content in a appealing tiled layout. This is just a swipe away from the traditional home screen app and arguably more enjoyable to interact with.

 

Say cheeeese!

This is where the Desire EYE believes it can gain a competitive advantage over similar smartphones. With two 13-megapixel cameras, which are both supported by a two-tone dual-LED flash and capable of capturing 1080p video at 30fps, the Desire EYE is targeting photography fans and selfie obsessives. But in spite of encouraging specifications, the results don’t live up to expectations.

The front-facing camera picks up a lot of light, so images are overly white, especially on skin tones. The rear-facing camera is better, but still doesn’t compare to alternative phones. A bit disappointing really.

 

Staying power

The 2,400mAh non-removable battery is a commendable power pack, providing sufficient juice for most tasks. But with a display this big and bright, HTC has included a few features to preserve precious life. In settings you can view battery usage details and turn on power saving mode if needs me. The extreme power saving option pretty much shuts down everything bar the bare essentials while sleep mode turns off the data connection completely.

 

The verdict

The HTC Desire EYE is quite a surprising device for all the right reasons. On first inspection, the big plastic design doesn’t look great, but is actually quite solid and stylish. The display, processor and software are all pretty good too. But for a phone that has clearly prioritised its cameras, the Desire EYE’s picture taking ability is rather lacklustre.

Buy if: You want a sturdy smartphone with ample processing power and like taking selfies

Don’t buy if: You want a phone with lots of storage that can be used single-handed

Specifications

Fingerprint sensor No

Use your fingerprint to activate your device instead of a pin code - very James Bondski!

Internet Yes

Surf the web on your mobile!

4G LTE Yes

4G or also known as LTE means faster downloads. Check your mobile is 4G LTE capable as this is the future baby!

NFC No

NFC - If your phone has an NFC chip in it , it can transmit data to another by touching or being in close proximity. It can also make payments similar to credit cards which will soon be the future of payments!

WIFI Yes

Get access to the internet via wireless networks wherever you are! Usually means faster browsing. Some wifi networks require key codes and signal strength vary depending on areas.

Quad Core 2.3 GHz

Quad core is the most powerful processor enabling your mobile to sprint through apps!

Best Camera No

Mobiles with the best quality cameras to replace your compact cameras so you can take the perfect shots while out and about. 

HD Video 1080p HD

Enjoy your photos and videos in outstanding high definition format (even Misha's Uncle Oleg looks good in these). The higher the p, the higher the definition!

Front camera Yes

Webcam / Video call your friends via mobile or tablet using Skype, MSN Messenger and the likeski!

GPS No

The sat nav system that helps you find your way while you're out and about. Depending on your mobile it will work jointly with a navigation service such as Google Maps.

aGPS Yes

aGPS is a super powered GPS which finds your location quicker than gps. Great if there's an emergency!

Water Resistant Yes

Drop it in the toilet or go swimming with it and it will still work!

Dual Sim No

2 sim cards in one handset!  Great if you want the same phone for both work and play and if you travel to another country regularly and want to avoid huge roaming charges.

Integrated Social Networking No

Some mobiles have social network shortcuts or apps with super fast access to Facebook or twitter so you can let everyone know when you're out eating a banana!

Beats Audio No

Yo yoski! Dr Dre has had a hand in the audio system of this phone which enhances any music you are listening to via your mobile.

Touchscreen No

Intuitive and sensitive to touch ( a bit like our Tatyana!) type and swipe by touching the screen to interact with your mobile.

Internet Yes

Surf the web on your mobile!

WIFI Yes

Get access to the internet via wireless networks wherever you are! Usually means faster browsing. Some wifi networks require key codes and signal strength vary depending on areas.

3G Yes

This means connecting to the internet and downloading is super speedski!

Tethering Yes

Means you can use your mobile as a modem for your computer or notebook. Connect via USB or wirelessly via Bluetooth . Great for when you're somewhere with no wifi hotspots and need to get online on your laptop.

EDGE Yes

Edge networks were made to deliver multi media apps such as streaming audio and video and are 3 times faster than GSM, all 3G mobiles use Edge (enhanced data) technology.

GSM Yes

The world's most widely used mobile phone technology and the one that offers the widest international roaming capabilities.

Quad Band Yes

Use your mobile abroad on most continents including the Americas.

GPRS Yes

One of the very first mobile data services, GPRS is a type of technology for connecting to mobile internet services.

WAP Yes

Bollocks this one's boring. In a nutshell, this is a special type of internet language for your mobile. WAP browsers display internet info designed to fit your mobile's screenski.

USB 2.0

If your mobile is USB enabled, you can charge your phone from your computer and, with Wi-Fi, use as a modem.

Dual Sim No

2 sim cards in one handset!  Great if you want the same phone for both work and play and if you travel to another country regularly and want to avoid huge roaming charges.

