Its premium One range might be grabbing all the headlines, but HTC has also been releasing devices for other price segments. The company’s Desire range of devices is spearheading its more mainstream approach and one of the most impressive of these is the Desire 700, which comes with an eye-catching design and some great tech specs.
Trendy design with sleek looks
HTC is known for its design and its ability to give a new and refreshing look to its devices. And the sleek and stylish Desire 700 lives up to this reputation. It comes with a 5.0-inch qHD display with 540×960 pixels resolution which dominates the front. The phone’s edges are rounded and the rubberised back makes it easy to grip. Above and below the display are two speaker grilles of fluorescent green colour which adds visual appeal to the device, shining brightly on the otherwise black display. The front also houses the 2.1-megapixel camera to facilitate video calling and the speaker grille on the top has an LED indicator which lights up when the phone is charging. The rear has the 8.0-megapixel shooter with LED flash and is also fitted into a green coloured rim. The top of the device has the power button and a 3.5mm audio jack. The right houses the volume rocker button and the charging port is placed at the bottom. In spite of sporting a relatively large display, the device has a very compact form factor and looks trendy.
The blinkfeed, zoe effect
Two of the most iconic features of HTC’s new range of devices have been Blinkfeed and Zoe. While BlinkFeed aggregates news and social network notifications on your homescreen, Zoe allows you to add video like effects to your still images, bridging the gap between videos and stills, and serving up small but delightful visual experiences.
Quad-core processor, but Android 4.1
The HTC desire 700 is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The internal storage of the device is 8GB and can be further expanded to 64GB using a microSD card. The smartphone comes with dual SIM functionality (WCDMA+GSM) and both SIM have to be micro SIMs. One has to remove the back panel to insert SIM cards and microSD cards, but all the three are hotswappable. The connectivity options on the device include, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. It is a bit of a surprise therefore that with such hardware, the HTC Desire
700 runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, which seems out of place in an era where Anroid 4.4 has already arrived. There are even lower priced phones in the Desire series that run the more recent Android 4.2.2. Like many recent HTC devices, the Desire 700 also comes with HTC BlinkFeed news and status aggregator, as well as HTC Zoe which lets you tweak images. The device also comes preloaded with Polaris Office, which lets you create and work with MS Office files. The smartphone also has a ‘Kid Mode’ (powered by Zoodles), which is designed especially for children, and lets them access only the apps you choose. Also onboard is an app called Scribble, which allows user to make notes either by typing or by writing with your finger. Those wanting even more apps can always head to the Google Play store.
A good performer
The HTC Desire 700 comes equipped with an 8.0-megapixel camera with LED flash. The camera delivered some very good images, even in low light conditions. The whole camera interface remains one of the most interesting we have seen with shutter buttons for pictures and video on the same screen, and a plethora of color effects and shooting modes like HDR or Panorama. The quality of videos was also decent. The 2.1-megapixel front facing camera, however, is best for clicking selfportraits. On the audio front, the smartphone comes with HTC BoomSound, which delivers very good sound quality – on both headphones and loudspeaker. The phone was also able to handle multitasking and rich graphic games with a degree of comfort. The display is low resolution for this price point but handles most tasks well enough. Battery backup was quite good for a device of this size we easily got through a day of use on a single charge.