Bluetooth 4.0

Transfer data between devices using wireless technology! If your car supports Bluetooth you can make calls using your car radio as a speaker!

4G LTE Yes

4G or also known as LTE means faster downloads. Check your mobile is 4G LTE capable as this is the future baby!

Works in USA Yes

That's right, your mobile will work in that crazy land of mass consumerism, hot dogs, shorts n sneaks and where everyone has strangesky names like Jim Bob, Earl Jnr, Chuck or Charles III..... 

NFC No

NFC - If your phone has an NFC chip in it , it can transmit data to another by touching or being in close proximity. It can also make payments similar to credit cards which will soon be the future of payments!

SIM type Nano-SIM

Sim cards store numbers and messages and basically identify your phone. Different devices take different size SIM cards and if you are getting a pay as you go phone, you will need to check what size SIM card your mobile takes in order to use it!

Global Roaming Yes

You can browse the internet/email when in other countries. Watch outski for roaming charges! Better to switch roaming off while abroad or get a dual sim mobile! 

Integrated Social Networking No

Some mobiles have social network shortcuts or apps with super fast access to Facebook or twitter so you can let everyone know when you're out eating a banana!

Emails Yes

Send and receive emails! On all smartphones you can sync multiple email accounts.

Push Emails Yes

New emails are bumped up into your inbox as soon as they arrive.

Active synchronisation Yes

Transfer everything on your desktop like emails, calendar, contact list and documents straight to your mobile. Coolski!

Apps Yes

There's 1000s of different Apps out there depending on which smartphone you buy. From games, to useful tools to the downright bizarreski! 

SMS Yes

Sending and receiving messages also known as texting. In some this can be a disease and cause texting elbow or worse.

MMS Yes

Multi media messaging service is exactly that, allowing you to send pics, videos and sound clips via sms or email.

Multitasking No

Run mulitple apps on your mobile switching between them without any lag or freezing up on you or worse dying an early death from battery failure!

Instant Messaging No

Chat with your friends over the internet. Quicker than texting and you may even be able to add video to your chats! For example Skype

Proximity-Sensing Technology Yes

Activate features without even touching it - MAGIC! Proximity Sensor can turn off the screen to avoid accidental touch of the screen by ear.

Fingerprint sensor No

Use your fingerprint to activate your device instead of a pin code - very James Bondski!

Eye Movement Recognition No

This deviceski can read your mind or at least your eyes! The screen will stay on as long as you are reading it and turn off as soon as you do something else. Coolski!

Accelerometer Yes

Pretty coolski function that changes the screen layout from landscape to portrait if you turn your phone sideways. Make emails and eBooks easier to read in a landscape position.

Games Yes

No longer the usual minesweeper and solitaire Krapski mobile games, now many phones come with cool games pre- installed. Of course if you have a smartphone, you can download 1000's of cool games to waste away the hours on your mobile.

Haptics feedback No

Where you can "touch or feel" virtual things via mechanical simulation ie during use of apps or games. Ie: mechanical vibration is felt when your car hits a wall in racing game. 

Camera 13MP

Mobiles that feature digital cameras. The higher the mega pixel, the crisper and clearer the photos are.

Front camera Yes

Webcam / Video call your friends via mobile or tablet using Skype, MSN Messenger and the likeski!

Camera Flash Dual LED

Take night time snaps with your mobile!!  2 types: LED provides a constant light source for Video recording but sometimes not bright enough where as Xenon uses a stronger burst of light but can't be used in video recordings.

Back Illuminated Sensor (BSI) No

Improves low light performance by increasing the amount of light captured. Coolski!

Autofocus Yes

You guessed it! Automatic focus so you can just snap awayski

Best Camera No

Mobiles with the best quality cameras to replace your compact cameras so you can take the perfect shots while out and about. 

Zoom No

in contrast to digital zoom, optical zoom enhances image quality.

Image Stabilisation No

No blurry shots!! Digital doesn't do diddly just manipulates the pixels where as Optical image stabilsation really works to stop blurred shots!

Pixel density No

The more pixels it has the better those websites, movies and photos will look no matter what size the screen is even if it's small!

Video Camera No

So you can capture those amazing moments from your mobile.

Video light No

Video light so you can take videos in the dark!!

Photovideo editing Yes

So you can actually edit these amazing moments, like cutting out the not so amazing bits!

MP3 Player Yes

An integrated MP3 player that can stream audio from your phone via Bluetooth. Unlike MP4 it can't stream movies and videos as well.  

MP3 Tones Yes

Select your favorite tunes and drive everyone nuts by making it your ringtone "nananannanaah!"

MP4 Player Yes

An integrated MP4 player for movies and audio in your phone! Depending on your handset it can playback via Speakers, Bluetooth headsets, and standard headphones.

Media Player Yes

Never get bored with a mobile media. Player! Depending on your handset you can playback tracks, videos and even watch movies straight from the internet!

Beats Audio No

Yo yoski! Dr Dre has had a hand in the audio system of this phone which enhances any music you are listening to via your mobile.

Polyphonic tones No

Even better, get that annoying tune in record quality ringtones!

FM Radio No

Listen to live broadcasts on your mobile phone with an integrated FM Radio,

Memory Card Slot Yes

Expand the built-in memory with an extra memory card. Useful if your phone comes with a memory the size of a gold fishski!

Memory Card (Micro SD) 128 GB

Different devices use different types of memory cards: Check you get the right oneski!

HD Video 1080p HD

Enjoy your photos and videos in outstanding high definition format (even Misha's Uncle Oleg looks good in these). The higher the p, the higher the definition!

GPS No

The sat nav system that helps you find your way while you're out and about. Depending on your mobile it will work jointly with a navigation service such as Google Maps.

aGPS Yes

aGPS is a super powered GPS which finds your location quicker than gps. Great if there's an emergency!

S-GPS No

 S- GPS doesn't need a network and is the fastest yet in finding your location.

Navigation No

From Google maps to Nokia drive, turn-by-turn & voice navigation means you'll never need a sat nav or tom tom again. Use your mobile to find anywhere you need to go!.

Glonass Yes

Glonass is is our Russian comrades GPS system that both complements and provides an alternative to GPS also sporting global coverage and pin point precision. Very James Bondski!

Maps No

Means your phone has a map and Sat Nav service preinstalled for example Google Maps or Nokia Ovi Maps.

Compass Yes

A sensor on your mobile that acts like a Compass!

Geo Tagging Yes

Geo tagging lets you identify locations of photos and status updates such as "check in" function on facebook so everyone knows where you are! 

Finger print sensor No

Unlock your phone with your finger instead memorising a pin no! Apple iPhone 6 intorduced it and now Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge include this feature too.

Qwerty Keyboard No

Just like a physical laptop keyboard! Touchscreen lovers would shout "Fiddly!"

Numeric Keyboard No

The traditional candybar style mobile with numeric keypads for the old schoolski!

Compatibility No

Connect your mobile to both Windows PC and/or Mac to charge it and/or sync and transfer data.

OS System specific Android OS

The brain behind all smartphones! In the same way that Windows manages your PC, the operating system of your mobile manages your phone's power and performance.

Vibration Alert Yes

You'll need to switch your vibrate alert on in your settings and then your phone will vibrate every time you receive an email, sms or message. Handy for when in meetings or at the cinema.

Calendar Yes

An electronic diary (come on you knew that one!)

Voice Dialing Yes

No longer need to put finger to button, just shouts your mates name and your phone will automatically dial (just make sure you speak clearly or you could end up with the wrong person!)

Speaker phone Yes

Perfect for those annoying "customer service?" Calls where you've listened to a tinny version of greensleaves for the last 20 mins and you're dying for a cup of tea. Just put them on speakerphone.

Scratch Resistant Glass No

Coolski! now your beauitful glass screen mobile won't get scratched by you or the crib midgets! Just beware it's still breakable!

Radiation rate No

SAR ratings (Specific absorption rate) is the term they use to measure the radiation levels of your device! Don't worry nothing on the market exceeds over the 200W/kg level considered unsafe!

Eco rating No

Find out the enviromental impact of your chosen mobile!

Water Resistant Yes

Drop it in the toilet or go swimming with it and it will still work!

Wireless charging No

If your device has wireless charging built in you can charge it without ever having to plug it in. Simply place it on a wireless charging base or shell. The future of charging smartphones. Coolski!

Android OS 4.4.2 KitKat

A fun and exciting Operating System, Google's Android  gives you access to over 300,000 cool apps and most of them are free! Some of the" baddest", fastest and smartest phones out there are now Android! Great for games, social networks, eBooks and Free Apps! latest version is 4.4.4 KitKat.

Apple iOS No

The smartphone pioneers, Apple operating system is now into it's 7th generation with iOS 7 and boasts the world's largest app store at Apple app store.or iTunes. This is an uber intuitive and seamless operating system that is constantly evolving. Great for having the widest and best choice of Apps and being a total pleasure to use.

Blackberry OS No

Blackberry 10 the latest version (previously known as RIM) is the OS the company hopes will revolutionise it's rather failing image as a brand. The jury's outski!

Fire OS No

Windows OS No

Microsofts latest offering Windows Phone 8.1 is an intuitive cool new platform. The addition of Cortana, your PA for everything kicks Apple's Siri's butt! Seen the film "Her"? This is all about Cortana, then you'll understand. It's the future baby! Place everything you love all in one place with Live Hubs, so there's no switching apps or closing and opening involved! Get Xbox LIVE® , Microsoft Office Hub, allowing you to edit docs while on the movesky! Great for multi tasking and multi media and especially smooth OS for business!

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